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John Koster

Eastern Regional President, Caesars Entertainment

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When Eldorado Resorts bought Caesars Entertainment, New Jersey regulators required that Eldorado invest at least $400 million in its Atlantic City properties, which regulators believed were undercapitalized. John Koster was brought in to bring Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort and the Tropicana up to snuff. When GGB first met with Koster he was explaining how he would achieve his goals. Last year, Koster proudly boasted of the plans for Harrah’s and Caesars and this year, the plans have been completed at all three casinos. Caesars recently opened a new show by the Vegas-based Spiegelworld with a new revue called The Hook. Other restaurants have also debuted, such as Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen and Nobu. Koster spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros via Zoom from his office in Atlantic City in August.

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.