GGB is committed to providing updated news and analysis on our weekly news site,

Gaming Hall of Fame Class for 2012 Named

Gaming Hall of Fame Class for 2012 Named

A gaming legend, a giant of Nevada politics, the creative force behind shows up and down the Strip and one of Las Vegas’ first celebrity chefs make up the 2012 class for the American Gaming Association’s Gaming Hall of Fame.

Guy Laliberté, founder of the legendary and innovative Cirque du Soleil, and Julian Serrano, executive chef at multiple Las Vegas Strip restaurants, will be honored for their unique contributions to gaming entertainment and cuisine.

Dennis Gomes, a former gaming regulator and co-owner of Resorts Atlantic City, and Senator William Raggio, former gaming attorney and the longest-serving state senator in Nevada history, will be inducted posthumously for their roles in the growth of the gaming industry.

The 24th annual Gaming Hall of Fame Charity Gala and Induction Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 23 in Las Vegas, and all proceeds from the event will benefit the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

“Without its visionaries, innovators and ardent supporters, the gaming industry as we know it today would not exist, and we are proud to honor Dennis, Bill, Guy and Julian as men who have helped shape our business,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the AGA.

Induction into the Gaming Hall of Fame is the highest honor accorded by the gaming-entertainment industry. Each year, individuals who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the industry receive this honor. More than 70 people have been inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame since its inception in 1989.

For information about sponsorship opportunities for the Gaming Hall of Fame Charity Gala and Induction Ceremony, contact Brian Lehman at 202-552-2680.

    Recent Feature Articles

  • Diverse Experiences Deliver

    Aristocrat’s journey to the top of the slot industry

  • The Giant Awakens

    With citizens who are known to be some of Asia’s most prolific gamblers, Thailand has emerged as Asia’s next gaming opportunity

  • Responsible Gaming: All Together Now

    Voices from the American Gaming Association’s Responsible Gaming Month on the importance of responsible gaming and how the casino industry is handling the issue.

  • Global Games 2022

    The world’s game-makers prepare to wow attendees with the first unrestricted, fully international Global Gaming Expo since 2019

  • Testing, Testing, Testing

    Want to know whether a product, promotion or event will succeed even before it happens? Market research is the answer, but it has to be more nuanced than it has in the past