G2E 2023 Brings More Than 25,000 Global Gaming Professionals to Las Vegas

G2E 2023—presented by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and organized by RX—brought more than 25,000 gaming professionals to Las Vegas this week, showcasing casino gaming’s newest entertainment offerings and exploring new frontiers for the industry.   

“Gaming is stronger than ever, and the products and ideas displayed at G2E this week will enhance our industry’s offerings not just here in Las Vegas, but around the world,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “G2E does more than convene the industry—it unites us. This year’s show truly highlighted the innovation and collaboration that is driving gaming’s current growth and paving the way for our future.”

The 23rd edition of G2E featured more than 100 education sessions and exhibitors and attendees representing more than 125 countries, territories, and regions with regulated gaming jurisdictions. The 368 exhibitors and participating companies, 128 of which were new, spread across a post-pandemic G2E record 269,000+ square feet of exhibition space.

“G2E continues to be the premier destination for gaming stakeholders worldwide,” said G2E Event Vice President Korbi Carrison. “From our new brand and innovative activations to world-class exhibitors and blockbuster keynotes, we continue to raise the bar on G2E to deliver an experience that drives business and propels the industry forward.”

G2E 2024 will convene the global gaming community from Oct. 7-10, 2024, in Las Vegas, with education sessions running from Oct. 7-10 and the expo hall open from Oct. 8-10.

About G2E  

G2E is the world’s premier gathering of commercial and tribal gaming professionals. For more than 20 years, G2E has served as the catalyst for gaming’s growth and innovation by convening the global industry to define tomorrow.  

About the AGA 

As the national trade group representing the U.S. casino industry, the American Gaming Association (AGA) fosters a policy and business environment where legal, regulated gaming thrives. The AGA’s diverse membership of commercial and tribal casino operators, sports betting and iGaming companies, gaming suppliers, and more lead the $329 billion industry and support 1.8 million jobs across the country.  

About RX 

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 approximately 400 events in 22 countries across 42 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.  

The 2023 World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship will take place at Wynn Las Vegas from Nov. 29 – Dec. 23. The event features a $40 million guaranteed prize pool.

The prize pool for this year’s WPT World Championship is a major increase from last year when the prize pool only guaranteed $15 million in prizes. At the time, that was the largest guaranteed prize pool in live tournament poker history.

Adam Pliska, WPT CEO, said:

“The WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas is poised to reach new heights and we wanted to match that expectation with a guarantee that no live poker tournament has ever seen before. The journey to December begins now, and we plan on giving players another unforgettable experience at Wynn Las Vegas.”

$40 Million guaranteed

The $10,400 WPT World Championship is the premier event of this poker festival. The event has a guaranteed $40 million prize pool and will take place from Dec. 12-21.

There are four starting flights from Dec. 12-15. The final table of the WPT World Championship will be broadcast on TV.

Last year there were 2,960 entrants in the event. It generated a total prize pool of $29,008,000. This was almost double the guaranteed prize pool. Canadian Eliot Hudon took home the $4.136 million grand prize.

Ryan Beauregard, executive director of poker operations at Wynn Las Vegas, said:

“The astonishing support and excitement we’ve seen from the poker community after just one year is nothing like I’ve seen before. We look forward to the 2023 WPT World Championship and hosting another industry-leading event with an unparalleled player experience.”

While this is the marquee event, there are another 30 scheduled for the WPT event at Wynn Las Vegas.

More WPT highlights

There are more than 30 events scheduled at Wynn over 25 days. Tournament entry fees start at $400 and are as high as $1 million for the WPT Big One For One Drop charity event on Dec. 18.

The poker festival starts with a $600 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool from Nov. 29 to Dec. 4.

The second-most notable event of the tournament is the 2023 WPT Prime Championship. This tournament is taking place from Dec. 7-12. The final table on Dec. 19 will be televised.

Last year the the 2023 WPT Prime Championship had 5,430 entries and a $5,267,100 prize pool. This year the 2023 WPT Prime Championship is guaranteeing a prize pool of at least $5 million.

The WPT Ladies World Championship has a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000 and takes place from Dec. 6-8.

