Don Marrandino Resigns from Caesars Post

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The Las Vegas Weekly’s blog calls Don Marrandino, who resigned as president of Caesars Entertainment’s eastern division on Friday, Jan. 4, “a free agent.”

Which basically means one of the most powerful casino heads in Atlantic City does not currently have a job.

According to reports, Marrandino, who ran Caesars Entertainment’s four Atlantic City properties — Caesars, Harrah’s Resort, Bally’s and Showboat — for three years and was an active member of the community, will be “pursuing other interests.”

His resignation means that Kevin Ortzman will become GM of all four of the Caesars properties in Atlantic City — except for Harrah’s — if regulators approve.

John Smith would remain the GM at Harrah’s.

Marrandino, who got his buddy Sammy Hagar to bring his Sammy’s Beach Bar concept to Atlantic City (at Bally’s), is a native of Atlantic City and a big cheerleader for the resort. He was integral in the formation of the Atlantic City Alliance, and was one of its board members.

Before securing his position back in his hometown in 2009, Marrandino worked and lived in Las Vegas for 20 years.

Here are a couple video highlights of Don Marrandino during his time with Caesars Entertainment (formerly Harrah’s Entertainment)  in Atlantic City:

MBCA 20th Anniversary Gala honors Harrah’s Entertainment & Don Marrandino

Sammy Hagar’s Beach Bar at Bally’s & Interview with Don Marrandino

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6 Responses to “Don Marrandino Resigns from Caesars Post”

  1. Alan Krigman Says:

    The casino industry in general, and certainly in Atlantic City, has a history of not going after new blood. Most of the top dogs worked their way up from the gaming floor or the hospitality side of the business, which would be good if it only meant that the companies promote from within, but is bad because it means old notions are perpetuated by “bosses” whose minds are made up and don’t want to be confused by facts, let alone anything as arcane as math or (gasp!) statistics. As a result, there are rarely any new ideas. And, at the very top, it’s almost exclusively musical chairs. An establishment is languishing under one person’s leadership? Let him or her “resign to pursue other interests” then hire someone who just left another house for the same ostensible reasons.

    There seems to be a myth, perpertrated by insiders, about casinos being so mysterious that only people who grew up in them can run them. And a resume fraught with failure is not a deterrent to a job with the same responsibilities somewhere else.

    Even Governor Christie seems to have bought into this fairy tale. Only, it’s a fable at the end of which there’s no moral and nobody seems to be living happily ever after.

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  3. brenda Says:

    Don Marandino, been charge with sexual harrasment……..New head of human resources is following the steps of Mylka Naranjo and Tim Kreisher shame on you……

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