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Walt Power

CEO, Grand Ho Tram Resort

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As a kid growing up in Detroit, spending time in Asia was the farthest thing from Walt Power’s mind. But after a stint with a tribal casino in Michigan, he took a leap of faith and joined Las Vegas Sands as they were opening the Venetian Casino Resort in Macau. Power spent nearly 20 years in Macau with a variety of companies and when he got the opportunity to run a property in Vietnam, he jumped at it. Grand Ho Tram Resort had been sold to hedge fund Warburg Pincus, which hired Power to take over. But the day after he arrived, the pandemic shut down all gaming operations in the world—except Grand Ho Tram. Power explains why and how the property remained open and how it not only survived but prospered. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from his office at Grand Ho Tram in March.

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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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