The champagne was flowing today at the El Cortez as gaming legend Jackie Gaughan celebrated his 89th birthday with Elvis, showgirls and guests at the property.
Jackie” Gaughan is a casino owner and operator from the early 1950s in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jackie is a native of Omaha, Nebraska who currently calls the El Cortez home. After the war Gaughan purchased the El Cortez, a casino that was formerly owned by Bugsy Seigel. Siegel had sold it to finance the Flamingo.
On March 25, 2004, Barrick Gaming purchased four of Jackie’s downtown casinos for $82 million.