EVENT REVIEW: Seeing is BELIEVING
June 1, 2012
Aruze Gaming showcased its latest slot wares such as Paradise Fishing, and Cranky Condor.
In many ways, this year’s Southern Gaming Summit/BingoWorld conference and trade show, which took place May 8-10 in Biloxi, Miss., reflected the resurgence of the Gulf Coast gaming marketplace, attracting an expansive audience of more than 3,000 people who came to attend sessions, walk the expo hall, network and socialize. The conference portion of the event, which was produced by the Mississippi Casino Operators Association and BNP Media, was definitely super-sized, featuring an expanded program of 18 breakout sessions in addition to the 10 BingoWorld-oriented discussions all organized around the theme of “Work Smart.” Specialized content and learning opportunities were also represented with Bingo U workshops, the inaugural Global Gaming Women Luncheon, and a keynote presentation by James Murren, chairman and chief executive officer, MGM Resorts International. Growth was also evident on the trade show floor, where crowds gathered to view the latest wares and innovations from ACS, Bally Technologies, IGT, Aruze Gaming, Konami, WMS Gaming, Aristocrat Technologies and many more of the gaming industry’s top suppliers. The social side of SGS/BW ledger was also well represented, with an opening day golf tournament, a welcome reception at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and a 20th Anniversary of Gulf Coast Gaming Celebration at the IP Casino Resort’s pool deck. For more information on 2013 Southern Gaming Summit and BingoWorld scheduling, visit www.sgsummit.com.
The trade show floor at this year’s Southern Gaming Summit/BingoWorld event was as busy as ever, with visitors perusing the latest products from Bally Technologies, IGT and a myriad of other suppliers.
The pool area of the IP Biloxi was the site of a celebration marking 20 years of commercial casino gaming in Mississippi. Representatives from the various properties, the Mississippi Casino Operators Association and state government spoke to the audience about the past and future of Gulf Coast gaming.
The inaugural Global Gaming Women Luncheon drew a capacity crowd to the Grand Biloxi Steakhouse.
James Murren, chairman and chief executive officer of MGM Grand International, takes a question from the audience during his keynote address.
As always, golf proved to be a very popular attraction and networking activity among Southern Gaming Summit attendees.
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