G2E to showcase bingo

July 16, 2002 10:34 AM
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Bingo, one of America’s favorite pastimes, has evolved from a church hall activity to a worldwide multibillion-dollar industry that attracts a wide variety of players. From the posh bingo halls in Europe to the many variations of the game throughout the world, bingo has become a major player in the gaming industry.

In recognition of this sector’s growing importance, Global Gaming Expo (G2E) will be featuring a Bingo track in the conference program and a Bingo Pavilion, sponsored by Bingo Manager, at this year’s show being held Sept. 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The new G2E Bingo track is designed to offer crucial information on the latest developments in bingo, enabling gaming professionals to grow their business.

Among the topics covered in the Bingo track are the regulatory issues surrounding electronic bingo and the printed ticket operation; how successful players clubs attract and retain players; and how to keep bingo in the mainstream of casino games and entertainment.

"The Bingo track will help the mainstream gaming industry understand what makes this game so popular worldwide and learn more about the different facets of bingo," said Steve Smallman, vice president of sales and marketing at Game Tech International Inc., a leading company in bingo electronic devices and an exhibitor in the G2E Bingo Pavilion. "It’s important that bingo operators and vendors are aware of the different styles of bingo being played across the globe, from Australia to Spain."

G2E’s new Bingo Pavilion, a dedicated area on the floor, will include all the leading bingo and charitable gaming suppliers, including manufacturers and suppliers of bingo paper, Class II electronic games, daubers, printed tickets and other products related to the bingo and charitable gaming industries.

"We hope the G2E Bingo Pavilion will help bingo gain recognition for its important role in the gaming industry," said Peter Mead, editor of Bingo Manager. "After all, bingo is, in terms of player participation, one of the most popular games in the world."

There are 21 Pavilion exhibitors, including Jenosys Technologies, Game Tech International Inc., Bettina Corp., Atlantic Gaming Inc., Millennium Games, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Tabco/The Bingo Paper Company, Planet Bingo, Daktronics and Electronic Gaming Solutions.

G2E is the only international gaming trade show and conference "by the industry and for the industry."

Organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, G2E made its debut in fall 2001, defining itself as the pre-eminent show for the gaming-entertainment industry.

The AGA represents the commercial casino-entertainment industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for information, develops educational and advocacy programs, and provides leadership on industry-related issues of public concern.

Reed Exhibitions is a world leader in creating high-profile, targeted industry events where buyers and suppliers come together to do business. Every year, Reed events bring together some 160,000 suppliers and over nine million buyers from around the world.