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Paul Pellizzari

Vice President of Global Social Responsibility, Hard Rock International

Paul Pellizzari

Hard Rock International runs casinos around the world, so a major responsible gaming program like Players Edge will make a difference. Paul Pellizzari was recently hired as Hard Rock’s vice president of global social responsibility and is responsible for implementing the program. Pellizzari discusses the different aspects of Players Edge, from the education of the players to the recognition by employees of symptoms of problem gambling. He talks about the research that went into Players Edge and why he believes it will be an important cog in the wheel that will be able to truly help patrons afflicted with problem gambling. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the GGB offices in Las Vegas soon after the program was announced in December.

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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