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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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Ep. 75 – Reimagining Main Street

With fireworks, streamers, showgirls and doughnuts, Plaza has kicked off huge improvements that will help fulfill its goal to reimagine Main Street. In this episode you’ll hear Jonathan describe four big projects: The Carousel Bar in what’s now the porte-cochere, a new branch of Pink Box Donuts that opens right onto Main St., an expansion […]

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Ep. 74 – Jeff Silver, Casino Executive & Regulator

Jeff Silver has experienced the Las Vegas casino business from both sides: as a member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and as an executive at the Riviera, Landmark and Caesars Palace. Silver’s time as a regulator happened during the Frank Rosenthal era, and Silver was the man who eventually put Lefty in the ‘Black […]

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Ep. 73 – Cliff Atkinson & The Fontainebleau

After a more than 14 year delay, Las Vegas’ tallest casino-hotel is finally back on track. And the man in charge of bringing  Fontainebleau Las Vegas to life is veteran hotelier Cliff Atkinson. He talks about growing up in San Francisco wanting to be a chef and run a restaurant – and how he morphed […]

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Ep. 72 – Senator Richard Bryan

We could just as easily call this “Governor Richard Bryan.” Or “Attorney General Richard Bryan.” He held all three jobs in his long, distinguished career. He was also Clark County’s first Public Defender, working with a staff that for a while included another young attorney named Oscar Goodman. Bryan talks about growing up in downtown […]

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Ep. 71 – Oscar Goodman & the FBI

We’re back with highlights from another talk by former Las Vegas Mayor, famous attorney and steakhouse namesake Oscar Goodman. Oscar reads from a logbook of Metro Police officers who were following him in the 1970s, and has some ‘kind’ words for a local politician seated at his table. But the centerpiece of this story involves […]

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Ep. 70 – IT’S TIME!!! For Bruce Buffer!

UFC is the world’s largest promoter of mixed martial arts, and is based in Las Vegas. Its iconic ring announcer, Bruce Buffer, is the star of this episode. Bruce shares the story of finding his passion in his mid 30s – after finding his long-lost half-brother — who also happens to be the world’s most […]

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The Sand Dollar Downtown

NOW OPEN
It’s a legend within a legend: The Sand Dollar Downtown is now open inside Plaza! The Sand Dollar Downtown resurrects the energy of rock’s golden era, and provides a comfortable, modern experience with its own entrance on Main St.

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