The American Poolplayers Association (APA) finals saw its last event at the Riviera on 3 May 2015 held at the Top of the Riv, in the Penthouse. The APA has been holding their annual events at the Riviera for at least a decade and a half. Today at noon, the Riviera closed its doors for good. Future APA meets will be held at the Westgate (Formerly LVH and the Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road) which can be seen from Las Vegas Blvd or Riviera Blvd which runs along the north side of the Riv.
Riviera Closing, 4 May 2015 at high noon… One of the last Old-Vegas Strip casinos remaining, I can think of only two others Strip properties left, Tropicana which has been sold or is in the process of being sold, and is probably lined up for implosion as well, and the Flamingo, the third casino to open on the Strip and the oldest surviving casino today. Mafia money-spender, Bugsy Siegel in 1945, after acquiring the El Cortez, took control of the Flamingo, opening it the day after Christmas in 1946. There is plenty of history and writing on Siegel and his death, and only one needs just to take to research for their answers.
The Sunday, a Las Vegas Greenspun (Las Vegas Sun) publication reports the Riviera as being “the oldest operation casino on the Strip.” I don’t think so. Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo is a decade older. But they are the last of the Old-Vegas casinos in operation, the Tropicana on the Strip and the El Cortez downtown are also among the last.
The Riviera is expected to be imploded sometime this summer, conflicting reports claim June to August. They are killing Vegas, but then, who are we to complain about how “They” spend their money?
60 Years of Las Vegas history comes to an end at high noon tomorrow.
The American Poolplayers Association (APA) finals saw its last event at the Riviera on 3 May 2015 held at the Top of the Riv, in the Penhouse. The APA has been holding their annual events at the Riviera for at least a decade and a half. Today at noon, the Riviera closed its doors for good. Future APA meets will be held at the Westgate (Formerly LVH and the Hilton, 3000 Paradise Road) which can be seen from Las Vegas Blvd or Riviera Blvd which runs along the north side of the Riv.
Riviera closing today, 4 May 2015 at high noon.
Ironically, after the Riviera closing, two of the last three surviving Old-Vegas casinos outside the Fremont Street Experience, The El Cortez and the Flamingo, were slain mafia kingpin Bugsy Siegel’s innovations. Dozens of newer casinos have fallen to implosion.
After 27 years Crazy Girls comes to an end and goes dark permanently. Crazy Girls Topless Showgirl Revue was one of the leading adult attractions on the Strip for nearly three decades. Featuring some of the most studding showgirls in Vegas history with beauty, music, dance and comedy, their show goes on no more as the curtains to the Riviera close with its doors for the final time.
The Riviera was the main filming location (of 33) for the mob film “Casino” starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci based on the true Las Vegas story involving now imploded Stardust Hotel and Casino (which was still standing and in operation at the time of the movie’s filming and was located directly across the street from the Riviera. In the movie, the Stardust was portrayed as the teamster-funded Tangiers Casino.) and mafia life of Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, his wife Geri McGee and mob enforcer Tony “The Ant” Spilotro.
Who is going to put the handcuffs on him?
Today, 18 October 2014, early voting begins in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yesterday voters received in the mail the 2014 Official Sample Ballot for Clark County, Nevada. With general elections held on Tuesday, 4 November and early voting held from 18 October until 31 October the sample ballot informs readers of necessary information they need to place their votes such as who the candidates are that are running and their party affiliation, any new state constitutional amendment changes proposed, or any new regulatory rules voters need to be informed of. The sample ballot booklet also provides additional information and links to expand ones knowledge independently of the booklet and of course, one is free to do their own complete research on a given candidate or subject matter concerning the 2014 midterm elections and the local elections.
