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New executive team at Plaza Hotel & Casino raises the bar for the property’s guest experience

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The Plaza Hotel & Casino has brought on several new executives to further elevate the guest experience at the iconic downtown Las Vegas property, which has witnessed a significant turnaround and has outpaced downtown’s overall growth since Jonathan Jossel took over as CEO in 2015.

In recent months, Jossel has recruited new leadership for key departments, including casino marketing/operations, food and beverage, and brand management. “As part of my effort to grow the Plaza’s offerings and attract new customers, I wanted to recruit leaders with a wealth of experience and knowledge to help us build on the success we’ve achieved so far,” said Jossel.

John Janicky, a 25-year gaming industry veteran, joined the Plaza as vice president of casino marketing and operations. Janicky most recently worked at SLS Las Vegas and Aliante Casino, a AAA Four Diamond Resort. At the Plaza, he will focus on leveraging technology and developing new and exciting marketing programs to enhance the players’ experience.

Ryan Rowland will lead the Plaza’s food and beverage program seeking to elevate the property’s offerings and create unmatched dining experiences in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. He comes to the Plaza with a distinguished resume in management at famed restaurants such as Spago Las Vegas, Michael Mina Bellagio, StripSteak at Mandalay Bay, and Jean-Georges Prime Steakhouse. Most recently, Rowland was director of restaurants for the transition of the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino to Park MGM.

Rowland is joined by Michael Vakneen who returns to the Plaza after co-founding the popular Pop Up Pizza, one of downtown’s first gourmet pizzerias located on the Plaza’s casino floor. With a background in commercial real estate and restaurant development, including opening nine restaurants and bars in three years for a Las Vegas based restaurant group, Vakneen now works as a concept developer, food and beverage analyst, and director of special projects for the Plaza.

Rounding out the new team is Bronson Olimpieri. With 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Olimpieri is owner and operator of TCB Strategic, a hospitality marketing and branding agency. Olimpieri is working with the Plaza on brand management and to develop new concepts and creative initiatives for the property.

“The experience that John, Ryan, Michael and Bronson bring to the Plaza is unparalleled. Working with them and our dedicated and talented team at the Plaza, we are charting a new course for the property that will result in continued growth while also diversifying the downtown experience,” added Jossel.

 

About the Plaza Hotel & Casino:

Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel & Casino combines a vintage Rat Pack attitude with modern styling and personal customer service for the ultimate Vegas experience. First opened in 1971 and built on the site of the original Las Vegas railroad depot, the Plaza has 1,003 updated rooms and suites, a classic Vegas showroom, downtown’s only bingo hall and 30,000 square feet of renovated ballroom and meeting space. Guests enjoy a variety of dining options led by the Rat Pack-styled Oscar’s steakhouse in the hotel’s iconic glass dome overlooking the Fremont Street Experience. Hundreds of slot machines, from the latest games to traditional coin machines, and nearly two dozen table games comprise an 80,000-square-foot casino floor, which is also home to downtown’s largest race and sports book. A fully renovated rooftop pool and recreation deck, complete with private cabanas, hot tub, food truck, tennis court and dedicated Pickleball courts, provide guests with a variety of outdoor amenities. For more information on the multiple award-winning Plaza Hotel & Casino, visit www.plazahotelcasino.com .

 

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Oneida Indian Nation and Caesars Entertainment to Unveil “The Lounge with Caesars Sports”

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Branding and marketing alliance brings sports betting game day excitement to Turning Stone Resort Casino and Point Place Casino on August 1, with the sports book at Yellow Brick Road Casino to open later this summer. Sports fans who sign up for the new, exclusive “Champions Fan Club” in advance of the Grand Opening will be eligible to win a Grand Opening prize, featuring a special VIP experience at the sports book for a group of four.

 

The Oneida Indian Nation announced today it is partnering with Caesars Entertainment to open sports books known as “The Lounge at Caesars Sports” at the Oneida Nation’s award-winning Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, and Point Place Casino in Bridgeport, NY, with a grand opening celebration planned for August 1. “The Lounge with Caesars Sports” is planned to open at Yellow Brick Road Casino before the start of the NFL season.

Additional details about the August 1 grand opening festivities will be revealed next week.

The Lounge with Caesars Sports

“The Lounge with Caesars Sports” venues at the Oneida Indian Nation’s casinos will feature LED terminals with high-definition resolution, state-of-the-art odds boards that constantly update and offer opportunities for in-game wagers, as well as new full-service bars, ticket windows, ultra-comfortable seating, and VIP areas with their own dedicated TV screens.

