EVENT REVIEW: Seeing is BELIEVING
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.