A Look Ahead to the 2020 East Coast Gaming Conference in Atlantic City

On April 27th and 28th, Atlantic City will play host to the 2020 East Coast Gaming Congress and NexGen Gaming Forum. The goal of the conference is to ensure all critical issues within the gaming industry are covered as government leaders, operators and suppliers are brought together in one place. Harrah’s Resort & Hotel will be the venue of the event, with registration now open for attendees.

Large Annual Gambling Conference

Atlantic City is a perfect spot for one of the largest yearly gambling conferences in the United States. several major gaming executives have already scheduled their attendance and the event is shaping up to be one of the best ever. As revenues continue to grow in Atlantic City, the region is booming with online gaming options, land-based casinos and sports betting.

Many executives, operators and lawmakers from the state will be on hand to discuss the future of gaming as a whole. The conference will cover all sectors including online gambling, sports betting and land-based venues, with a focus on what can happen next in the region.

During the first day, the keynote address will be given by Joe Pappano, the Senior Vice President, U.S. Gaming, Woldpay, From FIS. After the keynote, attendees can take part in the first panel on the schedule titled Finding Slot Floors of Tomorrow.

In this panel, the need for younger generation options are discussed. While the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers still play slot games, the younger crowd are not showing interest in the games and what will happen if slot players die out? Does the casino floor of tomorrow need a reboot? Who will drive the change needed? Will it be casino operators or slot creators?

A change has been afoot over the past few years as the industry tries to figure out what to offer younger players. The 30 and under crowd has grown up with rapidly changing technology and video games, so the simple slots do not capture their attention. Considerations have been made to add skill to slot games, even creating titles with a video game appeal, in order to capture the younger audience.

A second panel will take place later in the day titled iGaming vs iLottery—Defining their Lanes. Clashes are already taking place when considering how lotteries and casino operators are looking to sports betting and iGaming to bring in younger demographics. The panel will discuss how each industry can find their own land and move from being competitors to cooperators.

Day 2 of the Conference

During the second day of the conference, there will be several keynote speakers on the agenda. The keynote speakers will be CEOs of top companies providing their two-sense on the industry. First up will be Bill Miller, the CEO and President of the American Gaming Association (AGA). After Miller is Holly Gagnon, a second CEO and President of the AGA.

Rush Street Gaming CEO Greg Carlin will be offering a presentation as well, followed by a networking break. Attendees will be able to listen to CEO presentations then network with others on-hand to build new relationships within the industry.

The 2020 conference will be the 24th edition of the event and is set to be the biggest ever. As the gambling industry continues to grow rapidly, it is essential to host such events in order for stakeholders to stay on the same page and look ahead to the future.