When you open the cover of the booklet, the back of the cover has two “New” messages in bold bordering frames. The first informs the readers that they can now update their voter registration information online with certain qualifying conditions. It is the second “New” notice that alarms me and provides reason for impeachment as well as criminal prosecution to the leader of America’s justice department, Eric Holder. It also provided adequate and just reason for a full sweep of the entire administration. We as citizens of the United States of America have constantly been bombarded with extensive corruption from the Obama administration and the liberal powers that be and no conservative power has been able to thus stop the injustice upon the America people. I am going to show you two pieces of evidence to backup my statement and let you decide what is just or injustice. The first is the notice in yesterday’s sample ballot mailing:
The message reads, in large, bold print “NEW” followed by:
On October 19, 2011, Clark County was notified by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice that in accordance with Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act, all future elections in Clark County must be conducted in English, Filipino (Tagalog), and Spanish. If you wish to receive your future voting materials in Spanish or Filipino (Tagalog), contact the Election Department at 702-455-8683.
The Civil Rights Division didn’t actually create this ruling, they simply sited an existing section of law in the Voting Rights Act, but what they promise in so doing is enforcement of the law. Forget the government and this administration and this “justice department” fails to enforce other, more pertinent laws such as protecting American citizens from criminal invaders coming across our unsealed and unprotected borders and failing to allow states to enforce the laws.
2011 is hardly new, but since the day date is 19 October which hadn’t arrived yet by the time of the mailing, it must not be a misprint. I’m sure communities all over America received the so-called Civil Rights Division notice. I do not know a single Filipino or have ever heard one speak, that did not speak affluent English. Every Filipino I know or came in acquaintance with can communicate superbly in the English language. That cannot be said about Mexicans or Hispanics. And I never recall a single one of them ever speaking their own language of Tagalog, an Austronesian language, the basis of the Filipino people with roots to the original language of the Manila area of the Philippines and extending from the language family of parts of Asia, spoken by some 250 million people. Although all the Filipinos I know do speak Tagalog to their native relatives or friends, especially while in the Philippines, I’ve never heard them speak the Austronesian language in the presence of English-speaking Americans. I’m not saying it doesn’t occur, I’m saying I don’t recall it happening in front of me, which means either the Filipinos, once in America, are determined to master English and communicate with the language of our land or they have sincere respect for the rest of us Americans who don’t speak their language of Austronesia. The Filipinos become good American citizens. That cannot be said about all Mexicans or Hispanics. It is our politicians and bureaucrats and corrupt liberal judges–and the communist Anti-American Civil Liberties Union—that creates and administers the problem. Virtually every piece of federal, states and local communication is now in dual languages of English and Spanish, although Mexico never declared war upon America nor had the American people ever conceded that Spanish was a language of our land. Nearly every peace of corporate America communication, packaging and consumer product labeling contains both English and the burdensome, often bullying, Spanish language which has never been adopted as a second language of America. The powers that be force the American people against their will and enslave them in an injustice of not only insubordination of the American people–their boss–but in criminal and corrupt behavior that is contrary to the United States Constitution, the laws of judicial system and the will of the MAJORITY of the people and it is not countered, but embraced, by politicizing bipartisan.
If we must conduct elections in Tagalog and Spanish to supplement English isn’t that unjust to Arab Muslims, Communist Chinese and dozens of other languages? Why aren’t we told the elections have to be in all languages, Mister Holder? After all, we are a nation of EQUALS are we not? The injustice delivered by the Justice Department is scary. Between orders from the U.S. Justice Department and Obama’s executive orders, his pen and his phone and the lack of any real opposition is scary, too. Real scary. So scary it makes the American Dream an American Nightmare. A nightmare we don’t wake up from. A nightmare that will haunt us to our death. The worst kind of nightmare. The absolute worst kind.
I don’t know about you, but I’m already wondering if Batman is going to come and save us. And if he doesn’t who the hell else will?
To be eligible for citizenship in the United States of America
Learning English is a Requirement for Citizenship in the U.S.
Be able to read, write and speak basic English. There are exceptions to this rule for someone who at the time of filing (for U.S. citizenship).
Those exceptions are generally limited to the following three examples:
Is 55 years of age and has been a permanent resident for at least 15 years; or
Is 50 years of age and has been a permanent resident for at least 20 years; or
Has a permanent physical or mental impairment that makes the individual unable to fulfill these requirements.
