Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress to Chart Impact of New York Casinos

31 January 2002

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey –(Press Release) -- Jan. 31, 2002-- The coming expansion of casinos in New York could spark a series of actions and reactions in neighboring states, including Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and even New Jersey.

The Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress -- one of the most prestigious events on the gaming calendar -- will bring together public and private officials from various states throughout the Northeast to discuss and chart the future of regional gaming. As part of this Regional Preview, a panel of regulators and industry leaders will consider the legal, legislative and economic impacts on all the affected jurisdictions.

The Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress will be held May 21-22 at Atlantic City's newly renovated Historic Boardwalk Hall.

``The Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress offers the perfect forum to predict what will occur, and to suggest what course of action should be taken by regulators, investors, elected officials and industry executives,' said Michael Pollock, publisher of Michael Pollock's Gaming Industry Observer, one of the producers of the Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress.

``The Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress, as always, will feature special panels of industry leaders, regulators from across North America and many of the leading analysts from Wall Street,' said Lloyd D. Levenson, senior partner in the law firm of Cooper Perskie April Niedelman Wagenheim & Levenson, P.A., which also produces the conference. ``By presenting the Regional Preview, we expand the scope of the Gaming Congress, which makes it the only conference that executives and public officials must attend to keep up with the rapid growth of gaming in the Northeast.'

The full line-up of speakers will be announced in coming weeks. The organizing producers of the Mid-Atlantic Gaming Congress are:

Michael Pollock's Gaming Industry Observer, an award-winning newsletter and information service that tracks trends that impact the gaming industry ; Cooper Perskie April Niedelman Wagenheim & Levenson, P.A., an Atlantic City firm with one of the world's leading gaming practices the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, LLP , recognized for its expertise in gaming; and Rutgers University, which enjoys a national reputation for academic excellence.

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