The University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) is teaming up with gaming industry media leader GEM Communications to produce a new one-day conference, the Racing and Gaming Summit, Dec. 10 in Tucson. The day-long Summit precedes the RTIP's 29th Annual Symposium on Racing, which continues through Dec. 13.
Tracks in West Virginia, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Iowa, Delaware, Ontario, and New Mexico have welcomed the addition of gaming machines to their facilities, and New York will join that club next spring. Several other jurisdictions are also considering legalizing gaming machines at racetracks.
"Gaming machines are becoming an important part of the product mix at racetracks throughout North America," said F. Douglas Reed, Director of RTIP. "This convergence of racing and gaming offers exciting opportunities for lottery officials, track operators and for gaming vendors. Teaming up with GEM, with its relationships in the broader gaming industry, will prove to be an asset to the annual Symposium, and will benefit racetrack operators worldwide."
Ron Barbaro, Chair and CEO of Ontario Lottery & Gaming, will present the luncheon keynote address at the Racing and Gaming Summit. He will discuss the tremendous success of the marriage of slot machines and racetracks in Ontario, where some 15 racetracks are participating in the slot machine program.
The five seminar topics and many of the speakers and panelists for the day-long conference were announced this week, with additional speakers to be confirmed soon. Seminar topics are:
* The Economic Impact of Gaming Machines at Racing Facilities
* The Racetrack/Lottery Partnership
* The Politics of Racing and Gaming
* Integrating Gaming into the Racetrack Environment
* The Gaming Product: What's Available
Racing and Gaming Summit speakers, panelists and presenters include: Gerald Aubin, executive director, Rhode Island Lottery; Marc Falcone, managing director, North American Equity Research Group for gaming, Deutsche Bank; Jane Holmes, executive director, Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association; Don Johnson, Video Lottery Operations manager, Delaware Lottery; Wayne Lemons, director, Delaware Lottery; Bennett Liebman, coordinator, Racing and Wagering Law Program, Albany Law School; Gary Loebig, executive vice president, Multimedia Games; Mike Shagan, racing and wagering consultant; Dan Bucci, CEO, Lincoln Park; and Michael Tew, gaming and leisure analyst, Bear Stearns.
Both the Racing and Gaming Summit and the 29th Annual Symposium on Racing will be presented at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson. Registration for the one-day Racing and Gaming Summit is $295. Registration for the Symposium on Racing is $400. A reduced combination rate of $595 will be offered to people who attend both the Racing and Gaming Summit and the 29th Annual Symposium on Racing.