WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT
                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

       Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): February 4, 2002

                           PENN NATIONAL GAMING, INC.
                 (Exact Name of Registrant Specified in Charter)

       PENNSYLVANIA                     0-24206                  23-2234473
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      (State or Other              (Commission File           (I.R.S. Employer
      Jurisdiction of                   Number)              Identification No.)

              825 Berkshire Boulevard
                   Wyomissing, PA                               19610
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     (Address of Principal Executive Offices)          (Zip Code)

       Registrant"s telephone number, including area code: (610) 373-2400

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


(c)      Exhibits.

         99.1     Certain information that will be disclosed by the Company in a
                  proposed public offering of common stock.


         On February 4, 2002, we announced our plans to offer 3,500,000
shares of common stock in a public offering. Of the 3,500,000 shares to be
sold in the offering, 2,500,000 are being offered by us and 1,000,000 shares
are being offered by The Carlino Family Trust. Net proceeds to us from the
offering will be used to repay indebtedness under our existing credit
facility. We will not receive any proceeds from the offering by The Carlino
Family Trust.

         In connection with the offering of the common stock, we anticipate
disclosing to prospective purchasers of the common stock certain information.
We have elected to provide certain of this information in this Current Report
on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 for informational purposes. None of the
information contained in this Form 8-K or the exhibit hereto should be deemed
to be filed under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or incorporated by
reference into any other filings we have made or may make pursuant to the
Securities Act of 1933 or into any other documents unless such portion of
this Current Report on Form 8-K is expressly and specifically identified in
such filing as being incorporated by reference therein.

         We can not provide any assurance whether we will be able to complete
the public offering of common stock. We presently expect to price the
offering during the week of February 11, 2002.

         This current report on Form 8-K does not constitute an offer to sell
or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute
an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which
such offer or sale would be lawful.

         This current report on Form 8-K, together with the information
attached as an exhibit hereto, includes "forward-looking statements" within
the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and
Section 21E of the Exchange Act, regarding, among other things, our business
strategy, our prospects and our financial position. These statements can be
identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes,"
"estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "will," "should" or "anticipates"
or the negative or other variation of these or similar words, or by
discussions of strategy or risks and uncertainties. Specifically,
forward-looking statements may include, among others, statements concerning:

         o        our expectations of future results of operations or financial
         o        our expectations for our properties and the facility that we
                  manage in Canada;
         o        the timing, cost and expected impact on our market share and
                  results of operations of our planned capital expenditures;

         o        the timing of completion of our acquisition of Bullwhackers
         o        the impact of our regional diversification;
         o        our expectations with regard to further acquisitions and the
                  integration of any companies we may acquire;
         o        the outcome and financial impact of the litigation in which we
                  are involved;
         o        the actions of regulatory authorities with regard to our
                  business and the impact of any such actions;
         o        the expected effect of regulatory changes that we are
                  pursuing; and
         o        expectations of the continued availability of capital

         Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such
forward-looking statements are reasonable, they are inherently subject to
risks, uncertainties and assumptions about us and our subsidiaries and,
accordingly, we cannot assure you that such expectations will prove to be
correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from the forward-looking statements include, without limitation,
risks related to the following:

         o        capital projects at our gaming and pari-mutuel facilities;
         o        the activities of our competitors;
         o        the existence of attractive acquisition candidates;
         o        our ability to maintain regulatory approvals for our existing
                  businesses and to receive regulatory approvals for our new
         o        our dependence on key personnel;
         o        the maintenance of agreements with our horsemen and
                  pari-mutuel clerks;
         o        other risks and uncertainties described from time to time in
                  our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission;
         o        the risk factors or uncertainties listed herein or in any
                  document incorporated by reference herein or therein; and
         o        other risks and uncertainties that have not been identified at
                  this time.

All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us
or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by
the cautionary statements included in this document. We undertake no
obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as
required by law. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the
forward-looking events discussed in this prospectus supplement, accompanying
prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference may not occur.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                        PENN NATIONAL GAMING, INC.

                                        By  \s\ Joseph A. Lashinger, Jr.
                                           Joseph A. Lashinger, Jr.
                                           Vice President and General Counsel

Dated:  February 5, 2002

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

         Number           Description
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         99.1             Certain information that will be disclosed by the
                          Company in a proposed public offering of common stock.