( Las Vegas, NV ) – Jackie Gaughan was prounounced dead of natural causes early Wednesday morning.
Anyone whoever hung out at the El Cortez downtown either knew the old fellow sitting with them at the tables was royalty here – or may have just thought he was another gambler.
Gaughan really did live in the penthouse of the El Cortez.
At one time he owned more than half a dozen properties in Las Vegas including the Plaza downtown – which even had his name attached to it, as well as the now long-gone Showboat Hotel.
The family gaming name lives on. Gaughan’s son Michael owns and operates The South Point.
Governor Brian Sandoval released a statement on Gaughan’s passing,”Few people have influenced Las Vegas and Nevada like Jackie Gaughan. He played an important role in the history of Las Vegas, helping shape it into the city we know today. There is no question his incredible legacy will be felt for generations to come.”
Senator Harry Reid also commented on Gaughan’s death, “Jackie is a pioneer of gaming and there is no one more respected in the industry. He came to Las Vegas during World War II, while stationed at what was then Las Vegas Air Force Base; he grew to love Las Vegas, and chose to stay. He created the modern-day casino in Nevada. He has a wonderful family and leaves a wonderful and lasting legacy in Las Vegas. He will forever be missed, and my thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”