BANGOR, Maine — Penn National Gaming, Inc., which owns and operates Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway, announced Wednesday that Jon Johnson, general manager of the Bangor gaming facility, has been named general manager of the Empress Casino Hotel in Joliet, Ill.
Johnson, 56, who has served as general manager of Hollywood Slots since May 2005, will continue to be in charge of the Bangor operations until Sept. 28 when Assistant General Manager Steve Lambert will take over until a new general manager is named.
The company expects to appoint a new general manager for Hollywood Slots “shortly,” according to a Penn National press release.
“Jon’s many years of gaming industry management experience, as well as his contributions in the development and opening of both the temporary and permanent facilities in Bangor, will provide immediate benefits to Empress Casino Hotel …” said John Finamore, senior vice president regional operations of Penn National Gaming.
The Empress Casino Hotel was closed temporarily after a fire in March 2009, but it reopened in June with a redesigned and upgraded casino floor and a new interior, according to the release. The 50,000-square-foot facility features more than 1,100 slot machines and 20 table games including live poker.
Johnson has worked in the gaming industry for 35 years, including as a casino controller, vice president of finance and chief financial officer at such facilities as MGM, Bally’s and Caesars in Las Vegas.
Penn National Gaming owns and operates 19 gaming and racing facilities in 14 states and the Canadian province of Ontario.