Steve Norton, a prominent figure in the US gambling industry, has sadly passed away at the age of 89. Norton, who played a pivotal role in the expansion of gambling outside of Nevada, was a seasoned executive with over 50 years of experience in the sector.
Even after retiring, Norton continued to provide strategic guidance to commercial and tribal gaming operators, as well as state gambling regulators. He was passionate about addressing gambling-related risks such as addiction and was instrumental in the creation of the American Gaming Association, the premier national trade group for the US casino industry.
His son, Rob Norton, who currently holds a senior-level role at Cordish Gaming, shared the news of his father’s passing. According to Rob, his father died at his Oceanside home in California.
Norton’s impact on the gambling industry was far-reaching. In 1978, he made history as the first executive to oversee a casino outside of Nevada when the Resorts casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, opened its doors. The casino immediately gained popularity, with people flocking to experience the gambling offerings.
Throughout his career, Norton’s strategic advice played a crucial role in expanding gambling in multiple states, including the introduction of popular riverboat casinos in different parts of the country. His expertise benefited not only casino operators but also state governments in Indiana, Illinois, and Louisiana, helping them navigate the expansion of gambling activities.
Norton’s legacy in the gambling industry is undeniable. He made substantial contributions to the sector and will be remembered for his pioneering efforts in shaping the landscape of gambling in the United States.