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Bob Stupak

Bob Stupak over the years.

Michael and Jennifer Watkins, of Seattle, ride Insanity at the top of the Stratosphere in Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 7, 2011
King Kong, fire and other Stratosphere facts
BACKGROUNDER:
Friday, April 6, 2012
Casino developer Bob Stupak had envisioned an 1,800-foot tower when he set off to build his Stratosphere, but the Federal Aviation Administration wouldn’t have it. Still, the tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, according to its owner.
Full of quirks, Bob Stupak refused to go out ‘calling’
ODDS ’N’ ENDS:
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Bob Stupak I’ll remember liked to talk about sports betting and gambling exploits.
Bob Stupak at the unveiling of the artist's rendering of his casino tower at Vegas World, which would later become the Stratosphere, Feb. 1990.
Brash huckster and visionary builder Bob Stupak dies at 67
Robert E. Stupak: 1942-2009: One of a kind made his mark as gambler, developer of Vegas World, Stratosphere
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Bob Stupak was the ultimate Las Vegas gambler and huckster, always pushing the envelope if it would bring him publicity. Always the independent, he was more aggravating than charming, but always a topic of conversation, which pleased him. He died Friday after a long battle with leukemia.
Bob Stupak, right, watches as a Horseshoe Casino cashier counts out $100 bills as Stupak cashed in his markers and removed items from a lockbox in the casino cage. Stupak attempted to cash a $5,000 casino chip from the hotel but that transaction was refused.
Bob Stupak, builder of Stratosphere and Vegas World, dies at 67
1942-2009:
Friday, September 25, 2009
Bob Stupak, a Las Vegas legend who developed the Stratosphere and called himself the Polish Maverick, died today at Desert Springs Hospital after a long illness. He was 67. After an unconventional boyhood in Pittsburgh he came to Las Vegas, where he survived a motorcycle crash and sparred with gaming regulators. In his early days, Stupak delved into pop music and motorcycle drag racing before he began selling coupon books.
A Gamble in the Sand
How Las Vegas transformed itself from a railroad watering hole to the 'Entertainment Capital of the World'
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Despite the pull of its gaming and glamour, this city is like many other major metropolises — a community that cares about its citizens, relishes its own distinct economic and social roles, and offers individuals the ability to fulfill and flourish within their own desires and dreams. And the small railroad town that was formed a little more than 100 years ago didn’t become “The Entertainment Capital of the World” on pure luck, either.
A new way to play the game on the Strip
Monday, May 14, 2007
A new business model is slowly but significantly unfolding along the Strip. Just watch what happens to the 26 acres that were the El Rancho hotel site in the 1940s but which have languished, vacant, since 1960.
THE YEAR IN POLITICS:
Sunday, December 24, 2006
At 3 a.m., they were checking the day's tracking polls, which grew ever more ominous.
Nevada Stupak's address may be cause for concern
Wednesday, June 9, 2004
Answer: 1301 S. 6th St.
Stupak proud, but not notably nostalgic about Stratosphere
Friday, May 4, 2001
Bob Stupak doesn't visit the Stratosphere Tower much anymore.
Controversy, suits follow sale of Thunderbird properties
Monday, February 26, 2001
Flamboyant gambling entrepreneur Bob Stupak's plan to sell a collection of small motels and a wedding chapel on Las Vegas Boulevard has led to a flurry of litigation over allegedly defaulted payments and even the ownership of reputed "moon rocks."
Stupak, Behnen animosity heats up
Tuesday, August 29, 2000
A Friday night altercation at a popular restaurant has heated up a feud between Bob Stupak and the Behnen family, the owners of the Horseshoe Club.
Stupak rips secret probe allegations
Thursday, April 6, 2000
Bob Stupak, the colorful Las Vegas gaming entrepreneur who built the Stratosphere Tower, flatly denied allegations in an attorney general's probe that he bribed regulators, rigged slot machines and fronted for the mob.
Suit says Stupak sold hotel, owes exec
Monday, December 6, 1999
Has Bob Stupak sold the Thunderbird hotel?
Settlement ends civil suit involving Stupak's son
Thursday, May 27, 1999
Stupak, who is seeking to unseat City Councilman Gary Reese in the June 8 general election, reached a settlement in a civil suit late Tuesday stemming from a March 31, 1995, motorcycle accident that injured him and nearly killed his father, gambler Bob Stupak.
Stupak plan sinks
Tuesday, May 25, 1999
Residents of historic Fifth Place are feeling like they're kings of the world today after the Las Vegas City Council sank a zoning proposal related to a Titanic-themed resort in their neighborhood.

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