Las Vegas to honor visionary Jackie Gaughan

The city of Las Vegas honors the legendary Jackie Gaughan, a man who did so much to re-invent Fremont Street from the late 1950s through today:


WHAT: Casino legend Jackie Gaughan will be presented with a key to the city of Las Vegas by Las Vegas icon Mayor Oscar Goodman. Gaughan is being honored for his many contributions to downtown, Las Vegas, and the casino and gaming industry. Gaughan is an innovative thinker and originated promotions such as fun books and complimentary meals, while being a pillar in the downtown Las Vegas casino scene for over 40 years.

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 13

11-11:30 a.m. Mayor Goodman will present key to the city to Jackie Gaughan

WHO: Casino pioneer Jackie Gaughan and Mayor Oscar Goodman

FACTS: Gaughan has owned or operated several hotels and casinos throughout his career including the Flamingo, Showboat Casino, Union Plaza Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino, Gold Spike Hotel & Casino, Western Casino and the El Cortez Hotel & Casino.

Gaughan recently made his foray into semi-retirement by selling his shares in the El Cortez.

On most days, Gaughan can still be spotted playing poker on the El Cortez casino floor.

Mayor Goodman is the self proclaimed “happiest mayor in the universe” and he has focused many of his efforts as mayor on revitalizing downtown Las Vegas by creating an urban village filled with small businesses, boutiques, fine restaurants, bookstores and an art component where the public can have social dialogue and exchange ideas.

The Cabana Suites will set the new standard for style in downtown Las Vegas with a retro design that is timeless yet modern, featuring chic boutique style in the Fremont East Entertainment District (slated for completion in early 2009.)

WHERE: Entrance to El Cortez Hotel & Casino’s Cabana Suites (formerly Ogden House)

651 E. Ogden Ave.

Las Vegas, NV 89101