The short name is “G2E”. In reality, the 26,000 plus attendees who came to the Sands Expo & Convention Center this past week (October 9-11) were attending “Global Gaming Expo”. This event has been around since 2001 and is a joint effort by the American Gaming Association and Reed Exhibitions.
G2E says it is the largest gathering of global, commercial and tribal gaming professionals in North America. Attendees can choose among four days of educational sessions, and/or they can walk a trade-show floor open for three days and filled with bright lights and just about any product needed to successfully run a gaming operation.
As for me, I love G3E for the opportunity of seeing all the new casino games in operation…without spending a dime. (The game-makers set everything to pay off big. I won multiple grand prizes, though sadly, with no money attached.) This year I made it a special point to celebrate with the folks at Aristocrat who were marking the tenth anniversary of their Buffalo machines. I have been known to “occasionally” play those machines. Frankly, I thought Buffalo machines were older than 10 years, but I guess not. Buffalo machines hit the market and became an instant success.
The attached video visits the celebration along with a few other attractions on the show floor.
A hot topic at this year’s event was sports betting. Experts at one panel noted that in-person sports betting surely will give way to more and more mobile betting opportunities. At another panel, the conclusion to understand the market for millennials would mean creating experience-based games and amenities and again, making mobile betting easy and convenient. Magazines available at the show all had articles on sports betting and its implications.
G2E also sponsored its first-ever Innovation Incubator. The judges included ABC Shark Tank stars Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary. Four groups competed for the grand prize ($10,000). The winner was DoorPro Doorstop Founder Bill Hengle who demonstrated his hinge-based doorstop for hotel rooms. Boasting 200,000 sales and clients such as MGM Resorts International, Hengler won over the panel with his proven concept.
Another feature of G2E is the six-year-old Casino Entertainment Awards event held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. I’m not sure how the awards are chosen, but here are this year’s awardees. Chubby Checker was named casino entertainer of the year. Comedian Bill Engvall was named Casino Comedian of the Year and musical artists The Commodores clenched the title of Casino Musical Artists of the Year. Platinum recording artists The Righteous Brothers and casino nightlife owner Victor Drai were honored with Casino Entertainment Legend awards, which recognize lifetime achievement in the casino entertainment industry. Local entertainer Kelly Clinton hosted the event.
When searching for information about G2E on the Internet, I came across the G2E Anti-Harassment Policy. I had never seen such a policy associated with a convention or trade show (I may have just missed it), but in case you are interested, here is the policy:
G2E has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:
offensive verbal comments
physical assault and/or battery
harassing or non-consensual photography or recording
sustained disruption of panels, signings, and other events
inappropriate physical contact
unwelcome physical attention
In relation, but not limited to:
If a person engages in harassing behavior at Global Gaming Expo (G2E), G2E Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from G2E with no refund. Our policy applies to EVERYONE at the convention. Exhibitors, Attendees, Speakers, Guests, Professionals, Press, Staff, Volunteers and Security are all subject to our Anti-Harassment Policy.
Anyone can report harassment. If someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact G2E Staff, Security Team. You may also come to G2E’s Show Office. If necessary, we will contact local law enforcement, provide escort, offer a safe place or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the rest of G2E.