Keynotes & Networking

  1. Keynotes
  2. Emerging Leaders Reception
  3. Latin American Gaming
  4. Tribal Gaming & NIGA
  5. Regulators
  6. Networking Lunches
  7. Global Gaming Women
  8. Entertainment Awards
  9. G2E Meet Ups

Exclusive Seminar Keynotes

Exclusively for Seminar Delegates Only
Tuesday, September 30

Exclusively for Seminar Delegates Only
Thursday, October 2

State of the Industry Keynotes
Open to All G2E

G2E’s popular State of the Industry Keynote has been expanded to feature leaders from
across the international gaming industry over two days—more of the conversations
that matter; more of the people you want to hear.

State of the Industry: The Operators
Tuesday, September, 30

  • James Allen

    James Allen

    CEO of Seminole Gaming/Chairman of Hard Rock International
  • James Murren

    James Murren

    Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International

State of the Industry: The Manufacturers
Wednesday, October 1

  • Jamie O'Dell

    Jamie Odell

    CEO & Managing Director of Aristocrat Leisure, Ltd.
  • Patti Hart

    Patti Hart

    CEO of International Game Technology
  • Pat Ramsey

    Pat Ramsey

    CEO of Multimedia Games

G2E Networking Lunches

Share best practices and exchange ideas with colleagues at these valuable networking lunches. Choose the lunch that fits you best. Networking Lunches are a separate purchase.

AGA Communications Awards

Curious about what the brightest minds in gaming advertising, marketing and communications produced this year? Find out as the Gaming Voice Award winners are announced at the AGA Communications Awards Luncheon. In today's fast paced and ultra-competitive marketplace it's no longer enough to simply inform your customers, investors or employees—your communications have to captivate them. The AGA Communication Awards honor the best marketing and communications in the business in 15 categories, ranging from social media and mobile marketing to print and broadcast advertising, direct mail and more. Join the industry's communications and marketing trendsetters for the 13th annual presentation of the Gaming Voice Awards.

Global Gaming Women Keynote at G2E

More information coming soon.

Latin American Reception

Wednesday, October 1
G2E Networking Lounge, Booth 7020
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Leading global exhibitors want to network and connect with the Latin American Gaming community. This event was developed to bring the community together during G2E.

NIGA Lounge & Reception

Tuesday, September 30
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
NIGA Lounge, Booth 4400

Network and make new connections with fellow tribal gaming executives at this lounge and networking reception on the show floor at G2E.

Casino Design Awards Logo

Casino Design Awards Reception

Open to all with a badge who have an interest and background in casino design!

Monday, September 23
5:30 – 7:00 pm | Venetian Ballroom J

RSVP Here for the Casino Design Awards Reception.

The G2E Casino Design Awards are the only honors that specifically recognize excellence in the field of casino resort design and construction. All licensed Architectural Firms, Design Companies and Construction Companies are eligible to enter.

The awards will be presented during a cocktail reception during G2E 2013, on Monday, September 23, 2013, where winners will be given the "Gaming Vision" award. The Sarno Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of casino industry legend Jay Sarno, also will be presented to Dick Rizzo, the vice chairman of Tutor Perini Corporation.

Learn More About Casino Design Submissions.

Learn more about prior Sarno Award recipients.

G2E Welcome Reception

Get Your Game On!
Come celebrate the industry’s largest gathering.

Tuesday, September 24
5:30 – 7:30 pm | Venetian Pools, Venetian Resort and Casino

Join us to officially kick off G2E and network with the Who's Who of gaming. You will enjoy an evening outside with delectable hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and musical entertainment.

Global Gaming Women

Global Gaming Women Networking Breakfast

More information coming soon.

For more information about the many Global Gaming Women events and resources, visit

Ultra Lounge Uniform Fashion Show

Wednesday, September 25
1:00 pm and 3:00 pm (Encore) | Ultra Lounge Uniform Fashion Show Stage

Back by popular demand! Don't miss the hottest ultra lounge uniform fashion show in Las Vegas. Catch a glimpse of some of the sexiest uniforms from leading casinos and ultra lounges and nightclub.

