Excited for return to print edition

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Did you miss us?

We missed all of you. Even though technically speaking, we never left.

But since we hit the pause button on Gaming Today’s print edition on Tuesday night, March 17, just hours before the lights went out in casinos across the state of Nevada, we have managed to stay in business. Thanks to our general manager and managing editor Howard Barish, our talented and resourceful production staff and a creative group of writers, we never missed a beat. We worked out of our homes every day, updating our website, generating the paper each Tuesday as usual.

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Many of you have read us online, on your laptop, your tablet or your phone, perusing our digital edition week after week after week. And for that, we are eternally grateful to you.

To our subscribers who stuck with us, even though they had nothing to check in their mailbox these past four months, words cannot express our gratitude.

But the person we’re most grateful to is Bill Paulos, the publisher and CEO of Gaming Today. He could have easily pulled the plug when there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I mean, publish a paper that covers sports betting when there were no sports to bet on other than Russian table tennis and Korean baseball?

Yet Mr. Paulos is a prideful man. He doesn’t surrender easily. GT is one of several businesses he owns and damned if he was going to let any of them go down for the count. He kept us going. All he asked was we do our best and give the readers a quality product.

As a result, we are back with a print edition for the first time since March 11.

When we last left you, the college basketball season was ramping up with conference tournaments everywhere, all pointing to Selection Sunday for what was expected to be a wide-open NCAA Tournament. I was at the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas and as I looked through that edition of GT, I wasn’t thinking that this was the last time we’d have a print edition until late July.

But the coronavirus had other ideas.

As we’ve seen, it does not discriminate nor does it care what your age is, what your politics are, who you root for in football, what your race is or where you live. And when we heard that Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz had tested positive and the NBA hit the pause button on it season, it set off a chain reaction, the likes of which I can’t recall in my lifetime.

Within days, life as we knew it no longer existed. We were sheltering in place. We were social distancing. We were hoarding toilet paper. And when the governor of Nevada closed the casinos at midnight on the 17th, we quickly pivoted and scrapped our print edition and went digital. And we’ve been in that mode ever since.

Until now.

How ironic that the return of GT’s print edition coincides with the start of the baseball season. Baseball has always been an important part of this publication since Chuck DiRocco started it in 1976. So we’re excited to hear the words “Play Ball!” come Thursday.

And while we were gone from the sportsbooks, card rooms and other casino properties, we made a few changes. Buck Wargo, a veteran business journalist, took over our coverage of the gaming industry. Danny Lawhon, who lives in Iowa, became our Midwest Sportsbook Biz columnist. Joe D’Amico, who many of you are familiar with for his baseball and college football columns, took on an added task as our Entertainment writer, focusing on Las Vegas. We added a soccer column with our futbol savant Rob Miech.

But most of your favorite columnists have remained in place. Micah Roberts is still your go-to source for NASCAR and everything in the Vegas sportsbook world. Andy Iskoe remains on the job with his unique perspective on handicapping baseball, the NFL and the NBA. Jon Lindo has stayed on top of a crazy year in horse racing and Rich Saber never stopped giving out picks. Elliot Frome, George Epstein, Jack Sheehan are all still giving their opinions.

When there was news to report, we were there. I’ll always treasure our June 4 issue more than any we’ve produced in my two years as editor. That day, we dispatched our reporters all over Las Vegas to capture the reopening of the casinos. What resulted was a remarkable story told first-hand by our staff with words, photos and videos.

We called it a special edition and it was special indeed. But we’ve done some excellent work in the weeks before and since.

We’ve learned a lot about our industry and ourselves these last four months. And we’re still learning every day. None of us knows what the future holds. But rest assured that we remain dedicated to covering sports and the sports betting world along with the gaming industry and its many components. And our entire staff will continue to produce a paper you will be proud to put in your hands every week.

Thanks for reading. It’s good to be back with you.

About the Author

Steve Carp

Steve Carp is a six-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year. A 30-year veteran of the Las Vegas sports journalism scene, he covered the Vegas Golden Knights for the Las Vegas Review-Journal from 2015-2018.

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