September 2019
by Buddy Frank

Here’s an update to last year’s CDC Gaming Reports article that dealt with some pro tips for attending G2E. Several items are repeats, but with some adaptions and modifications; others are new suggestions send in after last year’s story.

I’ve attended G2E for more years than I care to admit, going back to the earlier version, the World Gaming Congress. And – like many of you – I’ve also been to several NIGA shows and countless vendor customer events and subject-matter conferences. During that time, I’ve learned that some folks seem to get more out of these shows than others do. So, without trying to sound too presumptuous, I’d like to offer some collected tips to those who are already pros, and to those lucky freshmen just beginning their careers.

by Frank Legato

There are few sectors of the gaming industry where competition is more intense than the slot manufacturing business. Rising research and development budgets among slot suppliers are being used like never before to fine-tune games before they reach casino floors. To protect those R&D investments, manufacturers are turning to one research technique more than ever: Ask the players.

Slot manufacturers are using player focus groups to drill down to the most subtle of nuances that create hit games. They are being used in practically all stages of slot game development—particularly for the high-profile, big-budget games, but increasingly for most or nearly all of the games in a given product library.

by Buddy Frank

Just about everybody in the gaming industry understands that slot machines, keno/lottery calls and table game progressives all use Random Number Generators (RNGs) to determine outcomes. Spies also use them to decode secret messages, and advanced mathematicians use them to solve problems too complex for calculus.

But do you really know what an RNG in the casino world is, and how it works? To begin with, there are few, if any, true RNGs associated with today’s gaming devices. Most slots and other games use PRNGs, or Pseudo-RNGs. What’s the difference?

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Upcoming Industry Events of Interest
Las Vegas, NV - 09/04/2019 - 09/05/2019
Two-day event providing casino executives with the knowledge necessary to understand why it is important to include esports into their business models, as well as supplying the most direct connections to facilitate infrastructure building for those establishments ready to take the next steps and incorporate esports, iGaming, and skill-based gaming into their properties.
Copenhagen, Denmark - 09/05/2019 - 09/06/2019
This year, the Scandinavian Gaming Show will give gaming professionals the practical expertise of the world’s thought-leaders in the gaming industry and provide a forum for discussion on all the key areas of operating a gaming business in the region to help you rise to new heights in your company and in the industry. The Scandinavian Gaming Show 2019 will see the attendance of local and international gaming sector operators, software providers, payment gateway providers, fraud and AML experts, lawyers, gaming regulators, legislators, government officials and iGaming innovators from around the world.
Reno, NV - 09/09/2019 - 09/10/2019
 Learn to position your property as a market leader in these increasingly competitive times.In this course, you will identify the key indicators used in analyzing the business landscape and in evaluating markets. You will learn to evaluate market penetration and spend per customer, as well as how to quantitatively illustrate the impact of marketing from both revenue and expense perspectives.
Olympia London, Hammersmith, London, UK - 09/17/2019 - 09/20/2019
The 2nd edition of the Summit will bring together operators, suppliers and a range of sector visionaries to consider the challenges facing the online casino sector. The Summit offers industry insight, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities at the heart of the world’s largest regulated online gaming market.
Olympia London, Hammersmith, London, UK - 09/17/2019 - 09/20/2019
Betting on Sports 2019 is a must-attend conference and exhibition for members of the sports, betting and gaming industries. You will experience the very best industry speakers and content with plenty of high-level networking and business opportunities.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 09/23/2019 - 09/24/2019
AI adoption will account for 45% of the world economy’s total gains by 2030, the UAE ranks first in the Middle Eastern world in terms of expected annual growth of AI contribu-tion to the economy at 33.5%. As a hub for technology and innovation, Dubai is the epi-center of all things AI in the Middle East. In addition, Dubai also has a burgeoning gaming market for games of skill, games of chance, video gaming, racing industry, AR, VR and Esports. Eventus International will host the very first AI In Gaming Summit in Dubai with a core focus on all things gaming. The summit will bring together hundreds of gaming and AI professionals to discuss the most operational and technical challenges and opportunities in integrating AI into gaming
Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa - 10/02/2019 - 10/03/2019
ICE Africa is the two day event developed by Clarion Gaming to meet the specific needs of the industry throughout the continent. ICE Africa 2019 will seek to build on the success of last year’s launch which attracted representatives from 89 countries including the overwhelming majority of African nations in which gambling is permitted. The free conference and exhibition provides an invaluable opportunity for operators, regulators and suppliers to meet, network, share best practice and see the very latest gaming products from the industry’s leading innovators. Described by industry observers as ‘A showcase event that Africa can be proud of’ attendees will benefit from a programme of engaging content encompassing Thought Leadership, Training, Regulation, Online vs Retail, Integrated Resorts, Branding, Marketing, Sports and eSports and much more.
Las Vegas, NV - 10/14/2019 - 10/17/2019
G2E is the largest gathering of global, commercial and tribal gaming professionals in North America. Experience first-hand the new products and innovative technologies showcased on the expo floor. G2E has everything you need for your casino floor and across your entire operation—from traditional casino fare to sports betting, non-gaming amenities and more—G2E is where your business growth is accelerated.
This report is edited by Buddy Frank, Frank Legato, and Justin Martin