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Jackie Gaughan dies at 93; pioneer of Vegas casino industry
Jackie Gaughan dies at 93; pioneer of Vegas casino industry

Downtown Las Vegas knew him as the guy who wore wacky ties and kept his pockets stuffed with coupons for a free lunch at El Cortez Hotel and Casino. When he met someone new, he handed them a "fun book," as the vouchers are sometimes called, and introduced himself: Jackie — just Jackie — not Mr. Gaughan. A kingpin of the old, original part of Las Vegas known as Glitter Gulch, Gaughan at one point owned or had interest in about a quarter of downtown Las Vegas, including the Golden Nugget, Union Plaza and Las Vegas Club. "He was one of the fathers of downtown Las Vegas," said Boyd Gaming Corp. Executive Chairman Bill Boyd, Gaughan's longtime friend and...

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