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The Gaming Hall of Fame

2017 Inductee

Mel Wolzinger

Mel Wolzinger

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Mel Wolzinger (b. 19??) is a longtime operator and investor in gaming.

“A Founder of Las Vegas” with passion, energy, and a sincere dedication to the good of the community, Mel Wolzinger has become one of Nevada’s most accomplished visionaries. For the past seven decades, Wolzinger has applied his sharp business acumen to support the evolution of the Las Vegas business landscape. After he retired from the Air Force in 1946, Wolzinger moved to Las Vegas and built a cutting-edge slot route – the first of many successful business ventures in Las Vegas. In 1962, he opened Ernie’s Bar on the north end of town, when there was no other development in the area. Growth has since brought many businesses to North Rancho Drive, including Texas Station and Fiesta resorts. Wolzinger has always had the foresight to recognize sound business opportunities, such as when he invested with Steve Wynn in Golden Nugget Las Vegas in the early 1970s. Wynn ultimately turned the Golden Nugget into downtown’s largest resort. Wolzinger served on the Board of Directors of Mirage Resorts from 1973-2000, and was instrumental in the development of Strip palaces such as The Mirage, Treasure Island and Bellagio. When MGM Resorts acquired Mirage Resorts in 2000, Wolzinger joined the MGM Resorts Board of Directors. He served on the Board through 2012, when he was named director emeritus of MGM Resorts. He is a generous supporter of University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and is a trustee for the UNLV Research Foundation. Wolzinger also has served as a champion of many nonprofit organizations spanning education, athletics and the Jewish community. He is known as a humble and gentle soul who does not take to limelight or fanfare.

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