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Gaming Summit returns
to Green Valley

May 18, 2004 6:06 AM

The second annual Gaming Technology Summit returns to the Green Valley Ranch next week (May 25-26) with an expanded slate of meetings and panel discussions.

Last year’s Summit was very well accepted in the gaming community, drawing more than 300 gaming and technology professionals from across North America, and a diverse lineup of sponsors that included Aristocrat, Bally Gaming, IGT, Micros, Microsoft, PeopleSoft and Teradata.

Gary Loveman, CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment, will be the featured keynote speaker, providing the remarks at the opening day general session.

Glenn Bonner, CIO of MGM MIRAGE, will provide the luncheon keynote address on Tuesday; and Bob Boughner, CEO of the Borgata in Atlantic City, will provide the keynote address on Wednesday.

Gaming Technology Summit was created to address the critical role of technology throughout casino hotels, and the demands it places on gaming officials to learn new skills, integrate systems and make prudent hardware and software decisions.

The Summit also brings together gaming industry professionals to network, learn about new technologies and their applications in the industry, and discuss the successes and failures of these efforts.

Gaming Technology Summit’s 27-seminar program will address technology in three tracks — strategy, operations and technology — that will provide important information to IT professionals, gaming executives, and operation personnel from key areas including casino, hotel, marketing, human resources, food and beverage and finance.

The Summit is unique among gaming conferences in that most sessions will be led by one or two knowledgeable professionals, allowing the presenters more time to delve deeper into issues and solutions than is possible with a more traditional speaker/panelist format. Those presenters will represent a diverse cross-section of leading gaming manufacturers, operators, and technology and information companies.

Among the more intriguing sessions are:

”¡ The resurgence of table games in casinos, conducted by Felix Rappaport, president and COO of New York-New York.

”¡ The expanding role of slots at racetracks, conducted by Glenn Caldwell, director of marketing for Gtech Corporation.

”¡ New technology’s (such as remote gaming) role in shaping gaming regulations, conducted by gaming attorney Anthony Cabot, and Pat Walden, IGT’s director of compliance.

”¡ The future of server based and downloadable slot games, conducted by Sylvie Linard, COO of Cyberview Technology and Will McMaster, director of research and development of Gaming and Entertainment Corp.

A limited number of expo-style booths will be available to vendors in the Networking area, and several corporate sponsorship opportunities will be available. Those booths are expected to sell out quickly.

Even though hotel rooms at Green Valley Ranch are sold out, alternative accommodations have been arranged by Summit officials. Registration for Gaming Technology Summit is now available. More information and online registration are available at gametechsummit.com.