Connect with us

Industry News

Jamul Indian Village of California Recruits New Managers to Join World-Class Executive Team of Jamul Casino

Published

on

Jamul Indian Village of California Recruits New Managers to Join World-Class Executive Team of Jamul CasinoReading Time: 3 minutes

 

The Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation (“JIVDC”), an entity owned by Jamul Indian Village of California, is pleased to announce that Jamul Casino has made numerous key hires as part of its rebranding and relaunch.  Approximately 20 miles east of Downtown San Diego, Jamul Casino rebranded in May, and celebrated a relaunch in August.  Completing its transition, JIVDC has welcomed several key managers to the Jamul Casino team, who will continue to support the Casino’s growth and help shape a new brand identity for casino guests.

Jamul Casino hired new President and General Manager, Mary Cheeks, to lead the transition.  Ms. Cheeks has 30 years of experience in casino management and casino finance.  One of her career highlights includes her pivotal role in transforming Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey into a resort that became one of the most profitable gaming establishments in Atlantic City.  Prior to joining the Jamul Casino team, she was General Manager for Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady, NY, one of four new casino licenses outside of Tribal Gaming and Racinos.

Ms. Cheeks has recruited a world-class management team at Jamul Casino, optimizing the skills of existing team members and supplementing with additional talent.  Most of the managers have decades of experience working for some of the nation’s top gaming organizations and resorts.  Jamul Casino’s Executive Management team includes:

  • Allison Owen, Vice President of Human Resources
  • Josh Ford, Vice President of Business Intelligence
  • Raman Natarajan, Vice President of Food & Beverage
  • Scott Bauer, Vice President of Marketing
  • Tony Ventura, Vice President of Gaming Operations
  • Cathy Behnen, Chief Financial Officer

Erica M. Pinto, Chairwoman of Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation, states, “As the newest casino in San Diego County, we have created a new standard for entertainment.  We took our time and hand-picked each member of the management team because our customers deserve only the very best in the industry.”

As part of its relaunch, Jamul Casino has developed a new logo and identity focused on being friendly, fun, and true to its roots. The word “Jamul” means “Sweetwater.” Using this as inspiration, the new logo features a single drop merged with the letter J to create a memorable and meaningful symbol for the casino and Jamul Indian Village of California.

The official relaunch of the newly renamed Jamul Casino was marked with a block party celebration on Saturday, August 4, 2018.  The event drew over 12,000 guests and produced some of the highest activity ever on the gaming floor and in its seven (7) restaurants.  The gaming floor has 1,700 slots with everything from penny slots all the way up to $100 slot machines, and 40 table games with over a dozen different types of live games.

Jamul Casino’s diverse dining and entertainment venues have also been making a splash with several awards following the rebranding.  On August 26, the San Diego Union-Tribune announced its 2018 San Diego’s Best Readers’ Poll awards, including Best Entertainment Venue awarded to JIVE Lounge, and Best Sports Bar awarded to Tony Gwynn’s Sports Pub.  In June, Prime Cut’s wine list was honored with the Wine Spectator 2018 Award of Excellence.

President and General Manager, Mary Cheeks, states, “With this outstanding team in place, Jamul Casino will build on its already strong relationships with its guests and employees, and continue to provide a high-quality gaming, dining, and entertainment experience, just minutes from the heart of San Diego.”

Ideally located, Jamul Casino is the closest casino to Downtown San Diego, the region’s cultural, historical, and tourism core.  San Diego County has an extremely active gaming community, home to nine (9) casinos.  According to the National Indian Gaming Commission, tribal casinos generated nearly $9 billion in revenue in California and Northern Nevada (which doesn’t include Las Vegas) in fiscal year 2017, which is a 7.3 percent increase in revenue over the previous year.

 

About Jamul Indian Village of California:
Jamul Indian Village of California is one of 13 federally recognized tribes that are part of the Kumeyaay Nation, with roots in east San Diego County going back 12,000 years. The Tribe uses revenue and resources from Jamul Casino to fund educational opportunities, healthcare, and housing initiatives for its members, and projects that benefit the surrounding community, through a tribal-state gaming compact with the State of California signed in 2015.  For more information about Jamul Indian Village of California, please visit jamulindianvillage.com.

About Jamul Casino:
Opened in 2016, the recently rebranded Jamul Casino, located in Jamul, California, is owned and operated by Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation (JIVDC), a wholly owned entity of Jamul Indian Village of California.  The $430 million casino features over 1,700 slot machines and 40 live table games; free shuttle service from various locations in San Diego; live entertainment; and seven restaurants, bars and lounges. Jamul Casino supports more than 1,000 permanent jobs in the region.  For more information about Jamul Casino, please visit

 

Source: Jamul Casino

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media

Continue Reading

Industry News

UNITE HERE Warns About Potential Gaming Tax Revenue Declines, Job Cuts, and Other Problems of Proposed Merger of Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment

Published

on

By

UNITE HERE Warns About Potential Gaming Tax Revenue Declines, Job Cuts, and Other Problems of Proposed Merger of Eldorado Resorts and Caesars EntertainmentReading Time: 2 minutes

 

Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment jointly announced a proposed transaction to combine the two corporations, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals. The deal is to be based on $7.2 billion of new debt financing and $500 million of cuts and other “synergies.” UNITE HERE, the hospitality workers union, represents approximately 25,000 workers at Caesars and Eldorado properties.