(They also have other factors they need to be qualified in, among them is to have a basic knowledge of the U.S. government. Something which you will see many Filipinos are actively involved in and many Americans citizens have a lack of knowledge in.)
Now, before the liberals change this clause, take note: with citizenship being required in order to vote, and English being required to be a U.S. citizen (or also known as nationalization), why is it that Eric Holder and the so-called Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Injustice Department mandates that local jurisdictions include Tagalog and Spanish in the election process and documents? Further, why are almost all government and corporate communication allowed to use any language other that English?
We need to overhaul the citizenship process in the United States as well as political asylum (with our being in favor of those with their lives in imminent danger to expedite asylum without so much governmental and bureaucratic red tape.) and immigration procedures. We need to halt any further liberal sabotaging of American law pertaining to immigration, citizenship and asylum and we need Constitutional amendments of which I propose in future essays and correspondence with legislative sponsors. But for now, the writing is not only on the walls, but in the law books of America and we need to enforce those laws and charge politicians, elected officials and bureaucrats with felonies and up to charges of treason. Remember, we need to change the definition of treason and remove the simple wording of “enemy” as a requirement for treason and replace it with longer, far more extensive language including the endangering the security, welfare and economy of the United States of America among other listed relevance.
If you must speak affluent English to become an American citizen, how is it that Eric Holder’s Civil Rights thugs can force communities to allow any language other than English to be inserted in our election process? Wouldn’t such ruling insinuate felonious activity at the voting polls? That felonious activity would be illegal voting by illegal invaders encouraged by Holder’s Civil Rights executives and Holder himself, would it not? Help me understand. Help me digest this matter of astonishing magnitude. How can it be in the land of the free and the brave where the people, not the politicians or the corporate barons rule the land–or are suppose to. We are a nation of representation, but since when do those who are representing act on their own without our consent or permission? Well, obviously it has been happening for decades and we have done absolutely nothing about it. Why is that? Help me understand. Help me figure this out.
What is gained and what is lost if we continue on the current path that we now have as citizens of a nation, a once fine nation, lost in political turmoil? Have we surrendered our country without a shot fired? Do we become a people of someone else’s dream? Is the American dream ripped from our arms and passed to foreign nationalists to enjoy rather that the children and grandchildren of the rightful American citizenship? Do we concede for the sake of peace? Do we forgive and forget a civil war or do we defend our nation at all costs and all sacrifices like our fathers before us had in a time of national defense? Do we allow an undeclared enemy to destroy us from within while those who collect money from our treasury for their paychecks reap the rewards for selling us out? Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon Iscariot, sold Jesus of Nazareth out for 30 pieces of silver (and then, afterwards, he so regretted selling out Christ he committed suicide by hanging himself in a tree.) Judas the traitor made only 30 pieces of silver to sell out the King. How much do the politicians make to sell out America? In the case of Jesus and the case of America, both were condemned, one by Crucifixion, the other by internal assassination, both with the involvement of politicians. Help me with this, aren’t politicians elected officials? Are not we, the people, their bosses? Then how is it then they commit treason without justification by the people, of the people and for the people?
In a nation of the people, by the people and for the people, how is it possible one man, Eric Holder, can make rulings that throw us into bondage and slavery with no mercy? How can one man, Barack Obama exercise a thing called “executive order” at the price of all Americans’ liberties? How can one judge rule against all the people of the entire State of California and declare their collective votes void? I’ll tell you the truth, they cannot. No one can overrule the people in the United States of America, no one! Period! The U.S. Constitution clearly and simply states that all federal laws shall be vested in Congress, a body of elected representatives of the people, and Congress alone. Congress shall make legislation, not Attorney Generals, not Justice Department managers, and certainly not single judges legislating from the bench, but CONGRESS! The first three examples this paragraph witnesses, in my opinion, what ought to be classified as high-crimes of treason and be punishable by immediate death by firing squad of U.S. military and without trial or delay. The action alone bears all the witness to the guilt that is needed. We need a constitutional amendment to meet those demands. And, we need leaders with the courage to enact that amendment or we need to replace the existing politicians until we have such leaders in place.
