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Ep. 85 – Marilyn Spiegel, Casino Boss

It’s quite an accomplishment to become the head of Las Vegas casino. But Marilyn Spiegel has been at the helm of SEVEN casinos in her career.  From the Holiday Casino to not one but TWO tenures as president of Wynn/Encore, Marilyn has seen and done a lot. Just reciting her resume is a mini history […]

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Ep. 84 – Oscar Goodman: There’s Nothing Like a Dame

The song title from the legendary musical “South Pacific” was the theme of Oscar Goodman’s last dinner series talk. He shared stories of the important women in his life, starting with his grandmother, wife and daughter. Then it’s off to the races, as Oscar tells the tales of a sleepy judge, a con woman client […]

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Ep. 83 – John O’Donnell, Superstar Bartender

John O’Donnell is the bartender at One Steakhouse at the Virgin Hotel. That’s kinda like saying LeBron James is a noted basketball player. John’s been at the center of the action for nearly 30 years – most notably during his years at  N9NE Steakhouse at Palms. He also led the creation of the East Fremont […]

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Ep. 82 – Oscar’s Rotten Tomato Judges

A trial is supposed to be about the prosecution and the defense. But Oscar Goodman says, in most of his mob-related cases, it was him against the world – meaning the prosecution and the judge. In the episode, we bring you the best of Oscar’s recent dinner series talk on ‘Rotten Tomato Judges,’ as well […]

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Ep. 81 – Cedric Crear: From the casino to the council

Like so many others here, Las Vegas native and City Council member Cedric Crear started his career on a casino floor. And he used that experience, plus his time at Howard University, to grow his own businesses and serve the public. His resume is filled with advisory board positions. And since 2018 he’s represented Ward […]

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Ep. 80 – Jonathan’s Question Time

Hold percentages. Smoking or non-smoking. The Showroom’s future. Doug Stanhope. Demolition Derby. And yes, resort fees. Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel tackles questions both easy and difficult that podcast listeners and social media fans have submitted. Helping JJ with answers, and making his first podcast appearance: Plaza’s all-around creative, F-and-B and entertainment consultant, Bronson Olimpieri. Also: […]

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Ep. 79 – Ted Pappageorge, Culinary Union

Ted Pappageorge may be the most impactful person in Las Vegas over the past four decades when it comes to casino workers. He’s Secretary-Treasurer of Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which represents about 60,000 people. Ted traces his career from busboy to bartender to union activist, looking to ensure that he, a single father, and […]

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Ep. 78 – Oscar Goodman Rolls Out the Barrels

When the body-filled barrels showed up in the rapidly receding Lake Mead, the world’s media immediately called Oscar Goodman for comment. And yes, he has a few comments – mostly about how there’s no way that he would know who’s in those barrels. Oscar, with a little prodding from Jonathan, spoke about it at his […]

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Ep. 77 – Brian Christopher & Smoke Free Slots

Our favorite slot machine maven is back. Brian Christopher, the star of BC Slots on Youtube, makes his second appearance on the podcast. Jonathan, Lisa and Gary recall comments Brian made nearly two years ago, and how some have come true. Brian now has his own slot machine, which debuted at Plaza earlier this month. […]

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Ep. 76 – Bo Bernhard, Student of the Games

Time for another fascinating history lesson! Leading the class today: Dr. Bo Bernhard, who owns a couple of titles at UNLV: Vice President of Economic Development and Executive Director of The ​International Gaming Institute. He shares news about how the IGI works as part of the Harry Reid Research and Technology Park. Among the subjects […]

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