Some 280 regulators packed Gaming Laboratories International’s seventh annual Regulators Roundtable and Users Conference in early February to delve deeper into technological advancements coming to the gaming industry.

GLI holds the event to help regulators keep pace with the rapid pace of technological change and make sense of it all.

“The reality is, many of the technologies we have been talking about in theory for the last couple of years are here, ready to go onto the casino floor, and it is imperative for regulators to fully understand the technologies and the potential impact they may have on jurisdictions,” said James Maida, GLI president and co-founder. “That’s why we present the roundtable, free of charge, to help protect the integrity of the industry.”

The event, held Feb. 6-8 at the Tuscany hotel-casino in Las Vegas, draws regulators from throughout North America and South America. “It’s the largest gathering of regulators anywhere in the world so we’re really proud of it,” Maida said.

The format is supplier-free except for one session in which they are allowed to discuss technological issues as long as they agree not to promote their company’s products.

Regulators feel comfortable asking questions, and breaks in between sessions and at lunch provide opportunities for networking. “We think it really works well,” Maida said.

GLI also puts on a European roundtable as well as smaller regional events.

This year’s roundtable and users conference covered crucial topics, including advances in server-based gaming, GSA protocols and interoperability testing, mobile gaming, malfunctions, network security, slot math, technical standard writing and verification tools.

The event also featured a keynote lunch presentation by Bruce Rowe, senior vice president of business development for Bally Technologies, specialized break-out sessions, and a presentation by Missouri regulators on server-based gaming.

Next year’s event is slated for March 10-12 at the Tuscany Suites Casino in Las Vegas.

BMM cites new interest level at ICE 2008

BMM Compliance found unprecedented interest in its services for European gaming markets from attendees at the International Casino Expo in January, the company announced.

BMM President and CEO Martin Storm indicated the company is ready to meet the demand for its compliance services.

“Our partnerships with key European test labs NMi, SIQ and Applus/LGAI provide unique value services, local cultural alignment and complete market access for European and global gaming manufacturers and suppliers,” Storm said in a news release. “We are committed to our partnerships and to helping them grow with us to provide all our clients the world’s best compliance services.”

BMM Europe has been based in Graz, Austria since January 2007 and BMM Spain in Barcelona, Spain since late 2007. “Our capabilities in Europe now provide clients with access to over 60 specialist staff to meet all of their European compliance needs, as well as access to BMM’s global operations across 300 gaming jurisdictions.”