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Rampart Casino hires Race & Sports Director

3 January 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Rampart Casino Resort at Summerlin it proud to announce the newest player to the team: Steve Mikkelson as Race & Sports Director. Mikkelson will be overseeing the daily operations of The Race & Sports Book.

"We're very excited to have Steve Mikkelson oversee race and sports operations," says general manager Michael Gaughan Jr. "He has a wealth of knowledge in both race and sports, is truly passionate about his career, and we're looking forward to many memorable moments with Steve on our team."

Hailing from Moline, Illinois, Mikkelson acquired his interest in sports as a young boy and would often be found at his parents' bowling alley, scoring strike after strike and avoiding the gutters. At the age of 14, Mikkelson and his family packed up their belongings and ventured to the warmer winds of Sparks, Nevada, where he attended high school before travelling to southern California for college. Mikkelson attended San Diego State University before transferring to University of Nevada, Reno.

During his time there, he often pondered about working in the gaming industry and how he can contribute his knowledge of race and sports to those who share similar interests. Once Mikkelson turned 21, he scored his first sportsbook position at the Bally's Casino in Reno, Nevada. After working at Bally's Casino for more than 20 years, Mikkelson transferred to the sportsbook at the Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa Spa in Reno.

Mikkelson has now ventured south to tackle his newest adventure as the Race & Sports Director at the recently renovated Race & Sports Book inside the Rampart Casino, where he is eager to share his knowledge with his fellow coworkers and patrons. Twice a week, Mikkelson is a special correspondent on the Rob, Anybody, & Dawn In The Morning Show on Rad Radio.

Mikkelson attributes his passion for race and sports from the likes of local sport directors Chris Andrews, John Avello and Chuck Esposito. Aside from his love for his career, he also shares a love for dogs with his Golden Retriever Cheyenne and his two Labradors, Reilly and Nico.

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