The Real Deal Chicago

The former Las Vegas home of infamous mobster Tony Spilotro set for its next chapter

Joe Pesci’s character in Martin Scorsese’s “Casino” was based on the notorious mob enforcer from Chicago
January 26, 2019 12:00PM

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The owner of Las Vegas home that once belonged to notorious Chicago mobster Tony Spilotro is looking for an offer he can’t refuse. And, as of Friday, it seems he found one.

The 2,400-square-foot home on nearly one third of an acre now belongs to David Stevens, a contractor and president of XL Steel. He was asking $420,000 for the property and, according to Redfin, Stevens has accepted an offer.

The four-bedroom ranch at 4675 Balfour Drive is modest by today’s standards, but after Spilotro and his wife, Nancy, had it built in 1974, the mobster was said to be proud to have the biggest pool in the neighborhood, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Spilotro was the basis for Joe Pesci’s character in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 Las Vegas mob movie, “Casino.” Like Pesci’s character Nicky Santoro, Spilotro was a mob enforcer sent out west to protect the mob’s interests in the fledgling casino industry.

And, like Pesci’s character, Spilotro eventually fell out of favor with his Chicago Outfit overlords. He and his brother, Michael Spilotro, were beaten to death and buried in a Northwest Indiana farm field in 1986.

Among its features is an oversized closet where Spilotro allegedly used to keep weapons and cash. [Las Vegas Review Journal] — John O’Brien