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Ryan Walker

Ryan Walker of Legends Bay Casino

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Legends Bay may have been the first new addition to the Reno-Sparks market in over 20 years, but it took more than a decade of trials and tribulations to finally open its doors in August of 2022. Ryan Walker stepped into the role of general manager earlier this year with decades of operational experience, including stints in Laughlin, Nevada overseeing the Edgewater and Colorado Belle Resorts as well as executive-level roles at Southern California’s Tortoise Rock and Spotlight 29 casinos.  Walker sat down with GGB Managing Editor Jess Marquez at Duke’s Steak House inside Legends Bay in June.

Jess Marquez is the managing editor of Global Gaming Business. A lifelong Nevadan, Marquez has communications experience across multiple sectors, including local government. Prior to joining GGB, he was the communications and advertising director for a prominent personal injury law firm based in Las Vegas and Seattle. He also founded and hosted The Pair O’Dice Podcast, a weekly show that focused on sports betting news and predictions. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2019 with a B.A. in journalism. Outside of work, Marquez is passionate about professional sports, classic literature and leatherworking.

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