Allen, whose leadership at Seminole is widely recognized to have been critical to the development of casino gaming in Florida and the southeast, will open the conference on Wednesday, May 3. He will headline an expended Southern Gaming Summit conference program that includes 20 concurrent sessions and five educational tracks: Gaming; Operations; Management; Marketing; and Non-Gaming/Hospitality.

Bingo World, Southern Gaming Summit’s companion event, will offer 13 sessions plus Bingo University: Enhancing Community Involvement. Sessions will address paper and electronic bingo, Class II games and management and marketing topics.

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The conference will kick off Tuesday, May 2, with the popular Global Gaming Women luncheon, hosted by Scarlet Pearl. The luncheon program will feature Lean-In Circle breakout discussions, focusing on how to negotiate the complex landscape of career building for women in gaming. A follow-up session will be held on Wednesday, May 3, following the opening keynote, in which speakers will identify specific challenges shared during the luncheon and build upon the real-world solutions offered with an eye towards assisting up and coming women gaming executives.

Among the other program highlights will be a celebration of this year’s 25th anniversary of gaming in Mississippi. The anniversary will be the topic of a general session on Thursday, May 4, “25 Years of Mississippi Gaming: What the Past Tells Us About Today and Tomorrow.” Founding members of the industry will discuss Mississippi’s rise from one of the first regional markets to open up outside of Nevada and New Jersey, to its present leadership position in regional gaming nationally. Now generating close to $3 billion in annual gaming revenue, Mississippi stands as a successful and resilient example of how a competitive-tax, open market regulatory model responds to the demands of an increasingly complex leisure entertainment market. A follow-up session, “The Future of Gaming,” will offer a forward looking view from leaders in the present-day commercial, tribal and gaming technology markets.

In addition to the Global Gaming Women luncheon, Southern Gaming Summit’s other popular networking events include the Southern Gaming Summit/Bingo World Golf Tournament, which will be held at The Bridges on Tuesday, May 2; and a Welcome Reception at Beau Rivage sponsored by the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM). The IP will host the Opening Party on Wednesday, May 3.

With thousands of expected attendees, Southern Gaming Summit is attracting broad exhibitor and sponsor support. For information on exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities, contact Lesley Grashow at (203) 938-2782, or Stephanie Weingartz at (586) 781-9890,