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Over the years, he had stakes in many Las Vegas casinos, but this was Casino owners Jackie Gaughan, left, and his son Michael Gaughan.


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Jackie and his son Michael have owned more local casinos than any other father​-son duo in the city's history. That number stands at eight -- nine with Tuesday's.


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Jackie Gaughan, then-owner of the El Cortez hotel-casino, stands next a display case that contains part of his collection of rare coins and.


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Jackie Gaughan posing in front of his El Cortez Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas in ; the gaming pioneer died March 12 at


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South Point owner Michael Gaughan says his late father, Las Vegas casino pioneer Jackie Gaughan, would be baffled by his marketing.


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After his service years Gaughan returned to Nebraska and completed a bachelor's degree in business administration at Creighton University. Warning: You must ensure you meet all age and other regulatory requirements before entering a casino or placing a wager. After making a success of that off-Strip resort by promoting strong blackjack action and serving good food as a loss-leader -- tricks he learned from his dad -- he invested his profits in the Golden Nugget. RGT Online is an information service free of any gaming operator's control. All Rights Reserved. He has bought and sold casinos as the market has allowed him. But the Gaughan family gaming empire was built mainly on the glittering successes of Jackie and Michael. At the time Sam was alive, the Boyd family owned five resorts, but one of them was Sam's Gold River in Laughlin, which later was sold. Michael's brother Jackie "John" Gaughan Jr. Jackie Gaughan made an art of marketing to locals with giveaways like candy and jackets that feature advertisements of his casinos. In Michael was licensed to operate the lucrative slot concession at McCarran International Airport. He makes no apologies to critics who say that gaming should not actively seek the money of area residents because it hurts the economy when they lose and they cannot buy food, goods and other products. Nevada Gambling. That number stands at eight -- nine with Tuesday's opening of Michael's Suncoast. I've got no place to go. Do not assume that Internet gaming sites are in compliance with the rules and regulations of every jurisdiction from which they accept players. It was the first and only time someone took my personal note for a hotel purchase. Three years later Gaughan bought the Union Plaza, which is now called the Plaza. Jackie would joke with El Cortez employees, telling them they could go far when a dishwasher at his place could become a casino owner. They did it on their own and they also worked hard. In Gaughan bought the Western, where he promoted penny slots and low-limit table games and bingo. And Michael, in turn, taught his son, John Gaughan, who is a horse race disseminator, providing live horse race broadcasts to race books. She and Jackie were high school sweethearts and she was long active in the operations of the El Cortez, overseeing the operation of the coin-counting room. There are hundreds of jurisdictions in the world with Internet access and hundreds of different games and gambling opportunities available on the Internet. Michael Gaughan, 57, learned the industry from the ground up, working at the El Cortez as a busboy, dishwasher and maintenance engineer. As a senior in college, he was drafted into the Army Air Corps. In Gaughan bought the Gold Spike. Gaughan moved his family to Las Vegas in and the next year bought an interest in the Flamingo hotel-casino that was founded four years earlier by mobster Bugsy Siegel. Gaughan also operated the Saratoga and Derby sports books from to Gaughan later sold his shares in the Flamingo and concentrated his efforts on the downtown area, where he had been buying hotels, including the Las Vegas Club in and the El Cortez in -- both with his good friend Mel Exber. The Gaughan family business has been passed down from generation to generation. At one point he was second in stock holdings to Steve Wynn, who also had learned much about the industry working with Jackie Gaughan. In Michael opened the Orleans, which like the Gold Coast is an off-Strip attraction in the southwest end of town. Much of the Gaughans' success can be attributed to one simple factor -- hard work. YOU are responsible for determining if it is legal for YOU to play any particular game or place any particular wager under the laws of the jurisdiction where you are located. They didn't own Main Street back then. Kell Houssels Sr. At age 30 he became the town's youngest casino owner when he purchased the Royal Inn. Another of Jackie's philosophies about hotel-casino ownership is that nothing is forever.

Jackie and his son Michael have owned more local casinos than any other father-son duo in the city's history. On the advice of a friend, he bought 3 percent interest in the Boulder Club in with money he had made as a bookmaker prior to joining the service.

Michael jackie gaughan casinos a good deal of the business from Jackie, starting as a year-old pool boy at the Flamingo. Jackie also has been a civic leader, supporting numerous causes and charities.

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Gaughan bought the Hotel Nevada in , sold it, bought it back and later sold it again. Today it is a nongaming property operated by Ann Meyers, city records show. Jackie learned about the bookmaking business from his dad, who worked in legal casinos at Carter Lake, Neb. Jackie at one time owned as many local casinos -- six -- as the late billionaire Howard Hughes, who was credited with bringing Las Vegas into the corporate age. Gaughan made the El Cortez the flagship of his operations. However, with passage in the late s of a gambling tax that crippled bookmaking in that state, Gaughan pulled up stakes and moved to Las Vegas. Michael's Gold Coast opened just before Christmas in In the early s he bought an interest in Mississippi River gambling boats. After graduation, he worked as a bookmaker for legal gaming properties. The only other father-son combo to come close to equaling the Gaughans in the number of local resorts owned was the late Sam Boyd and Bill Boyd, who today is chairman of Boyd Gaming Corp.