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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  9. Gold Dust West Reno is acquired.


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


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


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


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


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


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


  16. Greater Cleveland Aquarium added to the company portfolio.


  17. Hampton Inn opens at Gold Dust West Elko.


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


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


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


  21. JEI begins the development of Reno’s Neon Line District - a $1.8 billion mixed use project, comprised of a live-work-play district, that will serve as a hub for all ages celebrating Reno’s eccentric culture through pedestrian-friendly amenities, public art, restaurants, retail, and entertainment venues.


  22. JEI begins the $150 million repositioning of the Sands Regency Hotel & Casino, into a world class resort and casino. Projected opening in mid 2023.


  23. The Glow Plaza opens for its first summer concerts series.


  24. Installation of the "J" neon sign is complete, signaling the opening of the all-new J Resort.


  25. The Glow Plaza transforms into the "Glow Plaza Festival Grounds," hosting large scale concerts and events for the public.


  26. Purchases Lady Caroline, a 120-foot-long, 15,000-square-foot luxury yatch and Northeast Ohio’s premier dining cruise ship.


  27. J Resort celebrates the official completion of Phase 1 remodel.


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.

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.