The following week, a mere 12-hour flight away, TIG attended the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention. “Indian gaming is back!” enthused Ernie Stevens, Jr., and with attendance near an all-time high, it was clear the industry is ready to get back out there and make something of its major, annual gaming events. Conference sessions seemed comparatively full to past, pre-COVID event levels, and its contents dovetailing with our conversations throughout the week highlighted the following trends:
It came as no surprise to see sports betting covered from virtually every possible angle. With so many states and tribes at varying points in the process, there were a wide range of discussions in play. Interest in California and Minnesota legislative efforts dominated, while market access discussions swirled around about a half dozen emerging or recently launched markets. There is continued interest in the numbers coming out of New York, Louisiana, and Arizona -- three major markets that recently have launched.
As in London, payments were top of mind in Anaheim, with a heavy focus on the implementation of cashless wagering technology on casino floors and the opportunities they present for frictionless play, data gathering, and responsible gaming efforts.
Despite industry concerns about the impacts of inflation and high gas prices, some suggested a possible silver lining for the regional and local markets where many Indian casinos operate: higher travel costs may discourage destination travel and bolster regional play, presenting opportunities to offer unique promotions and to capture more “staycation” visitors.
For more on the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, contact TIG VP of Native American Services Chris Irwin.