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Joe DeSimone

Owner, DiSimone Gaming

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Joe DeSimone

When Joe DeSimone bought Railroad Pass Casino in Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Boulder City, from MGM Resorts in 2014, he was new to gaming. A real estate developer in Henderson, he saw value in Railroad Pass and invested millions in improvements. This year, he purchased the former Eldorado Casino in downtown Henderson from Boyd Gaming. Again he invested more than $7 million in upgrades and opened in April to great reviews. He recently broke ground on a new hotel at Railroad Pass and has plans to add a hotel to The Pass, which is adjacent to the practice facility for the Henderson Silver Knights, a minor league hockey team that began play last year. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from his office at The Pass in June, just prior to the groundbreaking of his new Holiday Inn Express Hotel at Railroad Pass.

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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