Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will once again be home to the Florida Gaming Summit.


Casino expansion among the topics to be tackled at the Florida Gaming Summit

All eyes are on Florida right now as the state legislature debates the Destination Resort Act which, if passed, would clear the way for multi-billion-dollar integrated gaming resorts in the southern part of the state and slot machine expansion at established gaming facilities.

While this legislation holds a promise of increased tourism and expanded tax revenue for Florida, it leaves serious questions about the impact on the existing gaming operators throughout the state and region.

These and other topical issues will be covered at the seventh annual Florida Gaming Summit, which takes place February 27-28, 2012, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Fla. The Summit is the ideal venue to learn of the latest gaming trends and developments and network with the hundreds of attending gaming executives, regulators, public officials, investors, attorneys, analysts, architects and vendors from Florida and beyond.

Session topics include:

• Racinos, Casinos and Beyond: Florida’s Changing Competitive Landscape

• Tribal Gaming: Legal and Regulatory Update

• Florida’s Card Rooms: Is Poker Up to the Challenge?

• Casino Design and Construction Trends

• Florida Gaming by the Numbers: The Wall Street View

Speakers participating in Florida Gaming Summit include: Donald H. Dissinger, AIA, RAIC, senior vice president, EwingCole; Alan B. Koslow, shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff; Robert R. McGhee, tribal council member, Poarch Band of Creek Indians; Austin Miller, president, Calder Casino and Race Course; Steve Norton, CEO, Norton Management LLC; Tim Ritvo, president and general manager, Gulfstream Park; Victor Rocha, owner and editor,; Adam C. Rosenberg, managing director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Robert Sturges, chief executive officer, Nevada Gold; Joe Valandra, president, VAdvisors, LLC and many more.

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Southern Gaming Summit announces expanded conference program, new theme

The 19th annual Southern Gaming Summit and its companion show Bingo World Conference & Expo to be held May 8-10 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi, Miss., will offer attendees a significantly expanded conference program and a new theme: Work Smart.

The Southern Gaming Summit portion of the conference program will feature 18 breakout sessions, up 50 percent from prior years, adding operations-oriented titles and topics such as “The Efficient Casino: 50 Ways to Meet Your Numbers,” project development, slot and table game math, as well as hotel yield management, to an established agenda of executive-level conference topics. Bingo World will offer 10 breakout sessions, plus its popular customer service and Bingo U workshops.

“Profitability in highly competitive markets is the key focal point for our audience of gaming operators, and the Work Smart theme is a direct response to that,” said Larry Gregory, executive director, Mississippi Casino Operators Association, which co-produces the event with BNP Media, parent company of Casino Journal. “This year’s conference will also offer the high-level sessions that attendees have come to expect from Southern Gaming Summit, such as the Executive Management Roundtable, and top-level regulatory updates from the commercial and tribal sectors. All told, we think it adds up to great value for our attendees.”

All Southern Gaming Summit & Bingo World conference attendees will have access to the full program, which includes 28 breakout sessions, two general session keynote speeches, and three, half-day educational workshops, including Bingo U, which will present three interactive, one-hour classrooms designed to improve management skills, understand player needs and retain and expand the customer base.

The opening keynote on Wednesday, May 9, will be delivered by Keith Smith, chief executive officer, Boyd Gaming, which last fall closed on its acquisition of IP Biloxi Casino Resort & Spa and operates a total of five properties in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Full details on every aspect of the show, including how to register, are available