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Monarch Casino Resort Spa continues its mission of becoming Colorado’s premier gaming resort destination

Monarch Casino Resort Spa continues its mission of becoming Colorado’s premier gaming resort destination

Gaming industry veteran Michelle Shriver takes the helm as Monarch Casino Resort Spa continues its metamorphosis

Monarch Casino Resort Spa is pleased to welcome gaming industry veteran Michelle Shriver to the team as Corporate Vice President of Operations for Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. In this role, she will have primary responsibility for the operation of the newly expanded Monarch Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk. Michelle has been with Monarch serving as a consultant since April 2021.

“The Monarch culture is a passion for excellence and a desire to be the best at what you do,” said Shriver. “I am excited to step into this role at Monarch Casino Resort Spa and see this vision play out as the metamorphosis of this incredible property is completed.”

Michelle has a track record of approximately 20 years in the gaming and hospitality industry and extensive experience developing a corporate strategy aimed at maximizing revenues and achieving market leadership. Michelle will work closely with the experienced and loyal management team in Black Hawk, including General Manager Craig Pleva who has been with the Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. for over 16 years and has served as General Manager in Black Hawk since July 2014. 

Chief Operating Officer David Farahi plans to leave Monarch, effective September 3, 2021, to pursue business interests outside the gaming and hospitality industry. Mr. Farahi also resigned his position as the President of the Colorado Gaming Association, a post he has held for the last 6 years.


About Monarch Casino Resort Spa

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. acquired the Monarch Casino Black Hawk, the first casino encountered by visitors arriving from Denver on Highway 119, in April 2012. The first phase of the property’s expansion occurred in November 2020, including the opening of the first 8 floors of a brand new 23-story hotel tower, featuring 200 hotel rooms. The expansion now pushes Monarch’s casino space over 60,000 square feet, featuring over 900 slot machines, table games (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions), a 350 seat buffet-style restaurant, a 24-hour restaurant, grab and go coffee stand, 5,000 square feet of conference space and a parking structure with approximately 1,350 parking spaces. Once completed, the Monarch Casino Resort Spa expansion will include a 23-story hotel tower with 516 guest rooms and suites, an upscale spa and pool facility, five total restaurants, additional bars and associated support facilities.

About Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc.

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRI), was incorporated in 1993 and through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns and operates the four diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada, and the Monarch Casino Black Hawk (formerly the Riviera Black Hawk Casino) in Black Hawk, Colorado, approximately 40 miles west of Denver. For additional information, visit

Monarch Casino Resort Spa
488 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422