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Jim Allen

Chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming

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Two years ago, Jim Allen completed negotiations with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on a new tribal compact between the state and the Seminole Tribe. The compact gives the tribe a monopoly over sports betting in Florida and allows for the addition of craps and roulette games to their casinos, in exchange for millions of dollars in annual payments to the state. Although the compact was held up for two years due to litigation, that legal stay was recently lifted to allow those issues to be resolved. Allen addressed those issues and spoke about the future of the Hard Rock empire with GGB Publisher Roger Gros via Zoom in January.

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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.