The journey began in 1993, when Breitling moved to Las Vegas with $100 in his pocket and joined his business partner, Tim Poster, to help run the startup company Las Vegas Reservation Systems, Inc. (LVRS), the precursor of Travelscape.com. They capitalized on the growth of Las Vegas and of the Internet, propelling sales to $104 million in 1999. A year later, the partners oversaw the acquisition of Travelscape by Expedia, Inc., in a deal valued at more than $100 million. In 2004, with their first venture into the gaming business, Breitling and Poster acquired the Golden Nugget hotel-casino properties in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, for $215 million and became the youngest casino owners in the state. They successfully brought back personalized service and “Vintage Vegas” glamour back to downtown. Their unique style of operation later became the subject of the Fox TV reality show, “The Casino.” In September 2005, the pair sold the Golden Nugget to Landry’s Restaurants Inc. for approximately $340 million. Breitling published his autobiography, “Double or Nothing,” in 2007 and worked at Wynn Resorts with Steve Wynn from 2008 to 2010.
Tobin Prior has extensive senior executive level experience in the international gaming & tourism industry around the world. In his previous capacity as President of the International Gaming Division for Kerzner International, Tobin has worked extensively with partners, regulators and authorities across the world.
Chris Derossi has over 20 years of leadership at leading technology companies. He is considered a world-class architect and is the pioneering force behind the creation of the internet poker product. He spent several years at Apple Computer, culminating in a role of chief architect, responsible for the team that developed Macintosh Operating System version 7.01. He oversees the Development Team, which has been responsible for platform development from inception.
Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta
Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta are the principal owners of Station Casinos, one of the largest gaming companies in the United States and the leading provider of gaming and entertainment to residents of Southern Nevada. Under their leadership, Station Casinos has grown from one property with approximately 1,200 employees to 17 properties with nearly 12,000 employees, and is the only gaming company ever to have been named by Fortune magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.”
Frank and Lorenzo are also the co-founders and principal owners of Zuffa LLC, which owns and operates the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In 2001, they purchased the UFC and transformed the organization into a highly successful global sports enterprise that is now the largest live pay-per-view content provider in the world. In 2012, the UFC entered into a seven year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes, in 20 different languages.