UNITE HERE-represented union casinos accounted for approximately 68% of the pro forma $30 billion combined Caesars-Eldorado EBITDAR in 2018. These 22 UNITE HERE union casinos altogether include over 50% of the combined company’s total hotel rooms, over 30% of its total slots, and nearly 40% of its total table games. UNITE HERE locals are currently in contract negotiations with Eldorado at Circus Circus Reno and Isle Pompano Beach. Contracts at six additional UNITE HERE union casinos in the combined Caesars and Eldorado portfolio will expire in 2020, including four properties in Atlantic City.

UNITE HERE issued the following statement from President D. Taylor:

“UNITE HERE has had a positive relationship with Caesars Entertainment over the years, and 25,000 union members have been excited to help the company reinvest and rebuild as it recovers from the disastrous leveraged buyout led by Apollo and TPG. It is in this context that we approach the proposed sale of the company with great concern.

Yesterday, Eldorado announced cost-savings of $500 million in the first year of the combined company. Where are they going to cut? We will not stand by idly if the proposed Caesars-Eldorado transaction will lead to significant job losses, worse wages and benefits for our members, and lower state gaming tax receipts in the many communities where members we represent work and live. Casinos operating under privileged licenses are meant to create significant benefits for host communities, including family-sustaining jobs and local government funding based on gaming taxes.

We will support changes at Caesars that preserve the company’s long-term financial health and provide a sustainable path to good jobs in vibrant gaming markets across the country.”

2018, 7,700 UNITE HERE members went on a multi-city strike at Marriott hotels across the United States and won historic settlements in Boston, Detroit, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, San Diego, and Hawaii.

UNITE HERE represents over 300,000 hospitality workers in gaming, hotel, and food service industries in North America and provides analysis from the perspective of those who work in these industries.

 

Source: UNITE HERE

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
This is a Syndicated News piece. Photo credits or photo sources can be found on the source article: UNITE HERE Warns About Potential Gaming Tax Revenue Declines, Job Cuts, and Other Problems of Proposed Merger of Eldorado Resorts and Caesars Entertainment

Continue Reading

Industry News

UK NHS to Open Gambling Clinic for Children

Published

on

By

UK NHS to Open Gambling Clinic for ChildrenReading Time: 1 minute

 

The UK’s NHS is going to open its first gambling clinic for children.

According to the Gambling Commission, there are 55,000 children classed as having a gambling problem in Britain. The Commission also found that a total of 450,000 are gambling regularly.

“This action shows just how seriously the NHS takes the threat of gambling addiction, even in young people. The links between problem gambling and stress, depression and mental health problems are growing and there are too many stories of lives lost and families destroyed,” Simon Stevens, the NHS England chief executive said.

The move was welcomed by Carolyn Harris, the Labour MP for Swansea East, who said attitudes around problem gambling was at last shifting. “For too long the industry has dismissed problem gambling but now is the time for polluters to pay,” she said.

“The clinic will open as part of a new network of services for addicts being rolled out as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Specialist face-to-face NHS treatment for gambling addiction has only been available in London but is being made available across the country as part of the new strategy,” NHS England said.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
This is a Syndicated News piece. Photo credits or photo sources can be found on the source article: UK NHS to Open Gambling Clinic for Children

Continue Reading

Industry News

Mobile Betting Bill Fails to Progress Through New York Assembly

Published

on

By

Mobile Betting Bill Fails to Progress Through New York AssemblyReading Time: 1 minute

 

Senator Joseph Addabbo’s mobile betting bill has failed to progress through the New York Assembly. The legislative session saw S17 fail to progress beyond the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes.

Addabbo tweeted that he saw no clear reason why the state could not implement mobile sports betting in 2019. Failure to do so would see the state miss out on around $75m in revenue, funding for education, and both job creation and retention.

“NY will be stuck like a disabled car on the shoulder, while we allow an illegal sports betting business in our state thrive and idly watch other neighboring states pass us up with enormous revenue gains from mobile sports betting,” Addabbo said.

Source: Latest News at European Gaming Media
This is a Syndicated News piece. Photo credits or photo sources can be found on the source article: Mobile Betting Bill Fails to Progress Through New York Assembly

Continue Reading
Advertisement
NSoft

Trending