Thousands of attendees are expected to experience the latest slots, table games and other gaming and hospitality innovations at G2E this week.
G2E, also known as Global Gaming Expo, got underway on Tuesday morning when the show opened and attendees flocked to the Venetian Expo show in Las Vegas.
Governor Steve Sisolak made remarks to attendees prior to the opening of the show. G2E is billed as the world’s largest gathering of the casino industry, the dominant sector of the economy in southern Nevada.
Bill Miller, president and CEO of the sponsoring American Gaming Association, also gave a keynote address, highlighting how resilient the casino industry has been. The complete casino shutdown in March 2020 turned to industry record revenues just 18 months later.
Among the highlights of the expo on Tuesday afternoon is expected to be an appearance by “Wheel of Fortune” star Vanna White, who is due to host a charity celebrity slots tournament. The event is part of IGT’s celebration of the “Wheel of Fortune” slot brand which will turn 25 this year.
G2E, which runs through Thursday, also includes lectures, panel discussions and sessions.
A main panel on Tuesday afternoon will discuss diversity and inclusion. Speakers are Jyoti Chopra, Head of Human Resources, Inclusion and Sustainability of MGM Resorts International; US Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark; and Marriott International Senior Vice President, Multicultural Affairs, Social Impact and Business Advice Apoorva Gandhi.
On Wednesday, senior executives from three major casino companies will speak out on several industry topics. The CEOs are Bill Hornbuckle of MGM Resorts International, Matt Maddox of Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Jim Allen of Hard Rock International.
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