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Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

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LAS VEGAS — Monday, Oct. 4, 1982 |

After dining with associates, Marty Kane, Ruby Goldstein, and Stanley Green at Tony Roma’s, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal left the restaurant and got into his 1981 Cadillac Eldorado.

He turned the ignition and both were blown to shreds.

Lefty survived. The Eldorado did not.

Special agent in charge of the Las Vegas office of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency said, “If I had seen the car and not known what had happened I would figure for sure anyone in the car would not have made it.”

At the scene, Rosenthal refused to sign a crime report or discuss the matter with investigators.

Two nights after the assassination attempt, a bruised, burned, and bandaged Rosenthal invited three reporters, including George Knapp, to his home for an orchestrated press-conference.

Knapp asked Rosenthal who was behind the bombing and Lefty replied, “Well it certainly wasn’t the Boy Scouts of America.”

Asked if he thought his lifelong friend, Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, might be behind it, Rosenthal’s response, according to Knapp, was something like “I hope not.”

Lefty was asked if the FBI had contacted him, he said yes but emphasized he had no intention of cooperating with the government.

The reporters believe they were invited to Lefty’s home because he wanted to use the media “to assure his associates that he wasn’t going to rat them out.”

Magic Value Number

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

At the height of his substantial  powers, Lefty Rosenthal was the premier linesmaker and ran four casinos in Glitter Gulch.

If you walk into any sportsbook, every bettor worth their salt is familiar with Lefty’s “Magic Value Number (MVN) ™ : 7” betting axiom.

Let’s review:  if the underdog, visiting team is within two Lefty’s Power Rankings tiers, then the Magic Value Number (MVN) ™ is 7. Always.”

Tonight’s TCh NBA Lock ™

Philadelphia +12 vs Washington               L

Miami -14 vs Orlando                                  P

Detroit +11 @ Houston                               W

Indiana -7.5 @ Boston                                 L

Brooklyn -6 @ Milwaukee                           W

Cleveland +8.5 @ Memphis                          L

Minnesota -4 @ Sacramento                        W

Denver +11.5 @ Portland                           W

New Orleans +12 @ LA Clippers                 L

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NBA Locks™ are not for entertainment purposes. They are for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

The Black Book

Friday, February 28th, 2014

April 27, 1988 – Vegas Review – Journal

Longtime Chicago mob associate Frank Rosenthal, who survived a gangland assassination attempt and was later implicated in a Las Vegas casino skimming scheme, has been targeted for inclusion in Nevada’s famous “black book.”

“Rosenthal has 60 days to respond to our charges against him or he’ll automatically be placed in our exclusion book and will never be allowed to set foot in a Nevada gambling casino again,” Michael Rumbolz, chairman of the state’s gaming control board, said Tuesday.

TCh (in)Famous NBA Locks ™

Cleveland -4 vs Utah                          W

OKC -5.5 vs Memphis                          W

NY Knicks +6 vs Golden State             L

Dallas -4 vs Chicago                           L

Charlotte +9 @ San Antonio                  L

Sacramento +1.5 @ LA Lakers               L

Phoenix -7 vs New Orleans                   W

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NBA Locks™ are not for entertainment purposes. They are for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

Escape from Las Vegas

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Vegas neon seared his dilated retinas.

Colors splashed his brain turning tourists into lizards.

The heat was hot on his trail.

He had been awake for 2 days fueled by acid, amphetamine, coffee, cigarettes, and an overactive imagination. He realized it was time to go south.

Associate, Dick Wheeler, warned him that the gravy days were over. If he didn’t leave on his own accord he would be leaving in a Clark County coroner’s body bag.

They had ways of making accidents happen to people. Max had seen it first hand.

There was James “Birdie” Wallace, Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, and even Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal’s El Dorado exploded as he turned the key to his ignition.

Lefty was lucky to be alive.

So was Max.

No one had to tell him twice.

Indictments were being handed down and entries made into the Vegas Black Book.

Attorney, and future Las Vegas mayor, Oscar Goodman said: “The only way to beat the Black Book is to drop dead before the hearing.”

Max, armed only with an ounce of Peruvian flake, liquid LSD, half pack of Luckies, and a quart of Wild Turkey, pointed his Ford Pinto southbound.

Cocaine eyes darted from rear view mirror to highway horizon back to rear view mirror.

Next stop: Tijuana.

