GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: John Koster, Regional President, Caesars Entertainment

This week, the GGB Podcast features a discussion with John Koster, the regional vice president for Caesars Entertainment, responsible for the company’s eastern U.S. market.

GLOBAL GAMING BUSINESS PODCAST: John Koster, Regional President, Caesars Entertainment

The eastern market, particularly Atlantic City, has been a tough one for Caesars Entertainment in recent years. Prior to the purchase by Eldorado Resorts two years ago, Caesars had not reinvested in its resorts in the city—Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort and the Tropicana, as well as Harrah’s Philadelphia—for some time, resulting in lower revenues and fleeing customers. John Koster was appointed president of the region just over a year ago and has overseen a renewed investment in the company’s casinos there. He talks about renovated hotel rooms and suites, upgraded food-and-beverage options and the need to re-introduce the Caesars properties to the northeast market. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros in a suite at Caesars Atlantic City in August.

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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.