Who is Frank Rosenthal? I am sure that a lot of you recognize his name. For those who do not, he is the “real deal.” Nicknamed Lefty, he was immersed in the casino world for as long as anyone can remember. Monday of this week, however, he parted from this world due to a heart attack.
Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal — sports handicapper extraordinaire, Las Vegas gaming executive and the inspiration for the blockbuster movie “Casino” — died Monday. He was 79.
He died from a heart attack in his Miami Beach condo, a fire-rescue spokeswoman said.
Rosenthal, who once survived a car bomb, ran the Chicago mob-owned Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda and Marina casinos through the 1970s and into the mid 1980s. Although Sports Illustrated once crowned him as the greatest living expert on sports handicapping, Rosenthal eventually was listed in Nevada’s “black book” of unsavory types banned from the state’s casinos because of his ties with the Mafia.
Considered to be the ultimate handicapper of all time, Lefty Rosenthal gave away some of his secrets before he passed away. Last year, in an interview with the Miami Herald, he said that “There are no secrets to a winning formula. It takes years, perhaps more to establish a rigid form of self discipline. You must also be prepared to accept a lifestyle that requires an aspect of personal sacrifice, and bumpy roads along the way.”
For those who are aspiring to be as good as he is, it is very possible that you might not attain the stature that he gained. However, that does not mean that you can be as good as you can get in the world of gambling.