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G2E set for Las Vegas

Oct 2, 2007 2:48 AM

Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the gaming industry’s largest convention and tradeshow, has announced its roster of events and guest speakers for next month’s conclave.

Scheduled for November 13-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, G2E’s State of the Industry Panel will focus on Internet Gambling at the Crossroads.

With online gaming legal in some countries and banned in others, industry leaders and policy makers will discuss the regulatory challenges of the industry and where the industry is heading in the years ahead.

The panelists include U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada, former Senator Alfonse D’Amato, who is now chairman of the Poker Players Alliance, Terry Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage, and Gary Loveman, chairman of Harrah’s Entertainment.

Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association will serve as moderator.

A second panel discussion will be held on Thursday, November 15, with the topic, Tribal Gaming: Past, Present and Future.

The panel will discuss issues on the horizon that could affect the state of Indian gaming, which reached new heights in 2006.

The experts on this keynote panel will address the current federal position on tribal gaming, possible changes to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, the current status of off-reservation casinos, the status of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the court battle over labor in Indian Country.

The convention will kick off with a keynote address by Emmy Award-winner Frank Deford, a senior contributing writer to Sports Illustrated, radio commentator on National Public Radio and TV correspondent for "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

New at this year’s convention is the G2E Leadership Academy, designed to give casino executives and managers leadership skills to help them manage their business better and successfully compete in a fiercely competitive gaming marketplace.

The Leadership Academy will be presented in partnership with Tracom Group — experts in the field of leadership training.

The Academy will help participants:

”¡ Develop insights about their behavioral strengths and areas for improvement.

”¡ Use coaching to improve performance, develop job skills and enhance their management effectiveness.

”¡ Use coaching to develop the potential of their staff.

Of course, the foundation of G2E is the myriad of conference classes and seminars, conducted by and for those who work in and around the casino industry.

The general range of conference topics include gaming technology, tribal gaming, security and surveillance, players’ clubs and reward programs, legal issues, entertainment, corporate responsibility, food and beverage, design and décor, marketing and table games.

Here is a closer look at several panel discussions.

”¡ Using New Games to Market Slot Business: Through the creativity of slot makers, new slot machines have entertainment aspects that can provide new player marketing like advertising and promotional messages, imagery and unique bonusing options. Experts will reveal how to communicate new games effectively to players.

”¡ Class II Gaming — Who Will Win?: The issue of Class II gaming, or bingo slots, is reaching critical mass, especially now that a federal court in Texas has blocked a tribe from offering Class III games without the state’s approval. On the one hand, the National Indian Gaming Commission wants to change the regulations for Class II slots, while the Department of Justice would like to shut them down. Contention runs deep and this panel will help bring the issues to light.

”¡ Mobile Gaming: From Europe to the U.S.: The technology — from cell phones to special hand-held devices — is ready to revolutionize the way folks gamble. This panel will explain the future of mobile gaming, and whether it can work in various casino environments.

”¡ Achieving the Right Mix of Traditional and Specialty Table Games: Specialty table games are making an impact in casinos around the world, yet many operators are unsure about their advantages when compared to traditional table games. This panel, moderated by Roger Snow of Shuffle Master, will discuss specialty game trends, how casinos make money by offering games they have to pay licensing fees for, where they should be placed for optimum performance, and more.