Lefty

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

LAS VEGAS Monday, Oct. 4, 1982 |

After dining with associates, Marty Kane, Ruby Goldstein, and Stanley Green at Tony Roma’s, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal left the restaurant and got into his 1981 Cadillac Eldorado.

He turned the ignition and both were blown to shreds.

Lefty survived. The Eldorado did not.

Special agent in charge of the Las Vegas office of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency said, “If I had seen the car and not known what had happened I would figure for sure anyone in the car would not have made it.”

At the scene, Rosenthal refused to sign a crime report or discuss the matter with investigators.

Two nights after the assassination attempt, a bruised, burned, and bandaged Rosenthal invited three reporters, including George Knapp, to his home for an orchestrated press-conference.

Knapp asked Rosenthal who was behind the bombing and Lefty replied, “Well it certainly wasn’t the Boy Scouts of America.”

Asked if he thought his lifelong friend, Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, might be behind it, Rosenthal’s response, according to Knapp, was something like “I hope not.”

Lefty was asked if the FBI had contacted him, he said yes but emphasized he had no intention of cooperating with the government.

The reporters believe they were invited to Lefty’s home because he wanted to use the media “to assure his associates that he wasn’t going to rat them out.”

NFL Locks – Week 4

San Francisco -3 @ St. Louis               W

Minnesota +2.5 vs Pittsburgh              W

Baltimore -3 @ Buffalo                        L

Cincinnati -4 @ Cleveland                      L

Indianapolis -8.5 @ Jacksonville         W

Seattle -2.5 @ Houston                      W

Tampa Bay -2.5 vs Arizona            L

Chicago +3 @ Detroit                        L

NY Giants +4.5 @ Kansas City       L

NY Jets +3.5 @ Tennessee              L

Dallas -2 @ San Diego                      L

Washington -3 @ Oakland            W

Denver -10 vs Philadelphia                W

Atlanta -2 vs New England               L

New Orleans -6.5 vs Miami            W

TCh NFL Locks ™ vs Spread (19 – 29) (.396%)

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NFL Locks™ are not for entertainment purposes. They are for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

Rankings

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

TCh: 1st in Space, 1st in Power Rankings

Lefty Rosenthal was the first to utilize Power Rankings as a bettor, a bookie and later, for The Stardust, as the nation’s premier linesmaker.

Lefty developed and perfected The Plus/Minus (+/-) Power Ranking System ™ so he could, in a glance, notice trends, patterns, failures, successes and, perhaps, avoid setups and pitfalls.

“Without rankings,” Lefty quipped, “how else are you going to know who everyone’s gonna bet?”

