Gaming’s past on display at Springs Preserve

Feb 13, 2018 3:09 AM

Looking for something different to do? Check out the Museum of Gaming History’s (MoGH) new exhibit at the Nevada State Museum, located in Springs Preserve.

Expected to debut on or about March 1, the exhibit will be located in the main entry hallway so you will see it as soon as you walk in. It will consist of three large display cases filled with Nevada casino ashtrays, matchbooks and covers, and playing cards.

And, there is a second phase already planned that will include items from the five casinos featured in the “Ocean’s 11” movie. We are talking about the original 1960 version that starred the one and only Frank Sinatra, and his famous Rat Pack – Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop. Do you remember it? The lovely Angie Dickinson played Sinatra’s wife and the music was by the extremely talented Nelson Riddle.

Now, do you remember the casinos in the movie that were the target of the heist? If you said the Sahara, Riviera, Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn, Flamingo and Sands you are correct. Sadly, the Flamingo is the only one of those still standing.

The exhibit will be available through September, but may be extended by mutual agreement.

Of course you should also check out the other “mini museums” MoGH has set up at the El Cortez, Plaza, Neon Museum and Mob Museum.

Kudos, and many thanks to Jerry Vergatos, Casino Collectibles Association president; Carey Burke, CCA Hall of Famer, life member and co-historian; and Jim Follis, MoGH exhibit director for making these exhibits happen.

WORTHY CAUSE: The Clark County Museum Guild is trying to restore the Grand Canyon Airline Ticketing Office/Bradley House and is holding its 7th Annual Pinstripes & Polka Dots Poker Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Golden Nugget poker room to help raise funds for the project.

The history of the building is quite interesting and goes back to the early 1930s. In 1939 it was moved to 618 Arizona Street in Boulder City and converted into a home for the town’s first black family, Henry and Ocie Bradley.

We’ve got a picture and more information about it here: The Pinstripes and Polka Dots Poker Tournament.

The buy-in for the tournament is $100 and the winner will receive $1,000. There will also be handouts for all players plus a costume contest for those dressed in pinstripes and polka dots or as Hit List players, which are “either known players or known from what they do, i.e. Mark and the Pawn Stars,” Jeanne Brady, the Guild’s fund raising chairman, told us via email.

“The tournament this year could actually take us over our goal and we hope to get the restoration started. We are small but it is a fun event,” she added.

Ms. Brady also mentioned the need for sponsorships to increase the number of cash prizes, so you if would like to find out more about that you can email her at [email protected]

There is no preregistration necessary. Just show up and have a fun evening. Go to their website, for more information or call the Guild at 702-455-0104.

ON THE MOVE: Engaged Nation, a Las Vegas-based digital marketing company, has named Sally Bernard as it vice president of business development. Bernard brings 21 years of gaming industry experience to the post, including positions at DiTRONICS Financial Services, Konami Gaming, IGT, Compudigm International and Crown Casino in Australia, her homeland.

“I am delighted to welcome Sally to our team,” said the company’s CEO Jerry Epstein. “She’s an incredible person with an exceptional track record of success.”

“We knew Sally for quite a while before she joined us,” added Michael Paulos, COO. “I’m thrilled she decided to join our sales team.”

In other moves, Mark Seligman, who has nearly two decades of experience in operation and management in the Las Vegas locals gaming market, has been appointed general manager of Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Boulder casino properties, which are owned by Golden Entertainment.

Seligman’s experience includes positions with Station Casinos, most recently at Santa Fe Station; Warner Gaming, a casino management company, and two years with M Resort.

“Mark Seligman provides an extensive background in the Las Vegas locals gaming market and offers the company a tremendous perspective as we reposition our newly acquired Arizona Charlie’s properties,” said Steve Arcana, executive VP and COO of Golden Entertainment.

The company also said gaming industry veteran Ron Lurie, current general manager at the Decatur property, will remain at the hotel-casino and take on a role overseeing player development and community relations.

See you around town.