Published DateBELMONT — Citing irreconcilable differences with ownership, Rick Newman has severed all ties with the Lakes Region Casino, ending a relationship with the venue that began in 1994.
Newman said yesterday that he resigned his position as general manager and divested his interest in Casablanca Casino, LLC, which operates the charitable gaming at Lakes Region Casino, after finding himself at odds with the owner of the business, Craig Potts of Scottsdale, Arizona over operations. Newman, who maintains a lobbying operation Concord, said that he would no longer represent the casino before the Legislature.
In 1994, Newman registered as a lobbyist for what was then Lakes Region Greyhound Park, owned by the Hart family. Amid allegations of illicit gambling, the Harts surrendered their license and the track closed in 2005. A year later, when the venue was purchased by Marlin Torguson of the Torguson Gaming Group of Biloxi, Mississippi, Newman became general manager. Potts, an investor in the enterprise, acquired the business in 2011, retaining Newman as general manager.
During Newman's tenure, what was a pari-mutuel gaming venue with live greyhound and simulcast thoroughbred racing, became a home for charitable gaming featuring fine dining and live entertainment. When greyhound racing was outlawed in New Hampshire, the track was converted to an arena for moto-cross.