Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

October 17, 2008

FRANK ROSENTHAL, 79

Handicapper inspired movie 'Casino'

Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal, the sports handicapper, Las Vegas gaming executive and the inspiration for the blockbuster movie Casino, died Monday of a heart attack in his Miami Beach condo.

Mr. Rosenthal ran the Mob-owned Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda and Marina casinos through the 1970s and into the mid-1980s.

Sports Illustrated once crowned him the greatest living expert on sports handicapping. But eventually he was listed in Nevada's "black book" of unsavory types banned from casinos.

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