Laborious Rock Chairman Jim Allen to Lead American Gaming Affiliation


Posted on: November 5, 2021, 12:15h. 

Final up to date on: November 5, 2021, 01:05h.

Jim Allen, the chairman of Laborious Rock Worldwide, will take the helm of the US gaming trade’s preeminent commerce group early subsequent 12 months.

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Laborious Rock Worldwide Chairman Jim Allen, seen right here lately on the opening of Laborious Rock On line casino Cincinnati, is about to guide the American Gaming Affiliation subsequent 12 months. The commerce group introduced his appointment as chairman of the board right this moment, November 5. (Picture: Twitter)

The American Gaming Affiliation (AGA) introduced right this moment that Allen will grow to be the lobbying group’s board chairman starting in January. Allen will succeed Trevor Croker within the position, who’s the CEO and managing director of Aristocrat Applied sciences. Croker led the AGA since January of this 12 months.

Laborious Rock Worldwide is right this moment a significant energy participant within the US and international gaming industries. The longtime hospitality and gaming exec says he’s ready to guide the trade in a most difficult time.

This can be a pivotal juncture for the gaming trade and I’m honored to function the AGA’s subsequent chairman,” Allen mentioned in an announcement.

Based in 1994, the AGA lobbies on behalf of the gaming trade on federal laws and state regulatory issues. Its member Rolodex is a Who’s Who of economic and tribal on line casino operators. Notable members embody Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts, Caesars Leisure, Seminole Laborious Rock, Foxwoods and Mohegan Solar, and the Cherokee Nation.

On line casino Comeback

Like most industries, the US gaming trade suffered enormously due to COVID-19. The pandemic resulted in each industrial on line casino — and almost each tribal gaming facility — briefly shuttering in an effort to sluggish the coronavirus unfold.

Gaming is amid a comeback, as pent-up demand is fueling robust income numbers in Las Vegas and elsewhere throughout the nation. AGA President Invoice Miller says Allen is the proper man to proceed the restoration.

Since Allen is employed by a hospitality and gaming company that’s owned by a tribal entity — the Seminole Tribe of Florida — he has huge expertise working tribal and industrial casinos. That, Miller believes, supplies him with important perception.

“Jim brings many years of expertise in industrial on line casino operations and tribal gaming — a perspective that will likely be invaluable as we work to set the trade’s agenda, speed up gaming’s comeback and strengthen our price to communities throughout the nation,” Miller declared.

Just a few noteworthy previous AGA chairs embody former MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren, former Penn Nationwide Gaming CEO Tim Wilmott, and Boyd Gaming cofounder William Boyd.

Laborious Rock Growth

Together with its Seminole/Laborious Rock casinos within the firm’s residence state of Florida, Laborious Rock Worldwide presently owns and/or operates casinos in Atlantic Metropolis, California, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. Laborious Rock is beneath development on a on line casino in Virginia and is looking for a license in Chicago, too.

A market Laborious Rock determined seeks entry to is the NYC metro and North Jersey. Allen mentioned lately that the corporate could be concerned with constructing not one, however two, on line casino resorts within the area ought to the agency be permitted.

Laborious Rock has a longstanding partnership with the Meadowlands racetrack and sportsbook to construct a on line casino there, ought to New Jersey resolve to permit casinos outdoors of Atlantic Metropolis.

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