With meteoric growth unseen in the gaming industry, Pennsylvania has become the second highest grossing commercial casino jurisdiction in the US in just six years. As such, it has attracted widespread attention both inside and outside of the gaming industry.
But the Pennsylvania picture is far from complete. A Category 3 casino opens this year, six major applicants are vying to build a major casino complex in Philadelphia, competitors in all surrounding states are trying to recapture revenue lost to the Keystone State, and the Pennsylvania Lottery could be undergoing significant changes.
Amid this growth and change, hundreds of gaming executives, elected officials, regulators, business leaders, attorneys, slot manufacturers, vendors, architects and other gaming related professionals will convene for the 8th Pennsylvania Gaming Congress to discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead. Again taking place at the magnificent Loews Philadelphia Hotel, the Pennsylvania Gaming Congress will provide attendees with insights by those most knowledgeable about this high-growth industry, along with outstanding networking opportunities.
This dynamic conference includes our Top-of-the-City Welcome Cocktail Reception, keynote luncheon, and a full day of intensive panel discussions. Please join us.
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Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
Monday, April 15
|6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.||Top-of-the-City Welcome Cocktail Reception|
Tuesday, April 16
|7:30 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.||Registration | Continental Breakfast|
|8:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.||Opening Keynote Address|
|9:00 a.m. — 9:45 a.m.||All Busy on the Western Front
Western Pennsylvania, together with Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, has emerged as a $1.4 billion gaming market and an intensively competitive one at that. The competition has become even greater with the opening of casinos in Ohio and, soon, the addition of racetrack casinos in northeastern Ohio. In this session, operators from western Pennsylvania and West Virginia discuss their performance, the competitive landscape, public policies and their impact on the various jurisdictions, and what the future holds.
9:45 a.m. — 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
|10:15 a.m. — 11:15 a.m.||The View from Wall Street
Five of the most respected voices on Wall Street — including equity analysts, debt analysts and investment bankers — provide their unvarnished opinions in the lively discussion of the Pennsylvania gaming industry. They will discuss revenue performance vs. projections, growth expectations, saturation issues in the Philadelphia/greater Atlantic City market, possible sale of Sands Bethlehem, the vacant licenses, and other critical issues. And they will answer your questions.
|11:15 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.||Legislative and Regulatory Update
While Pennsylvania's casino industry continues to generate robust revenue, the expansion of gaming in neighboring states means that the Commonwealth cannot afford to be complacent with respect to this vital industry. Important issues concerning gaming in all forms are at hand in Harrisburg. In this session, legislators, regulators and state officials discuss such matters as the privatization of the Pennsylvania Lottery, new technology, the response to neighboring competition, video poker, small games of chance, public policy, and others subjects of timely importance.
|12:15 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.||Keynote Luncheon|
|1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.||No. 2 in the USA ... Now What?
Fueled by strong performances in the east, Pennsylvania has surpassed New Jersey to become the second-highest-grossing casino state, trailing only Nevada. With the processes underway to award the final gaming licenses, how will Pennsylvania continue to grow this industry that has become so vital to the Commonwealth? Do hotels and non-gaming amenities make sense? Can Pennsylvania operators weather the increasing competition from all neighboring states? Is regulatory change needed? Join Pennsylvania casino operators as they provide a critical outlook for their industry.
2:30 p.m. — 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
|3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.||The Philadelphia Story
The competition for the second casino license in Philadelphia is compelling, with six applicants vying for one of the great urban gaming opportunities in the United States. The proposals are as varied as the applicants themselves, and the ultimate location could impact visitation patterns in the city. In addition to convincing the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the applicants are trying to win in the court of public opinion. In this session, each of the six applicants is invited to give a 15-minute presentation of why their proposed casino is best for Philadelphia and for Pennsylvania.