From October 2 nd through the 5 th , the Global Gaming Expo, or G2E, will be happening at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the most important show when it comes to casino entertainment, and it is attended by professionals who want to learn more about the services, technologies, and products that are coming to the field. The American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions organize the event, which has been an annual occurrence since 2001.
There is always a wide range of exhibitors, as well as opportunities for networking, and to listen to many of the top industry leaders speak. G2E 2017 promises to have a wealth of activities and events, as well as exhibitors and vendors. Those who are a part of this field in any capacity will want to attend.
Let’s get a closer look at what will be happening at the show this year, as there are plenty of networking options, as well as ways to see what new and interesting games and technology is going to be introduced to the gaming scene over the next year or so.
Global Gaming Awards Luncheon
This awards show is for both digital gaming and land-based gaming industries. Companies have been nominated over the past year, and are independently judged by a group of 50 leaders in the field. The awards show was on October 2, from 12PM to 1:30PM.
NIGA Networking Reception
This reception is the ideal place to go for those who want to do some networking and want to make some connections with tribal gaming execs. This event runs from 12:45 PM to 2PM at the NIGA Lounge on October 3.
G2E Welcome Reception
On October 3, from 5PM to 6:30PM, in the Venetian Ballroom, guests can enjoy cocktails and entertainment at the welcoming party. This is also a great place for those who want to network.
Casino Talent Buyers Bash
At Backstage Bar & Billiards on October 3, the Casino Talent Buyers Bash is a fun event for those who book attractions and entertainment for their casino. It’s a great place to network, and to enjoy some live entertainment by the likes of Tony Jackson and The Gap Experience.
Cintas Fashion Show
The show is on October 4 from 1PM to 2PM and from 3PM to 4PM on the Special Events Stage. Here, you can see some of the new uniforms that will be incorporated by casinos, lounges, and clubs.
The Jen Halle Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Commercial Gaming Professionalism and the Peter Mead Memorial Award Honoring Excellence in Gaming Media and Communications will be given to the winners on October 4 at an event between 4PM and 5PM.
Of course, there are many other events and activities planned for G2E, as well. These include the G2E Privileges Networking Reception, Chairman’s Reception and Gaming Hall of Fame Induction, Emerging Leaders Networking Reception, Casino Entertainment Awards, and Global Gaming Women – Kick Up Your Heels & Presentation of the Patty Becker Pay It Forward Award.
Magical Keynote and a Range of Talented Feature Speakers
This year, the keynote speaker will be none other than the two-time NBA Hall of Fame legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson. The keynote will be on October 5 at 9AM. The address is scheduled to be about 30 minutes, and he will be discussing how he turned the skills and drive he had on the basketball court to skills that he used to become a successful businessman. When Johnson is finished with his address, the President and CEO of the American Gaming Association Geoff Freeman will be talking about the future of sports betting, legalization, and whether it might one day be part of the mainstream sports industry.
In addition, the CEO of Dave and Buster’s, Stephen King, will be delivering a keynote address on October 4 at 9AM. He will be interviewed by Carol Roth, a bestselling author and TV personality. He will be discussing the success of Dave and Buster’s and the correlation to the casino gaming industry. There are a number of parallels to the way that casino gaming has changed and evolved over the years, and the keynote and interview should both be very enlightening.
As you can see from all the events and the wonderful speakers who will be at G2E, this is the place to be for anyone who is involved in the casino entertainment industry.
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