English is the language of the land. Not Spanish. Yet in virtually every form of communication in America today Spanish is takes a position of equal status and even dominance over English. English is the law of our land. Not only do we need to redefine treason and remove the necessity of the language “enemy” from the qualification and insert in its place “any foreign nation, national, immigrant or invader from outside the boundaries of the borders of the United States of America” shall be considered a traitor and be punished up to the penalty of death. With the legal language changed, America will no longer be sold out by corrupt politicians or corporate powers that be. The firing squad would be reintroduced and you would see more traffic exiting America’s southern border, fleeing it, than invading it and coming north. I assure you.
There is a warning in the same booklet that states any person entitled to vote shall not vote or attempt to vote more than once at the same election. Any person who votes or attempts to vote twice at the same election is guilty of a category D felony. But there is no reference or warning that states if someone is not entitled to vote or if someone votes illegally–as in illegal immigrant–that too constitutes a felony. It also requires anyone who has moved but has not changed their registration information to show identification in order to vote in the local election process, but no identification is required to establish lawful American citizenship. Does that make sense?
The politicians and corporate thugs like, Eric Holder, has destroyed America. The uncontrolled criminals coming across America’s borders have damaged America’s economy, destroyed our schools, welfare system, medical resources, social standings, and demographics and leads to the possibility, ever so closely so, to civil war. Those politicians need to be held accountable. No politician ought to be able to escape justice, like Louis Lerner currently is do and many others, and Eric Holder is planning on doing with his resignation. All across the Vegas Valley numerous businesses employ 100% Hispanics, yet Holder’s “Civil Rights” mobsters fail to bring charges against these unlawful and sometimes very prestigious businesses. Massive discrimination against whites, even blacks and Asians, is fully visible in the Vegas Valley. Any politician or government worker who is convicted of a crime against the people ought to loose all of their pension and health care and be stripped of all monies whatsoever from the people–the taxpayers–period! I’ll discuss those ideas in future essays and hope you have the stomach for it.
Lying politicians ought to be punished with felony charges. Bar none. The sentence ought to be severe.
The immigration issue is a matter of legal vs. illegal. Right vs. wrong. Justice vs. injustice. Criminal vs. good, moral character. And, by the way, one of the qualifications of becoming a U.S. citizen is that one is of “good, moral character.” Criminals that break U.S. laws and steal other peoples identities and live in the United States illegally are not of good, moral character and therefore cannot and should not be granted U.S. citizenship nor should our subordinate politicians or bureaucrats be granting them amnesty or a free lunch on U.S. taxpayer’s dime.
The ironic thing is about the immigration process in America, including the asylum procedure is greatly flawed and works against the honest and legal people who try to do the right thing. That needs to be change and I will be on the forefront introducing recommended changes, removal of nonperforming bureaucrats and wrongful politicians and making lawful immigration and citizenship in the United States easier for the righteous and harder for the criminal invaders of illegal status with stiffer penalties, chain gangs pay their dept to our society.
It is time Americans take back America. Not to merely place America back into the hands of the Republicans who most likely will do no better than the liberals. America will move again once the Republicans gain the Senate and House, but there will still be widespread injustice against the people. The to strip politicians and corporations of the their nasty will to rule against the people and bring injustice to the very souls who govern them is paramount. It’s never been more paramount in U.S. history.
It is high time we create high treason for politicians who act against the will and justice of the American people. It is time we pull them from power and punish them punishment fit for traitors, including the death sentence. We can accomplish that by changing our laws. And if our representatives won’t create the new laws we need then we need to replace our representatives. It all a matter of will.
Additional Resources & Reading
Applying for U.S. Citizenship
Applying for Citizenship
8 U.S. Code 1324 Bringing In and Harboring Certain Aliens
Federal Immigration and Nationality Act
Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)
Felonies for Harboring Illegals
Aiding and Abetting Illegals
If you spend the time and read these laws you’ll have a deeper understanding of the crimes and disobedience our politicians and bureaucrats are committing.
