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Interview with Vegas Legend Frank 'Lefty' Rosenthal

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 13th February 2005 7:30pm
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Back in the 1970s, Frank ''Lefty'' Rosenthal ordered his security crew to crush the right hand of a card cheat he caught at the now-defunct Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas -- just as Robert DeNiro did in Casino, the 1995 film based on Rosenthal's life.

''He was part of a crew of professional card cheats, and calling the cops would do nothing to stop them, so we used a rubber mallet -- metal hammers leave marks, you know -- and he became a lefty,'' Rosenthal admitted to The Herald last week while dining at the Blue Point Ocean Grill restaurant adjacent to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. ``I didn't care if they tried to scam other houses, I just wanted to make it clear that they couldn't do it at mine.''

Back then, Rosenthal ran the Stardust, Freemont, Hacienda and Marina casinos in Las Vegas.

According to federal law enforcement agencies, those casinos were operated by the mob. But then the '80s arrived. Federal law enforcement chased the mob out of Las Vegas. Rosenthal survived a car bombing, an alleged mob hit. And the Las Vegas gaming commission banned him from ever running a casino again.



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