Anaheim Hosts Indian Gaming Tradeshow Starting Today, April 8

Written By Dan Holmes on April 8, 2024
A view of Southern California where Anaheim will host the Indian Gaming Tradeshow

The Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention will take place April 8-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center. According to the event website, this will be “the largest gathering of tribal leaders and casino executives in the country.”

Attendees can visit a trade show, listen to keynote speakers, take part in a nine-track educational seminar series and network with many of the key people in the gaming industry.

The Indian Gaming Association is a not-for-profit organization composed of hundreds of tribal gaming authorities and professionals. This marks the 37th year of the IGA event, the last two days of which are slated to include the trade show.

This year, the IGA Tradeshow will introduce the DigitalPlay Summit, spotlighting iGaming and sports betting exhibits. Visitors also can participate in content sessions on those emerging topics on the event’s final two days, April 10-11.

Key sessions for the Indian Gaming Tradeshow

On day one of the conference, The Smart Casino: Embracing Technology and the Modern Gaming Floor will be moderated by Ari Mizrachi, with a four-person expert panel.

As California continues to grapple with the future of sports betting in the state, a pertinent session is slated for the morning of Tuesday, April 9: Balancing Act: Tribal Sovereignty in the New Frontier of Sports Wagering. Recently, some California tribes have teamed up to coordinate efforts for the legalization of retail sports betting on tribal lands.

California casinos are always mindful of staying relevant. Also on the morning of Tuesday, April 9, a session titled Innovate or Stagnate: Pioneering Next-Gen Casino Experiences will be held for those interested in how to stay at the forefront of trends in terrestrial casino operations.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting many industries and causing consternation in several corners of society. So, it’s not surprising that there will be four sessions related to AI on Monday, April 8.

The National Indian Gaming Commission will have a presence at the event, presiding over a talk titled Are You Prepared? which will cover casinos’ need to prepare for natural and man-made disasters. Last year, a series of high-profile cyberattacks crippled casino operators in multiple states, but notably, it did not impact tribal-owned casinos.

Who attends the Tradeshow?

According to data from the IGA, more than half (51%) of attendees at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention are C-level or directors in their companies. Another 22% are from managerial positions. This means attendees will be able to mingle with key people in the gaming industry as it relates to tribal issues, as well as those in vending, sports betting, and other areas.

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