Gaughan Exhibit Coming to El Cortez

An exhibit honoring late Las Vegas gaming pioneer Jackie Gaughan will soon be part of the El Cortez Casino. Gaughan, who died in March at 91, lived in a penthouse at the property and could be seen on the casino floor almost every day.

The late, great gaming legend Jackie Gaughan, a pioneer of the industry in Las Vegas, will soon be memorialized in an exhibit at his El Cortez Casino. The display, which will be unveiled July 24, is titled “Jackie Gaughan’s Downtown as Seen through Gaming Memorabilia.”

It will include casino chips, tokens, dice and other artifacts from nine casinos Gaughan owned or had a stake in, the Associated Press reported.

The exhibit is the first mobile display of the Museum of Gaming History, which is a project of the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club.

Gaughan died in March at 93. He once owned much of the Downtown casino market but was most closely associated with the El Cortez casino. He lived in a penthouse apartment there and was known to play poker in the casino almost every day, the AP reported.