Think of them as your gaming concierge!  Our Casino Hosts are here to help you make the most of your visit to Saratoga Casino Black Hawk. Feel free to reach out to one of our Casino Hosts. 

Casino Host Joan Esquibel Headshot


office: 303.582.6133

host cell phone: 303.808.7397

When asked about her favorite thing about being a Casino Host, Joanie answers without hesitation, “it’s the people.” And there is no greater testament to that than her 21-year tenure at the property. “I meet so many wonderful people every day,” adds Joanie, “but the best part is that, after all these years, my work relationships have become more than personal friendships, they are now my extended family.”

Joanie was born in nearby Boulder, Colorado, but grew up in California. She began her gaming industry career in 1995 as a Slot Club Supervisor at Fitzgerald’s, after finally returning to her home state to start a family surrounded by the beauty of the Rockies.

After a long day of taking care of her Saratoga family, Joanie’s favorite past time is to play with her seven grandchildren. She also enjoys tending to her yard and gardening, which must be where she gets the knack for arranging beautiful flower arrangements and centerpieces for VIP dinners, where she always ensures every little detail is just right for the enjoyment of her players.

If you don’t see her on the casino floor bonding with players and inquiring about their families, she’s probably visiting relatives in New Mexico or cruising to foreign lands with – you guessed it – her family!

Casino Host Maria Sanchez Headshot


office: 303.582.6127

host cell phone: 303.808.7397

Maria Sanchez has been a staple in the gaming community since 1998. In her 20 years she has worked her way from busser to casino host at Saratoga casino. Maria is a Colorado native and is a first generation Mexican-American woman and also Saratoga’s first bilingual host. When we asked Maria what her favorite part of her job is, Maria answered “without question it’s the interaction with the customer. I make it a point to not make the guest feel like a customer but more like a friend because during these interactions you get to actually know these people and they become a part of your everyday life.” Maria is a mother of 3 and has a beautiful new granddaughter. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and also going out and exploring the outdoors. When asked why she wanted to join the Saratoga family she simply stated. “I saw the unity within the employees and the way the casino ran when I was a customer myself.  I knew this is where I wanted to be this is home.”

Lisa Lessard
October 4, 2019

"Always a good time! Great dealers, great staff, fun blackjack!"