Source: EGO

European Gaming Forum

4th May 2001

    The feedback that EGO and Casino World have had on the second European Gaming Forum was that it was a resounding success. More people came to Estoril than to Malta last year and more of the operators were present; also the presence of the British Casino Association and the Hungarian Gaming board was most welcome. It was also pleasing to see the huge amount of work that speakers put into their professional presentations, it was extraordinary and appreciated by the delegates.

    The networking opportunities at the Forum were taken with 'gusto' especially at the dinners. The wrap up formal dinner and show at Estoril Casino was a superb way to end a great EGF. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking our sponsors, as without their help we would not be able to offer the Forum to delegates at such an excellent price

    Regretfully some of the Slots manufacturers resigned from EGO at the end of the Forum deciding to go their own way. We would have preferred that they had brought any grievances to the members but we will, in any case, miss their input in the organisation and trust that they will return when they feel it is appropriate. 

    The organisation remains very strong and has developed a positive business plan that will benefit the industry as a whole.  Our plans to form the steering committee for the Operators Division are going ahead with the participation of representatives of several major respected international operators. We hope this division will be up and running by the end of the year.

    In addition a group of independent casino security companies and people have asked if they could form a third Division within EGO and they will meet later this month to discuss who will be on their Committee to oversee its formation and then make a presentation to us.

    At our meeting this month we will also discuss the formation of a committee of members from the industrial and operators divisions to consider European standards and liase directly with the Gaming Standards Association in the United States.

Chris Brammer 

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