“An employer can be convicted of the felony of harboring illegal aliens who are his employees…”
Encouraging and Harboring Illegal Aliens
“It is a violation of law for any person to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection in any place, including any building or means of transportation, any alien who is in the United States in violation of law. HARBORING MEANS ANY CONDUCT THAT TENDS TO SUBSTANTIALLY FACILITATE AN ALIEN TO REMAIN IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY. The sheltering need not be clandestine, and harboring covers aliens arrested outdoors, as well as in a building. This provision includes harboring an alien who entered the U.S. legally but has since lost his legal status…”
“The penalty for felony harboring is a fine and imprisonment for up to five years. The penalty for felony alien smuggling is a fine and up to ten years’ imprisonment.”
RICO — Citizen Recourse
“Private persons and entities may initiate civil suits to obtain injunctions and treble damages against enterprises that conspire to or actually violate federal alien smuggling, harboring, or document fraud statutes, under the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO). The pattern of racketeering activity is defined as commission of two or more of the listed crimes. A RICO enterprise can be any individual legal entity, or a group of individuals who are not a legal entity but are associated in fact, AND CAN INCLUDE NONPROFIT ASSOCIATIONS.”
“State and local law enforcement officials have the general power to investigate and arrest violators of federal immigration statutes without prior INS knowledge or approval, as long as they are authorized to do so by state law. There is no extant federal limitation on this authority. The 1996 immigration control legislation passed by Congress was intended to encourage states and local agencies to participate in the process of enforcing federal immigration laws. Immigration officers and local law enforcement officers may detain an individual for a brief warrantless interrogation where circumstances create a reasonable suspicion that the individual is illegally present in the U.S. Specific facts constituting a reasonable suspicion include evasive, nervous, or erratic behavior; dress or speech indicating foreign citizenship; and presence in an area known to contain a concentration of illegal aliens…”
My fellow Americans, please indulge. Do your own research. Draw your own conclusions. Add your opinion and voice while you still can in America.
The purpose of the video and its length is to show the world that Americans were not all born with silver spoons in their mouths nor live in gold mansions on the hills over looking valleys of green meadows, butterflies and rainbows and milk and honey. Nor is Vegas, the land of fame and fortune. We here in Vegas, that live on the wrong side of town, are probably more alike those of you who live in the four corners of the earth where poverty and despise is as abundant as grains of sand in a desert without oases, than not. We have the same frustrations, the same political discontent, the same dangers of loss of life with crime as high where 1 in 5 people can become a causality. We are not at war. We are at peace. No civil war rages through our community like many overseas, yet focus on survival is not only an everyday thing, but an hourly thing.
After an interruption with my photo sideshow because of an inferior and flawed WordPress platform system, I had to find other ways to route my photos. I attempted to route it through my Facebook photo page. That proved futile. The video came up, with the music but was black screened with no pictures. FB is an antiquated system and always has been. I refuse to be forced by communists abroad or at home. So that the world may know and fully understand, I know the true meaning of communism and force is an identical characteristic. I view anyone who forces someone to do something or suppresses someone to something is a communist. Now that we understand communistic problems, let us clarify one more thing. I’m not here to make friends. You won’t invite me to your backyard barbecue this weekend and I’m not going to invite you in for a sammy and cup of mud. Now that we have that out of the way, I can go ahead and finish my story. As a few of you know from the Devil Follows Me days, and my column on the Dark Prince, he continues to encircle me, more than any other soul on earth. But I’ll never surrender to that POS in a pig yard. Now, I can tell the rest of my story… until Lucifer decides it’s time for round 6 trillion, 6 hundred thousand and 6. Then we’ll be down again, until we figure out a way around his trap. Read the quote I wrote this morning. It’s down there, below, the way of the inferno.
