Bob Stupak lost his fight against leukemia

The colorful high stakes gambler and entrepreneur Bob Stupak died age 67 after losing the fight against leukemia. Well known and respected in Las Vegas for his innovative ideas and for building the highest point in Las Vegas the Stratosphere Tower will forever remind his friends about him.

Born in 1942

Bob was born April 6th 1942 in Pittsburg Pennsylvania where his father ran an illegal gambling racket which most likely caused Bob Stupak to become the gambler he was.

Besides gambling Bob Stupak’s biggest passion was motorbike racing which in 1995 almost got him killed after an accident on a Las Vegas Street. Bob had more or less all bones in the face broken after hitting the ground face down but managed to recover the terrible accident.

The opening of Bob Stupak’s Vegas World just north of Sahara Casino in 1979 really put focus on Bob Stupak and his many alternative marketing ideas. Being far from the strip and the many walking tourists Bob invented quite a lot of great ideas to attract the gamblers to his property. Crapless Craps, Blackjack where the players could see both the dealer’s cards and other player friendly games turned Vegas World into a success.

The idea to build the Stratosphere tower arose after Bob Stupak visited Sydney and saw the Sydney Tower back in the late 1980scxx and in 1992 Bob Stupak was ready to build he monument and highest tower in Las Vegas. Bob never managed to finalize this enormous project himself and decided to sell the Stratosphere tower to Lyle Berman who finalized the hotel and casino complex in 1996 and afterwards sold it to Carl Icahn who ran a company takeover specialist business. Today the Stratosphere is an extremely profitable business visited by most tourists in Las Vegas.

Close to a million dollars

Bob Stupak cashed almost $1.000.000 in poker tournament winnings since 1984 with the highlights of his career being the WSOP bracelet he won in 1989 in Deuce to Seven Draw and the WPT final table appearance in L.A Poker Classic 2003 where he cashed $46.715. A total of 8 WSOP cashes and 11 WPT cashes show that Bob Stupak definitely knew the game of poker and was not afraid to play against the best which he showed when appearing in the first season of High Stakes poker facing real tough opposition.

Bob Stupak will be remembered by many and hopefully someone will make a few of his visionary ideas come through in the years to come.


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