13th Annual Canadian Gaming Summit Opens at Caesars Windsor



    Industry leaders to highlight trends, showcase innovative products in
    live Casino setting

    WINDSOR, ON, April 29 /CNW/ - The 13th Annual Canadian Gaming Summit was
officially opened today at Caesar's Windsor by Mayor Eddie Francis, City of
Windsor; Kelly McDougald, CEO Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporatoin (OLG);
and Bill Rustsey, President and CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association (CGA).
    Close to 1500 gaming industry professionals from across Canada and around
the world are gathering at Caesars Windsor for the 13th Annual Canadian Gaming
Summit.
    The 2009 Summit features over 80 seminars, roundtables and discussions
covering all facets of the gaming industry.
    New areas of focus this year include conference series focusing on Food &
Beverage, Marketing and Communications and Innovation in Gaming, which looks
at new technologies and the growth of internet gaming.
    The 40,000 sq foot Summit Exhibit floor in the Colosseum will feature the
leading suppliers to the gaming industry from across Canada and the United
States. For the first time in the history of the Summit, new slot machines
traditionally demonstrated at the trade show, were available for live play on
the gaming floor at Caesars Windsor. Caesars Windsor's gaming floor currently
offers more than 2,600 slot machines and 90 table games.
    Leading off the conference sessions are two highly anticipated forums:
the Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Executive Roundtable, featuring a
distinguished panel of executives from the 'big 5' gaming equipment makers
discussing what the industry can expect from gaming technology going forward
held on Wednesday April 29 (8 a.m. to 9 a.m); and the Canadian Gaming
Operators CEO Panel on Thursday April 30 (8 a.m. to 9 a.m), featuring key
senior executives from the country's largest casino and track operators,
assembled together for the first time to share insights into the challenges
and issues facing the industry.
    Tim Wilmott, President & COO, Penn National Gaming, will provide a
special introductory address prior to the Thursday executive roundtable. Prior
to joining Penn National, Mr. Wilmott served as Chief Operating Officer of
Harrah's Entertainment.
    In conjunction with this year's Summit, the International Masters of
Gaming Law (IMGL) will be holding their annual spring meeting, bringing
together over 70 of the gaming industry's leading legal minds from across
North America and Europe to examine legal issues of the day.
    Also returning as part of this year's Summit is the Standardbred Wagering
Conference presenting by Standardbred Canada. This year's "driving innovation"
theme will look at the North American harness horse wagering and the future
prospects for the industry.
    All conference information and a detailed session schedule can be found
at www.canadiangamingsummit.com
    Media can register onsite beginning April 28th. To enter the Augustus
Hotel Lobby, all media must use the McDougall Street or Valet entrance. Access
through the main casino building is not permitted.

    The Canadian Gaming Summit is Canada's preeminent annual gaming industry
event, co-owned by and produced in partnership with MediaEdge Communications
Inc. MediaEdge is a privately held Canadian company with offices in Toronto,
Winnipeg, Vancouver and Gainesville, providing a full range of publication,
trade show and conference services across multiple markets.

    The Canadian Gaming Association represents the gaming industry's leading
operators, manufacturers, suppliers and other stakeholders nation-wide.
www.canadiangaming.ca

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Paul Burns, Vice President,
Canadian Gamig Association, B: (416) 304-6870, M: (416) 579-3922; Holly Ward,
Director of Communications and Community Affairs, Caesars Windsor, Direct:
(519) 985-2869

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