Frank DeAngelo has been a Las Vegas Resident for 52 years. Frank is a “Jersey Guy” whose both parents were both born of Italian immigrants. He was raised in the military until he was 16, his father being a lifetime military man and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the US Army.
When Frank first came to Vegas, there were only about 100,000 people living in the Las Vegas Valley. It was quite a culture shock (one reason being there was no shortage of dirt roads). It was quite an eye opener on his second day in town when he went looking for the driver of a jeep that broadsided and totaled his paid-for Oldsmobile his first night in town at the corner of 3rd and Carson only to discover there were no addresses on Flamingo Rd. and no address given by the driver and who had no insurance. Since Frank’s bankroll was only $75, it kind of locked in his fate that he would be a Vegas resident for some time. What a welcome!
At the time, there were only 7 major strip casinos and several downtown casinos and also quite a few what they call in the gaming industry “Sawdust Joints” which were small gaming traps. Frank Sinatra and his sidekicks appeared here on a regular basis.
“I remember seeing Frank at the Sands Hotel for a whopping $7.50 – That’s right, seven dollars and fifty cents!” says Frank.
At the time of his arrival, Frank was a top notch hair stylist and had the opportunity to work on a lot of female celebrity clients and the wives of many male celebrities. It was a real blast in those days. There were some serious experiences. Since lounges were huge venues for entertainment, the lounges were bristling with top name performers of the time and .65 cents was the price of a drink in a lounge where a lot of the entertainers performed. $7.50 was a top price in any show.
Frank chose to leave the hair industry after owning a salon for several years and decided to segway into the gaming industry while also getting his license to practice real estate. Real estate just wasn’t his cup of tea at the time, so he stuck with the gaming business. After a couple of years of applying himself to learning the ropes, Frank was fortunate enough to have some of the best jobs in town. It wasn’t long before he had climbed the ranks and became one of those “guys in a suit” which in those days meant you had to know what you were doing.
Frank has some great gaming stories. He traveled to Lake Tahoe to work in the Baccarat game at King’s Castle hotel before returning to Vegas to end up a backup shift manager in the big Baccarat game at the Sands Hotel where Frank and Sammy often appeared. From there, he went over to the Riviera Hotel and onto the old Sahara Hotel (now the SLS) where he managed the “21” pit and Baccarat.
Frank most recently, in the mid 90’s, did a stint on a management team in an effort to open casino gaming in Red China followed by a 3 year experience helping to manage an Indian casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Frank has traveled all through Europe including Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal; Morocco, Germany and England. Acapulco, Mexico was a regular weekend break. He does speak German fairly well and some Italian.
In 1999 upon returning from New Mexico Frank decided to go back into real estate and in no time became an award winning agent with Century 21 as one of their top agents in the Southwest. From there he joined RE/Max for another five years. He is presently hanging his license at ALL Vegas Valley Realty where his wife, Cameron DeAngelo is the owner/Broker. Cameron and Frank met in 1999 and married in 2006. Cameron has an extensive history of working in the legal field in a position of Legal Investigator in Seattle, Washington, her home state and place of birth. Frank says she’s a smart cookie and the ultimate professional.
Frank has sold properties from $30,000 Repo’s to million dollar homes and buildings. He also has a long list of medical clients he has represented over the last 15 years who are not only clients but friends. He says everyone gets the same service whether it’s a small condo or a million dollar luxury home or high rise.
Frank has also delved in the acting profession with some forty to fifty film and television productions to his credit and has worked with such stars as John Goodman. James Garner and Dennis Farina to name a few. (Loved Garner and knew Dennis well). Not to mention the fact that he wrote a book “Casinos Coast to Coast” that was published in 1999. The book only sold 4,000 copies but Frank’s take is it was a heck of an accomplishment.
Frank has a collection of Las Vegas lore in his personal file including gaming stories, Las Vegas Mob stories and some of the local characters Frank knew that produced other “good guy, bad guy” stories. The thing about all Frank’s stories is; They are all true.
For top notch personal assistance in finding real estate property or properties that meet your personal criteria whether you are buying or leasing contact Frank at 702-499-0432. You’ll enjoy the experience and if nothing else you’ll get the “real” story.