Dennis C. Gomes
President, CEO & Owner
Gomes Gaming, Inc.
HIGHLIGHTS OF DENNIS GOMES’
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CAREER IN GAMING
1971 – 2012
Gaming-Related Law Enforcement and Regulatory Highlights
As a Nevada Gaming Control
Board Division Chief and Law Enforcement Officer, Dennis
was one of the principal architects of Nevada Governor
Michael O’Callaghan’s plan to eradicate organized
crime from its strong presence in Nevada gaming.
Dennis conducted numerous
successful high-profile organized crime and “skimming” investigations of Nevada casinos. He personally conducted the Argent Corporation investigation - the most prominent of these cases subsequently became the subject of the award-winning book and 1995 Martin Scorsese film “Casino”,
starring Robert DeNiro.
He developed the casino internal control guidelines that are still utilized by the Nevada Gaming Control Board as its regulatory mandate for all licensed casinos in Nevada.
Later as the Chief of the Special Investigations Division of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), he developed the investigative procedures and the internal control guidelines for that agency and conducted the first investigation of a license applicant in New Jersey.
In August 2007, Dennis
testified in Federal Court in Chicago as a former Nevada
law enforcement officer in the largest organized crime
case in the history of the United States. The purpose of
the testimony was to provide the mob’s motive for
the murder of the key suspect in his Argent Corporation
investigation. As a result, the five mob bosses who murdered
over 17 people during their reign of terror in the United
States were found guilty and convicted on all charges.
His testimony was utilized by the federal prosecutor in
closing arguments that helped to win the convictions.
Gaming Industry Highlights
currently the President, CEO & Owner of Gomes Gaming,
Inc. which has been in existence since 2005.
Dennis has managed 14 separate hotel/casino resorts during his 28-year career in the gaming industry. The most noteworthy of these are the following:
Indiana Live Casino,
Indianapolis, IN – Over a two-year period, Dennis was integrally involved in the casino’s
design and development and was solely responsible for the
organization, staffing and opening of the temporary 2,000
slot machine casino, followed by a permanent casino located
just outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. The temporary casino
opened in June, 2008 followed by the permanent Las Vegas
style casino which opened in March, 2009. The Indiana Live
Casino had the highest operating profit margin in Indiana
and one of the three highest in the Midwest.
During its first year of operation, the Indiana Live Casino achieved a win per unit of $320 per slot machine. In addition, the Indiana Live Casino won the Southern Gaming and Destinations Magazine Readers Choice Awards for “Best Slots”, “Best Customer Service”, “Best Advertising” and “Best Buffet” out of all of the existing casinos in Indiana.
At the November 2009 G2E Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, the American Gaming Association (AGA) awarded the Indiana Live Casino the “Best Broadcast Advertisement-Television for 2009” for the Indiana Live Obama TV commercial. The ad was Dennis’ conception and creation and can be found by clicking on the adjacent link.
Aztar Corporation - Resorts
Division, Atlantic City NJ & Las Vegas, NV – Served as President of Resort Operations and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Tropicana Hotel & Casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. The Tropicana Atlantic City was responsible for over 70% of the profits of the parent company. Dennis is credited with the conception, planning and implementation of the highly acclaimed $285 million Havana themed retail, dining and entertainment complex known as “The Quarter at the Tropicana”.
During Dennis’ tenure at Aztar, due primarily to the dramatic increase in profitability of the Tropicana Atlantic City, from approximately $65 million to $127 million, the parent company’s stock value increased from $4 per share to $40 per share.
Trump Taj Mahal Hotel
and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ – Served as President
of this Atlantic City property and increased operating
profits over a 3 1/2 year period from $84 million to $148
On April 16, 1995, the New York Times wrote an article about Dennis entitled “Atlantic City’s Mr. Fix-It” describing his many accomplishments in turning the Taj Mahal into Atlantic City’s top grossing casino.
Golden Nugget Hotel and
Casino, Las Vegas, NV – Served as President of this
Las Vegas resort increasing operating profits the first
year from approximately $40 million to $60 million.
Hilton Nevada Corporation,
Las Vegas, NV – Served as Senior Vice President of Casino Operations in charge of all Hilton Corporation’s
Nevada casinos including the Las Vegas Hilton and the Flamingo
Hilton, reporting directly to Chairman Barron Hilton.
Casino Association of NJ (CANJ)
Elected as President in 2003 by all 12 of the Atlantic City Casino CEO’s. CANJ is comprised of membership representing all 12 operating casinos in Atlantic City and serves as a unified voice for the NJ casino industry. Dennis worked closely with legislators on amendments to the Casino Control Act as well as legislation that encouraged development and expansion of Atlantic City gaming properties.
Responsible Gaming Award -
Dennis was honored by the Council on Compulsive Gambling
of New Jersey in September 2002 with its prestigious CCGNJ “Education Award” in
recognition of his commitment to raising awareness of responsible
MBA – Finance, CPA previously licensed in New Jersey,
Hawaii and Nevada
5th degree black belt - Tang Soo Do, 2nd degree black belt – Hopkido
Married 38 years – Wife Barbara – five children.