Wednesday, October 24, 2012

G2E Asia Awaits...

By Mike Johnson, Director of Sales & Industry Development

With G2E Las Vegas now behind us our team is hard at work on the next G2E Asia, coming up May 21-23 at the Venetian Macao. Our Advisory Board will be meeting in the coming month to solidify topics for this year's conference, and we aim to have our program confirmed shortly after the New Year in January.  

One thing I'm proud to announce is the complete redesign of our show floor.  As you can see here we've completely revamped the layout of the show based on feedback from visitors and exhibitors alike to increase navigation and sight lines.  You'll also notice the edition of our new "G2E TV" Studio in the center hub of the show where we'll feature daily interviews with industry leaders, streamed live throughout the convention center, our website, and our mobile app.  And yes, I am also pleased to report that we will have a mobile app this coming year where you'll be able to navigate the show, search for exhibitors and conference topics, and so much more right from your mobile device.  Stay tuned for more!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Honoring the Industry’s Best

By Brian Lehman,  Communications Manager, American Gaming Association (AGA)

This weekend while I was talking to a non-gaming industry friend of mine about the 24th Annual Gaming Hall of Fame Charity Gala and Induction Ceremony that is being held Oct. 23 at Bellagio Las Vegas, he asked me why we were inducting a chef and an entertainer into the Gaming Hall of Fame. The answer was an easy one I was happy to share with the uninitiated – nowadays, the gaming industry goes far beyond the casino floor, and the entertainment and culinary visionaries who we honor have created the gaming experience that today’s customers love and expect.

Next Tuesday, the American Gaming Association (AGA) will induct the latest class of gaming greats into the Gaming Hall of Fame.  In addition to chef Julian Serrano and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Lalibert√© – the aforementioned culinary and entertainment visionaries – Senator William Raggio and Dennis Gomes will be given gaming’s biggest honor posthumously, honoring two careers that helped shape today’s industry. The gaming industry has been built by men and women who dared to think outside the box, and throughout his career, Dennis Gomes was that kind of individual. Sen. Raggio was the longest-serving state senator in Nevada history and watched and supported the industry as it grew into the economic engine that it is today.

At the AGA, we are excited for the evening not only because it is a chance to honor these industry leaders, but because of a new format for the event.  Instead of a formal dinner as we have had in years past, there will be a gala reception with a menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres developed in consultation with Hall of Fame inductee Julian Serrano. Then, attendees will move into the “O” Theater for the induction ceremony and a special presentation by Cirque du Soleil for their founder, Guy Lalibert√©. The evening will be an excellent chance for guests to get a first-hand glimpse (and taste) of what these visionaries have added to the gaming experience.

Tickets are still available for this special night, so get yours before the deadline of Friday, Oct. 19.  Visit the AGA website for more information or to purchase tickets. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

G2E 2012—It’s Now a Wrap!

By Kimberlie I. Leon, Director of Marketing

It’s official, G2E 2012 has concluded and what a show it was! If you were there you felt the energy and buzz filling the rafters of the Sands, and if you weren’t there, you probably heard all about it. From making new business contacts and seeing new technologies, to learning about game-changing trends, and enjoying everything our industry offers, everyone walked away with their fill of G2E and Vegas for 2012.

G2E 2012 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
A highlight this year was unveiling our version of G2E TV with an on-the-ground camera crew and correspondent dedicated to capturing video highlights and pushing it out over social media and our blog each day. The team worked tirelessly to capture truly memorable and fantastic video live from the show floor and conference.

In case you’re curious, here are some favorite moments from G2E 2012 from me and the team…

Kimberlie: Looking at the packed to capacity G2E Ultra Lounge Uniform Fashion Show as models showcased the latest fashion from Cintas and clubs along the Strip. It’s a not to be missed and dazzling highlight at G2E each year!

Cintas Ultra Lounge Uniform Fashion Show.

Courtney Muller: Listening to Katty Kay during the Global Gaming Women luncheon as she talked to a room full of female gaming executives about being a working woman. She has such a good understanding of the issues women face and listening to her made me realize I am normal.

Thomas Loughran:  My favorite moment was the last afternoon of the show while walking the show floor and thanking exhibitors for their support.  The feedback we received was incredible – exhibitors felt the traffic was very strong and they were seeing the right people.  Many exhibitors said it was the best G2E in many years!

Mike Carlucci: Seeing it all come together so well after a year of planning.  Stepping back and looking at how packed the aisles were and how much business was being done with exhibitors.

iGaming Congress.
Mike Johnson: Our Thursday Insights on Operations program looked at the casino, and casino player, of the future and was very well received by our audience.  It was enlightening to hear our three experts provide insight into generational nuances, cutting edge marketing strategies, as well as the likely future of casino technology and operation.

Brett DeWeese: Monday night’s Welcome Reception that featured David Hasselhoff performing his variety act with the Hoffettes! This combined with The Guess Who and Them and Us made it a Welcome Reception not to be forgotten in G2E history.

David Hasselhoff performing at the Welcome Reception.
Catherine Auriana (G2E TV):  It was a thrill meeting and interviewing the State of the Industry speakers - true leaders in the industry.  Also, taking performance cues and strategy with David Hasselhoff after sound check!

Joseph Vella (G2E TV):  Walking into the standing room-only iGaming Congress (complete with virtual ticket option) on Monday was an incredible sight as was walking the empty exhibit hall floor just prior to official opening.

G2E Exhibit Hall Floor just prior to opening.
If you missed any of G2E, or if you just want to relive the week, take a few minutes to check out the video highlights on our YouTube Channel and in the archives of this blog. Then, be sure to start following us on Facebook and Twitter so you can keep us with the team and the show as we prepare for 2013!

Until next year…

Friday, October 5, 2012

G2E Exclusive with Tribal Gaming Keynote Speakers

G2E goes into the Green Room before Thursday's Tribal Keynote begins to talk to the panelists about Tribal Gaming and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

G2E Exclusive with the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA)

Ernie Stevens, chairman of NIGA, speaks about tribal gaming during the NIGA Networking Reception during G2E 2012.

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G2E Exclusive with the Leaders of the Casino Industry

Behind the scenes before Wednesday's State of the Industry Keynote Address--listen to the movers and shakers share their thoughts on what's happening in gaming today.

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Tuesday, October 2nd G2E Highlights

Check out highlights from the Welcome Reception on Monday night and some highlights from Tuesday morning conference, ribbon cutting, and show floor. Check back each day for more updates!

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Welcome Remarks from the President of the AGA

Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., President of the American Gaming Association (AGA) kicks off G2E with a welcome to the international gaming industry and an overview of G2E 2012.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Live from the G2E Show Floor--Daily Highlights

By Kimberlie I. Leon, Director of Marketing

The entire team has arrived in Vegas and we are all super excited about the week ahead and what we have in store for the industry. I want to introduce my colleague Catherine Auriana, who will be filming live from G2E each day with video highlights and happenings. You simply have to tune in to the G2E Blog each day to see what surprises we have for you. 

Check out Catherine's first video as she kicks off her week in Vegas from the show floor. 

Looking forward to seeing you all soon…