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John D. "Jackie" Gaughan, Sr. (born October 24, 1920) is a casino owner and operator from the early 1950s in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jackie is a native of Omaha, Nebraska who currently calls the El Cortez home. He is often seen daily on the El Cortez's modest size casino floor which begins at the hotel's front desk and main entrance doors. Many players have been surprised by his unpretentious manner and willingness to talk about "old Las Vegas".

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Gaughan earned a degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska before moving to Nevada during World War II as an enlisted man. He first got involved in setting spreads for sporting events while working part-time at legal horse racing tracks around Omaha. After the war he stayed in Las Vegas and purchased the El Cortez. The El Cortez was formerly owned by Bugsy Seigel who sold it to finance the Flamingo.[1] On March 25, 2004, Barrick Gaming purchased four of Jackie's downtown casinos for $82 million. Under Gaughan's casino ownership, places like the El Cortez, have tried to value a diverse workforce. In recognition of this practice, the University of Nebraska named a new on campus student center "The Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center".[1]

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