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.