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1999 Inductee

Jack Entratter

Jack Entratter

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Jack Entratter (1913-1971) was the impresario and driving force behind the Sands, one of the defining casinos of the early Las Vegas Strip.

Starting as a doorman at New York's Stork Club, the 6'4", 200-pound Entratter enjoyed a brilliant career in Manhattan's nightclub circuit, becoming co-owner of the famed Cobacabana club.

In 1952, he moved to Las Vegas as the entertainment director of the new Sands hotel at the behest of Jake Freedman, the Texas oilman who headed the casino's group of investors. Entratter used his personal relationships with most of the day's top performers to lure them to the Sands. As a result, the casino boasted most of the top performers in the country, including Danny Thomas, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Red Skelton, Lena Horne, Jerry Lewis, Alan King, Joey Bishop, and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme.

After Freeman passed away in 1958, Entratter became the Sands' president, a position he held until the casino's sale to Howard Hughes in 1967. In his fifteen years at the Sands, Entratter made the Las Vegas Strip the show business capital of the world, laying the groundwork for the continuing love affair between Las Vegas and entertainers.

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