Keynotes & Networking

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Open to all G2E Seminar attendees. Purchase a seminar pass now to attend these keynotes.

Tuesday, September 29
9:00 am – 10:00 am

State of Gaming Address

Geoff Freeman, President & CEO of the American Gaming Association Keynote Speaker

American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman will share how far the industry’s come in terms of economic impact, mainstream acceptance and consumer perception. He too will address headwinds that the industry must work together to overcome.

  • Learn the importance of differentiating legitimate casino gaming from unregulated, illegal gambling.
  • Understand how perception drives policy – and its impact on the industry.
  • Hear how to get involved to continue advancing the positive story of gaming.

Jeffrey Ma, Revolutionary Business Strategist, Data Analysis Expert, and Kingpin of the Famous MIT Blackjack Team Keynote Speaker

When it comes to beating the house - whether you're amassing poker chips or market share - Jeffrey Ma is living proof that data-driven decisions and smart risk-taking trump luck every time. A member of the renowned MIT blackjack team and the founder of four successful companies, Ma has established himself as the expert that business leaders, entrepreneurs and organizations turn to for insight on harnessing the power of technology-driven platforms to optimize performance, customer loyalty, and overall success.

Professional sports teams and leading global corporations, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Ford and McDonald's seek Ma's insight on how to effectively understand and utilize technology as a competitive advantage, as well as his proven game plans to score big in the digital age. In his bestselling business book, The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business, Ma seamlessly connects his experiences at the table and in the sports world, to business analytics and the power of data, providing insight that is accessible for individuals at every level.

Wednesday, September 30
9:00 am – 10:00 am

C-Suite Perspectives: AGA CEO Roundtable

The state of the gaming industry is changing, slowly, yet rapidly at the same time. From globalization impacts, to technological disruption and much-needed product innovation, the gaming industry is unquestionably evolving. In this session, the leader of the one of the largest gaming companies sits down with the CEO of one of the largest suppliers and an aggressive mid-sized company backed by one of America's billionaires. The views expressed on this panel will be fascinating.

  • Understand trends executives are watching
  • Learn how regulations impact the gaming industry's growth
  • Hear about the global landscape's impact on gaming
  • Bernhard
    Moderator: Bo Bernhard, Executive Director International Gaming Institute, UNLV
  • Frissora
    Speaker: Mark Frissora, CEO, Caesars Entertainment
  • Gavin Isaacs
    Speaker: Gavin Isaacs, CEO, Scientific Games
  • Greg Carlin
    Speaker: Greg Carlin, CEO, Rush Street Gaming

Thursday, October 1
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Keynote Speaker
Keynote: Presented by Rahul Sood, CEO and Co-Founder of UNIKRN

A gaming and entertainment Company focused on eSports and providing fans and newcomers alike a safe and legal place to gather, game and bet on eSports!

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, September 29
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Integrated Resort Experience Show Floor

Join us for cocktails and entertainment.

Presented by:

  • Belvedere Vodka

Platinum Sponsor:

  • Novamatic

Official Wine & Spirits Provider:

  • SWS

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders logo

Emerging Leaders Scholarship Application and Networking

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) and The Innovation Group are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Emerging Leaders program.

The Emerging Leaders program is designed to identify and celebrate individuals who are on the path to executive management or who have achieved this level already due to exemplary achievement within their role. The gaming industry consistently produces employees that are the strongest innovators, have a great work ethic despite constant challenges, and a commitment to the growth and health of the industry.

If you’d like more information on registering for G2E as an Emerging Leader, please contact Dagmar Metzger at dmetzger@reedexpo.com or 203.840.5431.

Emerging Leaders Networking Reception
Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30
The Bourbon Room at T­he Venetian

Gaming Hall of Fame

The Gaming Hall of Fame, organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and its members, recognizes the achievements by gaming industry leaders. Each year, individuals who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions to the gaming industry are inducted to the Hall of Fame, the industry’s highest honor. More than 80 people have been inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame since its inception in 1989.

The 2015 honorees will be celebrated at the Chairman’s Reception on September 30. The event is by invitation only. Please contact Kate Carrigan, AGA’s director of member events for more information.

