Blake Sartini II

Senior Vice President of Distributed Gaming, Golden Entertainment Inc.

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If there is a royal family tree in gaming, the Fertitta/Sartini families would be it. And Blake Sartini II would be the crown prince. The son of Golden Entertainment Chairman and founder Blake Sartini and Delise Fertitta, the sister of Station Casinos leaders Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, Sartini II has been raised in gaming. But things haven’t been easy for him because he’s related. He worked his way up through the company starting as a bartender and doing many jobs along the way. Today, Sartini handles the route operations for Golden, which means the PT’s, Sierra Gold and other brands in a Nevada company of 70+ bars and pubs, as well as a growing business in Montana. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the Golden offices in Las Vegas in October on the occasion of his being named one of the 40 Under 40 in the November issue of the magazine.

Roger Gros
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.

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