El Cortez renaming walkway to honor Jackie Gaughan

Oct 5, 2010 10:51 AM

The El Cortez Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas is celebrating Jackie Gaughan's 90th birthday by renaming its walkway to Las Vegas Boulevard.

  The casino said Tuesday that Gaughan will share cake and champagne with guests
  on Sunday to celebrate.

 Gaughan is a casino legend, owning or operating a handful of joints including the Golden
 Nugget Hotel & Casino, the Flamingo, the Gold Spike Hotel & Casino and the El Cortez.

 He's retired now, living in the El Cortez penthouse. Casino officials say he still plays poker
 at the casino.

 El Cortez officials say Gaughan advised other casino owners about slot machines and
 helped bring boxing to Sin City.

 The El Cortez was built in 1941.