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Nick Schoenfeldt

Partner, TBE Architects

Nick Schoenfeldt

The world of casino design has changed since the onset of Covid-19. Nick Schoenfeldt, a partner with Thalden Boyd Emery Architects, joined GGB from the Fort McDowell casino in Arizona, which is making last minute changes to an expansion designed by TBE as a direct result of the Covid-19 stipulations. Those changes include removing a new poker room, spacing the slot machines out in regards to social distancing, a new plan for the buffet and more. While some of these changes may only be temporary, Schoenfeldt says many of them will have to be engrained in every casino project from now on. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from the Fort McDowell casino in June.

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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