Last week I started writing about crime in our neighborhood of which is rapidly escalating. In 2010, three Las Vegas neighborhoods were on the FBI’s top ten most dangerous neighborhoods of the top twenty-five. Vegas neighborhoods, from where your present company publishes deep inside his bunker, ranked 3rd, 4th and 8th on that list. Then we went off the map and for the most part Chicago and Detroit neighborhoods kept us off that crime map. As Kicking the Can Down the Road explains, I like to use visual art with my stories. I’ve done that since the very first story I wrote to publish when I was probably 9-years-old. WordPress doesn’t allow videos from your own computer to be loaded up to their blogging platform. They own it, I don’t. I couldn’t run the video through one of my current blogs within the Blogger’s system because they are enhances by AdSense commercial advertising which WordPress doesn’t like and prohibits in their Terms and Conditions. There for I exercised a legal way to get around technical BS and arrive at the same results, that could have been avoided if WP wasn’t so damn greedy and stubborn. I have nothing but good to say about WordPress and I’ve been with them for years in paid and non-paid blogging and website experiences. But the need to purchase and add plugins is a wee bit silly for a normal blog. Okay, enough ranting about WP substandard policies, unless I’m missing something and research shows I am not, it’s time to move on.
The links to the video and story that shows the visual graphics that go with the starting story, Fire in the Valley: The Poverty Among Us is ready, is below. Read the story and the watch the video, neither are strength upon their own, but support each other.
Wouldn’t it have been great if I didn’t need to go through all of this?… a simple video upload without need for a plugin and all that sort of stuff would have been REALLY NICE! I would have been done a week ago. Now I can get back to my stories… hopefully. Some of the timely events will be untimely by the time they get published, but that’s the way it is on this side of the tracks…
“The second mouse always gets the cheese…don’t fall into a trap. Learn your way around all traps and make yourself victorious.” ~ Cliff Harrison
…and the world thought we Americans all lived in multimillion-dollar mansions. They imagine we live on hills overlooking the valleys of prosperous economies that belonged to us alone. That our homes were lined in silver and gold and our land stretches for as far as the eye could see to the nearest neighbor. Milk ponds abound swam by white swans and pink flamingos, and that we had two cars on each side of the driveway, his and her side. And, outside our doors and windows are the manicured lawns and gardens with dozens of immigrant labors landscaping our property to preserve our worth and status in society. That these imagined workers keep every blade of grass as groomed as the supposed hair upon our heads. Reality tells those who are outside looking in a very different story. Here is the reality…
Vegas is just as much an illusion as America herself is. The poverty here isn’t nearly as bad as it is on Pine Ridge. On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home to Wounded Knee, the poverty is much worse. There’s higher unemployment and far more sorrow–but still, some of those among us aren’t far behind them, and in some cases they may even be a tad bit ahead. Poor is poor. Hungry is hungry. Homeless is homeless. Sad is sad. No matter what corner of the world one lives in, the destruction of life and property spells disaster and it hurts all the way to the bone. It ruins to the heart and the core of the soul.
The sorrow drips from the eyes of the citizens of the world, who dwell in such destitution, here, in America and abroad. Pain is pain. Misery is misery. Some adjust and some don’t. Some escape it and some never do. Poverty is nothing more than an attitude, yet some can not cope with the misery of it. Only the genius among the poor know how to adapt and adjust. When you live in a world where the loudest scream in never heard one can only do with what one has to do with. After one has lost everything, one can loose no more. But make do, one must. Only then can one make life grand. Grandness among the poor is something to behold. But it can be done. To become free of the shackles around the ankles and the steel collars around the neck one must desire liberation from suppression more than anything else in the Alley of Frustration. Freedom comes to those who persevere and prevail in a steadfast manner without ceasing a single moment, until the restraints of slavery are broken and the chains fall free.
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LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley)–Jackie Gaughan, a Las Vegas legend and pioneer and the owner of the El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas has died, Wednesday, 12 March 2014, at the age of 93.
Gaughan used to own as much as 25% of the gaming action in the downtown corridor.
