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Gaming Summit to honor
Bill Boyd

Jan 13, 2004 5:51 AM

The American Gaming Summit will honor William S. Boyd in special ceremonies when it convenes Feb. 3-4 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas.

Boyd will receive a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the 10th annual gaming conference, which moved this year from the Rio hotel to the Four Seasons (which is located at Mandalay Bay).

Other highlights of the Summit include keynote addresses from Robb Goldstein, president of The Venetian resort and casino, and Frank Fahrenkopf, president of the American Gaming Association.

Other presenters include Gary Loveman, president and CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment, Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reforms, and Marc Falcone, managing director of Deutsche Bank Securities.

Now in its 10th year, the American Gaming Summit is devoted entirely to addressing issues that face the gaming industry: taxation, new legislation and regulations, political upheaval, competition from within and from outside the industry, Wall Street expectations and the unique issues of Indian gaming.

Key conferences at this year’s Summit include:

”¡ The 2004 Gaming Tax and Legislative Climate: Moderated by former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan, the panel examines the political and economic climate in the three significant casino markets, Nevada, New Jersey and Illinois, which were hit in 2003 with significant revenue tax increases.

”¡ Gaming UK: The Hottest Emerging Market: The prospect of expanded casino gaming in the United Kingdom has spurred development agreements between UK firms and Nevada operators such as MGM Mirage and Harrah’s Entertainment. Here’s an assessment of their prospects for tapping into that potentially lucrative market.

”¡ The Role of Gaming Trade Associations: Just how effective are gaming trade associations? This lively debate will explore their successes and near-misses, and highlight the key issues they face in the coming year.

”¡ The California Factor: Assessing Local and Regional Impacts: Gaming in the state of California poses the biggest threat to Nevada operators, especially as the new governor negotiates expansion of slots. This session will examine the impact of the existing casino market in California, and the prospects of an expanded market in the future.

In addition to the key conferences and presentations, the Gaming Summit will reveal its highly-anticipated Top 20 Most Innovative Gaming Products for 2004.

The 20 honorees will be announced at breakfast on Feb. 4, along with the top three winners.