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  • Buck Wargo, CDC Games reports

  • Buck Wargo, CDC Games reports

The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas has hired Christian Van Buuren as director of table games and promoted two food and beverage executives.

Ryan Rowland has been promoted to vice president of the hotel’s food and beverage program. Courtney Allen will serve as Director of Food and Beverage.

A graduate of the University of Johannesburg, Van Buuren’s background in casino and hotel operations ranges from pre-opening planning and design with Gold Reef Casino Resorts in his native South Africa to traveling the world managing casino operations on board six-star luxury cruise ships with Regent. Seven Seas Voyages.

He also headed the casino gaming division of Kangwon Land, Inc., a large integrated casino resort in Korea, where he created their casino operations and monitoring. He came to Las Vegas to be part of the inaugural team for SLS, then moved on to lead the casino rebranding at The STRAT.

Roland joined the Plaza’s Food and Beverage team in 2019 as its Director. Prior to joining the Plaza, Roland was Director of Restaurants for the relocation of Monte Carlo Resort & Casino to Park MGM, and his career includes management positions at iconic restaurants such as Spago Las Vegas, Michael Mina’s at Bellagio, Strip Steak at Mandalay Bay, and Gin’s. – George Prime Steakhouse Restaurant.

Allen started at the Plaza Hotel as General Manager of Rooftop Pool Operations in 2018, then moved to the hotel’s culinary management team. Prior to her tenure at the Plaza, Allen worked at the Grand Downtown Las Vegas. She began her career in the San Francisco Bay Area as a manager at Blue Mermaid and Puccini & Pinetti restaurants, then as food and beverage director at Parc 55.

“Having a qualified and dedicated executive team enables the Plaza to provide guests with an unparalleled experience in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas,” said Jonathan Gossell, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. “I am excited to welcome Christian and am confident that his diverse background will enhance our casino operations. I congratulate Ryan and Courtney on their success in elevating our food and beverage program. From providing an authentic steak experience at the Oscars to developing a unique craft cocktail program at our bar.” “Our new Carousel, their creative vision and seamless execution will be critical as the Plaza continues to bring new offerings to our guests.”