Gaughan loved to play poker among other things. I’ve played Texas Hold ‘em and Seven Card Stud with him plenty of times over the years in the El Cortez poker room, a small room with a handful of tables favored by locals, particularly the elderly. Poker at this casino room required a lot of patience and skill for many of the elderly players were rocks who only played their hand when they had something. The rest of the time they folded. You learned soon enough if Rocky was in, you’d better be out for he probably had the nuts. Generally, Gaughan would wander in and play a few hands before leaving again, only to return several times a day. He was a regular at the tables, but I don’t recall him ever staying very long. He was a friendly guy and liked by most and despised by a few. Unlike many of the casino barons in town, Jackie was personable and wasn’t afraid to blend in and play with his customers. He was the boss. He always wore a suit. He will be missed by those who loved the downtown action and Old Vegas.
One of the last times I played against Jackie I wound up leaving and not coming back again for a long time. I was angry. It was before he retired, so it was before 2008 if I recall correctly. I always loved the seat directly across from the dealer. It was getting more difficult for me to see the cards and hear the dealer from other positions. For me, that was the best seat. Well, I guess Jackie liked that seat too. For I had gotten up to go to the men’s room to water the horses and I left the table with a mountain of chips that had been in front of me built during a long winning streak. I came back to find my chips with the neat stacks destroyed and pushed aside to the seat next to the one I had been sitting in–to the right of where Jackie was now sitting.
“WTF?” I said to his body guards.
“Jackie likes that seat.” The man replied.
I wasn’t too kind in my answer. I was furious. The move was against all poker ethics. I cashed in my chips and left. I didn’t really care if a multimillionaire did own the casino and the poker room in it, you don’t shove someone out of their seat that is still in the game. It took me awhile to get over it, but I finally did. I forgave him. You see, I have respect for the elderly, even if the elderly don’t always do what they are suppose to do. I chose to remember the good times rather than the bad. I remember the times I beat Jackie in hand after hand and thought it was a big deal. It wasn’t really. But when you are the new kid in town sitting at the table with a legend your head swells a little bit. Well, okay, maybe a lot. Those were the times. Simple, but good. Well, maybe not always good, but memorable.
The El Cortez was only one of many of Jackie Gaughan’s holdings, but his personal apartment was on the upper floors where he had a baron’s view of the city he dominated along with Vegas greats for decades. Many called the El Cortez “a dump” and never appreciated the casino, before or after, Jackie’s retirement. But those of us who loves the “Old Vegas” the El Cortez was among our favorites. It was a place where you could go and get a full breakfast for only 99 cent. The El Cortez, 600 East Fremont Street between 6th and 7th Street is located on the upper part of Fremont Street just before you enter the Fremont Street Experience at Fremont & Las Vegas Blvd. It’s a couple of block walk from the Fremont Street Experience and many tourist and locals alike enjoyed visiting the aging casino. It is recommended that one does not venture beyond the El Cortez at night since that is a high-crime zone. The El Cortez is one of the original gambling halls left in a town where casinos nowadays often die long before their masters.
The El Cortez is one of the few survivors that the eyes of the souls from the past have seen and enjoyed when Vegas was young, like Jackie.
Local News Reports & Links to More Information About Jackie Gaughan and the El Cortez
The Las Vegas Review-Journal: Billboard Pays Tribute to Jackie Gaughan
Wikipedia: Jackie Gaughan
Wikipedia: Jackie Gaughan’s El Cortez
El Cortez the longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas (The El Cortez Website)
El Cortez DuckDuckGo Search
Jackie Gaughan DuckDuckGo Search
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LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley)–News made it out of Vegas about the Mandalay Bay Resort’s visit by Las Vegas Vice. What happens here might not always stay here. The truth is, Mandalay Bay, as well as every other casino in the Vegas Valley has its share of prostitutes and drug activity. What sets this truth apart from the norm is that employees of the House of Blues’ Fountain Room inside the Mandalay Bar Resort were allegedly involved in providing customers with vice. A sting operation by Metro Police Department detected the occurrence leading to the firing of at least 10 accused employees. For inside details refer to one of the trusted local news sources, The Las Vegas Review-Journal, which is covering the news coming out from one of MGM Resort International’s gaming locations. You can always find a link to the RJ in Vegas Valley “News Links” found in the navigation bar above, along with other local news publication to keep you current on up-to-the-minute reports as well as any breaking news that there may be.
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