Stephen A. Crystal, Esq. represents, consults with, and invests in gaming clients worldwide in various casino development, internet gaming, and gaming technology endeavors, including:
• governmental affairs and lobbying
• strategic advice
• business consultancy services
• investment advice
• mergers and acquisitions advice
• capital raising
Steve has spent over 20 years directly involved in all aspects of the casino and gaming technology industry, including:
• as an attorney representing public and private gaming companies before various state regulatory bodies and jurisdictions
• as a president and CEO of numerous casino holding and public gaming technology companies employing thousands of employees
• as an investor and advisor on over $1 billion dollars of project finance and mergers and acquisitions in the casino/gaming technology space.
Steve started his career in gaming in Kansas City, Missouri in 1992 as a land use attorney in private practice. At that time, Missouri was approving riverboat gaming in several locations throughout the state. Steve represented several Las Vegas-based public gaming companies (Station Casinos, Boyd Gaming, Boomtown Casinos) in their Missouri riverboat development projects as regulatory and development counsel.
Additionally, Steve represented several municipalities that hosted riverboat gaming facilities in their jurisdictions, focusing on land use and regulatory issues. He spent 12 years as a partner in the prestigious Midwest-based law firm Armstrong Teasdale serving in various leadership and management roles while at the firm.
In 2000, Steve joined forces with long-time casino development pioneer D.W. Barrick to form Barrick Gaming Corporation. In 2004, Barrick Gaming Corporation successfully completed the acquisition of 6 hotel casinos in downtown Las Vegas, NV. The acquisition resulted in Steve and Barrick Gaming overseeing 2,000 hotel rooms, 200,000 square feet of gaming floor space, over a dozen entertainment and food/beverage venues, and over 2,200 employees.
Steve served as President of Barrick Gaming Corporation until 2006 when the assets were sold in a private transaction.
Beginning in 2006, Steve focused his efforts on building an investment portfolio in the gaming technology space, including personal investments in:
• DigiDeal Corporation, an electronic table game manufacturer
• Las Vegas Gaming, Inc., a bingo, keno, and slot system software provider
• Tablemax, Inc., an electronic tablegame manufacturer.
Steve served as president and on the board of directors of Las Vegas Gaming, Inc. between 2005 and 2007 and as CEO and Chairman of Tablemax, Inc. between 2007 – 2009.
Steve currently serves as CEO of Casino Scouts, a company deploying cutting-edge software as a service (SaaS) technologies focusing on mobile marketing and engagement tools for the gaming and entertainment verticals.
Personal and Public Service
Steve received his undergraduate (AB) degree from Dartmouth College in 1987 and his juris doctor (JD) degree from American University in 1992. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri (1992) and the District of Columbia (1993).
Steve has three children, a girl and two boys. He resides in Las Vegas and Washington, DC. He volunteers actively in his community providing meals to the homeless.
He served in the New Hampshire legislature as a state representative at the ageof 20 and has been an active participant in local, state and national politics at the highest levels. He has worked for numerous US congressional, senate, and presidential candidates.
He has previously been a member of the DC Chapter of the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and was designated by Best Lawyers in America as being one of the best gaming attorneys in the United States.
Steve has traveled extensively through most of the United States and through many countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and Central America.
His hobbies include art collecting, golf, photography, hunting and fishing, hiking, and barbeque.