Bob Stupak, Mr. Las Vegas, dies at 67


On Friday, Bob Stupak, Las Vegas visionary, promoter, and lifelong gambler, died of leukemia. He was 67.

A native of Pittsburgh, Stupak became a permanent resident of Las Vegas in 1971 and, in 1996, then-mayor Jan Jones gave him the official name "Mr. Las Vegas," evidently ignoring Wayne Newton's claim on the moniker. However, comparisons to Newton aside, "Mr. Las Vegas" wasn't Stupak's only nickname: the self-proclaimed "Polish Maverick" made a living out of capturing the interest (and dollars) of his adopted city's many tourists.