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Jay Snowden

President & CEO, Penn National Gaming

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Jay Snowden

Penn National Gaming has been the industry’s third largest gaming companies for more than a decade now. Jay Snowden took over from Tim Wilmott in January 2020 and immediately embarked on a plan to make Penn more interactive. Two months later, he announced a deal to buy 36 percent of Barstool Sports and its millions of followers, creating a sports betting juggernaut that has had immediate success. Now that the pandemic is winding down, Snowden talks about the position of his company, the addition of additional interactive pieces and how he plans to guide Penn toward the future. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the Penn offices in Pennsylvania 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.

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