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On The Corner Of Main Street

On the Corner of Main Street is the best Las Vegas Podcast that provides an inside scoop on everything Downtown Las Vegas. From gaming and special events to new projects and the growing art scene, hear straight from the amazing people who are making downtown Las Vegas a unique and fast-growing destination. Recorded at the Plaza Hotel & Casino – on the corner of Main Street – Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel will be joined by special guests, including gaming industry leaders, entertainers, local officials and downtown partners, who will share their own exclusive and often entertaining perspective on where Vegas got its start and where it’s going now.

Hosted by Jonathan Jossel and Gary Vickery.

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Gavin Isaacs, Las Vegas’ Hall of Famer

Gavin is one of those guys who’s literally kept the reels turning and cards shuffling for a couple of decades. The Australian got his gaming start in the legal department at Aristocrat Leisure Limited, rising to president of its Americas division. He was COO at Ballys Technologies, CEO at ShuffleMaster, and CEO of Scientific Games. […]

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Farewell Lisa Melmed

It’s been a great few weeks at the Plaza, as the reimagining of Main Street is nearing completion. The Carousel Bar is open, and the new non-smoking, video-friendly casino is open! Jonathan, Lisa and Gary discuss, and preview things still to come. But it’s also a bittersweet episode as the brains behind this podcast, Lisa […]

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Noah Acres, Gaming Industry Innovator in Las Vegas

Second-generation gaming executive Noah Acres runs Acres Manufacturing with his father, John. The company says: EVERY casino in the world uses at least one of its inventions. Its most famous tools: the system that links slot machines to create progressive jackpots and another that allows casinos to track slot machine players by using loyalty cards. […]

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Vital Vegas Has it Covered

Scott Roben is the very first person to be a guest for the fourth time! He and Jonathan and Lisa dive into what’s happening with the Plaza improvements, as well as downtown. Scott re-visits his dust-up with the Sahara, Scott still doesn’t get the appeal of pickleball and bingo, even as he was caught in […]

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Johnny Avello, Las Vegas’ Top Oddsmaker

For the past five years, Johnny Avello has been the face of DraftKings’ sports book, shepherding its rollout across the US. Before that, he ran Wynn’s sports book – one of the few remaining stand-alone books in Las Vegas. Johnny recalls many of his stops in his 40 years in Las Vegas – and how […]

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Sal Piacente Hunts the Cheaters in Las Vegas

For nearly four decades, Sal Piacente has been spotting casino cheats and advantage players. He recently taught Plaza’s dealers things they never knew! Sal recalls his first exposure to gambling as a child – courtesy of his father. His dealing roots go to Atlantic City, but he also tells the tale of showing up at […]

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Oscar is on it in Las Vegas

Oscar is back with an assortment of stories from his days in the courtroom. Listen all the way to learn about a juror’s “tell,” the very surprising resolution for a Reno dentist accused of awful crimes, and how an autographed baseball helped him win a big case. Also: lots of questions from diners, and a guest […]

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Ep. 91 – Three Years of Podcasting in Las Vegas!

We are three years old! “On The Corner of Main Street” started slowly, was interrupted by Covid, came back remotely, started recording again with VERY long microphone cables across half the bar at Oscar’s… and we’re still here. Jonathan, Lisa, Gary and producer Rich Johnson recall some of the best moments of all that time. […]

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Ep. 90 – Sue Ascanio, Plaza Las Vegas General Manager

When it comes to “been  there, done that,” few can match Sue Ascanio. The 30-year gaming veteran has risen from running the employee cafeteria at the Holiday Casino to managing properties in Las Vegas, Indiana and California. And now she’s back, as General Manager of the Plaza. Sue is the first female GM in downtown […]

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Ep. 89 – Oscar Goodman’s Odds & Ends in Las Vegas

Hizzoner is back! This time we’ve taken the greatest hits from Oscar’s November Dinner Series talk and asked him to expand on the stories. The common theme of the random stories: how Oscar never dined with his clients (although his mother did). Also: defending the mayor of San Diego, and securing the release from jail […]

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