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Guest Comment Issue 137 ICE: Opportunity in Diversity

Simon Thomas, CEO, Hippodrome Casino

Two years ago, the subject of diversity dominated proceedings at ICE – and not in a way that cast the gambling industry in a particularly positive light. As host (at the Hippodrome Casino) of the Magic Mike Live Show, I accept that my views on what people should be permitted to wear (or not wear) may not be shared by all. However, issues of moral outrage aside, I have always considered diversity to be a key ingredient of the ICE show.

Every year, London issues its cold, grey welcome to thousands of organisations and hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe. The expo floor is populated by a wide range of products for the remote and landbased sectors - from table games, slots and betting terminals to harm prevention tools, education programmes and treatment services.

The ICE Vox agenda promises a fascinating series of discussions on harm prevention, regulation, integrated resorts, innovation, compliance, crime, cyber security, payments, food, drink, artificial intelligence, social media, marketing, tourism and a host of other topics.

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