A Legacy of Excellence Our Milestones

The Jacobs story spans decades and is rooted in development and expansion of property investments, people and communities.  View the interactive timeline that highlights significant milestones in our company’s history.

  1. Jeff Jacobs opens first Burger King in Euclid, Ohio.

    1977

  2. Mr. Jacobs forms JEI Management Company Launching Cleveland "Flats" riverfront redevelopment efforts.

    1985

  3. Nautica Stage developed by Jacobs on Cleveland's Cuyahoga riverfront.

    1987

  4. Black Hawk Gaming & Development Company Inc. (BHWK) founded as publicly traded Company.

    1991

  5. Company opens The Gilpin Casino in Black Hawk, Colorado.

    1992

  6. Jacobs privately invests in Nautica Queen, Cleveland's river dining cruise ship.

    1992

  7. Colonial Downs opens in New Kent, Virginia, under ownership of Jeff Jacobs.

    1997

  8. The Lodge Casino opens in Black Hawk, Colorado, as a joint venture between BHWK and Jacobs Investments.

    1998

  9. Gold Dust West Reno is acquired.

    2000

  10. Nautica Queen and Jacobs Pavilion added to the Jacobs portfolio.

    2001

  11. Jeff Jacobs forms Jacobs Entertainment Inc., combining all operations of Black Hawk Gaming & Development Company, Inc., Colonial Downs and 7 truck stops.

    2002

  12. Company purchases Pinon Plaza Casino in Carson City, Nevada and renames under Gold Dust West brand.

    2006

  13. Jacobs Entertainment Inc. builds new casino in Elko, Nevada, opening third Gold Dust West property.

    2006

  14. 25 company-owned truck stops throughout Louisiana are rebranded under Cash Magic umbrella.

    2008

  15. Cleveland-based Nautica Entertainment ventures unite under Jacobs Entertainment Inc.

    2013

  16. Greater Cleveland Aquarium added to the company portfolio.

    2014

  17. Hampton Inn opens at Gold Dust West Elko.

    2016

  18. Jeff Jacobs begins property acquisitions in Reno, Nevada, spearheading Reno's 4th Street redevelopment project.

    2016

  19. JEI acquires Canyon Casino, situated on 3 acres adjacent to Gilpin Casino for Black Hawk expansion.

    2017

  20. JEI purchases Reno's 4th Street landmark, Sands Regency Hotel & Casino in Reno, Nevada.

    2017

Executive Team

Behind every great team are great leaders.  We owe our strength and longevity as a company to the consistent way we manage our business, our prudent growth philosophy and to the character of our employees.

Jeff Jacobs

Jeffrey P. Jacobs

Jeffrey P. Jacobs has been Chairman and CEO of Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. since 1995. Originally engaged in the development of commercial real estate, Mr. Jacobs was responsible for the development of the Cleveland, Ohio waterfront district known as the Nautica Entertainment Complex. Additionally, Mr. Jacobs has developed numerous apartment projects including several that are recognized as cornerstones of the rebirth of Cleveland’s Historic Warehouse District.

Prior to his work in real estate development, Mr. Jacobs worked on Wall Street for several years where he traded 30-year U.S. Government Bonds. He combined his development and investing skills when he began to acquire control of several small-cap gaming companies, while at the same time obtaining several privately held gaming assets.

Mr. Jacobs served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1982 to 1986. Additionally, Mr. Jacobs holds several graduate degrees, including an MBA from Ohio State University.

Stephen R. Roark

Stephen R. Roark

Stephen R. Roark has served as President of Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. since 1995. Prior to his experience in the gaming industry, he was an independent consultant in the Denver area rendering financial and accounting assistance to companies in the public marketplace.

Mr. Roark has 17 years of public accounting experience, having served as a partner with a Denver-based accounting firm and as a partner with a national accounting firm. Mr. Roark was with Hanifen, Imhoff and Prudential Securities, Inc. for three years and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Roark obtained his B.S.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Denver in 1973.

Stan Politano

Stan Politano

Executive Vice President Stanley Politano has over twenty years of experience in the gaming industry, and has been with Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. since it purchased Black Hawk Gaming & Development Company, Inc. in 2002. Mr. Politano has been active in the development and acquisition of new gaming properties for Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.

During the period from 1994 to 2002, Mr. Politano was Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of Black Hawk Gaming & Development Company, Inc. and also served on its board of directors. He came to the gaming industry with 22 years of experience in the securities industry in both retail and wholesale capacities with firms such as E. F. Hutton & Company and Prudential Securities. Stan received a B.S in Business from the University of Colorado in 1972.

Brett Kramer

Brett Kramer

Promoted to Chief Financial Officer in December 2006, Brett Kramer has been with Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. since 1994. Prior to his current position Mr. Kramer has held several other positions as a CPA within our accounting team, first as Assistant Controller, Controller, and V.P. of Finance. While in these positions he was pivotal in implementing a number of invaluable improvements to back-end accounting processes and records management. Prior to Jacobs Entertainment he spent four years with Deloitte and Touche in the Denver office. A Colorado native, Mr. Kramer graduated Cum-Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

John East

John East

John East joined Jacobs Entertainment in 2006 and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer for Jacobs Entertainment in 2016. During his tenure with the company he has served in various Senior Management positions including General Manager for the Lodge Casino, VP of Colorado Operations and Vice President of Western Division Operations, where he had oversight of all five Colorado and Nevada casino operations. John began his gaming career in 1987 at Harvey’s Casino Resorts in Lake Tahoe where he worked in Food & Beverage, Hotel and Finance. In 1994, during the gaming industry’s expansive years, John was selected to move to Colorado to open Harvey’s Wagon Wheel and was made General Manager in 2002.