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Conference will examine
Awards attract 300 hopefuls
regulation, design, tech
lever Duck Media has named the finalists for the 2010 International
Gaming Awards.
he second annual International Casino Conference (ICC) on 25 January
will cover issues including regulation, casino design, new products, the Nearly 300 entries were received from 30 countries for the prizes, which
role of social media, and loyalty programmes. will be presented at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London on 25
January. Tickets for the event, where Francis Lui of Galaxy Entertainment and
“High on the agenda will be the impact that rising unemployment and Mitch Garber of Harrah’s Interactive will take the stage, were almost sold out
greater job insecurity is having on disposable incomes and discretionary as we went to press.
spend, alongside growing competition from online and remote gaming
channels, EU regulations affecting operators’ ability to maintain revenue The finalists are:
bases, and the rising tide of competing new products from the media,
telecoms and other sectors,” said organisers. Bingo Operator Offline – Codere; Cirsa Bingo; Gala Bingo; Mecca Bingo.
Casino Interior Design – Casino Barrière de Deauville; Casino de
Run by the European Casino Association and Clarion Gaming and held at Monte-Carlo (Monte-Carlo SBM); City of Dreams, Macau; Encore, Wynn Las
the Earls Court Conference Centre, it will also include a networking party. Vegas; Sands, Macau; Shangri La, Minsk; Soul Casino, Aberdeen;
Venetian, Macau.
And the conference will be followed by a programme of free seminars Casino Operator Europe – Casinos Austria International; Casino
throughout the days of IGE. Cosmopol; Casino Poland;Club Hotel & Casino, Loutraki, Greece; Gala Coral
Group; Grand Madrid; Groupe Lucien Barriere; Groupe Partouche; Holland
Big name suppliers will stand
Casino; Olympic Casino Group; Rank.
Casino Operator Americas – Great Canadian Gaming Corporation; Isle of
out on show floor
Capri; Harrah’s Entertainment; MGM; Sands Corporation; Wynn Las Vegas.
Casino Operator Australasia – Genting Corporation; Melco Crown
Entertainment; Sociade de Juegos de Macau; Skycity, Australia; StarWorld
ally Technologies, Konami Gaming and WMS Gaming are among the Hotel and Casino.
notable casino suppliers expanding their presence at IGE this year. Online Bingo Operator of the Year – Cashcade; Gala Bingo; Jackpotjoy;
Wink Bingo; Skybet;
But the biggest stands will belong to IGT Europe and Novomatic, Online Casino Operator of the Year – 32Red;; Betfair; Bet365;
organisers say. Bwin;; Ladbrokes; Paddy Power; PartyCasino; Unibet; Victor
Chandler; Virgin Casino.
As we went to press, the total exhibitor roster stood at around 400 – Online Poker Operator of the Year –; Betfair; Full Tilt;
roughly half of those being suppliers to land-based casinos. Other firms Ladbrokes; Party Poker; PKR; PokerStars; Sportingbet; Unibet; Victor
include suppliers to the low-stake gaming, lottery, betting, bingo and Chandler.
amusements sectors. Gaming Technology Manufacturer – Aristocrat Technologies; Atronic; Bally
Technologies;Cammegh; FutureLogic; GPI; IGT; Octavian; TCSJohnHuxley;
There are 86 new exhibitors, 33 of them addressing the land-based market Xtale.
and 53 the e-gaming sector. iGaming Software Supplier – Ash Gaming; Chartwell Technology;
Cryptologic; CyberArts; Entertasia; Greentube; GTECH G2; Microgaming;
Although the exhibition is being held in London, nearly three quarters of Medialivecasino; NYX Interactive; Ongame Network; Playtech; WagerWorks.
exhibitors come from outside the UK, with Taiwan, Italy, the U.S., Slovenia, Slot Manufacturer – Aristocrat Technologies; Atronic; Bally Technologies;
Germany, and Austria all strongly represented. Casino Technology; IGT; Novomatic; Unidesa Gaming; WMS Gaming.
Traditional Casino Equipment Supplier – Abbiati; Cammegh; Fournier;
“In my view and from my experience you have to go to this exhibition first Gaming Partners International; Shuffle Master; TCSJohnHuxley.
and foremost armed with strong product but also with a defined marketing Eco-Friendly Company– Cammegh; EGM Green; Rank; The Palazzo, Las
and sales strategy, clear commercial objectives and a steely determination to Vegas.
make an impact. There’s no dress rehearsal to IGE and as an exhibitor you Socially Responsible Casino Operator –; Casino Austria; Casino
simply have to get it right,” said Daniel Lindsay, General Manager of Cosmopol; Grand Casino Helsinki; Codere; Holland Casino; Gala Coral; Great
Aristocrat Technologies Europe. Canadian Gaming Corporation; Rank;
Great Foundation charity to recognise generous donors
ritain’s new responsible-gaming charity the donations between April and the end of November.
Great Foundation will present its first “The industry has been very successful in
awards at IGE on 26 January. During the year, the foundation has raised hiding its light under a bushel in this area and I
about £4.35m ($7m), short of its 2009-10 target hope that the awards will provide a platform from
They “will recognise those gaming of £5m ($8m). which the business can broadcast its
organisations whose donations [to the achievements and successes, which eclipse
foundation] have exceeded reasonable “I can’t think of another industry that has done those of other high-profile sectors.”
expectations”, it said. more of its own volition to help the proportionately
small numbers who get into problems gambling,” The awards presentation will take place in the
The awards at gold and silver level reflect said Geoffrey Godbold, CEO of the Foundation. Earls Court Seminar Theatre.
10 JANUARY 2010
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