At Turning Stone, “The Lounge with Caesars Sports” will be prominently located at the resort’s main entrance. It will feature a massive 500-square-foot curved LED screen, with acuity similar to Times Square, visible from three sides and to visitors entering from the main entrance and the parking garage. Plus, there are an additional 16 large LED TVs throughout the sports book, including a mix of 65-inch screens and 85-inch screens to put the viewers at the center of the sports action.

The new sports book at Point Place Casino will be in the newly expanded gaming floor, with the primary video wall featuring a 24-foot HD LED screen, plus an additional 30 LED TVs throughout the space, a mix of both 65-inch screens and 85-inch screens.

Champions Fan Club

Sports fans also have an opportunity to join the Oneida Indian Nation’s just-launched Champions Fan Club to receive the latest sports book news and information about exclusive events and become eligible for special offers. The Champions Fan Club is completely free to join.

Champions Fan Club members who sign up before the grand opening on August 1 will be eligible for a selection of prizes and exclusive opportunities, including one lucky member who will win a Grand Opening Prize package. This prize package will entitle the winner and three friends to be among the first to enjoy the VIP experience at Turning Stone’s new sports betting lounge, including premium seating, $50 in food and beverage credit, a $100 cash voucher and much more. All Champions Fan Club members present at the grand opening will receive a free “The Lounge with Caesars Sports” t-shirt and a chance to win additional prizes during the day’s festivities.

Integrated Rewards Program

Through this new relationship, Turning Stone, Yellow Brick Road and Point Place Casino players will be able to exchange and redeem their TS Rewards loyalty points, as well as have their player tier levels matched, for Caesars Rewards Points at all Caesars properties, with the same exchange available for Caesars players at Oneida Indian Nation properties. Caesars will also sponsor special player promotions and events at its new partner venues, further bringing the excitement of Las Vegas to New York at the Oneida Indian Nation’s gaming venues.

 

About the Oneida Indian Nation:
The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation’s enterprises, which employ more than 4,750 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, Yellow Brick Road Casino, Point Place Casino, Maple Leaf Markets, SāvOn Convenience stores, RV Park and three marinas. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation’s economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members.

About Caesars Entertainment Corporation:
Caesars Entertainment is one of the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment providers and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions. Caesars Entertainment’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars Entertainment’s portfolio also includes the Caesars Entertainment UK family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars Entertainment is committed to its employees, suppliers, communities and the environment through its PEOPLE PLANET PLAY framework. For more information, please visit http://www.caesars.com/corporate.

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Associa Community Association Services of Indiana Hosts Client Appreciation Night

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Associa Community Association Services of Indiana (CASI) recently hosted clients and vendors at a networking and client appreciation casino night at the Marriott North in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The event hosted more than 150 attendees and highlighted CASI’s appreciation for board members, residents, and vendors as well as cultivated relationships that go beyond just business arrangements. The guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, gambling tables, prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. The evening was not only entertaining but also helped raise money for Associa’s national non-profit organization, Associa Cares.

“It was great to see our industry come together as one community for a night of comradery and friendship to support Associa Cares,” stated Annette Byrd, CMCA®, PCAM®, CASI president. “This event helped our team build relationships with clients and vendors and also allowed us the opportunity to help individuals in need, which is priceless.”

Associa Cares funds are distributed to families of Associa-managed and non-Associa managed communities. To donate to Associa Cares or apply for assistance, please visit our website at http://www.associacares.com/.

Associa Cares is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created to assist families and communities in crisis as a result of natural and man-made disasters. Through donations raised from Associa employees and at fundraising events across the country, Associa Cares is able to provide necessary goods and services to the families affected by these types of tragedies.

With more than 200 branch offices across North America, Associa delivers unsurpassed management and lifestyle services to nearly five million residents worldwide. Our 10,000+ team members lead the industry with unrivaled education, expertise and trailblazing innovation. For more than 40 years, Associa has provided solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision.

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Oklahoma Tribal Leaders Approve a Resolution against Governor’s Gambling Plan

Niji Narayan

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The leaders of Oklahoma-based Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations have approved a resolution denouncing the new Republican governor’s plan to force negotiations for a bigger slice of revenue from Oklahoma’s tribal casinos.

The Inter-Tribal Council of the five civilised tribes approved the resolution during a meeting in Tulsa.

Last week, Gov. Kevin Stitt said that the existing compacts should be reevaluated now that the gambling industry has matured in Oklahoma.

Tribal leaders and the governor disagree over what triggers a 15-year renewal of the compacts.

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