It may not be the biggest money-maker in the casino, but bingo has a loyal following, especially at the "locals" oriented casinos in Las Vegas.
And in two weeks, the bingo world turns its attention to Las Vegas as the BingoWorld Conference & Expo is set for its 13th renewal at the Riviera Hotel & Casino.
Scheduled for March 3-4, the get-together is the world’s largest conference and trade show dedicated to the bingo industry.
Hundreds of bingo professionals have already registered for BingoWorld, representing a broad spectrum of industry participants, including charitable, commercial, online and tribal bingo hall operators, gaming regulators, suppliers and other interested groups.
They are coming from more than 35 U.S. states, several Canadian provinces and from as far away as Australia, Norway and the Philippines.
"Our early registration numbers prove that BingoWorld couldn’t come at a better time, as our program will focus on how to succeed in today’s challenging environment," said Charles Anderer, Group Publisher, Gaming, for BNP Media, the show’s producer. "The opportunities to network and learn from peers are invaluable, and perhaps defying the odds we are truly attracting an excellent international crowd this year."
While the conference program is exceptional, with more educational opportunities than ever in a new two-day value-packed format, there should also be plenty of excitement in the exhibit hall. Several of the bingo industry’s largest suppliers will be on hand, and a number of new exhibitors this year add great variety to the mix.
BingoWorld opens on Tuesday (March 3) with a full day of intensive conference sessions with something for everyone, including commercial, tribal and charitable bingo operators. The morning of March 3 also includes an all-new edition of Sellin’ Paper and Callin’ Balls, the customer service workshop presented by Raving Consulting’s Steve Browne.
The conference schedule continues on Wednesday with two concurrent programs. One is the popular Bingo University, a hands-on workshop focusing on marketing that has drawn rave reviews each of its first two years.
The other is Bingo and the Internet, a new three-session program which will explore the popularity of bingo as both a money game and a free-play game on the Internet. The emphasis will be on how all bingo halls can benefit from this exposure, and it will include a detailed look at how they can maximize the marketing potential of their own Web sites.
For more information on exhibiting at BingoWorld or to learn about sponsorships, contact Lesley Grashow at [email protected] or (203) 938-2782.