(born 1937) is an American casino
operator. Jack is the son of casino magnate Benny Binion
and worked for his father at Binion's Horseshoe
, a casino and hotel
in Las Vegas
Jack became president of the Horseshoe in 1963 at the age of 26.
Jack's fame grew following his 1970 hosting of the first World Series of Poker
at the Horseshoe which became the largest set of poker tournaments
in the world. Privately held, Binion's Horseshoe became renowned as one of Nevada's most successful casino operations.
In 1998, following a protracted legal battle for control of the Horseshoe among Benny Binion's heirs, Jack sold his interest in Binion's Horseshoe to his sister, Becky Behnen
, while retaining a token 1% interest in the operation so that he could lawfully retain his Nevada Gaming License
. He also acquired the rights to the Horseshoe brand outside of Nevada.
Jack went on to form Horseshoe Gaming Holding Corporation
which developed and operated several riverboat casinos
under the Horseshoe name. Jack continued to promote the casinos for Harrah's Entertainment
following his sale of the company in 2004 to Harrah's. As of 2008, Binion's name appears on the "Jack Binion's Steakhouse" at Horseshoe Tunica and Horseshoe Hammond and several of the Horseshoe-branded casinos still carry slot machines bearing Binion's likeness called "Who Wants To Be A Binionaire?" that originated before the Harrah's acquisition.
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