Big Trouble In The Big Easy

It was quick, slick, and quintessential Chris Hemmeter. In the fall of 1991, Daniel P. Robinowitz, a Dallas-based developer and New Orleans gambling maven, was set to sign a deal with Mirage Resorts Inc. to build a casino if, and when, one was approved in New Orleans. On the eve of the signing, Hemmeter, eager to get a foothold in the nascent Louisiana gaming market, swooped into Dallas aboard his private jet to make Robinowitz a generous counteroffer. Within hours, Christopher B. Hemmeter was in and Mirage was out.

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