Poker Takes Center Stage At G2E 2013 with “Players’ View” Panel
Poker players will take center stage at the upcoming 2013 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) during “Power Poker: The Players’ View,” the first ever session at G2E focused specifically on the voice and views of the poker-playing public.
The high powered panel includes Ultimate Poker brand ambassador Antonio Esfandiari, Parx Casino Poker Room ambassador Matt Glantz, Las Vegas nightlife professional and current November Niner Jay Farber and professional poker player and chess champion Jennifer Shahade.
The discussion will be moderated by iGaming commentator and QuadJacks General Manager Marco Valerio.
“I really do think this is historic for poker. Poker has never been the best understood or the most appreciated game by the casino industry, so to receive this kind of attention and respect by the biggest gaming conference in the world is unprecedented. I’m enormously grateful to G2E,” Valerio told pokerfuse.
“I think it’s going to be an amazing opportunity to start having a better dialogue about poker, live and online, with the casino industry. All panelists are really exceptional individuals who love poker and have dedicated their careers to it,” Valerio added.
G2E, a premiere trade show for all things regarding the gaming entertainment industry, takes place in Las Vegas, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, from September 23-26. The session centered on poker is set to be held on the 25th at 3pm PST in the Table Games Lounge on the exhibit floor.
Notably, Las Vegas Sands’ chief Sheldon Adelson has recently come out as a staunch opponent to online poker.
“To have such a powerful group of poker players represent the game in a venue owned by somebody who just a few weeks ago said that poker isn’t a game of skill is extremely meaningful to me, and hopefully signs of great change,” Valerio told us.
In addition to taking questions, the panelists are expected to address issues in the poker community including the state of online poker, live poker room management and the impact that poker has on current mainstream culture.
For additional information, as well as registration information, visit the official website of G2E 2013.