Michael Bonakdar has been named chief operating officer of Las Vegas-based Epic Gaming. In his new position, Bonakdar is responsible for providing leadership and direction for all casinos and properties under Epic Gaming’s management. He joined Epic Gaming’s senior management team in July 2005 as senior vice president of operations. Bonakdar has held executive positions with MGM Mirage, Park Place Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment, and Harrah’s Entertainment. Prior to joining Epic Gaming, Bonakdar was the vice president of slot operations at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where he played a key role in revamping the casino from early 2001 to 2005.