By GT Staff | Anyone who believes Las Vegasí local gaming market has gone stagnant with the slumping economy wasnít at the opening of Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel last week.
The $250 million Eastside Cannery attracted an elbow-to-elbow crowd of thousands, many of whom waited for two hours to experience the newest casino on the Boulder Highway "Strip."
Built on the site of the former Nevada Palace, Eastside Cannery was built by Cannery Casino Resorts, which is owned by veteran casino operators Bill Wortman and Bill Paulos.
"Eastside Cannery is an outstanding addition to Cannery Casino Resorts," Wortman said. "We are excited to have opened our doors to the public and we are confident the property will set the standard for casinos catering to the local Las Vegas market."
Like its cousin the Cannery in North Las Vegas, Eastside Cannery is a sprawling resort filled with video gaming machines, table games, a modern race and sports book, bingo hall and a variety of dining and entertainment choices.
With its 16-story tower of new football season?
"Iím very excited," Goldberg admitted. "When I got into the industry as a ticket writer this is where I thought I would get to in my climb up the ladder and right now Iím thrilled to be at Palace (Station), Station Casinosí first casino and Iím really excited for football season. It doesnít get better than this in our industry."
And Goldberg, who said the first bet he made when he moved to Sin City was at the Palace Station, said he has learned an awful lot from two guys whose names are familiar to sports bettors around Las Vegas.
"Ever since I started Iíve been eager to learn as much as I can. I really attribute everything Iíve learned to (Sunset Station Sports Book Manager) Micah Roberts and (Station Casinos Vice President of Sports Book Operations) Art (Manteris) who have really guided me and helped me learn all that knowledge at such a young age," he said.
Goldberg said the stuff he learned from Roberts will prove to be invaluable.
"Two-and-a-half years under Micah, every day Iíd go into his office and ask questions and try and learn as much as I could," Goldberg revealed. "He was great."
Still learning the ins-and-outs at the Stationís property at 2411 W. Sahara Ave. will take some time but Goldberg is thrilled with what heís seen so far in his first several weeks on the job.
"Right now weíre just working on all of our (football) contests Ė The Great Giveaway, The Challenge, The Last Man Standing. Right now Iím just learning the job and weíll try and make improvements later," Goldberg said. "But the supervisors are tremendous and the ticket writers (at the Palace Station) couldnít be better."
And Goldbergís attitude about the new gig couldnít be better.
"I think itíll be fun," he said "Iím jumping right into the fire Ė (Itís going to be) trial by fire."
Resorts Principal William Paulos and Eastside Cannery Vice President and General Manager Salvatore Semola celebrate the grand opening of Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel on Thursday, August 28, 2008.