GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: Jim Allen, Chairman, Hard Rock International

This week, the GGB Podcast sits down the Jim Allen, the chairman of Hard Rock International and the CEO of Seminole Gaming, on the rapid recovery of his company since the pandemic.

Hard Rock International has been on a roll lately. After opening the Guitar Hotel in Hollywood, Florida in 2019, the company has opened or gained licenses/agreements in Cincinnati, Gary, Indiana; northern Illinois, southern California and added a collection if iGaming veterans to elevate the company’s online operations. Jim Allen has been directing the company, owned by Florida’s Seminole Tribe, for 20 years, and sat down with GGB Publisher Roger Gros to talk about these developments, sports betting in Florida and more. This interview was conducted in late March prior to the compact negotiations with Florida breaking down.

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Articles by Author: Roger Gros

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.
Roger Gros 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 as part of the annual AGA Communications Awards.