Schedule Announced For 15th Annual World Gaming Congress and Expo

11 May 2001

LAS VEGAS, Nevada –(Press Release) --May 11, 2001 -- The 15th Annual World Gaming Congress and Expo (WGCE) will continue its long-standing tradition of presenting diverse and superior gaming education at this fall's international trade show.

Officials announced the schedule today for WGCE, which will be held October 17-19 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. It is preceded on October 16 by the popular Slot Manager Institute and the brand new GameTech conference. The schedule is one of the largest and most diverse ever presented in the show's 15-year history.

``We are fully committed to gaming education, for those who operate within the industry, and for those who keep a watchful eye on the industry,' said Brian Vargas, Senior Vice President for Trade Show, GEM Communications. ``We are proud to announce that this year's show will feature one of the largest, most diverse conference tracks we have ever presented in our long history. It is designed to serve the needs of people from all sides of the gaming and hospitality industries.'

The conference schedule is divided into several tracks: Gaming and the Law, Hospitality, Human Resources, Indian Gaming, International and Jurisdictional, Internet/Interactive Gaming, Marketing and Operations. Two separate one-day sessions precede the conference on October 16: Slot Manager Institute and GameTech.

The proliferation of Indian Gaming has inspired a track that will discuss the federal acknowledgement process, management agreements, media relations, the Washington political climate under the new Administration and future expansion of Indian gaming into eight states.

The spread of gaming and the accompanying growth of regulations will be the primary focus of the Gaming and the Law series, led by Charles Anderer, publisher and editor of International Gaming and Wagering Business (IGWB).

Numerous topics will be presented in the Human Resources track including problem gaming, motivation, diversity in the workplace, de-stress, hiring and firing practices, unions and education.

International and Jurisdictional updates will be delivered from gaming hot spots around the world including Asia, South America, Australia, Europe and, of course, Wall Street. Bear Stearns analyst Jason Ader will be among the featured presenters.

Gaming's next frontier, Internet/Interactive gaming, will be the focus of several sessions, including security and authentication of online gamers, emerging jurisdictions for Internet gaming, how the future of Internet gaming will effect land-based operators, the necessity of alliances in the new frontier and Internet-oriented patents and trademarks.

Selling a casino to customers or selling products to casinos spawned the sessions in the Marketing track, which cover topics such as listening to the customer, e-marketing, marketing in Indian territory, brand development, customer loyalty and casino promotions.

Operations topics include challenges of general managers, developing comprehensive feedback systems, high-tech security, design trends, cost-cutting techniques and a forum on table games.

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