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Mike Larson

Project Director, JCJ Architecture

Mike Larson

With every other slot machine turned off, three seats maximum at blackjack tables, similar limitations at other table games, no buffet, temperature checks and dozens of other changes large and small, casinos that have reopened following the Covid-19 lockdown look and feel different. Mike Larson has visited dozens of these reopened casinos, mostly clients of JCJ Architecture, and has come away with some strong feelings on how casino design ha to change in the short term and the long. Space is sometimes limited within a casino environment so social distancing can be difficult—but not impossible, says Larson. Larson talks about all the elements of change and how he’s seen and advised casinos to approach it. Since the Tao Group is a JCJ client, he’s right in the middle of reimagining the nightclub and dayclub experience. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the GGB offices in Las Vegas in June.

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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.