MGM Executive Travis Lunn Named President & COO of Beau Rivage

BILOXI, Miss. — MGM Resorts International [NYSE: MGM] has announced the appointment of Travis Lunn as president and chief operating officer of Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., where he will oversee daily operations while providing strategic direction and leadership.

A 20-year veteran of the hospitality and gaming industry, Lunn most recently served as General Manager and Senior Vice President of Operations for MGM Grand Las Vegas.

He began his career at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas and prior to joining MGM Resorts, served as Vice President of Operations for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and General Manager of Hotel Operations for The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts.

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Sports Wagering 101: Advice from the Expert



“You can lay a small amount of money to win a large amount of money in return.”

Jay Rood is MGM Resorts Vice President of Race & Sports Book Operations and provides strategic direction, management and oversight of daily operations for all Race & Sports Books across MGM Resorts properties that offer sports wagering. Jay began his career with MGM Resorts as a Sports Book Ticket Writer at MGM Grand Las Vegas on the resort’s opening day in 1993. He believes sports betting is a fun and engaging way for experts and newcomers alike to enjoy a game or sporting event.

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Midwest Gaming and Destinations Casino Dining Guide

Welcome to the Midwest Gaming and Destinations Casino Dining Guide featuring tasty eats and treats from some of the top casinos around the region. This years’ guide highlights from restaurants, bars and lounges that you should definitely add to your itinerary on your next casino adventure. Get ready to grab your fork and chow down on some of the tastiest casino grub around.

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Property Profile: Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort North Carolina’s Premier Poker Destination

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, located in scenic Cherokee, North Carolina, is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the premier poker destinations in the South. The property opened its doors in 1997 with video gaming machines and has grown into a total resort destination offering over 3,000 slots and more than 150 table games, restaurants, headliner entertainment, shopping, nearby golf, a luxurious spa, nightlife and more. This gorgeous property is one of two casinos in North Carolina, owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and managed by Caesar’s Entertainment. The second smaller property, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel is located in Murphy, NC. While there are many different games and amenities offered at the resort in Cherokee, a jewel of the property is their world-class WSOP poker event.

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Poker: The Art of Card-Reading

Here is a big news flash that will catapult you immediately from an intermediate player to an expert if you are not there already. The most important skill any player can develop at the poker table is the ability to read other players’ personalities, betting patterns, and, ultimately, their cards.

It is a euphoric feeling for the beginner when she realizes that although each player is dealt two personal, private cards, it is sometimes possible to know with near certainty what someone’s two hidden cards are. It’s almost as though you can see through both the cards and into a player’s brain to gather the information you need to make a good call, a good fold, or a great bluff. To be effective in reading cards, one must watch patterns. Is he aggressive, raising at every opportunity, or is he quietly calling? Such information will reveal the cards to you just as surely as if he were playing with his hand face up.

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Property Profile: Rhythm City Resort and Casino – Davenport, Iowa

Rhythm City Casino Resort is a must-visit gaming destination located in the picturesque city of Davenport, Iowa. The resort features over 1,000 different casino gaming options that includes slots, blackjack, craps, pai-gow, live and video poker and many more games of chance. Gaming options at the casino are substantial.

Rhythm City also shines as an excellent family vacation destination with top-tier restaurants, a 5-star full-service spa, and a wide array of activities for the entire family. If you are looking for a world-class casino experience, you don’t have to go all the way to Nevada. Rhythm City Casino creates a Vegas-like atmosphere without having to fly to the desert.

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Betting Corner: Learning the Line

With the legalization of sports betting in the U.S. there are going to be endless opportunities to capitalize on NFL games while getting to watch some awesome football in the process. The NFL is the most heavily bet on sport in the country, and we can only expect those numbers to increase with the new laws in place. In this article, we highlight some strategies that can be used to beat the bookies and cash some winning tickets.

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Craps: Strategies Unveiled

In the past three issues I have discussed darkside, rightside and proper betting practices. I’ve discussed the players playing these ways socially – why they do what they do, why they don’t do this or that, and why they should. This issue and next issue I will let the players speak for themselves. How do they play? What is their secrets to success or failure?

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$1 Million TournEvent of Champions® Winner

Another year is in the books for the largest slot tournament in the world. The $1 Million TournEvent of Champions® crowned Tanya S., representing Pines Restaurant & Casino, Evergreen Park, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, the winner of its sixth annual event. Held October 10th at XS Nightclub in the Wynn/Encore Las Vegas Resort, the slot tournament didn’t disappoint. After overcoming 166 competitors, the winner walked away with the grand prize of $1 million and a cruise for two on Norwegian Cruise Line®.

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Executive Spotlight: Ben Douglass – General Manager Rising Star Casino Resort (Rising Sun, Indiana)

When it comes to great gambling and customer convenience on the Ohio River, Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun, Indiana has figured it out. Home to one of the top golf courses in the region, an award-winning steakhouse and a Vegas-style casino, look no further than this gem of property.

After recently introducing a car toting ferry that transports guests from Kentucky to Indiana, and a full transformation to a ‘Christmas Casino’, we caught up with Ben Douglass, the properties new general manager, to get the scoop on all of the exciting thing happening at Rising Star.

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