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Transcript of interview with Justin Beltram by David G. Schwartz, July 7, 2016







Justin Beltram is a native Las Vegan who grew up on Sunrise Mountain and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Beltram entered the gaming industry in 2000 by becoming a slot analyst at The Mirage. He would later become both manager and director of slot operations and marketing at that property before becoming executive director of slot operations and marketing at Treasure Island. In 2008, Beltram moved on to become vice president of slot operations and marketing at Bellagio and in 2011 went to work at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore as vice president of slots. Beltram is currently the vice president of slot operations at the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, a position he has held since 2014. Beltram’s interview begins with a brief description of his background and his progression in the casino industry, including some of his early duties in slot analysis. Beltram also describes his experience in moving to Singapore, the differences between Las Vegas and Singapore, and how he eventually transitioned from a property role to a corporate role. He mentions some of his mentors throughout his career and also describes the qualities of both good and bad slot managers, from shift managers to higher management positions. He also discusses his different approaches to local and transient customers in addition to his dealings with slot vendors. Beltram also discusses his experience during the transition from the use of coin to ticketing in slot machines among other major changes in general to slot machines since he started in the industry. The interview concludes with Beltram’s thoughts on the future of slot operations, particularly skill-based gaming and amenities stations, and also a discussion on Beltram’s personal experience with gambling and his advice to young people who are interested in getting into the slot industry.

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Justin Beltram oral history interview, 2016 July 07. OH-02743. [Transcript]. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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