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Paul Hobson

President and General Manager, Sahara Las Vegas

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The establishment of the SLS from the former Sahara didn’t go according to plan. The LA hospitality brand didn’t resonate in Las Vegas along with some regulatory hurdles, so when Alex Meruelo, the billionaire businessman and owner of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, purchased the property to go along with his Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, he got a bargain. Even though SLS had renovated the former Sahara, Meruelo began a program to once again redevelop the original Sahara brand with a second renovation. He brought in Las Vegas casino veteran Paul Hobson to lead that effort and the results have been dramatic. Hobson explains how it worked in a discussion with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at his offices in the Sahara 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.