Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City names casino guru Faranca as GM

Philadelphia native Anthony Faranca has been named general manager of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, according to a Tuesday announcement.

A seasoned casino executive with extensive experience managing large gaming properties in several states, including New Jersey, Maryland, Nevada and Pennsylvania, Faranca most recently served as Cordish Cos.’ vice president and general manager of Live Casino in Hanover, Maryland. In this role, he navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, launched a FanDuel Sportsbook and opened a 5,000-seat event center.

“I am thrilled to welcome Anthony to Hard Rock Atlantic City,” Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City President Joe Lupo said. “His depth of knowledge, coupled with his experience in the casino industry, will be an asset to our team and our incredible casino resort. Anthony’s comprehensive understanding of this market will be instrumental to Hard Rock’s continued success as an industry leader in this region.”

Faranca began his casino career in Atlantic City as a guest services manager and was promoted to regional vice president of national casino marketing at the four Caesars Atlantic City properties. Eventually, Faranca relocated to Philadelphia and was appointed vice president and general manager of Parx Casino in 2009. Faranca then moved to Las Vegas to join Station Casinos and served as vice president and general manager for the Palms Casino Resort while also managing the company’s enterprisewide strategy for table game operations.

Faranca currently resides with his wife, Kristin, in Maryland and will be relocating to New Jersey to join the Hard Rock Atlantic City team.

Faranca’s appointment is subject to the receipt of required regulatory approvals.