Players looking for something different can participate in one of the mixed-game tournaments. These events range from the $1,100 HORSE Championship to the new $3,000 Dealer’s Choice Championship.

High rollers can look to the $25,700 buy-in event on Dec. 17 and 18. That will be followed by the WPT Alpha8. This $50,000 buy-in is taking place on Dec. 20 and 21.

Low rollers might prefer one of four events with a $400 buy-in. These tournaments take place throughout the event. Wynn’s Poker Page has a full schedule.

North American Poker Tour at Resorts World in November

Before the WPT event begins in Las Vegas, the PokerStars North American Poker Tour (NAPT) begins with its first stop at Resorts World from Nov. 4–12.

Leon Wheeler, Director of Poker Operations at Resorts World Las Vegas, says:

“We are thrilled to partner with PokerStars as we celebrate the return of the North American Poker Tour with the first stop at Resorts World Las Vegas. NAPT Las Vegas is sure to bring players in from all over the globe and we look forward to hosting them once again at our world-class property.”

The $1,650 buy-in Main Event has six starting flights and takes place from Nov 6-11. Next up is the $550 PokerStars Cup that runs from Nov. 9–12.

Making sure there’s an event for big spenders, the $5,300 High Roller event will take place from Nov. 10-12.

The Venetian unveils new high-limit gaming lounge on The Palazzo casino floor

A new high-limit gaming lounge will debut on the Palazzo casino floor at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas this fall.

The high-limit gaming lounge, designed by Wimberly Interiors, will span 15,000 square feet and include two distinctive curated spaces, one dedicated to table games and the other to high-end popular slots.

The lounge will include a beautiful bar with bar-top machines, cashiers, restrooms, and private casino host access exclusive to the space. The resort’s expert mixologist, Andrew Pollard, will unveil a cocktail program featuring hand-crafted recipes that “evoke modern-day luxury Italian lifestyles,” according to a news release.

The room will feature sixty-seven of the latest slot cabinets, offering a wide range of games from traditional to video games to single and multi-hand poker, with some games offering jackpots exceeding $2 million. Players can choose from eighteen tables, including baccarat, blackjack, roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and craps.

The Ultimate Texas Hold’em games will also be linked to the resort’s Millionaire Progressive, which hotel officials say has “minted eleven millionaires since its inception.”

Self-pay will be available on all games for expedited jackpot payments.

“We designed our high-limit lounge with the sole focus of enhancing the player experience,” said Patrick Nichols, president and chief executive officer of The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. “We really wanted this lounge to be an elevated but not exclusive destination for our players and a statement of The Venetian Resort’s commitment to invest in our casino guests continually. This is the next step forward in the resort’s multi-year transformation and will provide an artfully designed setting that reflects our vision and exceeds the expectations of our casino guests.”

The new high-limit gaming space is part of The Venetian’s larger renovation plans, which will see the resort undergo a $1B redevelopment.

FanDuel Sportsbook becomes home of live, in-play golf betting, delivering innovative ways for PGA TOUR fans to bet shot by shot

FanDuel, the premier online gaming company in North America, today announced that IMG ARENA’s Golf Event Centre will be integrated into FanDuel’s Sportsbook starting August 10th with the FedEx St. Jude Championship, strengthening the platform’s golf betting offering. To celebrate this launch, FanDuel will offer bettors a 25% profit boost on any bet placed on a live market during the tournament.

“As an Official Betting Operator of the PGA TOUR, we’re continually looking for innovative ways to elevate the golf betting experience on our platform for fans during their favorite tournaments,” said Christian Genetski, President, FanDuel Group. “By integrating IMG ARENA’s Golf Event Centre into our sportsbook platform, we can offer fans access to a robust catalog of live markets that will give them new ways to engage with the sport on every hole.”

Through the IMG Arena Golf Event Centre, FanDuel will bring an exciting library of new live betting markets to golf fans including closest-to-the-pin, longest drive, number of birdies and more exciting stroke-by-stroke bets that will allow fans to engage with golf at any point in the tournament. At the FedEx St. Jude Championship, FanDuel is also giving fans 21+ a chance to bet on themselves with a bunker shot challenge. Fans who show a bet slip will have the opportunity to make a bunker shot for the chance to win $5,000 in Bonus Bets.

