Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas is based on the true story of the rise and fall of Tony “The Ant” Spilotro — a legendary mob hitman in the early ’70s. The Ant was a cold and effective mobster whose primary objective was to protect the gambling businesses and interests of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal.
This book shows how the mob operated in the past – how it was back then, from the glamorous casinos that entertained the well-dressed elite to the brutal assassinations initiated by the mob in Sin City. Guests weren’t protected back then, and were encouraged to gamble as hard as they could, compared to now, where each gaming provider is required to offer a “Responsible Gaming” service to its patrons. PocketFruity, a leading online operator in the UK, describes the service as their responsibility to provide an environment in which players can have fun while playing in a safe, fair and above all responsible manner.
Before businessmen could freely operate in Las Vegas, the Chicago mob pretty much controlled everything, including Stardust – which the book’s movie-tie up cleverly disguised as The Tangier. Skimming profits was the mob’s main business, and Lefty had a specialty of being the “best handicapper of all time.” Everything operated like a well-oiled machine until Lefty’s most trusted muscle, The Ant, became entangled in a horrible mess that dragged not only Lefty in the entire mess, but all of the mob-controlled casinos in Sin City. Rosenthal still lived up to 2008, and has a website of pretty much everything that went on in his life as a mob boss. Spilotro, on the other hand, meets his demise at the end of the book, and learns the hard way that messing around with the mob, and skimming their skim, has very deadly consequences.
Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas is a great read before watching the film. Although, as with most book-to-movie adaptation, the book has a better way of detailing the shady business dealings, betrayals, politics, and the personal lives of the mob.