Yes it’s G2E time this month, but if you’re in the table games business, next month may be more enticing to visit Las Vegas since Casino Journal’s Cutting Edge Table Games Conference returns to Paris Las Vegas November 18-20.
The conference represents a unique opportunity for table game professionals to network, attend educational sessions on a wide variety of topics, hear from leaders in their business, see the latest products and technologies and judge for themselves the winners of the Best New Table Game contest.
There’s still time to register for the event; the early-bird rate expires on October 25. Here’s a sampling of what you can expect in terms of educational content:
- The event kicks off with table games expert Bill Zender’s popular all-day pre-show workshop on Monday, November 18. Zender will focus on table game math, rolling/dead chip programs and the cost of table game promotions.
- Zachary Levine, vice president of table games strategy, MGM Resorts International, will deliver the opening keynote. The topic is, “How MGM Uses Data to Drive Table Game Growth and Profitability,” and it will focus on real-world examples of how he and his team are enhancing traditional table game expertise through the use of non-traditional performance metrics.
- Paul Mollo, vice president of table games, Hard Rock Casino & Hotel Sacramento, will deliver a luncheon keynote address. In “Something Old, Something New,” Mollo will discuss how innovative supporting technologies that boost the bottom line and add to player satisfaction with the traditional table games product.
- Bennie Mancino, vice president of table game operations, Hard Rock Cincinnati, will moderate “The Silent Killers of Table Game Revenue.” Panelists include John Hemberger, senior vice president of table products, AGS; Mark Kelly, vice president casino operations, Caesars Entertainment; and Donald Snyder, director of table games, Gun Lake Casino.
- Michael Hochman, vice president, casino operations, Canterbury Park; Brian Stanton, vice president table games, The STRAT; and Johnny Walker, executive director of gaming operations, Muckleshoot Casino; are among the participants in the Table Games Operators Roundtable.
- Casino market research leader Michael Meczka president, MM/R/C, will lead a discussion of “10 Things Your Players are Trying to Tell You.” The panelists are Christopher Abraham, senior vice president marketing, Grand Sierra Resort & Sahara Las Vegas; Anthony Curtis, publisher, Huntington Press and the Las Vegas Advisor; and Conrad Granito, general manager, Muckleshoot Casino.
- Michael Shackleford, The Wizard of Odds, will present, “Understanding the New Wave of Table Games.” Shackleford will cover everything from basic strategy to advanced techniques that swing the odds in the players favor.
- Deana Scott of Raving Consulting will lead a discussion of, “Why ETGs are Finding a Home in More Casinos and What the Future Holds.” Panelists will include, Ryan Bevens, director of gaming operations, Eldorado Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk Eldorado & Lady Luck Casino Black Hawk; Noah B. Dean, senior mathematics researcher, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI); and Kevin Parker, gaming operations manager, western region, Interblock USA.
- “Table Game Promotions That Move the Needle (And Some That Don’t),” will be presented by Dennis Conrad, president emeritus, Raving Consulting Company. Conrad will lead a down-and-dirty discussion among the table game executives about what has flopped and what remains wide open for table game marketing innovation.
- Marketing expert Julia Carcamo will address how to strengthen relationships internally between marketing and table games executives, keep the lines of communications open and deliver improved results in the Table Game Marketing Roundtable.
- Ari Mizrachi, senior vice president of operations and casino strategy, Tangam Systems, will present, “From Data, to Decisions, to Increased Profitability,” a workshop-style session.
- Sal Piacente, president, UniverSal Game Protection Development, will close the conference with a can’t-miss double session, “To Catch a Cheat,” which features live demonstrations of the latest real-world threat to table game operations.
The Cutting Edge Table Games Conference also features Casino Journal’s Best New Table Games competition. Exhibitors at the conference will have dedicated “play time” during the opening night reception and all networking breaks between sessions. Qualified attendees, namely table game operators and other casino executives from across the industry, will be encouraged to participate and cast a vote. The winners of the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be announced after Paul Mollo’s keynote address on Wednesday afternoon, November 20.