NFL Power Rankings: Week 2

1. Denver Broncos (1 – 0) (1 – 0)  +

2. San Francisco 49ers (1 – 0) (1 – 0)  +

3. Seattle Seahawks  (1 – 0) (1 – 0)  +

4. New England Patriots  (1 – 0) (0 – 1)  –

5. (7.) Houston Texans (1 – 0) (0 – 1)   –

6. (8.) New Orleans Saints  (1 – 0) (1 – 0)  l

7. (9.) Chicago Bears (1 – 0) (0 – 1)  w

8. (13.) Dallas Cowboys  (1 – 0) (1 – 0) l

9. (16.) Indianapolis Colts  (1 – 0) (0 – 1)  –

10. (17.) Detroit Lions  (1 – 0) (1 – 0)  +

11. (20.) Miami Dolphins (1 – 0)  (1 – 0)  +

12. (21.) Kansas City Chiefs  (1 – 0) (1 – 0)  +

13. (22.) Philadelphia Eagles (1 – 0) (1 – 0)  l

14. (24.) St. Louis Rams  (1 – 0) (0 – 1)  w

15. (28.) New York Jets  (1 – 0) (1 – 0)  +

16. (30.) Tennessee Titans  (1 – 0) (1 – 0)  l

17. (5.) Green Bay Packers  (0 – 1) (0 – 1)  w

18. (6.) Atlanta Falcons  (0 – 1) (0 – 1)  –

19. (10.) New York Giants  (0 – 1) (0 – 1)  –

20. (11.) Washington Redskins (0 – 1) (0 – 1)  –

21. (12.) Pittsburgh Steelers  (0 – 1)  (0 – 1)  –

22. (14.) Cincinnati Bengals (0 – 1) (1 – 0)  +

23. (15.) Baltimore Ravens  (0 –  1) (0 – 1)  w

24. (18.) Tampa Bay Buccanneers (0 – 1) (0 – 1) w

25. (19.) Carolina Panthers (0 – 1) (0 – 1) w

26. (23.) Minnesota Vikings (0 – 1) (0 – 1)  w

27. (25.) San Diego Chargers (0 – 1) (1 – 0)   l

28. (26.) Arizona Cardinals (0 – 1) (1 – 0)  +

29. (27.) Cleveland Browns  (0 – 1) (0 – 1)  w

30. (29.) Buffalo Bills  (0 – 1) (1 – 0)  l

31. Oakland Raiders (0 – 1) (1 – 0)  l

32. Jacksonville Jaguars  (0 – 1) (0 – 1)  w

TCh Power Rankings ™ reflect a combination of record and perception.

(previous ranking) (record) (record vs. spread)

+ (plus): bet on & won

(minus) : bet on & lost

w (w): bet against & won

l (l): bet against & lost

p (p): push

Lefty

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

As chief executive of the Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda and Marina, Lefty Rosenthal revolutionized sports betting by putting the book inside the casinos.

Previously sports books were sordid operations located off the strip. They catered to the lowest common denominators:  pimps, prostitutes, loan sharks and gambling degenerates. They smelled like stale cigarettes, cheap aftershave, bourbon, body odor and piss.

The Stardust became the capitol of the sports betting world.

Lefty Rosenthal hosted his own television show with guests including: Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Robert Conrad,  O.J. Simpson, Muhammed Ali, Tommy Lasorda, Billy Martin, Jim Brown, Dick Butkus, Siegfried & Roy, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Telly Savalas, Liberace, and Bobo the Chimp.

He introduced female black jack dealers, doubling the Stardust’s revenue in the first 12 months.

He setup the casino sports book with stadium seating and couches, like a living room.

“Take off your jacket,” he’d say, “stay awhile.”

He was the first to implement Power Rankings as part of the linemaking procees, he’d ask? ”Power Rankings? How else do you know who everyone’s going to bet?”

Lefty implemented his “Plus /Minus” ™ system enabling the book, in a glance, to notice trends, patterns, failures, successes and avoid future setups, fixes, or pitfalls.

Lefty Rosenthal

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

As chief executive of the Stardust, Fremont, Hacienda and Marina, Lefty Rosenthal revolutionized sports betting by putting the book inside the casinos.

Previously sports books were sordid operations located off the strip. They catered to the lowest common denominators:  pimps, prostitutes, loan sharks and betting degenerates. They smelled like stale cigarettes, cheap aftershave, bourbon and piss.

The Stardust became the capitol of the sports betting world.

Lefty Rosenthal hosted his own television show with guests including: Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Robert Conrad,  O.J. Simpson, Muhammed Ali, Tommy Lasorda, Billy Martin, Jim Brown, Dick Butkus, Siegfried & Roy, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Telly Savalas, Liberace, and Bobo the Chimp.

He introduced female black jack dealers, doubling the Stardust’s revenue in the first 12 months.

He setup the casino sports book with stadium seating and couches, like a living room.

“Take off your jacket,” he’d say, “stay awhile.”

He was the first to implement Power Rankings as part of the linemaking procees, saying: “Without Power Rankings how would you know who everyone is going to pick?”

Lefty implemented his “Plus /Minus” ™ system enabling the book, in a glance, to notice trends, patterns, failures, successes and avoid future setups, fixes, or pitfalls.

Lefty Rosenthal

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Washington DC – September 8, 1961

Frank Lawrence Rosenthal was subpoenaed to testify before the Senate Investigation Subcommittee on illegal sports betting, game fixing, and organized crime.

He held up his left hand 37 times pleading the Fifth Amendment and, although a righty, earned the nickname “Lefty.”

In 1971 Lefty joined forces with longtime associate Tony “The Ant” Spilotro in Las Vegas.

The Ant replaced Chicago mobster, Marshall Caifano, as the Outfit’s Las Vegas representative and Lefty became the official chief executive of the Stardust, the Fremont, the Hacienda and the Marina.

Lefty introduced sports books into the casinos, installed surveillance equipment, cracked down on dishonest employees, card cheats, and flabby showgirls.

He revolutionized the gaming tables with female dealers.

He doubled the casino’s income in a year and The Stardust became the sports gambling capital of the world.

Lefty survived numerous arrests, indictments, a car bomb, and entry into Las Vegas’ Black Book.