Gaming Industry Leaders Outline Views at Racino Conference

23 October 2002

LAS VEGAS – (Press Release) -- Can gaming save racing? That is the question that will be considered at Racino 2002, the first conference to examine the synergies between the gaming and racing industries. The conference will be held at Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center, in Dover, Delaware, on November 6-8, 2002. Racino 2002 is produced by Global Gaming Business magazine, the industry's most comprehensive trade publication

Gaming industry leaders will be out in force to discuss how slots and table games can add to the wagering already being operated at the world's race tracks and parimutuel facilities. Especially persuasive will be the keynote speakers. Gary Loveman, recently named President and CEO of Harrah's Entertainment, will discuss his company's commitment to racing. In September, Harrah's purchased controlling interest in Louisiana Downs, a thoroughbred racetrack in Bossier City, La., and has interests in several other U.S. tracks.

Denis McGlynn, CEO of Dover Downs Entertainment, the owner of Dover Downs Racetrack, will explain how his declining harness track has become one of the industry's most powerful public companies. Donald Snyder, President of Boyd Gaming Corporation, will review the spectacular results from the recently opened Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino in Vinton, Louisiana. And Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., the President and CEO of the American Gaming Association, will discuss the need for all segments of the gaming industry to address the issue of responsible gaming, undoubtedly the most pressing issue facing any wagering business.

The two-day program features seminars covering a variety of topics relating to racinos, including sessions on slot operations, legislative strategies, the amalgamation of racing and gaming operations, the effect on the racing business, non-slot alternatives for racetracks, marketing slots and racing, the international perspective and more.

Attendees of Racino 2002 will actually see a racino in operation at Dover Downs. A welcome reception on November 6 will allow attendees to witness the harness races from a trackside lounge, and the slots are in operation until 2 a.m. each day.

Racino 2002 will be sponsored by Jefferies & Company, Inc., the principal operating subsidiary of Jefferies Group, Inc. and one of the nation's premier investment banks and institutional securities firms.

Other sponsors of Racino 2002 include International Game Technology, Global Cash Access, Fastfunds, the Innovation Group, WMS Gaming, Cummings Associates and Rafferty & Associates.

Some of the companies represented at Racino 2002 are Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots, Windsor Raceway, the Michigan Racing Commission, the Delaware North Companies, Inc., Churchill Downs, Northfield Park, Evangeline Downs, Ameristar Casinos, Inc., Argosy Gaming Company, Prairie Meadows, and many others.

GGB Conferences is a division of GGB LLC, which publishes Global Gaming Business magazine. The magazine is published twice a month and focuses on the casino gaming industry worldwide. A unique combination of features, columns and departments, the magazine is the most timely gaming trade publication available, providing innovative editorial coverage through alliances with some of the industry's most noted consulting firms and experts. Global Gaming Business magazine is an official publication of the American Gaming Association and Global Gaming Expo.

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