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Jeff Silver and Jennifer Gaynor

Of Counsel and Member, Dickinson Wright Gaming & Hospitality Practice Group

Often forgotten in the rush to close down casinos in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is the regulatory aspect: What procedures do you follow, what do you do with the cash and audit process, how do you reconcile slot machine records and much more. In Nevada, it’s even more difficult since the casinos have never closed since 1931, so it was uncharted territory. Someone who has seen everything in the state, until now, is former Gaming Control Board member Jeff Silver, who along with Jennifer Gaynor, his colleague from the Dickinson Wright office in Las Vegas, helped their clients navigate the minefield of compliance hurdles during the shutdown on March 17. They explain the thought process of the regulators, the concerns of the operators, and possibilities of how the casinos will reopen when the all-clear is given. They met with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the GGB offices in Las Vegas—Gaynor in person and Silver over the phone. The interview was conducted on March 31, when the lockdown order from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak was extended to April 30.

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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