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Ep. 23 – Mike Nolan, The El Cortez

The El Cortez has anchored the east end of Fremont Street since 1941. Current CEO and partner Mike Nolan joins Jonathan and Lisa to talk about its legendary (and occasionally infamous) history. Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed Subscribe / Leave A Review Email The Show: podcast@plazahotelcasino.com

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Ep. 22 – Rob McCoy, The Neon Museum

Neon Museum CEO Rob McCoy shares stories about the organization dedicated to preserving the beautiful, iconic, striking neon signs that have defined Las Vegas for decades. McCoy explains how the museum came to be, how it continues to grow – and how other neon museums have sprung up with several other cities. Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, […]

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Ep. 21 – Doug Stanhope

Live from his home in Bisbee, Arizona, The Plaza’s favorite standup comedian, Doug Stanhope, joins Jonathan, Lisa and Gary. Doug played a sold-out Plaza showroom on New Year’s Eve, and we’re all ready to have him back as soon as possible. Gary finally gets an answer about why so many bibles went missing during Doug’s […]

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Ep. 20 – Myron Martin

Jonathan and Lisa talk to Myron Martin, the man who brought a world-class performing arts center to Las Vegas. Myron recounts how he came to Las Vegas to work for Liberace, how he inadvertently insulted the fledgling arts community – and how that comment put him square in the middle of the two-decade effort to […]

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Ep. 19 – Dr. David Schwartz

Jonathan and Gary take a deep dive into Las Vegas history with Dr. David Schwartz of UNLV, who’s focused most of his academic career on the history and psychology of gaming. Dave shares stories from his new book “At the Sands,” including those weeks in the winter of 1960 when The Rat Pack performed by […]

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Ep. 18 – James Trees, Esther’s Kitchen

Just a short ride from The Plaza is Esther’s Kitchen, in the heart of the Arts District. Among the funky bars and eclectic shops, owner/chef James Trees brings 20 years of fine dining experience to the table for his take on seasonal Italian cuisine. The Las Vegas native, who worked in some of the best […]

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Ep. 17 – Brian Christopher, YouTube Slots

Brian Christopher is the host/founder/genius behind BC Slots, the YouTube channel that has millions of people watching Brian… play slot machines. In his visit with Jonathan, Lisa and Gary, Brian says he’s as surprised as anyone that he’s able to make a nice living producing videos of him at slot machines all over the country: sometimes […]

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Ep. 16 – Ryan Growney, Our Neighbor to the South (Point)

Jonathan and Lisa confess their love for all things South Point, the huge hotel, casino, bowling, movie, rodeo, restaurant, sportsbook, and showroom complex at the very south end of Las Vegas Blvd. South Point General Manager Ryan Growney, Las Vegas born and bred, shares his journey – which includes Georgetown University (and the late, great […]

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Ep. 15 – Kelly Fairchild, Las Vegas Walking Tours

Jonathan, Gary and Lisa get the lowdown on Fremont St. from the man who knows all: Kelly Fairchild, owner of Las Vegas Walking Tours. Every day, Kelly begins his tour at the Plaza, then takes people on a two-hour guided walk tour that concludes at The Container Park at 7th & Fremont. In this episode, […]

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Ep. 14 – Flavor Flav!

Jonathan and Lisa welcome music legend, Las Vegas resident and good friend of the Plaza, Flavor Flav! He talks about new projects, coping with Covid-19, and where he got his stage name. He also takes a call from a friend and samples Plaza’s famous Pop-Up Pizza – both New York and Detroit style. And yes, […]

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Ep. 13 – Jonathan Ullman, The Mob Museum

The gang hears great gangster stories from Jonathan Ullman, President & CEO of The Mob Museum – aka The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. The museum professional says he knew nothing about the mob before coming to Las Vegas a decade ago. Since then, he’s lead the team that’s made the Mob […]

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Ep. 12 – Esme Gonzalez, Queen of the Casino

Plaza’s Director of Casino Marketing, Esme Gonzalez, joins the gang to share stories from her career — from being a bad**s overnight front desk manager to running the ‘Plaza Rewards’ program and the property’s casino hosts. Along the way: some very memorable promotions – for very different reasons!  Hosted by: Lisa Melmed Co-Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, […]

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Ep. 11 – Derek Stevens and big changes downtown!

Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate, shares how a successful Detroit auto parts manufacturer turned his love for Las Vegas into owning two casinos. Derek and Jonathan Jossel also discuss what’s happening right across Main Street: Circa, the most ambitious project that downtown has ever seen. Hosted by: Lisa Melmed Co-Hosts: Jonathan Jossel […]

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Ep. 10 – Vital Vegas, lover of all things Las Vegas

Scott Roeben, the man behind one of the top Las Vegas blogs, Vital Vegas, is our guest for an extensive conversation about the joys of Downtown, the history of the blog (and Scott), and his hopes for the entire area when it comes to recovering from the shutdown.  Hosted by: Lisa Melmed Co-Hosts: Jonathan Jossel and Gary […]

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Ep. 9 – We’re Back!! (Almost)

The Plaza is ready to re-open on Thursday, June 4th. Jonathan, Lisa and Gary share all the details about what to expect when you visit.  Hosted by: Lisa Melmed Co-Hosts: Jonathan Jossel and Gary Vickery  Subscribe / Leave A Review Email The Show: podcast@plazahotelcasino.com

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Ep. 8 – Ryan Doherty

We go “on location” to Fremont East, and talk to longtime Las Vegas businessman Ryan Doherty. He’s the owner of Corner Bar Management, which operates several bars in downtown Las Vegas.  Hosted by: Lisa Melmed Co-Hosts: Jonathan Jossel and Gary Vickery    Subscribe / Leave A Review Email The Show: podcast@plazahotelcasino.com

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Ep. 7 – Joe Asher

We welcome the CEO of William Hill US, Joe Asher. William Hill is the largest sports book operator in the country, and is our sports book partner at Plaza.  Joe and Jonathan Jossel talk about the history of Plaza sports books, and Hill’s efforts to become a presence in states that have legalized sports betting.  […]

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Ep. 6 – Shut It Down!

What’s it take to close a building that never closes? Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel takes a deeper dive into the final hours before we shut our doors on March 17th. Lisa Melmed shares the challenge of helping check every single room at closing. And Jonathan answers more email and social media questions, as he, Lisa […]

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Ep. 5 – We’re Back… Sort Of

Jonathan, Lisa and Gary have connected from their homes for this episode. They share how they’re coping these days, and what’s happening at the Plaza during the closure. Jonathan also talks about the 2011 shutdown in which the property underwent a major upgrade. And he tells tales about two floods that hit the Plaza.  Hosted […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Blackjack

It’s one of the most popular gambling card games in the history of cards. Whether you’re looking to make a buck or two your next trip to downtown Las Vegas or learn the basics, we’ve got you covered with our ultimate guide to blackjack. If you’ve read our ultimate guide to bingo, you’ll want to keep reading to learn how to play blackjack. What Is Blackjack Blackjack is a card game with one or two standard decks played against a dealer. Often played with betting, the objective is to get as close to 21 without going over based on the

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