Caesars’ Loveman a hall-of-famer

What a dynamite week for Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman.

On Tuesday his company, and partner Suffolk Downs, finally finished a casino deal with Mayor Thomas Menino.

Then today Loveman was named a 2013 inductee into the Gaming Hall of Fame.

Yes, the Gaming Hall of Fame is real, an offshoot of the American Gaming Association, the industry’s trade and lobbying group. Think of the Gaming Hall of Fame as the exact opposite of the Baseball Hall of Fame: one bans you for gambling, the other only wants those who have contributed to the casino-entertainment industry.

The Gaming HOF has been around since 1989. There are more than 70 hall-of-famers, many of them affiliated with Las Vegas. Loveman will join rival casino chief Steve Wynn, who was inducted in 2006, as well as Frank Sinatra, Donald Trump, Wayne Newton and lion tamers Siegfried and Roy.


Boston native Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire gambling mogul who built The Venetian hotel on the Vegas strip and tried to buy Newt Gingrich the US presidency in 2012, was inducted two years ago.

Loveman, who lives near Boston but really, really doesn’t like it when his hometown is published, will add another Bay State name to the list. He will be inducted with Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., former president of the AGA; Celine Dion, a longtime Vegas headline act; and celebrity chef Guy Savoy.

“The gaming industry is nothing without its innovators, artists and advocates driving it forward, and we are proud to honor Gary, Frank, Celine and Guy as talents who have helped transform our business into the entertainment juggernaut it is today,’’ said Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the AGA, in a statement.


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