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Penn National Gaming names Joe Hasson General Manager of Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg

22 August 2011

WYOMISSING, Pennsylvania & LAWRENCEBURG, Indiana -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Penn National Gaming, Inc. (Nasdaq: PENN) announced today that subject to customary regulatory approvals, Joe Hasson, 55, has been named General Manager of Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg. Mr. Hasson will report to John Finamore, Senior Vice President Regional Operations of Penn National Gaming.

Mr. Hasson has over 30 years of gaming industry experience in regional and locals markets and comes to Penn National following eight years at Station Casinos where he most recently served as Vice President & General Manager of Sunset Station Hotel Casino in Henderson, NV. At Station, Hasson also served as Vice President & General Manager of the Aliante Station Casino + Hotel and Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa, Casino properties. At both Aliante Station and Green Valley Ranch Resort, Hasson oversaw large development projects including managing Aliante Station’s development from groundbreaking through opening and thereafter, as well as an over $200 million expansion project at Green Valley Ranch Resort which more than doubled the size of the resort’s lodging, convention and spa accommodations. Prior to joining Station, he held a variety of roles of increasing prominence at Harrah’s Entertainment over a period of 22 years. During the last eight years of his time at Harrah’s, Hasson served as Senior Vice President & General Manager at a number of properties in markets including Lake Tahoe, NV, New Orleans, LA, Laughlin, NV, Topeka, KS and Tunica, MS. Mr. Hasson holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Rider College.

John Finamore commented, “Joe brings strong management experience and extensive industry knowledge to Penn National and is the ideal person to lead Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg. With his 30 year track record of gaming industry success in a number of the nation’s largest regional gaming markets and extensive experience in catering to predominantly locals-based guests, Joe will be able to quickly work with our team at Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg on strategies that drive ongoing improvements in property operating performance while also further cultivating our relationships within the local community.

“Since the opening of the new 270,000 square foot, 4,400 gaming position vessel in 2009, Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg has established itself as the greater Cincinnati region’s top gaming entertainment destination featuring a 300 room hotel, extensive food and beverage operations and exciting entertainment options. We believe Joe’s success in optimizing full-scale resort hotel properties in some of the country’s largest regional and locals gaming markets will be a valuable asset as the market continues to evolve over the coming years.”

About Penn National Gaming

Penn National Gaming, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates twenty-six facilities in eighteen jurisdictions, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National's operated facilities feature approximately 29,000 gaming machines, approximately 600 table games, 2,400 hotel rooms and 1.1 million square feet of gaming floor space.

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