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G2E right around corner

Sep 15, 2015 3:08 AM

The 14th annual Global Gaming Expo (G2E), presented by the American Gaming Association, opens at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at the end of the month and continues through Oct. 1. This is the “must go” event for anyone in the gaming industry wanting to see the latest products, find out about the current trends and network with the industry Who’s Who.

Of the 440 exhibitors from around the world set to put their best products on display, 100 are new this year. There also seems to be a growing interest in Internet gaming as 65 booths pertain to that.

And, those slot machines have not lost any of their popularity – 135 exhibitors, over 35 percent, are in the slot/gaming machines and components category. With the newly approved skill-based gaming (awaiting regulations from Nevada gaming authorities) there are bound to be some great new games on display.

One of the most interesting seminars, we think, will be the one titled “Regulation of Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Sports in the United States: Questions Abound.”

And, one of the biggest highlights of G2E is the induction of new members into the Gaming Hall of Fame. This year three industry leaders – Vic Salerno (William Hill US), Lynn Valbuena (San Manuel Band of Mission Indians) and Larry J. Woolf (Navegante Group founder) – will receive the industry’s highest honor.

Congratulations to all three for a well deserved honor.

The seminars begin Monday, Sept. 28, and the exhibits open Tuesday at 10 a.m.

FEEDING A CRAVING: It seems, every time we go to Downtown Summerlin, we find a restaurant we have not seen before. On our last visit we were exploring the far north section of the shopping district and came across Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar.

Our waitress told us it has been open about a year, which must mean we are spending too much time at the south end of the complex near Dillard’s, never seeming to wander north of Chico’s.

The menu offers a wide variety of choices from sushi to salads to burgers, sandwiches, chicken, seafood, pasta and more. No matter your taste, you are bound to find something to your liking.

Since we were there for lunch, we opted for our usual mid-day “go to,” a salad. But, there were more than a dozen offerings, including Steak, Beet & Kale; Asian Noodle, Poblano Chicken Caesar, and Wedge.

We finally settled on the Fiesta Chicken, which consisted of a romaine and spring mix of greens topped with julienne carrots, roasted corn salsa, and tortilla strips. The lime chili dressing was an excellent complement. The freshness of the ingredients was apparent and we thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the good-sized portion.

Ron went with Salmon Burger, which came with ginger, soy, scallions, and wasabi cucumber slaw. He decided on a side of fries instead of the quinoa couscous salad, and told us everything was delicious.

Crave is definitely on our list of “repeat” places.

See you around town.

Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Email: [email protected].

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