Eastern US Gaming Expansion Focus of Conference

19 April 2004

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – (PRESS RELEASE)-- The coming expansion of
gaming throughout the eastern United States will be charted at the 8th Annual
Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress, to be held May 20, 2004 at the Boardwalk Hall
here. Atlantic City's response to this challenge will be discussed by an array
of top public officials, corporate leaders, regulators and securities

Among the speakers will be Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Fumo, who is
playing an important role in his state's efforts to approve slot machines.
Representatives from various other states, from Delaware to New York to New
Jersey, will also participate.

"How will gaming expand? What are the challenges? What are the
opportunities, and how should public officials and private companies position
themselves in this changing environment? Those are just some of the critical
questions that will be asked and addressed at the Mid-Atlantic this year,"
said Thomas J. Sykes, a principal and founding partner in the architectural
design firm of Sykes O'Connor Salerno Hazaveh, an organizing sponsor of the

"When we started the Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress in 1997, the goal was to
create an event for gaming's leading figures to convene, chart the industry's
future and debate policies," said Michael Pollock, managing director of
Spectrum Gaming Group and publisher of Michael Pollock's Gaming Industry
Observer, an organizing sponsor. "Once again, we are meeting that high

The Industry Leaders Forum -- a focal point of the event -- will feature:
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming
Association; Wallace R. Barr, president and CEO of Park Place Entertainment,
Inc.; Donald D. Snyder, president of Boyd Gaming Corp.; Gary Loveman,
president and CEO of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.; and Paul E. Rubeli,
president, chairman and CEO of Aztar Corp.

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