GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 52 - March 2021

all of the above with my family. I am also an avid and moderately skilled gamer. If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be? My wife, my son and my dog. All three are living, FYI. I know I’m supposed to choose some celebrity or famous person from history, but when I think about it, this is the most honest answer I can give and I’m lucky enough to live it. If someone were visiting you in Las Vegas for 24 hours, what would the itinerary include? I would save them a ton of money by directing them away from tourist traps, but I would do it in a way that they could still enjoy their experience here as a tourist. I’d take them to see some of the oldest shows on the Strip that are still going strong. For example, The Knights of The Round Table at The Excalibur is a must. Then we’d hit up the Bellagio and check out the water feature from the sidewalk on the Strip. Next would be the Neon Museum, otherwise known as the Neon Graveyard or Neon Boneyard, not only to see some history, but also to show that it is not in the middle of the desert like every Hollywood movie would have you believe. It’s actually right in the middle of town in a rundown neighborhood surrounded by Section 8 housing and liquor stores. Then, depending on the person I would gladly give a tour of the surrounding areas and unique geological formations you can find just outside of the city. Or maybe we could go to Area 51 and take selfies with aliens. The possibilities are endless so we will need way more than 24 hours. Fun fact: I was the Assistant Superintendent during the construction of the Neon Museum’s lobby and I oversaw the reconstruction of the La Concha hotel that was used as the Museum’s roof. Fun fact No. 2: The sign to my Great Grandmother’s motel, The Del Rey, is actually there at the museum. I didn’t know when I found it there. Name one thing that people reading this magazine don’t know about you. I once had all of Las Vegas shut down for around eight hours. The affected areas were the entire Las Vegas Strip, Downtown Las Vegas and every school and government building for five miles in every direction. Most people can withstand a few hardships and handle when things don’t go exactly as they had expected. But after enduring it for several months, even the strongest willed individuals are susceptible to listening to that little voice in their head telling them to quit. Don’t listen to it. It’s just fear in one of its many clever disguises. Fear is never on your team. Prepare to be told no. Be willing to fail. Most of all, be ready for your strongest supporters to turn into your biggest naysayers. Before you know it you will find yourself carrying doubt on your back like a wet blanket that is constantly being saturated by the world raining negativity down on you. These are the moments that define you. These are the moments I advise you to look forward to because your success (or failure) will also be defined in these moments. Perseverance is the single most important quality you must have to succeed. Don’t quit. What are your hobbies? What do you do when you are not working? My favorite thing to do when I’m not working is to find an excuse to work. Other hobbies on my list include cooking, ping pong (I accept all challengers), bowling (please do not challenge me), hanging out doing AFFILIATE MANAGER INTERVIEW SERIES Chris Butler The regulatory changes and overall acceptance of iGaming, especially the sports betting industries, across the U.S. was long overdue. We have to give some of the credit to the very savvy esports gambling startups that lobbied for regulatory oversight and inclusion in the legal betting markets. Illustration by PureSolution/Shutterstock G P W A t i m e s . o r g 62

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