Global Gaming Expo (G2E) will feature a lively series of keynote events providing attendees with unique educational experiences and exclusive access to experts who are knowledgeable on both the gaming industry and today's top issues. The keynote events include an address by renowned television anchor and author Katty Kay, a panel discussion with some of the gaming industry's most influential leaders and an address by a representative from the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs.

“The keynote events at G2E 2012 will provide gaming professionals with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gain invaluable insights on the future of gaming, within the context of the current economic and political environment,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled to welcome such a diverse and prestigious group of thought leaders who will candidly discuss the latest trends and issues impacting the gaming industry.”

Immediately following the event’s ribbon-cutting ceremony which will take place on October 2, G2E 2012 will begin with a keynote address, titled “Washington and the 2012 Elections from a Different Angle,” by Kay, a BBC America anchor and the co-author ofWomenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success. Kay will explore the increasing polarization of the media and its impact on public opinion and political discourse from Washington, D.C. to Main Street USA.

The “State of the Industry” keynote session taking place on October 3will feature a distinguished panel of industry experts who will discuss the present and future of gaming, as well as the industry's latest trends. Moderated by journalist Jon Ralston, known for hosting Nevada’s public affairs program “Face to Face with Jon Ralston,” the panel will feature six top executives from the industry's leading operators and suppliers, including: Walter Bugno, president and CEO of Spielo International; Brian R. Gamache, chairman and CEO of WMS Industries Inc.; Dick Haddrill, CEO and director of Bally Technologies, Inc.; Patti Hart, CEO of International Game Technology; Michael Leven, president and COO of Las Vegas Sands Corp; and James Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.

The G2E 2012 keynote events will conclude on October 4 with an address geared toward those interested in tribal government gaming. Donald Laverdure, acting assistant secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior, will review the current status of his department and the approach of the Obama administration when considering Indian Country.

The keynote addresses on October 2 and 3 will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and the October 4 address will take place from 11:00 am-12:00pm. All keynotes will be held in the Venetian Ballroom G-J and are open to all G2E attendees free of charge, with no advance registration required.

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