A typical day of media use for a casino gaming vice president…

GMA, stocks, and news websites

As I start my day off with a cup of coffee and my two rescue cats by my side, I turn on Good Morning America. I like the way that GMA flows with its fun and upbeat style of reporting the news. Michael Strahan’s smile alone starts my day off on a positive note, not to mention that his charisma and funny attitude always put me in a good mood. Robin Roberts has a way of providing news in a very emotional yet positive manner that draws me into whatever story that she is reporting. My favorite day of the week for GMA is Thursday. On Thursdays, Tory Johnson has her amazing Deals and Steals show, providing huge discounts on useful everyday products. As embarrassing as it sounds, I am a person who thoroughly appreciates a good deal. Because of this, Thursdays have become the highlight of my week.

Coffee“Coffee” by Fergus. is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

While watching GMA, I will scroll through all of my work emails, texts, and voicemails on my iPhone. I need to make sure that nothing huge has happened overnight in the gaming arena that may need to be addressed immediately. Once I have made sure that all is well in the casino world and that none of my messages require an urgent reply, I will then flip through several different websites. I will look at Nasdaq and The Wall Street Journal to view the current gaming stock numbers focusing on Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts. Eldorado Resorts is acquiring Caesars Entertainment right now, so the vast amount of news reported on my company recently keeps me busy with daily reading. I will also read the Las Vegas Review-Journal to catch up on local news. Once I have caught up on world news, local news, gaming news, checked my messages, and stocks, I then proceed to get ready for my workday.

Audiobook inspiration and podcasts

As I prepare for the day and I run my bath, I turn on my most recent audiobook purchased from Amazon Audible called Shoe Dog. Shoe Dog is a memoir by the creator of Nike, Phil Knight. I enjoy listening to books about successful people and learning the back story of how they have become who they are today. Listening to books such as these serve as a form of daily inspiration for me. When I start my day off with inspiration, positive energy continues throughout my workday. For the last two years, I have been listening to one audiobook almost every other week through audible. I will play the book in the morning for an hour while I am taking my bath and getting ready for work. If you make reading a part of your daily routine, you will be surprised by how much you can learn and absorb while expanding your vocabulary at the same time. 

Audible: Stories that Surround You“Audible: Stories that Surround You” by Alvin Groen is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0


When I drive to work, I will listen to the current audible book on my drive, or I may turn on a podcast. For example, if I want to zone out, I will put on The Joe Rogan Experience. Some of the topics and people that Joe has on his show are utterly shocking but also intriguing. Once I am at work, I will spend the majority of my day on the phone and in meetings. A large amount of my day is spent responding to extensive emails and phone calls regarding marketing. 

Casino gaming alerts and YouTube

I am currently marketing for a 24 person, million-dollar winner-take-all blackjack tournament that we are having at Caesars Palace in March. I am spending the majority of my day making phone calls and sending emails and texts for this private VIP tournament. During the day, I will receive news alerts while I am marketing. I have my phone set to alert me with vital news information pertaining to my business. For example, I may be informed about the sale of an Atlantic City casino property or perhaps a change in management at another property. I will check these alerts and also check the world news throughout the day. On my drive home, if I am inspired by what I had listened to in the morning, I will continue where I left off. If I have had a long day and I am exhausted, I will listen to music.

Speed up youtube“Speed up youtube” by Akshay Hallur is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

The conclusion of my day usually includes one of my guilty pleasures, which is ending my day by watching one of my favorite YouTube channels. I enjoy the beauty guru channels on YouTube as they are so far removed from my everyday corporate life. I have even learned special makeup techniques that I now use daily thanks to watching the makeup tutorials. I also like to watch other channels such as 60 Minutes Australia and Gone with the Wynns, which is a channel that follows the exciting travels of a couple and their cats as they sail around the world. Before I go to bed, I will go through my work emails one last time and check the news alerts. As long as nothing urgent has occurred in the casino gaming world, I am off to sleep to get ready to do it all again tomorrow.

I have listed the media sources that I utilize below along with a ranking from 1 (least trusted) – 10 (most trusted):

Las Vegas Review-Journal (8) The RJ is known for factual reporting due to the proper sourcing of information. In some stories, I do question Sheldon Adelson’s influence on the paper.  

Good Morning America (8) I believe GMA is mostly accurate with their reporting.  I feel that more research is needed in some cases on specific stories.

Wall Street Journal (8) The Wall Street Journal is primarily accurate with their reporting, and they have low biased news reporting.

Nasdaq (9)  Highly reliable computer systems are used to handle the exchange of stocks between buyers and sellers in a real-time format.

The Joe Rogan Experience (6)  Joe does not pretend to be an expert on anything, and he is speaking more about his personal life experiences and not necessarily proven facts that require fact-checking.