Online gambling’s staunchest opponent, Sheldon Adelson, is scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas on Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
While the majority of attendees will likely be made up of online poker and gambling advocates, it is anticipated that Adelson will spew more rhetoric on behalf of his anti-online gambling crusade. That crusade is led by the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling that the billionaire casino mogul established late last year, an organization that has been a thorn in the side of those striving to promote the spread of igaming legislation throughout the U.S.
Adelson usually sends one of his minions to address gatherings at such events, with Senior VP Andy Abboud stepping to the plate a number of times previously. But Adelson, who turns 81 in a few days, has decided to get in front of the microphone himself on his home court. The G2E will be held at the Las Vegas Sands Expo and Convention Center and Adelson’s speech is slated before seminar delegates on Oct. 2.
A number of other heavy hitters that include Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn are set to take to the podium during the three-day affair. Wynn has apparently been influenced by Adelson regarding opposition to online gambling.
Several years ago, Wynn had a deal in place to partner with PokerStars. But Black Friday and the ramblings of Adelson have seemingly soured the casino honcho on legalized wagering via the Internet. Wynn will speak on Sept. 30.
Speaking of PokerStars, Amaya CEO David Baazov will also make his presence felt at the expo, LV R-J reported. Amaya is on track to complete its purchase of Rational Group in September, which means that the transition may already be in place when Baazov participates in a seminar on manufacturers within the gaming industry set for Oct 1.
Speakers lined up for that session include Aristocrat Leisure CEO Jamie Odell, International Game Technology CEO Patti Hart, and Multimedia Games CEO Pat Ramsey.
Seminole Gaming CEO and Hard Rock International Chairman James Allen, as well as his counterpart at MGM Resorts International, Jim Murren, have also been tapped by the American Gaming Association to delve into gaming topics before expo attendees, according to the G2E website. The two Jims will step to the dais on Sept. 30.