LAS VEGAS — The Global Gaming Expo (G2E)—presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and organized by RX (Reed Exhibitions)—announced Arizona Cardinals Owner Michael Bidwill will headline the G2E 2021 final keynote as the annual conference returns to Las Vegas from Oct. 4-7.
“The expansion of legal sports betting is deepening fan engagement and driving new business opportunities for sports leagues and teams,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “I look forward to welcoming Michael to the G2E keynote stage to hear his unique perspective on the dynamic, evolving sports landscape.”
Cards on the Table: A Conversation with Arizona Cardinals’ Michael Bidwill will feature a discussion between Bidwill and Miller on the convergence of legal sports betting and professional sports. The conversation, on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 1 PM, will examine the thinking behind the team’s recently-announced sports betting partnership with Gila River Hotels & Casino and BetMGM, the important role of responsibility in sports betting, and what’s next as legal sports betting matures.
“Cardinals fans are very passionate, and the launch of legal sports betting in Arizona provides a new and innovative way to interact with them,” said Bidwill. “With our partners at Gila River Hotels & Casino and BetMGM, we are excited to bring this emerging market to Arizona.”
The Cards on the Table with Bill Miller series features one-on-one discussions with gaming’s top leaders on how they have navigated COVID-19 and gaming’s road to recovery. From casino and sportsbook operators to gaming suppliers, each interview has highlighted the innovative thinking propelling gaming forward on the path to recovery.
Recent AGA research found that due to expanded sports betting legalization and high fan enthusiasm for the season, a record 45.2 million Americans (18%) will wager on this year’s NFL season, a 36% increase from the 2020 NFL season. Legal sports betting is now live in 26 states and Washington, DC. Since 2019, when G2E was last held in Las Vegas, the number of operational markets has doubled, and 13 additional states have legalized sports betting.
Health and Safety
G2E understands that safety is top of mind, which is why we’ve implemented vaccine requirements and masking protocols for all show participants. We’re committed to providing a safe event where everyone can feel confident conducting business, learning the latest industry trends, and reconnecting with friends and colleagues. Review our full health and safety guidance to learn more about how we’re preparing a safe on-site experience.
About Global Gaming Expo
Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is the world’s premier gathering of commercial and tribal gaming professionals. For 20 years, G2E has convened the global gaming industry to discover cutting-edge technology, connect with peers and industry experts, and access expert education.
About the AGA
The American Gaming Association is the premier national trade group representing the $261 billion U.S. casino industry, which supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide. AGA members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry. It is the mission of the AGA to achieve sound policies and regulations consistent with casino gaming’s modern appeal and vast economic contributions.
About RX (Reed Exhibitions)
RX is in the business of building businesses for individuals, communities and organizations. We elevate the power of face to face events by combining data and digital products to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at over 400 events in 22 countries across 43 industry sectors. RX is passionate about making a positive impact on society and is fully committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all our people. RX is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.