Vegas casino mogul Bob Stupak died at 67

Posted Sep 25, 2009 by Jay David Murphy
Famous Las Vegas entrepreneur, Bob Stupak, builder of the Stratosphere Tower, owner of Vegas World, died after battling leukemia in Las Vegas Friday.
The crown of the Stratosphere is the legacy that is Bob Stupak on the Las Vegas Strip.
Jay David Murphy
Bob Stupak died Friday at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas after battling Leukemia. He was 67.
Stupak was best known for building the Stratosphere Hotel and the 1,149-foot-tall Tower that still dominates the north end of the Las Vegas Strip.
Before the Stratosphere he had the Vegas World, which was born from his venture called ‘Bob Stupak’s World Famous Historic Gambling Museum and Casino.’ When he first arrived in Vegas in the 1970’s he started with a restaurant.
Bob Stupak was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania April 6, 1942.
According to Wikipedia once he was of legal age he arrived in Vegas and started a coupon book venture. After a rough go at business in Australia he was asked to leave the country and ended back in Vegas in 1971 and put together enough money to buy 1.5 acres of land north of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.
After the gambling museum burned down he opened Vegas World and in the 1980’s he grossed $100 million a year.
In 1979 he won a highly publicized million dollar wager on Super Bowl XXII and then later that year he won the Deuce to Seven Lowball championship bracelet in the World Series of Poker.
In 1995 he was in a horrific motorcycle accident, breaking every bone in his face. At that time he was building the Stratosphere, which opened in 1996. It was a financial blunder at the time costing $550 million to construct which went into bankruptcy and was sold.
During his life in Las Vegas he was in constant pursuit of political office but never won a position in any political office.
Senator Harry Reid commented to Jay David Murphy on the passing of Bob Stupak, "Bob has been my friend for 35 years, and I was saddened to learn of his passing. Las Vegas has seen many visionary people come and go throughout the years, but few personified the town like Bob did. He was a genuine Las Vegas character. My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob's family and friends during this difficult time."
For Bob Stupak, Las Vegas was a roller coaster ride, but he leaves a legacy on Las Vegas Boulevard -- his vision, his Stratosphere, which continues to this day to amaze visitors, now with roller coaster rides on its top.