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Jennifer Fales

Vice President of Global Licensing, IGT

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The Wheel of Fortune is probably the most iconic slot product ever made, and it certainly is the most successful. In the 25 years since it was introduced IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slots have awarded billions of dollars in jackpots. The game’s 25th anniversary celebration culminated in “Big Money Week” in early May on the TV program, which boasts 25 million weekly viewers. During the week, hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White highlighted several IGT WOF games as the centerpiece of each show. Jennifer Fales is IGT’s vice president of global licensing and a former 40 Under 40 honoree at GGB, and she explains the allure of the game and why it will continue to be one of the top casino games for years to come. She spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the IGT headquarters in Las Vegas in April.

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.