Fremont County casino facing staff reduction, table game closures
Eastern Shoshone Tribe press release:
The Eastern Shoshone Business Council has retained the services of a gaming consultant after problems with the Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel’s ability to meet its financial obligations.
In order to make sure the casino is not in jeopardy of losing operational viability going forward, RTC Gaming Consulting has provided an “Operational Assessment” for the Tribe. This thorough assessment, that took place over several days, consisted of several meetings with the SBC, marketing consultants, and casino and hotel employees.
It culminated with detailed department recommendations that consist of projected cost reductions to help ease expenses in the short term. It also points to measures that can be developed to increase revenues in the short and long term. The following actions will take place in an effort to increase our revenue and reduce our costs:
- Closure of table games department
- Discontinuing shuttle bus operation
- Dissolving banquet department
- Closing casino on graveyard, Sunday through Thursday nights
- Staff reductions of 15-20 people
In addition to those, a new hotel booking partner was selected by the Marketing Consultant; the new hotel manager will now need to have an expanded scope of experience in the hospitality industry including food and beverage; the Surveillance Department will report to the Gaming Commission rather than the General Manager, as is customary in the gaming industry; a financial controller will be hired; there will be an upgrade in the surveillance system at the Tribal Station and to the casino’s IT section for gaming floor operations.
RTC is also developing innovative ways to assist the casino and hotel to attract more people and improve its marketing platform. Please be aware that a continuous review of all operations will be ongoing so further reductions could happen. While some of these changes may be difficult to accept or understand for some, the SBC is confident that they will improve the casino and hotel. “This has been a difficult process for the SBC but we will do everything we can to bring back these jobs once the casino stabilizes,” said SBC Chairman Vernon Hill.
The casino and hotel will still be committed to providing a worthwhile experience for all of its customers. The scope of these changes are more extensive so we plan to share important details with tribal members at the June 18 informational meeting. Please attend to learn more about this matter. The meeting will be held at the Rocky Mountain Hall from 6 pm to 8 pm.