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Derek Stevens

President & CEO, Circa Casino Resort

Derek Stevens

Before becoming a casino owner, Derek Stevens used to fly from his hometown of Detroit to Las Vegas to bet on sports and make a weekend of it. So it’s not surprising that the first casino he’s built from scratch has an emphasis on sports betting. Circa has been open for three months now (the hotel rooms open this week), and Stevens talks about how his guests have been responding to the sports book, the betting options, and the spectacular Stadium Swim, the pool area that remains open during the winter, whereas most other casino pools are closed. Stevens spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros overlooking the sports book at Circa for a keynote session and the Betting on Sports America virtual conference, held in early December. With the final GGB Podcast of 2020, we wish all our listeners a Happy New Year and much prosperity.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.

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