1944: Dennis C. Gomes born Jan. 11.
1966: Graduates with bachelor’s of science in accounting from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas
1970: Gets MBA in Finance from University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business
1971: Goes to work as chief of audit at the Nevada Gaming Control Board. During his career, his investigations included the massive skimming operation at the Stardust and Freemont casinos, which is the basis for the book and film ‘Casino.’
1987: Becomes president of Golden Nugget Casino, Las Vegas
1991: Leaves Las Vegas to take job as president of Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City. Moves family to Galloway Township.
1995: October: Starts overseeing Las Vegas and Atlantic City TropWorld properties as president of resort operations for parent company Aztar Corp., shuts down the local site’s $20 million Tivoli Pier indoor amusement park.
November: Release of Martin Scorsese film ‘Casino,’ starring Robert De Niro, based on the Argent Corp. investigation, which was among the high-profile probes Gomes conducted while with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
1996: Becomes president of the Tropicana, as he renames TropWorld. Tenure marked by innovative event and promotional tactics, as well as the development of The Quarter, the $280 million Cuban-themed entertainment complex.
1999: Brings in ‘Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit.’
2001: May: Contracts the Maude Group of Chicago’s ‘Torture Through the Ages’ exhibit at Tropicana.
September: Starts tic-tac-toe chicken promotion, which offers $10,000 to gamblers who win a game against chickens. The birds almost always won.
2002: Awarded the ‘Education Award’ for his commitment to raising awareness of responsible gaming by the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey.
2003: Elected president of the Casino Association of New Jersey, which represents all operating casinos in Atlantic City.
2004: Opens The Quarter.
2005: Leaves Tropicana, starts casino consulting Gomes Gaming Inc.
2006: Moves to Margate.
2007: Testifies in the largest organized-crime case in the history of the United States in Federal Court in Chicago. His testimony was based on the Argent Corp. investigation. Five mob bosses who had murdered at least 17 people were found guilty and convicted on all charges.
2008: Makes a bid for Tropicana, which billionaire investor Carl Icahn eventually buys at auction.
2010: Buys Resorts a year after lenders took over the casino that had defaulted on its $360 million mortgage, during which time the property saw its revenue drop 17 percent and lost $10.8 million.
2011: Noted for his long-term commitment to Atlantic City and its tourism industry with the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality Management and Tourism of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.