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Florida Gaming Congress

January 16, 2013 14:00 ET

Destination Casino Discussion Kicks Off Florida Gaming Congress, February 25-26, 2013

HOLLYWOOD, FL--(Marketwire - Jan 16, 2013) - A panel of lawmakers, gaming operators and other experts will examine the potential for destination resorts in Florida, a critical issue that could reshape Florida's tourist industry. This panel will be the kick-off event at the Florida Gaming Congress, to be held February 25-26, 2013, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

The destination-resort panel will be moderated by Robert Jarvis, Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University Law Center. Panelists include Andy Abboud, Vice President, Las Vegas Sands Corp.; Chris Davidson, EVP/Global Strategy & Client Leadership, MMGY Global; Rep. Joe Gibbons, District 100, Florida House of Representatives; Virginia McDowell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.; and Michael Yormark, President & Chief Operation Officer, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment.

Throughout the conference, a broad array of speakers with varying viewpoints and expertise will shed light on a variety of gaming- and tourism-related issues that are being debated from Tallahassee to Miami. Speakers from government, business and academia will put forth ideas, express concerns and respond to proposals about the future of gaming and tourism in Florida.

The Florida Gaming Congress, solely owned and produced by Spectrum Gaming Group (, is the premier forum for professionals following the state's rapidly expanding gaming industry, and is a must-attend event for corporate executives, gaming operators, elected officials, regulators, vendors, developers, investors, analysts, and anyone else who is -- or wishes to be -- involved in Florida's nearly $3 billion gaming industry. The Florida Gaming Congress provides outstanding opportunities for networking, professional development and business-to-business discussions.

The two-day event begins with an evening cocktail reception on February 25, followed by a full-day of in-depth seminars with networking opportunities. Other session topics include:

  • The Future of Racetrack Gaming
  • Wall Street's Focus on Florida
  • Gaming and Public Policy
  • Internet Gaming in Florida and the US

Jim Allen, Chief Executive Officer of Gaming Operations for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, February 26.

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