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Steve Callender

Eastern Regional President, Caesars Entertaiment

Steve Callender

When the Covid 19 lockdown began in March, Steve Callender had oversight of just one Atlantic City property, the Tropicana. When it was over in July he had added three others—Caesars, Harrah’s and Bally’s—as a result of the closing of the purchase of Caesars Entertainment by Eldorado. Callender, a longtime Atlantic City executive, explains how he navigated the lockdown given the certainty of the merger and how they plan to slowly reopen to full capacity. This interview will be part of feature in the September edition of Gaming Law Review, where a panel of AC leaders discusses the lockdown and its impact. Callender spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from his Atlantic City offices in August.

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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.

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