Visitors to the Casino Collectibles Association’s 29th annual Casino Chip and Collectibles Show in Vegas will have a unique opportunity to meet and chat with four prominent figures who were eyewitnesses to gaming history. Here are the celebrities who will headline the new informal Celebrity Meet & Greet Gaming Education Series, the latest addition to the World’s Largest Casino Chip and Collectibles exhibition, which runs Thursday thru Saturday, June 16-18, 2022, at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas:
Tom McEvoy. He won the 1983 World Series of Poker Main Event and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2013. Talk poker with him 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17.
Chris Andrews. He turned the sportsbook at the tiny Cal Neva casino into one of the biggest and most successful sports book in Nevada. Talk sports betting with him 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday June 16.
J. Michael Niotta, Ph.D. His great grandfather was LA “Godfather” Jack Dragna who, along with partners like Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, helped pioneer the offshore gambling industry and the racing wire service. Visit with him from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday June 17.
Dustin Marks. 35 years ago, he dealt blackjack and cheated the casinos out of millions of dollars – and never got caught. Meet him from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.
The Celebrity Meet & Greet Gaming Education Series is the personification of the Casino Collectibles Association’s objective to foster the preservation and education of gaming history. Each gaming celebrity has volunteered their time to greet, meet and mingle with show attendees, answer their questions and satisfy their curiosity about the personality’s unique role in the shaping of the gaming industry we know today.