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El Cortez To Honor Late Owner

Jackie Gaughan Exhibit To Open At Downtown Las Vegas Hotel
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photo courtesy University of Nebraska at Lincoln

photo courtesy University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — An exhibit honoring the late Las Vegas gambling pioneer Jackie Gaughan is going up in his beloved El Cortez casino.

The display set to be unveiled Tuesday is titled “Jackie Gaughan’s Downtown As Seen Through Gaming Memorabilia.” It will include casino chips, tokens, dice and other artifacts from nine casinos Gaughan owned or had a stake in.

The exhibit is the first mobile display of the Museum of Gaming History, which is a project of the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club.

Gaughan died in March at the age of 93. He once owned much of the downtown casino market but was most closely associated with the El Cortez casino.

He lived in a penthouse apartment there and was known to play poker in the casino almost every day.

 

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