Richard “Skip” Hayward, the man credited with pulling together the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe to eventually open a successful bingo hall and later the most successful casino in the U.S., was reelected to the Tribal Council last week. Although the actual vote count was given, his reelection was described as “overwhelming.” Hayward worked in the Groton, Conn., shipyard before moving his tribe forward in the gaming field.
Peter Walterspiel has joined The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino as vice president of hotel operations responsible for the day-to-day operation of the property. He previously served as resident manager of Turnberry Isle Resort in South Florida and as general manager of the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Robert M. Fell, chairman and CEO of Youbet.com Inc. (UBET), has relinquished his positions, according to a company announcement. He is succeeded by Ronald W. Luniewski, executive vice president and COO, and Phillip C. Hermann, executive vice president and CFO, who will serve as co-CEOs.
Eight management level employees at Casino Rouge in Baton Rouge, La., have been terminated by the riverboat’s new owner, Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN). Casino Route General Manager Dale Darrough said the layoffs included five middle-level managers and three upper-level management employees including the senior vice president for marketing, Carroll Cotton.