Charlie Meyerson, 88, one of Las Vegas’ most illustrious
casino hosts and one of Steve Wynn’s closest friends, has died, according to
reports received by GamingToday at press time Monday.
Actually, Meyerson was a friend of Wynn’s dad in New York
City before joining the Wynn gaming operation as a host at the Golden Nugget in
Atlantic City. When Steve moved to Las Vegas, he enticed Meyerson to follow as
his “Ambassador of Good Will.”
Meyerson worked at The Mirage as head of player development
before retiring to Boca Raton, Fla., five years ago.
According to GT founder Chuck Di Rocco, who
died in March, Meyerson was a friend who was also good copy because of his
One of Di Rocco’s favorite stories involving Charlie
happened when he was a host at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City.
“One time,” Charlie related, “a very high
roller had a heart attack in a fancy suite at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic
City. I arrived at the suite right as the paramedics were carrying the player
out on a stretcher. The player’s wife was there when I arrived and I
immediately went over to give her a hug and
express my condolences on her loss.
“She accepted the gesture, but wanted to know if she
could still have dinner that night at Lilly Langtry’s, one of the Nugget’s
Steve Wynn recalled Meyerson with fondness and deep respect.
“For over 40 years — almost two-thirds of my life —
Charlie Meyerson was a friend of mine. I loved Charlie Meyerson. My life is
better because of him ”¦ I did things because of him that I couldn’t have
done without him.”
Another close friend and associate, Mark Schorr, president
and CEO of Wynn Las Vegas, said Meyerson’s passing was the end of an era.
“The gaming industry has just lost one of its most
lovable and colorful characters,” Schorr said. “I personally lost my
mentor and dear friend.”
Those close to Meyerson recalled he often celebrated his
birthday with another friend, Frank Sinatra, whose birthday was Dec. 12.
Meyerson would have been 89 on Dec. 13.
Those same friends also recalled Meyerson liked to cite a
line from the motion picture, “Good-bye, Charlie.”
“You’ll hate it when I go,” Meyerson often said
He was absolutely right.
He is survived by his wife Pam; sons Lawrence, Michael Randy,
Scott and Jeffery Prince; daughters Donna Soloway, Donna Marie Baldwin, Michele
Cohen and Pam Kripitz; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Long-time friend Gene Kilroy characterized Meyerson as one of
the industry’s “great pioneers.” Kilroy said private services were
planned for Wednesday in New York City.