Global Gaming Expo Creates G2E Institute - Friday 16th of December 2005

LAS VEGAS – Global Gaming Expo (G2E) todayannounced the creation of G2E Institute, the gaming industry's first focused,educational conference to offer interactive, workshop-style sessions on fourspecific gaming industry sectors. G2E Institute will combine G2E's existingCasino Design and Racino events with the recently acquired Gaming & TechnologyConference, and will incorporate a new series of seminars addressingdevelopments and growth opportunities in tribal gaming. The inaugural G2EInstitute will be held at the Red Rock Resort, Spa & Casino in Las VegasMay 9-11, 2006. The 2007 event will take place May 15-17, 2007 at Mohegan Sunin Uncasville, Conn.

The G2E Institute will provide a unique, tailored and intimate educationalplatform where industry professionals can learn the latest trends in keyindustry growth areas, as well as how those areas interact with one another inthe casino setting. With its workshop-style educational format, the eventalso will foster enhanced networking between attendees and the industryexperts who will lead and present the conference sessions. Differing from thetrade show and conference format of the fall G2E exhibition, the education-centered G2E Institute is intentionally scheduled six months from its Novembercounterpart to provide the gaming community more timely access to the mostup-to-date information driving industry growth.

"Casino Design and Racino were initially created in response to thetremendous amount of interest shown in these burgeoning sectors," said FrankJ. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association(AGA). "Uniting these events under G2E Institute, while also leveragingsignificant growth areas such as tribal gaming and technology-drivenadvancements, enables us to provide a unique, interactive forum for ourattendees to explore some of the industry's top growth performers, and to helpfacilitate a better understanding of the relationships between them."

Topics for G2E Institute will evolve each year to reflect the hottestsectors in the gaming entertainment industry. The latest trends in casinoarchitecture, construction, design and development; property revitalizationfor racinos; legislative updates and management trends in tribal operations;and new technology innovations will be just a few of the topics addressed inthe educational material presented at the inaugural conference. Someparticipating gaming product suppliers also will host select tabletop productexhibits in conjunction with the event.

In addition to its distinctive educational content, another importantaspect of G2E Institute will be its location, as it rotates each year to newor unique gaming resort properties, both in the commercial and Native Americansectors. Attendees will have the opportunity to see first-hand the design,layout, management and operation of these cutting-edge properties byparticipating in full property tours offered in conjunction with theconference event.

Racino 2005 was held in November at Dover Downs in Dover, Del., and CasinoDesign 2005 took place at Wynn Las Vegas in June.

The technology content of the new G2E Institute will be derived from theGaming & Technology Conference, which G2E recently acquired from SpectrumGaming Group, LLC. The Institute will build upon the foundation laid by theGaming & Technology Conference by continuing to feature the latest intechnology innovation and advancement for all aspects of the gaming industry,particularly emphasizing efficiency and consumer service, in its focusedsessions.

"The Gaming & Technology Conference was designed to cast a spotlight oncurrent and future trends in gaming technology, and we are proud of how farwe've taken it," said Michael Pollock, managing director at Spectrum GamingGroup and editor and publisher of Michael Pollock's Gaming Industry Observer."We are pleased that G2E's acquisition of the conference will take it to aneven higher level, affording gaming professionals from a number of diversedisciplines an essential education on the technology trends driving theindustry and an exclusive vantage point on the future of gaming technologythat cannot be found anywhere else."

"G2E Institute allows us to gather at one tailored educational forum theleading experts from these important segments that continue to drive theindustry, while guaranteeing us the flexibility to add new areas of focus asindustry interests evolve," said Courtney Muller, show manager and industryvice president of G2E at Reed Exhibitions. "The unique value of thisconference is that it offers in-depth analysis of specialized industry sectorsas well as a broader examination of how interactions and synergies betweenthese key areas will affect the industry now and in the future."

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