For Jamie Shea, running the race and sports book at Sunset Station is another chance to be reunited with Art Manteris, one of her mentors.
"Art is a legend in this business," said Shea, who is heading to Sunset from the Hard Rock where she ran that resort’s race and sports book the past seven years. "I worked for him when I broke into the business at the Flamingo. He is a big reason Station Casinos has a great reputation."
Shea began her gaming career in 1994 at the Las Vegas Sands, but it is during her lengthy stint at Hard Rock where she made her mark.
"The Hard Rock has a certain hold on you," she said. "I absolutely adore it and leaving was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. "The people running Hard Rock are fantastic and I’m departing on the best of terms."
Shea sees Sunset Station as an opportunity to join a growing company and bring her style running a book to the locals scene.
"Sunset is a huge book that is geared more to locals than it was at Hard Rock where it was more of a transient crowd," Shea said. "Hard Rock did a big business on weekends. Here at Sunset, I think there will be a larger clientele on a daily basis. There is an exciting vibe."
Shea begins her Sunset tenure this Friday and has no superstitions about it being the 13th.
"No, I think starting on the 13th is a good sign," she said. "The only bad thing is I can’t wear jeans. It’s business casual, but that’s fine. Being a woman running a race and sports book is an honor. I like breaking barriers."
At Sunset, Shea said she plans to increase the handle on the horse race side.
"I think we need to have more race promotions and excellent customer service," she said. "I want service with a smile. Customers should be appreciated and respected whether they bet $2 or $200. My dad is a race player and has always been a Stations customer."
Now it will be up to Jamie to get her father to switch sites from Green Valley Ranch.
"I don’t think so," she laughed. "He won’t leave Green Valley. But he’s the one who got me interested in horse racing."