Bernie Goldstein, gambling mogul dies
Bernie Goldstein, the riverboat gambling mogul started out in the scrap metal business. Over the years he has become a major player in the gambling industry in the USA. He was a tough business man and was considered to be the one of the founders of the riverboat gambling industry, but when he was not talking business then he was a softie at heart.
The stake he had of the huge gambling industry, he has created around 100,000 jobs within his empire. He was diagnosed with cancer last autumn, which according to friends did slow him down a little, but he still was up and about, he even received a special honour and salute from the council of Bettendorf City.
The two boats that made Bernie known to everyone are John Connelly's President in Davenport and Goldstein's Diamond Lady in Bettendorf. These two boats are set to become icons in the riverboat gambling icons.
Goldstein was the founder of Casino America, and in 1992 he opened the first riverboat casino in the south, Isle of Capri Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi. As the acting CEO and chairman of the board Goldstein owned and operated regional casinos in Mississippi, Missouri, Iowa Louisiana, Colorado and Florida.