New Developments Focus of 15th Annual World Gaming Congress and Expo

11 July 2001

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – (Press Release) --July 11, 2001 -- Multi-line slots, video poker and player tracking systems each revolutionized the gaming industry. But none compare to the potential impact the Internet and wireless technologies will have on the future of gaming. That is why the 15th Annual World Gaming Congress and Expo (WGCE), the world's the largest and most successful international trade show for the Gaming industry, has designed two distinct seminar series to address new technologies and the future of gaming.

The 15th annual WGCE, scheduled for October 17-19, 2001, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, has gathered an outstanding and diverse group of speakers and panelists, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields. The newest technologies - including the Internet and its gaming applications - are thoroughly covered at this year's Conference. The new one-day GameTech series and the three-day Internet speaker track are two prime examples of WGCE's commitment to the future of gaming.

``Throughout our 14-year history, the World Gaming Congress has always tackled the important issues of the day, leading the industry to the future of gaming. This year is no exception,' said Brian Vargas, Vice President Trade Shows, GEM Communications.

WGCE looks to the future of gaming at GameTech

Held the day before WGCE on Tuesday, October 16, GameTech is a new one-day multi-session course on the very latest technologies and their applications to the gaming industry. From the Internet to wireless technology, GameTech will address the solutions and challenges new technology brings daily to the gaming industry. Topics include:

- How and when to integrate legacy systems to Internet solutions -- Internet protocol and security -- Strategic implementation of mobile and wireless technologies and their
impact on gaming

- Bringing 21st century technology to the gaming industry -- The successes and roadblocks of creating complete customer data
Saverio R. Sheri III, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC, will give a luncheon presentation analyzing the current state of Web sites in the gaming industry and how they are evolving.

Online gaming is moving forward at an increasingly rapid pace, and varies widely in regulation and implementation from one jurisdiction to the next. In a forward-looking response to the trend, one of the many, diverse speaker tracks at the 15th Annual WGCE is devoted entirely to the Internet and Interactive gaming. This seven-session series will focus on the rapidly developing world of online gaming and the technologies and challenges surrounding it. Session topics include:

-How security and authentication for Internet gaming experts protect the casino floor, funds and players

-International regulators discuss emerging jurisdictions for Internet gaming

-The future of Internet gaming for land-based operators -- Necessary Internet alliances for expanded capabilities and prospects
for success

-Internet-oriented patent and trademark issues, including obtaining patent and trademark protection and minimizing patent and trademark infringement

-The wireless revolution's impact on lotteries and sports books -- A demonstration of how present Internet content was converted into
ready-made wireless enabled applications

In addition to its famed speaker tracks, WGCE features the largest expo of any gaming trade show in the world, with more than 500 vendors from every facet of the gaming industry. More than 20,000 people from around the world will attend this year's event. For registration and information visit the 15th Annual WGCE or call (203) 852-1340.

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