Expert: Casino owner Stevens vital in downtown Las Vegas gaming

05/21/2013 | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Derek Stevens, owner of D Las Vegas hotel-casino, is playing an important role in revitalizing the downtown's gaming industry, one expert says. "At both the Golden Gate and the D, he's made changes, like the outdoor bars and dancing dealers, that have pumped up the energy level and made the places stand out. Along with the changes at the Plaza and Golden Nugget and the back-to-basics approach of the El Cortez, they've given downtown a real identity outside of 'less expensive than the Strip,'" said David G. Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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