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Bart Blatstein

Founder and CEO, Tower Investments

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Bart Blatstein is a developer, with his main focus being in Philadelphia and later in Atlantic City. He arrived in Atlantic City about 10 years ago and bought development rights for the Pier at Caesars, which he dubbed the “Playground.” When that venture failed because of various economic and operational issues, he bought the former Showboat Hotel Casino and Atlantic City’s Garden Pier. He recently opened the Island Water Park adjacent to Showboat and it’s been a huge success. He talked about his Atlantic City developments, a possible Showboat casino and his faith in the future of the city with GGB Publisher Roger Gros from his home in July.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.