Entertainment Awards

Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E

The Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E

The second annual Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E will be presented on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at Vinyl, the award-winning nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Hard Rock Vinyl

Presented by G2E, the Global Gaming Expo, the largest worldwide gathering of casino entertainment professionals, the Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E are the only industry awards honoring outstanding artists, executives and venues in the casino entertainment industry. Nominations for the Casino Entertainment Awards are currently being accepted here.

Hard Rock


Festivities will include:

  • Celebrity Red Carpet (6:00 p.m.)
  • Casino Entertainment Awards Show (7:00 p.m.)
  • After-Awards Reception (8:30 p.m.)

Award categories include:

  • Independent Casino Talent Buyer of the Year
  • Casino Booking Agent of the Year
  • Casino Showroom/Theater of the Year
  • Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year
  • Casino Entertainment Executive of the Year
  • Casino Comedian of the Year
  • Casino Musical Artist of the Year
  • Casino Entertainer of the Year
  • Casino Entertainment Legend.

CLICK HERE to nominate artists, executives and venues for Casino Entertainment Awards. Finalists will be announced on or about Sep. 1, 2014.

Complimentary tickets for the Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E will be distributed to G2E attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis (subject to availability) on Tue, Sep. 29, and Wed., Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Casino Entertainment Awards exhibit booth (#7125) in The Venetian Ballroom.

Emerging Leaders Reception

Wednesday, October 1
5:30 pm

If you are an Emerging Leader (under the age of 40), who is up and coming in the casino-entertainment industry, join the G2E Emerging Leaders at G2E to network with peers and share successes and challenges as an Emerging Leader within the gaming industry. Join the Emerging Leaders LinkedIn group to learn more.

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Regulators Networking Reception

Tuesday, September 30
3:30 pm – 5:00pm
G2E Networking Lounge, Booth 7020

This unique Networking Reception gathers top Regulators to make connections that will help benefit their organizations.

Regulators Networking Breakfast

This complimentary continental breakfast is strictly for regulators only to network and start their day prior to the opening of G2E.

G2E Regulators Forum

*Exclusive to gaming regulators only.

In an effort to increase the engagement of tribal, state and international policy makers, G2E is launching a new series of programs and events specifically designed to provide the regulatory community with an official home at G2E. The G2E Regulators Forum is expressly designed for regulators to:

  • Get up-to-date information through tailored seminar programming
  • Create an informal environment for communication and collaboration among gaming regulators
  • Take away actionable recommendations
  • Review new products and services on the exhibit floor

G2E Meet Ups—NEW!

New this year, more opportunities to connect with colleagues in your field to network, share ideas and make new contacts. Meet Ups will be organized at different locations during G2E for the following areas:

  • Slots
  • Table Games

More information coming soon!

Bill Hornbuckle

Bill Hornbuckle

President and Chief Marketing Officer, MGM Resorts International

A 34-year veteran of the gaming industry, Bill Hornbuckle has served as President and Chief Marketing Officer for MGM Resorts International since December 2012. In this role, he provides corporate oversight for all marketing functions and is responsible for the development efforts of the Company through its gaming development group and MGM Hospitality. His responsibilities focus on positioning the MGM Resorts International portfolio of properties, driving profitability, strengthening the M life rewards programs, synergizing efforts and leveraging the Company’s world-class assets.

Mr. Hornbuckle is also President and Chief Executive Officer of MGM Springfield, a resort development being proposed for Springfield, Mass.

He was previously Chief Marketing Officer of MGM Resorts from 2009 until 2012.

From 2005 until August 2009, Mr. Hornbuckle served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. He previously had served as President and COO of MGM Resorts International-Europe, where he worked on the development of the Company’s gaming operations in the United Kingdom. He also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Prior to MGM Grand, Mr. Hornbuckle served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. He spent the majority of his career with Mirage Resorts in various senior management positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer of the Golden Nugget Laughlin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Treasure Island, and Vice President of Hotel Operations for The Mirage, opening the hotel in 1989.

Mr. Hornbuckle is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Administration. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Andre Agassi Foundation, the Board of Trustees for Three Square Food Bank and is a Founder and member of the Board of Directors for Bank or George. Previously, Mr. Hornbuckle served on the boards for the United Way of Southern Nevada and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Foundation. From 1999 to 2003, he also served on the board of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.


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