Gaming Technology Summit returns for 5th year

9 May 2007

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- The gaming industry's first and most trusted technology conference returns May 22-24 to the Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas. Now in its fifth year, the Gaming Technology Summit continues its steady growth with a new Lottery track, more sponsors, more exhibitors and an encore presentation of the popular Project Management Forum.

Gaming Technology Summit addresses the critical role of technology throughout all types of gaming facilities and the demands it places on gaming professionals to learn new skills, integrate systems and make hardware and software investment decisions.

Saverio R. Scheri III, Managing Director at WhiteSand Consulting, co- producer of the Summit, said he originally viewed the conference as a natural extension to the professional services his firm provided to dozens of the industry's leading casino companies. As WhiteSand expanded in recent years - offering technology integration solutions to all segments of the gaming and hospitality industry - the Summit has naturally reflected that growth.

"The technology requirements of casinos, racetracks and lotteries have blurred over time," Scheri said. "Appropriately, the Gaming Technology Summit has grown beyond its casino-centered roots to welcome expert presenters and attendees from every segment of the industry, including racetrack and hospitality operations.

"That growth continues at the 2007 Summit with the addition of a conference track dedicated to the lottery industry," Scheri continued. As WhiteSand worked closely with several major lottery organizations in recent years, Scheri identified the need for the new Lottery track at GTS.

WhiteSand Consulting launched in 2001 and quickly grew to become the gaming industry's premier professional services provider, aligning with the most knowledgeable experts in the gaming industry and technology services. Many of those experts have served as presenters at Gaming Technology Summit, helping to make it the most respected educational event in the industry.

Among the 50-plus outstanding presenters at the 2007 Summit are three keynote speakers:

-- Felix Rappaport, President and Chief Operating Officer of Luxor;

-- Thomas J. Matthews, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of IGT; and

-- Jay Walker, Chairman of Walker Digital LLC, entrepreneur and founder of Priceline.

The Project Management Forum, a companion event to Gaming Technology Summit, debuted last year to widespread acclaim. It returns this year, on May 22, immediately preceding the Summit. The Forum is presented by Michael R. Wood, a nationally recognized expert in the field of business process improvement, former gaming CIO and author of "The Helix Factor - the Key to Streamlining Your Business Processes."

More than 500 technology professionals and vendors from the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico and the United Kingdom attended GTS 2006.

The Summit is co-presented by WhiteSand Consulting and Ascend Media Gaming Group, the leading producer of trade magazines, newsletters and trade shows serving the gaming industry around the world; with the sponsorship support of eighteen leading gaming and technology companies.

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