Five more legends inducted into Hall of Fame

Mar 27, 2001 6:42 AM

Several of Las Vegas’ biggest headliners were inducted Friday into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana Hotel.

About 300 people attended the star-studded ceremonies, which were hosted by Bob Anderson.

The stars include Pat Cooper, Tony Orlando, Bernie Allen, Clint Holmes and Nat King Cole. Casey Cole accepted the honor on behalf of her father, Nat King Cole.

The induction ceremonies have become a combination Friar’s Roast and free-wheeling jam session. Last week audiences were treated to impromptu performances from funnyman Bernie Allen and the outrageous Pat Cooper, who had the audience doubled over with his irreverent style of humor.

While Tony Orlando didn’t perform any of his signature numbers, he delivered some heartfelt sentiments about his 40-plus years in show business. Anyone lucky enough to attend Clint Holmes debut of his new show at Harrah’s later that night found Orlando performing a few sets after being lured out of the audience.

Finally, Clint Holmes gripped the audience with a style cut from the mold of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and the other great entertainers who built the city of Las Vegas.

In fact, many in the audience said Holmes’ show is a link to the city’s Golden Era, when the country’s greatest entertainers played up and down the Strip, in lounges as well as in "main" rooms.

The induction into the Hall of Fame is based on accomplishments and achievements that have made a significant impact on the gaming and entertainment industries.

Mikohn reports loss for 2000

Mikohn Gaming Corp. announced Thursday that its net loss for 2000 was $18.9 million, equal to $1.72 per share, which compares with net income of $0.9 million, or 9 cents per share in 1999.

Revenues for the year were $100.8 million, compared to $106.9 million in 1999. Due to the loss, Mikohn will be undergoing a major strategic repositioning, which will focus the company on its recurring revenue-producing slot and table gaming operations.

David J. Thompson, chairman and chief executive officer, said that the past year did not meet expectations. He cited soft demand in Europe and Australia; a substantial decrease in the systems business due to the lack of new multi-site slot projects; low profitability in exterior signage reflecting development costs of the new LED unit; and flat results in interior signs and electronics with few new casino openings.

Prez to Prez is magicalmeeting at Caesars Palace

Former President Jimmy Carter had a magical time at Caesars Palace last week. He was greeted at the hotel’s porte cochere by newly appointed Caesars Palace President John Shigley. Among the highlights of Carter’s visit was dinner and a show at Caesars Magical Empire.

President Carter’s dinner included congratulations to fellow diners who were celebrating a birthday, and the president’s "executive decision" of dessert for everyone: cheesecake with fresh berries, flourless chocolate cake and tiramisu.

Mecca appointed at Station Casinos

"It’s great to be coming home!"

That’s what Mike Mecca told GamingToday Monday after it was announced that he has been appointed vice president and general manager of Station Casinos’ (STN) new Green Valley Ranch Hotel, Casino & Spa.

At the same time, Blake L. Sartini, executive vice president and COO of STN, announced that Scott E. Garawitz will become vice president and general manager for Auburn-Rancheria, the new gaming and entertainment facility Station manages for the Auburn Indian community near Sacramento, Calif.

Mecca brings 25 years of hotel and gaming experience to his new position. He has held senior management positions with Caesars World resorts and Melbourne, Aus., based Crown Ltd. In 1997, Mecca joined Circus Circus Enterprises (now Mandalay Resort Group) where he was chief operating officer of its Ramparts International marketing division. His purpose was to establish international marketing networks. He was also vice president and general manager of Mandalay Bay Casino. Mecca and his wife, Sandy, live in Spanish Trails, Las Vegas.

The development and operation of the Auburn-Rancheria casino is dependent on the receipt of regulatory approvals from the National Indian Gaming Commission and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Sartini said Garawitz has made numerous contributions to the growth of STN during his nine-year career with the company. He will play a key role in the start-up and growth of the new Auburn property that is scheduled to open next year.

At the same time, Sartini said the company is pleased to have an industry leader like Mike Mecca join Station Casinos as a member of its new management team.