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New GM for GB casino

Grand Bahama has its first Bahamian casino general manager, with Craig Turner now heading the Treasure Bay Casino at Our Lucaya Beach.

It’s an appointment coming directly from executives of Treasure Bay LLC a privately held, Mississippi-based gaming and hospitality company.

“Eddie Llambias has been a valued executive team member since Treasure Bay LLC purchased the Our Lucaya property in December 2009,”said Susan Varnes, COO of Treasure Bay LLC, in a statement sent toGuardian Businessyesterday.”He was instrumental in the transition of the acquisition process, and we are grateful for his dedication and commitment to our company.

“As we move forward, we know that Craig Turner will continue to evolve Treasure Bay Casino at Our Lucaya. His long-term gaming experience coupled with his perspective as a native of The Bahamas will ensure that this property, as Grand Bahama Island’s only casino, will continue as a strong strategic player in the area’s tourism industry, as well as a vital community partner.”

Born in New Providence in The Bahamas and a resident of Freeport since 1983, 47-year-old Turner is the first native to hold the position of general manager for a casino in the country. In the position he replaces Eddie Llambias, who was first appointed general manager of the property in 2003.

Turner has 27 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry. He most recently served as director of casino operations at Treasure Bay at Our Lucaya, a position he held since March 2009 when the property was owned by Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., said a company statement. The casino operation changed hands later that year, with the name then changed to Treasure Bay.

Turner joined Isle of Capri as a shift manager, after the company opened the Our Lucaya casino in 2003, a position he held until 2008. Treasure Bay Casino at Our Lucaya features 19,000 square feet of gaming, including 29 table games and 217 slots.

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