Latin American Gaming

Latin American Gaming Reception

Wednesday, September 30
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
International Lounge, Booth #4818

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.

Presented in Partnership with:

  • Sagse
  • Yogonet

Sponsored By:

  • Aristocrat

Tribal Gaming & NIGA

NIGA Networking Reception

Tuesday, September 29
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
NIGA Lounge, Booth #4400

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

Global Gaming Awards

Gold Sponsor
Gold Sponsor IGT

Global Gaming Awards

Brought to you by Gambling Insider

Monday, September 28
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Titian 2301

This awards program spans the entire global gaming industry awarding the land-based and digital gaming communities. It’s a truly independent judging panel comprised of 50 leading industry business men and women. Companies are nominated based on their achievements over the past year.

Winners will be announced during the G2E Seminar Luncheon on Monday, September 28. Open to all G2E Seminar attendees.

For more information, visit globalgamingawards.com

Global Gaming Women

Kick Up Your Heels Reception and Fundraiser
Wed., Sep. 30, 6-8 p.m., Hyde at Bellagio

Gaming professionals across our international industry will gather together to raise money for the Global Gaming Women Charitable Education Fund, which provides scholarships throughout the year for continuing education opportunities for gaming women. Visit www.globalgamingwomen.org for more information.

GGW Lean In Breakfast
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Don't miss the launch of the GGW Lean In mentoring program at G2E. Lean In Circles are small groups of gaming women who meet regularly to learn, share and grow together. GGW Lean In Circles are as diverse as the gaming industry itself, but participants share a common bond: the power of peer support.

On October 1, listen to gaming women executives and Lean In expert panelists discuss how Lean In Circles have improved their business, employee engagement and how GGW will bring together women from all corners of the industry in this unique mentoring experience.

If you are a gaming women looking to step out of your comfort zone and access peer support to empower your career, we encourage you to attend the GGW Lean In Breakfast.

RSVP to pocketsschultz@gmail.com.

For more information, visit: www.globalgamingwomen.org/event/ggw-lean-breakfast-g2e

Entertainment Awards

Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E

The Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, 6:00 pm
Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

The Casino Entertainment Awards at G2E are the only industry awards honoring outstanding artists, executives, and venues in the casino-entertainment industry.

  • Tommy Davidson
    Tommy Davidson
    Master of Ceremonies for Casino Entertainment Awards

  • Jerry Lewis
    Jerry Lewis
    Recipient of Casino Entertainment Legend Award

  • H.C. Rowe
    H.C. Rowe
    Recipient of Casino Entertainment Legend Award

Finalist nominees include:

Independent Casino Talent Buyer of the Year

  • Kell Houston, Houston Productions
  • Terrye Seigel, Terrye Seigel Productions
  • Scott Thomas, Buzz Entertainment

Casino Booking Agent of the Year

  • Brodie Becker, WME Entertainment
  • Brad Bissell, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
  • Seth Shomes, The Agency Group

Casino Showroom/Theater of the Year

  • Grand Event Center, Golden Nugget Lake Charles
  • Northern Lights Theater, Potawatomi Hotel Casino
  • The Showroom, Turning Stone Resort Casino

Casino Arena/Amphitheater of the Year

  • AVA Amphitheater, Casino del Sol
  • Battery Park, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
  • Event Center, Turning Stone Resort

Casino Entertainment Executive of the Year

  • Adam Kallick, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
  • Bob Rech, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
  • Robyn Smith, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi

Casino Comedian of the Year

  • Tim Allen
  • Rodney Carrington
  • Ron White

Casino Musical Artist of the Year

  • Little River Band
  • Olivia Newton John
  • Ronnie Milsap

Casino Entertainer of the Year

  • Human Nature
  • Penn & Teller
  • Shania Twain

Casino Talent Buyers Bash

Casino Talent Buyers Bash at G2E

TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2015
9:00 p.m. • Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas

If you are a casino entertainment director or marketing professional who buys talent for your casino, plan to attend the Casino Talent Buyers Bash on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in the award-winning Vinyl showroom at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.

Network with casino talent buyers nationwide, plus enjoy performances by:

  • InkSpots
  • Domino
  • Mullet
  • Dr.Zhivegas

Present your G2E badge for complimentary VIP admission.

Cash Bar.