Former Station exec tapped as president, COO of Rock Gaming

A former Station Casinos executive was named Thursday as president and chief operating officer of Detroit-based Rock Gaming, the partner of Caesars Entertainment Corp. in three Ohio casinos.

Mark Dunkeson will move to Detroit in his new role with Rock Gaming, which is controlled by Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert. He has been with Station Casinos since 2008 and most recently served as senior vice president of operations for the divisions overseeing Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch Resort.

Rock Gaming LLC is a Midwest-based gaming partnership formed with an initial focus to develop full-service casinos in two of Ohio’s largest cities, as well as to explore other potential gaming opportunities. Rock Gaming has partnered with Caesars Entertainment, the world’s most geographically diversified gaming company, to develop and operate Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, which opened in May 2012, and Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati, which opened in March 2013.

With Caesars, Rock Gaming is a joint venture partner in the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati and the Cleveland-area Thistledown race track, which opened as a slot machine-only casino in April. Rock Gaming and Caesars are also developing the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, which is expected to open next year.In April Rock Gaming acquired majority ownership in the Greektown Casino in downtown Detroit.

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