GGB PODCAST: Joe Asher, President, IGT PlaySports

Today, the GGB Podcast sits down with Joe Asher (l.), the president of IGT’s PlaySports, which powers some of the most popular sportsbooks and casinos in the U.S., on his views on the Super Bowl and beyond.

FanDuel, the leading online sports book in the U.S., is powered by the IGT PlaySports platform. Joe Asher, the former leader of the William Hill sportsbook, one of the first online books to be established in the U.S., was named president of that IGT division two years ago. Just two weeks before the Super Bowl, Asher talks about this year’s contest in Las Vegas, how the variety of prop bets grows every year and why the matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs should encourage a record amount of bets. He also talks about sports betting in general and discusses his role as chairman of the Wilson Center, a federal agency that advises Congress. He sat down with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at the IGT headquarters in Las Vegas in January.

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Articles by Author: 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.
Roger Gros 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 as part of the annual AGA Communications Awards.