Sunday, November 02, 2008

Lefty Rosenthal died last month...

He's the guy Robert DeNiro was playing in the movie Casino. He was a scumbag...but he was a a cool scumbag.

1 comment:

Dan "Righty" Gaines said...

Actually - I take great offense to calling Lefty a scumbag. Lefty was an arch criminal fo the Chicago mob, but he was a numbers guy. He literally reinvented the process to which betting on sports took place. He was not ever directly involved with the fixing of an event, but profited greatly from the mobsters responsible.

Lefty is SOLELY responsible for bringing Sports Books into casinos, and is still widely revered in the casino industry for his innovations within casino marketing, entertainment and, of course promotions of sports betting.

The world will be a better place without him, but he should stil be remembered fondly.