Vegas trips won't be the same without Pat

Jan 5, 2016 3:00 AM

Las Vegas is like a second home to my wife and I. Been there more times than we can count over the last four decades.

We have stayed at numerous great hotels and made some very good friends. Anyone who frequents Vegas regularly knows it’s best to acquaint yourself with a casino host who you can work with to make your stay a little more enjoyable. I’ve had some good, some average and some great hosts since we started to go to Sin City in the late 70s. That’s why I wasn’t a happy camper when I found out recently one of the best ever, a guy who’s done it all from working the floor as a craps dealer to spinning roulette, Pat Traficant, is no longer with the M Resort.

I always referred to Pat on my Fox Sports radio show as “The Godfather of Hosts” because that’s what he was. I don’t know all the particulars, but I am definitely not happy about it. I think it was a mistake. Penn (National) Gaming now runs the M and someone up above made the decision.

I met Pat when he appeared on the show “American Casino” when he worked at Green Valley Ranch. I know when Anthony Marnel opened The M, he was thrilled to have Pat join him, but Marnel is no longer the owner. I can tell you we will follow Pat if he goes somewhere else. If he doesn’t, The M is a great place to stay, but I know I speak for many. A real pro, Pat Traficant, will be sorely missed. Good luck my friend.

Mike North has been in sports radio 20-plus years. He is heard weekly on the national FoxSports Radio network, writes a twice-weekly column for the Daily Herald newspaper and does videos for their website three times a week. Listen to his podcasts at Twitter: @North2North. Email: [email protected]