Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The company's birth story

Today I want to share the story of D&E Casino’s birth. When that fateful day came, Ellie began having contractions early in the morning and immediately rushed to the hospital where she……..
Ok so maybe the company’s beginning didn’t occur in the neonatal unit, but it can be traced back to a Nordstrom’s fragrance fair in 1991. Ellie Bing ham, our wonderful Co-CEO and my mother,was at Nordstroms, sampling various fragrances and noticed a hysterical woman amidst a pile of wood and green felt. Being a caring person, Ellie approached the woman and inquired into the problem. The crying woman informed Ellie that a casino rental company had left the equipment unassembled and failed to provide the promised dealers. Ellie and her husband Dan frequently hosted card parties, so Ellie offered to deal during the evening’s event. Later at home, Ellie spoke with Dan and presented him with an idea. The idea was a big one, the husband-wife team would build, rent, and deal their own casino games. They started small, one blackjack table, and gradually expanded the operation to its present size, 100 tables and 140 dealers! Despite substantial business evolution, D&E Casino maintains its fundamentally familial-vibe and honest commitment to entertainment. In the posts to follow, I will provide a more detailed look at our dealers, staff, and clients. Until then……. Have a lucky day!

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