GAMING TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT TO EXAMINE INTERACTIVE FUTThe interactive worlds of mobile, Internet and social media that are driving fundamental change in the casino industry will be spotlighted at the 10th annual Gaming Technology Summit to be held June 11-13 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.
Among the topics to be explored will be operator e-gaming strategies, slot manufacturer interactive strategies, mobile gaming, mobile technologies, Facebook and social media in the casino and Internet gaming rules and legislation. A key area of focus within each area will be how to integrate new technologies with back-end investments and promote a unified view of customer behaviors.
Gaming Technology Summit attendees will be able to choose among the following interactive gaming sessions:
• Slot Manufacturers and Interactive Gaming: As the doors to online and interactive gaming open in the U.S., slot manufacturers are looking to delivering mobile, Internet and social media products and solutions. Hear how they are organizing themselves and working with current gaming operators take existing land-based products into the interactive space.
• eGaming: There are a few ways to provide Internet gaming for players ranging from completely outsourcing the entire offering through custom developing your own solution. Companies just embarking on this effort will need to determine which path is best for them and understand the pros and cons of the different approaches.
•Facebook and Social Media in the Casino: Every 60 seconds, over 600,000 Facebook statuses are updated, over 98,000 tweets are sent and over 600 videos are uploaded on YouTube. Needless to say social media is here to stay, and impacting our business in ways we never imagined. How can your business benefit from this phenomenon? This session will review the latest trends casinos are utilizing social media and how it can help your entire organization.
•Mobile Apps-The Next Generation: With over 500,000 apps available just on the Apple iPhone alone, millions of people are using apps to stay connected to their favorite entertainment venues, stores and activities. Learn what an app could do for your property and how it will allow you to interact with your customers more often and more effectively.
For the complete program and to see a current speaker list, visit www.gametechsummit.com.
SOUTHERN GAMING SUMMIT PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON LOUISIANAExpensive new casino projects that will transform the Louisiana casino market in the next two years will be the focus of an opening day session at the 19th annual Southern Gaming Summit to be held May 8-10 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss.
The session, “Louisiana: Primed for Growth?” represents a collaboration between the Mississippi Casino Operators Association (MCOA) and its Baton Rouge-based neighbor in Louisiana. The two groups have developed joint content and marketing strategies designed to add value for Louisiana-based attendees at this year’s Summit.
Wade Duty, executive director, Louisiana Casino Association, will moderate the opening day session on Wednesday, May 9. Panelists will include Daniel Davila, partner, Poydras Street Capital; Geno Iafrate, senior vice president & general manager, Pinnacle Entertainment; Larry Lepinski, general manager, Mojito Pointe and Jeff Michie, general manager, Belle of Baton Rouge. They will discuss the overall market outlook, which is being shaped by an impressive list of upcoming new projects:
• Baton Rouge: Pinnacle’s L’Auberge Baton Rouge, a single-level, 74,000-square-foot casino with nearly 1,500 slot machines; 50 table games, including a poker room; a 12-story hotel with 206 guest rooms and a rooftop pool; three dining outlets; a casino bar with sweeping views of the Mississippi River; and a multi-purpose event center with concert seating for up to 1,600 people. The project is expected to cost $357 million, excluding land and capitalized interest. Projected opening date is this Labor Day.
• Bossier City: The market’s sixth riverboat casino will be a $170 million Margaritaville-themed resort with a major entertainment component. The project includes an 18- to 20-floor hotel tower with 400 rooms, a 1,000-seat entertainment center and restaurants overlooking the Back Bay. Projected opening date is May of 2013.
• Lake Charles: Mojito Pointe, a $400 million luxury casino resort to be located on a 242-acre site in Lake Charles, Louisiana. MGM will manage the new resort under an MGM brand to be announced and the resort will be fully integrated into MGM’s M life loyalty program. Creative Casinos, which originated the project and steered it to a successful referendum vote last year, will develop and own the resort. The casino will have approximately 1,500 slot machines and 50 table games and there will be two hotels with a total of 400 hotel rooms, including 30 VIP suites. Construction on the resort is expected to begin before year-end in anticipation of an opening in mid-2013.
Full details on every aspect of the show, including how to register, are available at www.sgsummit.com.