Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 | 5:01 p.m.
A second former Fontainebleau Las Vegas executive is joining the Tropicana Las Vegas, the company announced today.
Tropicana named Chuck Esposito as the resort’s casino manager. Prior to joining the Tropicana, Esposito was executive director of race and sports for Fontainebleau Las Vegas and held executive-level positions at Harrah’s Entertainment and Hilton Corporation.
Tropicana announced the hiring of 12 executives in August, including former Fontainebleau marketing director Trish Gilbert. The new management team, lead by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alex Yemenidjian, is part of the property’s effort to revamp and restructure after emerging from bankruptcy as a standalone company in July.
Tropicana also announced today that it will add a race and sports book as part of the resort’s $125 million renovation. Other plans include a revamped casino floor, hotel rooms, pool and spa facilities, and new dining options and a nightclub.
Tropicana has remained virtually unchanged since its last renovation in 1985. The facelift is expected to be complete in 2010.
Tropicana Las Vegas sits on the south-east corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, an intersection which has the most adjacent hotel rooms in the world, also making it one of the most busy. The hotel has 1,658 rooms, three restaurants, a 62,011-square foot casino and a spa.