Maverick Gaming supports regulated, taxed, responsible and fair family-wage gaming operations in Washington.

WASHINGTON – December 20, 2019 – Today Maverick Gaming shared a significant update on their commitment to regulated, taxed, responsible and fair family-wage gaming operations as they expand their investment in the Washington gaming industry, highlighting an announcement by Teamsters Local 117 that 1,700 of Maverick Gaming card room employees have joined the union as the employees’ exclusive bargaining representative.

Maverick Gaming currently owns 19 licensed cardrooms in Washington and employees approximately 3,000 people.

“Our strategy for investing in responsible gaming in Washington is synonymous with investing in our employees,” said Maverick Gaming CEO Eric Persson. “As we began our expansion in Washington earlier this year, we pro-actively reached out to Teamsters 117 as part of our commitment to fostering a quality workplace that offers fair wages and benefits for all employees. We worked to adopt a labor neutrality agreement and Teamsters 117 conducted its outreach to our employees. We look forward to the next steps in the process as part of our commitment to offering best-in-class opportunities for our employees.”

In the announcement today by Teamsters Local 117, John Scearcy, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117, said that “Maverick provides an excellent example of how a company should conduct itself during a union organizing drive. While some employers fire workers or aggressively spread anti-union propaganda, Maverick trusted its workers to decide for themselves whether they wanted to join the union.”

Maverick Gaming operates card rooms in Washington located from Kirkland to Tukwila to Lakewood to Kennewick and in total operates 26 casinos across three states. Maverick Gaming currently employees approximately 2,200 people in Washington State and intends to invest $500 million in licensed card rooms and planned entertainment developments across the state.

At the core of Maverick Gaming’s Responsible Gambling approach is its ‘self-exclusion’ policy, which gives self-identified problem gamblers opportunity to avoid risking their wallets and their well-being. Washington has passed a law requiring the State Gambling Commission to finalize a self-exclusion system by 2021, but Maverick Gaming has already begun the process of implementing centralized self-exclusion statewide, restricting access to problem gamblers in all its card rooms.

About Maverick Gaming, LLC

Maverick Gaming is majority-owned and was founded by gaming industry veterans Eric Persson, who previously served as Global Senior Vice President of Slots at Las Vegas Sands and Justin Beltram, former Vice President of Slots at Bellagio and Marina Bay Sands.  Together they bring over 30 years of gaming experience spanning gaming markets around the world including the Las Vegas Strip (Venetian, Palazzo, Bellagio), Macau (Sands China Limited), Singapore (Marina Bay Sands), and many regional markets in North America.

Maverick Gaming currently owns twenty six properties across three States.  In Nevada Maverick owns the Wendover Nugget and Red Garter Hotel, the Red Lion Casino, the Gold Country Casino.   Maverick owns 19 card rooms in Washington State and three casinos in Black Hawk/Central City Colorado.  Maverick’s portfolio includes approximately 1,500 slot machines, nearly 350 table games and 1,200 hotel rooms nationwide.

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