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 as a conversation a couple weeks later amplifying some stories. 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed


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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 5, which includes the Historic Westside and the land on which the Plaza sits, on the Las Vegas City Council. Cedric talks about all of that, and his plan to add another job to his resume: mayor. 


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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: listen to learn how you can win an Ultimate Plaza Getaway Weekend: two nights, dinner at Oscar’s and drinks at The Sand Dollar Downtown! 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed


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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 his two children continued to have quality healthcare. 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed


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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 latest Oscar Dinner Series event. So come with us now to the dining room at Oscar’s for everything but the rib eye!


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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. And his ‘BC Slots’ section in the Plaza casino is the inspiration for even bigger things coming later this year!

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed


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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 you’ll definitely want to hear: all about the Hotel of the Future, and how it’s developed sheets that are used just once! And Bo talks about one of the more popular classes he teaches: The Sociology of Gaming. 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed


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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 of Oscar’s Steakhouse that will bring the first outdoor fine dining to a downtown casino — and a new social media – friendly, smoke-free, separate entrance casino! For all the deep details, you’ll just have to listen!

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed


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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 Book.’

At the Riviera, Silver spearheaded several innovations, including one that’s ubiquitous today: putting a fast food franchise on the property! Silver is also on the board of The Mob Museum. And, of course, he has stories about Oscar Goodman!

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed


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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 into running hotels.

But Cliff spends most of the episode discussing the “full circle” journey of Fontainebleau Las Vegas from near-completion in 2007, abandonment in 2008, subsequent ownership changes, and how its original owner is now poised to complete the property and open next year. 

Hosts: Jonathan Jossel, Lisa Melmed


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