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George Papanier & Phil Juliano

President & CEO, and Executive Vice President, Casino Operations & Chief Marketing Officer, Bally’s Corporation

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George Papanier & Phil Juliano

Bally’s Atlantic City was the third casino to open on the Boardwalk in 1980 and quickly became a success. Through a variety of owners down through the years, Bally’s wound up as a Caesars property up until last year when as a condition of licensure for the new owners, Bally’s was sold to the then-Twin Rivers casino company. After the purchase of the property, Twin River followed up with Caesars to buy the Bally’s brand. The company has pledged to invest as much as $100 million in the property, which had suffered from neglect over the past few years, and the differences are immediately recognizable. George Papanier, the president and CEO, and Phil Juliano, executive vice president, casino operations and chief marketing officer, of Bally’s Corporation sat down with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the Bally’s offices at Atlantic City in July.

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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