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MGM, Hard Rock executives to deliver keynote speeches at Cutting Edge Table Games Conference

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October 24, 2019
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Executives from two of the casino industry's leading operators will deliver keynote addresses at the Cutting Edge Table Games Conference, to be held at Las Vegas Paris, November 18-20. The keynoters are Zachary Levine, VP of Table Games Strategy, MGM Resorts International, and Paul Mollo, Vice President of Table Games, Hard Rock Casino & Hotel Sacramento.

Levine will present the opening keynote on Tuesday, November 19, How MGM Uses Data to Drive Table Game Growth and Profitability. At MGM, he leads a department that focuses on operations, analytics and products for the company's 16 domestic table games properties. Levine has been with MGM since 2014 and previously worked as a baseball statistician and writer, most recently for Baseball Prospectus. In his speech, he will give real-world examples of how he and his team are enhancing traditional table game expertise through the use of non-traditional performance metrics, while shedding new light on issues such as opening spreads, yielding, new game evaluation and other questions that table game operators seek answers to every day.

Mollo will deliver the luncheon keynote on Wednesday afternoon, November 20, Something Old, Something New. He has close to four decades of experience in casino gaming, starting with the early years of legalized gaming in Atlantic City, where he helped open Harrah's in 1980; Trump Plaza in 1984; and the Borgata in 2002. In 2008, he joined the Hard Rock family with the introduction of Class 3 Table Games in Florida and now heads its table games operation in Sacramento. Mollo will discuss why the path to growth and increased profitability primarily lies not with tinkering with the popular traditional game mix, but by investing in supporting technologies such as cheating and surveillance solutions, increased accuracy in player ratings and labor utilization that boost the bottom line and add to player satisfaction.

The Cutting Edge Table Games Conference will kick off Monday, November 18, with a day-long educational workshop on table game operations presented by renowned table game expert and educator Bill Zender. Zender will do deep dives on table game math; understanding rolling chip/dead chip programs; and the cost of table game promotions.

The 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 Mollo's keynote.

Complete conference details and registration information are available at www.tablegamesconf.com. A limited number of sponsorships and exhibit booths are available by contacting Sean Bogle at (248) 786-1719; bogles@bnpmedia.com and AnnaMarie McCann at (610) 436-4220; mccanna@bnpmedia.com.

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