Let the Expo begin!

Sep 17, 2002 10:09 AM

   The gaming industry will showcase its latest advancements as 600 exhibitors display new products and services at the second annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E, Tuesday through Friday). More than 10,000 gaming industry leaders from around the world are expected to attend this year's event at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

   The show will kick-off on Tuesday with the opening keynote address by ABC news veteran Sam Donaldson at 11:45 a.m. followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:45 p.m.

   American icon Merv Griffin, who will be inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame on Wednesday at the industry's annual America's Gaming Greats charity dinner, will serve as a featured speaker later in the week.

   The annual State of the Industry keynote panel, moderated by AGA President and CEO Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., will feature gaming leaders from around the world, including Boyd Gaming Corporation Chairman and CEO Bill Boyd, Atronic International CEO Michael Gauselmann, Harrah's Entertainment Chairman and CEO Phil Satre, and National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman Ernie Stevens.

   Some of the issues discussed during this Sept. 18 keynote will be responsible gaming, the future of Internet gaming, and casino development in the United Kingdom, Mexico and Macao.

   This year’s G2E offers more than 100 cutting-edge conference sessions where experts and industry leaders will offer their insight on nearly every gaming-related topic.

   Some of the topics include "UK Vision: The New Rules and What They Mean"; "Corporate Governance: Learning the Enron Lessons"; "Protecting Ideas: Intellectual Property in the Casino Industry"; "The Big Games: Their Design, Impact and Future"; "The Future of Racing: Is Integration of the Gaming Industry the Answer?"; "Regulation and Reform: Evolving Tribal Gaming Commissions"; "Accept or Reject: Prospects for Internet Gambling"; and "Global Games: 21st Century Slots."

   Key conference speakers will include MGM MIRAGE Chairman and CEO J. Terrence Lanni, Boyd Gaming Corporation President Don Snyder, Park Place Entertainment Corporation Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Kim Sinatra, National Indian Gaming Association Executive.

   Director Mark Van Norman, CBS Marketwatch correspondent William Spain, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. President and COO Gary Loveman, and Associacion Latinoamericana de Juegos de Azar (ALAJA) President Martin Canepa, to name a few.

   New to the G2E exhibit floor this year is the Bingo Pavilion. Sponsored by Bingo Manager, the Bingo Pavilion 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.

   Also new to the show floor this year is the Interactive/Internet Gaming Pavilion, which will feature 50 plus leading suppliers of software and Web site products and technologies. Exhibitors include Boss Media; GambleGoddess.com; iGlobalMedia.com; Microgaming and Orbis UK.

   G2E's enhanced New Product Showcase, sponsored by JCM American Corp., will display the industry's latest new products from slot machines and security products to table games, bingo products and Internet games. Some new products being featured in the showcase include Ardent Gaming's Easy Money cashless gaming system, Tiemann-Parker, Inc.'s Casino Coin Carrier, an anti-theft device and The Slot Table and Slot-Sweepstakes Player System, both created by Wing Design, Inc.

   G2E 2002 also will offer an insider's view of a slot manufacturing facility, back of the house at a casino and a state-of-the-art security and surveillance department at three Behind-the-Scenes tours at Bally Gaming & Systems, Bellagio Hotel & Casino, and the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower.

   Also, additional educational programs-the Gaming Investment Forum, the G2E Training and Development Institute, and the new Interactive Gaming Symposium-will be held as part of G2E.

   The Gaming Investment Forum, a "conference within a conference" sponsored by financial giants Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Bear Stearns & Co., Inc., will present information on publicly traded companies and give attendees the inside track on what's happening in the industry.

   The G2E Training and Development Institute will offer intensive training in areas such as casino operations, slot operations, gaming education, and security and surveillance. This one-day institute held on Friday will enhance attendees' areas of expertise so they can make an immediate impact on the profitability of their business.