Attaching a hotel-casino to a convention center was a money loser. That was the conventional wisdom before The Venetian opened on the Strip 20 years ago this week.
Exhibitors on the Global Gaming Expo floor at the Sands Expo & Convention Center Wednesday pitched products to 26,000 attendees as casinos look for ways to turn young people into young gamblers.
Skill-based game manufacturer Gamblit Gaming’s booth was reminiscent of an ‘80s arcade. Neon-colored rays bounced off the walls, and a range of visitors in almost everydemographic stood around bar top games, cheering as Pac-Man ate pellets and escaped the likes of Blinky and Pinky.
“There’s a real electricity in the air around the sports betting topic,” said Korbi Carrison, G2E event director. “Each state is deciding whether or not sports betting is right for them. At G2E, we’re offering them a platform to educate themselves, network with other stakeholders and learn so they can make informed decisions.”