Blaine C. Benedict (b. 1948) spent his early years in Philadelphia until the family relocated to Las Vegas in the early 1950s. His parents, Alvin and Jayne Benedict, followed his paternal grandfather, Meyer (Mike) Benedict, who was involved in gambling and liquor businesses. Blaine attended Crestwood Elementary, had his religious education and bar mitzvah at Temple Beth Sholom, and graduated from Las Vegas High School. He attended Rutgers University [1966-1970] where he majored in agriculture, was in the US Army from 1970-1972, lived on a kibbutz in Israel from December 1973 to May 1974—all before returning to live in Las Vegas and work his way up in the gaming industry.