The IMG Arena Golf Event Centre will also provide FanDuel with a greatly enhanced data visualization experience for fans to watch during tournaments. With the ability to track each shot in real-time, view hole profiles and see course maps, all in the FanDuel sportsbook, fans will have the tools they need to make betting selections during key PGA TOUR events. FanDuel customers will also have access to a live leaderboard that can be customized to track hole-by-hole performance of their favorite players.

“Integrating the Golf Event Centre into FanDuel Sportsbook will be a massive win for golf fans, who will now have a robust offering of betting options to choose from as they tune in to see their favorite players and tournaments,” said Scott Warfield, Vice President of Gaming at the PGA TOUR. “The Golf Event Centre promises to be an exciting addition to the FanDuel platform, and we appreciate the contributions they have made to help us grow engagement in the game of golf.”

“FanDuel’s investment in creating a best-in-class golf experience for its customers shows their continued commitment to the sport of golf,” said FanDuel Ambassador Jordan Spieth. “I’m proud to partner with an organization that looks for new ways to bring fans closer to our game.”

“Our Golf Event Centre is an industry-first product that enables interactive in-play betting on golf for the first time, bringing a new dimension to the golf experience for fans around the world,” added Brian Clayton, Vice President of Sales – Americas, IMG ARENA. “Now FanDuel customers can enjoy its immersive data-visualization features during the PGA TOUR’s world-class tournaments, and benefit from unique markets to enjoy every shot, hole and player.”

Headquartered in London and part of the Endeavor network, IMG ARENA is IMG’s sports data and technology hub serving the sports betting, media, and performance eco-systems. IMG ARENA delivers live streaming and data feeds for more than 65,000 sports events annually, as well as for on-demand virtual sports products and front-end solutions including the UFC Event Centre. Clients include PGA TOUR, UFC, MLS, DP World Tour, USTA, EuroLeague, Roland Garros, and the NWSL.

FanDuel is currently available in 19 states that offer mobile sports betting, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

All players must be 21+ to place a legal sports wager. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

FanDuel Faceoff and Rob Gronkowski Launch New Game: Gronk Spike Cornhole

FanDuel, the premier online gaming company in North America, today announced a new game with Rob Gronkowski, which can be played for free or real money called Gronk Spike Cornhole. 

Gronk Spike Cornhole joins a growing roster of Faceoff games that allow users to play against each other for cash. Based on Gronk’s favorite yard game, Gronk Spike Cornhole gives users the opportunity to test their skills as they compete against Gronk throwing bags to the board by simply dragging their finger across the screen. They can also maximize their points with combos or by pushing Gronk’s bags off the board. FanDuel Faceoff is bringing the cornhole competition to your fingertips.

“I am so excited that Gronk Spike Cornhole will be available to FanDuel Faceoff players. I grew up playing cornhole against family and friends, and I was always the ultimate champion. Good luck to all those playing…for bragging rights or cash!” said Rob Gronkowski.

FanDuel Faceoff allows users to play their favorite games against real people for cash. You can download FanDuel Faceoff today to show off your skills and play your favorite games any time of day. Between Word, Strategy, Puzzle & Sports games, FanDuel Faceoff has a game for everyone, with more on the way!

About FanDuel Group:
FanDuel Group is an innovative sports-tech entertainment company that is changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams, and leagues. The premier gaming destination in the United States, FanDuel Group consists of a portfolio of leading brands across gaming, sports betting, daily fantasy sports, advance-deposit wagering, and TV/media. FanDuel Group has a presence across all 50 states with approximately 17 million customers and nearly 30 retail locations. The company is based in New York with offices in California, New Jersey, Florida, Oregon, Georgia, Portugal, Romania and Scotland. Its network FanDuel TV and FanDuel+ are broadly distributed on linear cable television and through its relationships with leading direct-to-consumer OTT platforms. FanDuel Group is a subsidiary of Flutter Entertainment plc, the world’s largest sports betting and gaming operator with a portfolio of globally recognized brands and a constituent of the FTSE 100 index of the London Stock Exchange.