GO OR DON’T GO? If someone is brave enough to put up a betting prop on whether or not the pending sale of Jackie Gaughan’s four downtown properties is a go, bet as much as you want to win on the don’t go according to our source.
Said the pipe: “You should know that this is not inside information, but rather a personal observation.
“I seriously question how a newcomer to the gaming industry could succeed where Jackie — a real pro — is having trouble, as is all of downtown.
“I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, certainly not Jackie’s. I wish him nothing but the best; he certainly deserves it. But I just don’t see this happening.”
STAN FULTON’S ON A ROLL: At least his horse, Roll Hennessy Roll, is. The two-year-old colt recently won the $125,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Dreams of next year’s Kentucky Derby? Possibly. Roll Hennessy Role, a $52,000 yearling purchase at Keeneland last January, was the even-money favorite in the Prevue Stakes that he won by four lengths, a record margin in the stake’s 21-year history.
Fulton, the founder of Anchor Gaming, the Las Vegas slot machine company that was sold to IGT, owns and operates Sunland Park and Casino in New Mexico and got involved in racing thoroughbreds because “he saw all his friends having so much fun.” He currently owns 20 two-year-olds, 27 yearlings and a few three-year-olds.
Among his juveniles, in addition to Roll Hennessy Roll, Fulton has three other stakes winners. They are Crackup, Gralley and Cherokee’s Disco.
Not bad for a newcomer to the game.
THERE’S A WHIRLWIND DUE IN A.C.: Folks in Atlantic City had better hold on to their hats. That dynamo Dennis Gomes has just been elected president of the Casino Association of New Jersey.
Gomes, once involved in a tug-of-war between Steve Wynn and Donald Trump, is president of resort operations for Aztar Corporation. But, he really got his start in gaming while serving as an investigator for the Nevada Gaming Control Board. He later held executive positions with several casino properties.
A CPA with a master’s degree from the University of Washington, Gomes is noted for his innovative style and creative approach to business.
Gomes succeeds Tim Wilmott who next month assumes his new role as chief operating officer of Harrah’s Entertainment Inc.
FOR EDWARDS, LIFE’S A BORE: Throughout his tumultuous years in politics, former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was always on the go. No more. Now serving a 10-year sentence for extorting riverboat casino applicants, Edwards finds his new life boring.
Mostly, he said from his federal prison in Texas, his life is filled with bad food and television shows that feature soap operas and wrestling.
In a recent form letter distributed among friends, Edwards said he didn’t expect the food to compare to what he was used to in Louisiana but in fact “here it is just horrible.”
At 74, his chores are limited to cleaning the large glass doors and windows in the TV room. After that, he said, “I am free to do as I please.” Fortunately, he said, his fellow inmates are friendly and there is no violence and total discipline.
But, for the most part, he and his fellow inmates “drag ourselves through life like forgotten spirits.”