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The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod Announces Robert Polk as Vice President of Player Development

October 12, 2022

LAS VEGAS – Oct. 12, 2022 – Casino industry veteran, Robert Polk, brings 20 years of experience to his new role as vice president of player development at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, Golden Entertainment, Inc.’s flagship property.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Polk honed his gaming and hospitality expertise through various roles in multiple jurisdictions across the country. He has proven success at high-end casinos, including MGM Grand Detroit, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, and The M Resort Casino in Las Vegas, among others, and will now oversee player development at The STRAT. Polk holds degrees in both business administration and biblical studies. 
“Robert has an incredible track record within the casino industry, and we are thrilled to welcome him to The STRAT,” said Stephen Thayer, vice president, and general manager of The STRAT. “We are confident that Robert’s leadership skills, expertise, and excitement will be an excellent asset to our iconic property.”
Passionate about giving back to his community, Polk has been involved with several non-profit organizations, including the Goodie Two Shoes Foundation, WaterStep, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Metro United Way. He has also served on Louisville, Kentucky’s Strategic and Social Planning Committee and the Advisory Panel for the Ohio Department of Education’s MBA research. Additionally, Polk has been awarded with a Diversity Warriorship Award and named “Chairman’s Club Member” for community service. Polk currently serves on a church planting team at Oasis Church of North Las Vegas and is eager to continue his philanthropic efforts by joining the many community outreach programs Golden Entertainment provides through the ICARE program. 

About The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod 
The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, formerly the Stratosphere, Casino, Hotel & Tower, has introduced a full reinvention of the iconic property since Golden Entertainment, Inc. took ownership in late 2017. Located on the north Strip at the gateway to the Arts District at 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., the hotel offers 2,427 guest rooms, including the newly remodeled “Elevate” series rooms and suites, and an 80,000-square-foot casino. The SkyPod, located at the top of the iconic tower at 1,149 feet high, is comprised of Top of the World, serving award-winning cuisine in a 360-degree rotating dining room on the 106th floor; the Observation Deck, which offers SkyJump Powered by MTN DEW, 108 Eats and 108 Drinks, located on the 108th floor; and thrill rides, located at the top of the tower, including: Big Shot, Insanity, and X-Scream. The STRAT’s main floor has introduced PT’s Wings & Sports, View Lounge, and STRAT Café, each offering chef-driven cuisine; the William Hill Sports Book; and REMIX Lounge. The STRAT offers two resort-style pools, WET24, located on the rooftop of the 24th floor, open seasonally; and the Elation Pool, with three oversized spas and poolside café. A variety of shows and entertainment include “Banachek’s Mind Games Live,” a mentalist act; Xavier Mortimer: The Dream Maker, an illusionist show; iLuminate, a multi-sensory blend of dance and technology; ROUGE, an exciting, topless spectacular and immersive, sensual experience; and L.A. Comedy Club, which showcases up-and-coming stand-up comics. Golden Entertainment, Inc.’s innovative guest loyalty rewards program, True Rewards, is now available at The STRAT and 140+ other locations. Free valet and self-parking are available anytime for all guests. More information is available at or by calling 702-380-7777. The STRAT is on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.  
About Golden Entertainment, Inc.  
Golden Entertainment owns and operates gaming properties across two divisions – casino operations and distributed gaming. Golden Entertainment operates over 16,700 slots, 120 table games, and 6,200 hotel rooms. Golden Entertainment owns 10 casino resorts – nine in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. Through its distributed gaming business in Nevada and Montana, Golden Entertainment operates video gaming devices at over 1,000 locations and owns over 60 traditional taverns in Nevada. Golden Entertainment is also licensed in Illinois and Pennsylvania to operate video gaming terminals. For more information, visit
Media Contacts: 
Lauren Cahlan/Lauren Addante 
(702) 283-1414 
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Tim Evans of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod 
(702) 383-4782
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