Gomes has Pocono hopes

Nov 15, 2005 4:17 AM

Veteran gaming executive Dennis Gomes, through his Gomes Gaming Management LLC, has joined a group of investors who hope to build a $2 billion casino in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Gomes, who headed gaming properties in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City during his career and even spent time with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, most recently was president and CEO of Tropicana Atlantic City, owned by Aztar Corp., a position he held for more than a decade.

He and his company have joined with Matzel Development, a New Jersey and Pennsylvania-based real estate development company. Their goal is to construct Pocono Manor Inn & Golf Resort in Marshalls Creek, Pa., a development that will include a one million square-foot hotel and casino complex housing 5,000 slot machines.

"With Dennis leading our gaming operation," said Greg Matzel in making the announcement, "we now have a team in place that is second to none-not only in Pennsylvania, but anywhere in the country."

Other groups affiliated with the project are JEMB Realty Corp of New York, Spectrum Gaming Group LLC, New England Design Inc., Urban Research & Development Corporation and the Neiman group of Harrisburg, Pa.

Gomes ended his relationship with Aztar Corporation as its president of Aztar Resorts in May of this year. He supervised the operation of the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, as well as its namesake in Atlantic City and was responsible for the latter’s recent addition of the highly-successful Quarters development at the A.C. Trop.

During the 90’s, he was the subject of a lawsuit between Steve Wynn, then head of Mirage Resorts, and Donald Trump who lured Gomes away from the Wynn company to head the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel Casino in Atlantic City.