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October 23rd, 2023 at 6:27:01 PM permalink
The man was one of my heroes. He had a vision and saw that it came true. He carved an empire and a town out of a remote corner of Nevada. I only met him once, and it was brief, but I struck up a friendship with someone who worked closely with him and heard many a tale.
Rest In Peace.
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October 23rd, 2023 at 6:36:25 PM permalink
The man new how to run a casino. He treated his players with respect and comped well.
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October 23rd, 2023 at 7:38:12 PM permalink
I have stayed at the Riverside many times since I turned 21 in 1986. Always good game rules. I think today they are one of only three casinos in Nevada to have 3-2 single-deck blackjack. The car museum has three of my license plate displays.

To be honest, the place is kind of a dive, but in a good way. I have cheated on the Riverside a number of times, but it has always felt like a home away from home for me.

As to Don Laughlin, a classic American success story. RIP.

"For with much wisdom comes much sorrow." -- Ecclesiastes 1:18 (NIV)
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