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Pari-mutuel world
set for Symposium

Dec 2, 2003 7:40 AM

The University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) will hold its 30th Symposium on Racing, Dec. 10-12.

The Symposium has gained worldwide recognition for its in-depth analysis and discussion of topics, issues and trends of importance to the pari-mutuel industry.

GamingToday will be in attendance and will file reports of interest as they occur. A complete recap is scheduled for the Dec. 16 issue of GT.

Preceding the Symposium will be the "Racing & Gaming Summit," to be held on Dec. 9 in Tucson. Topics to be covered at the Summit include the future of racinos, lobbying for slot machines and successfully managing fully-integrated facilities.

Among the Symposium’s featured speakers will be Gary Loveman, CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment, who will chair a panel that will explore the issues regarding regulation and taxation and their effects on profitability of casinos at racetracks and other gaming jurisdictions.

Another session will deal with the ongoing process of installing slot machines at New York racetracks, and getting tribal casinos approved, as proscribed by a voter-backed initiative.

A panel discussion moderated by Patricia McQueen, lottery and racing editor for Ascend Media Gaming Group, and including Jack Bernsmeier, senior vice president & director of operations/Louisiana Properties, Boyd Gaming Corp., and Jean Major, executive director, Ontario Racing Commission, will take a close look at whether racetracks and horsemen have really benefited from slots and other on site gaming.

Is the racing product itself still popular, or does it matter? These issues will be discussed in this session, which will also feature the results of an exclusive research project by the Race Track Industry Program analyzing racing and breeding trends in jurisdictions where tracks have added gaming and in neighboring states without racetrack gaming.

Racetrack operators that own or lease gaming machines are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest technologies, and these will be explored in the Technology Roundup seminar moderated by Todd Elsasser of Gaming Laboratories Internationa.

Included in this lively session will be a discussion of new technologies, such as downloadable games, and there will also be a look at the Gaming Standards Association’s work in the gaming machine industry regarding machine protocol standards.