Allen Glick, 1970s Mafia Leader and Casino Boss, Dies

MYSTERY WIRE – One of the most important figures in the history of organized crime died quietly in Southern California a few days ago.

Allen Glick was once considered the boy prodigy of the Nevada casino industry, but in reality he was a leading man for the Mafia.

Allen R. Glick’s initials – ARG – inspired the name of his company, Argent Corporation, which at its peak had four casinos in Las Vegas, just behind billionaire Howard Hughes. This included the Stardust, the Hacienda, the Fremont, and the Mariana.

Glick, a lawyer and developer, was only 32, with no experience in the casino industry, when he received $ 67 million. loan from the Teamsters Union pension fund, a loan made possible because Glick knew the son of Mafia boss Frank Balistrieri.


This loan, and the others that followed, had conditions attached.

Notably, the number two in Glick’s empire was a doomed sports organizer with long-standing Mafia ties, Frank ‘Lefty’ Rosenthal at the Stardust Hotel and Casino. It was during this time that Glick was ironically honored as the Man of the Year in Las Vegas.

Rosenthal and Glick were both portrayed in the 1995 movie “Casino”. Rosenthal’s character was Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein, and Glick’s character in the movie, Phillip Green, was played by Kevin Pollak.

In reality however, Rosenthal did not report to Glick. He reported directly to the Chicago team leader, as detailed in a groundbreaking 1987 television documentary “Mob on the Run”. The original documentary “Mob on the Run” was produced by former KLAS-TV investigative reporter Ned Day and former KLAS-TV news director Bob Stoldal.

In 1995, KLAS-TV in Las Vegas produced an updated version of “Mob on the Run”.

Silver casinos have been skimmed for millions of dollars. This money went back to organized crime.

After the scheme was finally revealed and key players were assassinated, Glick became a government witness, helping to convict every Mafia boss in the Midwest.

Glick was never accused of being a mob boss, but lived in a walled estate in the San Diego area for the rest of his life until his death at 79 from cancer. .

The San Diego Union-Tribune published the following obituary and photograph.

Allen R. Glick
April 11, 1942 – August 2, 2021
La Jolla, California

Allen R. Glick passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his beloved family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Allen is survived by his beloved of 25 years, his wife Kathleen Glick, his sons of whom he was immensely proud of Todd and Cary Glick, and his beloved grandsons Aaron and Adam Glick. Allen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 11, 1942, son of Jack and Pearl Glick. He attended Kiski School, received his BA from Ohio State University and his JD from Case-Western Reserve School of Law. Allen was admitted to the bars of California and Pennsylvania. Allen entered the military in 1967 as a first lieutenant in the military police branch. He was transferred to special operations where he served as a captain in Vietnam. He learned to speak Vietnamese to assist the military in military search and rescue operations. His bravery showed no limits and for it was awarded the Bronze Star, three air combat medals and the Vietnamese Medal of Honor. He was honorably released in 1969. Allen’s business accomplishments are immeasurable. He joined the American Housing Guild of San Diego and the Saratoga Land Development Company. From there he formed his own business which purchased the Hacienda Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel has been developed into a first class property with the largest RV fleet in southern Nevada. He pioneered the development of the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. In 1974 Allen acquired Recrion Corporation (later renamed Argent Corporation). As chairman and chairman of Argent Corporation, Allen owned and operated the Stardust Hotel and Casino, the Fremont Hotel and Casino, and the Marina Casino. Argent Corporation was one of Nevada’s largest casino and hotel owners in the mid-1970s, bringing the first sports betting and racing operation to the “Strip”. His company was also responsible for the highlighting of the Siegfreid and Roy show. Allen sold his holdings in Las Vegas in 1980. He was second behind Howard Hughes in hotel and casino ownership. Allen was president and owner of ARG Enterprises, LLC, in La Jolla, California.

The company was a private and diversified company whose core activities were real estate investments (apartments and warehouses). The company has participated in projects in southern and northern California, Arizona and Oregon. He has acted as an advisor and / or consultant to several real estate developers in the context of financing and strategic planning. In addition, Allen has been involved in advising, structuring and mediating several companies for private investors. He has had joint ventures with the Lai Sun Group, Hong Kong, PAGOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming) and Marco Polo Pure China Fund, Hong Kong. Allen owned several casinos in Costa Rica, was the innovator and developer of the Philippine Dream, a floating entertainment center located in Cebu, Mactan, Philippines. He was responsible for expanding the successful lottery operation in Caracus, Venezula by introducing VLT machines. He was also involved in the development and construction of one of the major office complexes in Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands, BVI, and in the construction and operation of a major entertainment center in Macau. Allen’s board members included the former president and member of the Scripps Memorial. Hospital Advisory Board, La Jolla, Calif., Challenged Athletes, San Diego Sheriff Association, Kiski Board of Trustees, Saltsburg, Pa. Even with his many business accomplishments, the greatest measure of his life has been his dedication to his wife Kathy , his family and his friends. Allen has lived a full and wonderful life, enjoying many global adventures. Allen will always be remembered for his generosity and kindness. His presence will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Posted by San Diego Union-Tribune on Aug 5, 2021.

Below is the original “Mob on the Run” from 1987.