Oskar Garcia, who for the past four years has served as the Associated Press representative in Las Vegas, is moving on as the news editor for Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.
The AP announcement was made by Traci Carl, regional editor for the West.
Garcia, 30, who studied journalism at the University of California, Santa Barbara, covered all gaming activities during his Las Vegas stint, from the growth of poker to the financial problems incurred by the casinos during the recent recession.
Based in Honolulu, Garcia will oversee Hawaii’s staff and statewide coverage, as well as Guam, American Samoa and Saipan.
“It’s like moving pieces around on a chess board,” was the way one observer characterized the Monday announcement from Caesars Entertainment Corp. (CZR) that it was selling four properties to Caesars Growth Partners (CACQ), its 2013 spinoff. The deal, worth $2.2 billion, involves Bally’s Las Vegas, the Quad (still under construction on the Las Vegas Strip), the newly-named Cromwell (formerly Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall), and Harrah’s New Orleans.
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