Global Gaming Expo: Poker players to tell their stories

Sep 16, 2013 7:08 PM

From iGaming and security and surveillance to casino design, hospitality and an exclusive keynote address on futurism and the impact of digital media, this year’s Global Gaming Conference (G2E), set to be held next week at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, will also sandwich in a discussion by members of Professional Poker Players on the unique role poker plays in today’s gaming environment.

Leading the poker discussion will be Antonio Esfandiari, Matt Glantz, Jay Farber and Jennifer Shahade. This discussion will focus specifically on the voice of the poker playing community.

Gathering in the Table Games Lounge on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. the group will discuss the rise of Internet poker, the proper management of live poker rooms, the game’s impact on mainstream culture, and how to understand poker from the player’s point of view.

Marco Valerio, an iGaming advocate and commentator, will moderate the discussion.

“As a poker player,” remarked Esfandiari, “I’m excited to see the growing interest and increased attention that this game is receiving. I’m thrilled to be participating on the upcoming players panel at G2E and look forward to sharing my knowledge and opinions on this topic.”

Reviewing the Sept. 24-26 agenda, Courtney Muller, senior vice president at Reed Exhibitions, the trade show producer that shares co-hosting honors for the conference with the American Gaming Association, said, “The gaming industry is fast-paced and gaming professionals must be prepared to navigate this competitive and constantly changing environment. The conference will offer the world’s largest and most comprehensive education for the gaming industry, providing attendees with the knowledge, insights, guidance and tools they need to stay ahead of the game.”

In addition to the feature on Internet poker, the conference will highlight the iGaming Congress, G2E 101-NEW!, G2E Advanced Gaming institute, Security & Surveillance Institute, Social Media Boot Camp, International Association of Gaming Advisors and National Center for Responsible Gaming.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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