Monday, August 3, 2015

Gomes named to gambling Hall of Fame

Former Atlantic City gaming industry titan Dennis Gomes has been named one of the 2012 inductees of the American Gaming Association's Gaming Hall of Fame.

Gomes named to gambling Hall of Fame

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Dennis Gomes. Photo: www.gomesgaming.com

Former Atlantic City gaming industry titan Dennis Gomes has been named one of the 2012 inductees of the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame.

Gomes, who died at age 67 in February of complications from dialysis treatment, was, at the time of his death, co-owner and CEO of Resorts Atlantic City, which he and his partner, real estate tycoon Morris Bailey, purchased in December, 2010.

Gomes came to the casino realm in the early 1980s after a stint with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. During his time in law enforcement, he headed up the investigation of mob ownership of Las Vegas casinos that was the basis for the hit Martin Scorsese film, “Casino.”

Gomes, who also ran two other Atlantic City properties, Trump Taj Mahal and Tropicana, as well as casinos in Las Vegas and Indiana., is one of four Hall of Fame honorees. Another is Guy Laliberté, the one-time Montreal street performer who created the “Cirque du Soleil” entertainment empire. The induction ceremony is set for Oct. 24 in Las Vegas.

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