Experts convene for Massachusetts gaming forum

25 October 2007

BOSTON, Massachusetts -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- As the Massachusetts legislature begins debating Governor Patrick's plan for three resort casinos in the state, outside experts will convene here on October 30 for a special forum to provide public officials, media and prospective stakeholders with an independent view of gaming industry trends.

"The Gaming Industry Today: Facts, Trends and Analysis" is the second in a series of independent forums for states that are contemplating gaming legalization.

The forum is presented by Spectrum Gaming Group, an independent research and professional services firm serving public- and private-sector clients worldwide. Spectrum and its partners CIBC World Markets, EwingCole and LPCiminelli will address these topics:

-- Operational and economic trends

-- Economic impacts of gaming

-- The competitive landscape in the East

-- Casino/racino design and construction trends

-- Gaming law and regulation

-- Financing and capital markets

The forum is free and open to invited guests. The event takes place 8:30- 11 a.m. and includes a continental breakfast. Those wishing to attend should contact Allison McCoy at or (609) 338-3719.

The purpose of Gaming Industry Today forum is to educate and illuminate decision-makers and potential stakeholders as Maryland officials consider this important decision. The forum presenters take no position on whether states should legalize slot machines.

Expert speakers include Michael Pollock, Managing Director of Spectrum Gaming Group; Jacques Cornet, Managing Director of Investment Banking and Head of Gaming & Hospitality at CIBC World Markets; Kyle Tuttle, Senior Vice President of LPCiminelli; Donald H. Dissinger, Senior Vice President of EwingCole; and Pat Agnellini, Partner with the Cooper Levenson law firm.

Spectrum Gaming Group, based in Northfield, NJ, is a full-service consultancy providing such services as economic studies, regulatory assistance and due diligence, and it publishes the critically acclaimed Gaming Industry Observer newsletter.

CIBC World Markets is a full-service investment bank, active throughout North America and key financial centers around the world with a comprehensive set of products and services. It provides corporate, government and institutional clients with innovative solutions and advice to help them raise capital, grow and invest.

EwingCole is a full-service architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm with more than 350 professionals nationwide. EwingCole is a leader in the design of entertainment destinations, racing and gaming venues, athletic stadiums and performance facilities.

LPCiminelli delivers fast-track construction solutions that never compromise on quality. Its signature projects include Mount Airy Resort & Casino, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Harrington Raceway & Casino, Saratoga Gaming & Raceway, and Tioga Downs. The firm is currently the construction manager for Valley View Downs and program manager for Hoosier Park.

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