Vegas Gambling Pioneer Gaughan Dies at 93

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas gambling pioneer who once owned much of the downtown casino market has died. John "Jackie" Gaughan was 93.

Clark County coroner's officials say Wednesday that Gaughan died in hospice care.

Gaughan is most closely associated with the El Cortez casino, which he bought in 1963. He later transferred ownership of the historic casino, but lived in a penthouse apartment there into his 90s and was known to play poker in the casino almost every day.

Gaughan has also been associated with the Showboat, the Golden Nugget, the Pioneer and Boulder clubs, the Flamingo and the Royal Inn.

His son, Michael Gaughan, is owner of the South Point Casino.

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