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Transcript of interview with Jay Duarte by David G. Schwartz, January 27, 2017







Jay Duarte started in the gaming industry at Casino Data Systems and eventually assisted in the opening of Green Valley Ranch Resort where he eventually went to become a slot technician. Duarte then moved to Thunder Valley Resort as a slot technical manager and held the same role at Green Valley Ranch thereafter. In 2003, Duarte became an assistant technical compliance director with Konami Gaming and then returned to Station Casinos to help open Red Rock Resort in 2005. Duarte then moved to Santa Fe Station in 2007 as slot technical manager, slot operations manager, and eventually director of slot operations. He left there to go to Boulder Station to become director of slot operations in 2008 before returning to Thunder Valley in 2009 to enter the role of interim slot director and later vice president of slot operations. Duarte is currently the assistant general manager at Thunder Valley Resort. The interview with Duarte begins with his description of the various positions and roles he has held in the gaming industry. Duarte then explains how the slot department works with other casino departments and later describes the qualities that make both good and bad slot managers. The interview transitions to a discussion on what customers want in casinos, how slot managers interact with slot vendors, and how slot operations has changed since his start in the business. Duarte also talks about how free play and TITO have changed slots, and he describes his personal preferences of gambling. The interview concludes with Duarte’s advice to young people who want to go into slot operations.

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Jay Duarte oral history interview, 2017 January 27. OH-02980. [Transcript]. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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