PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - February 23, 2011) - Several of the most successful casino operators in Pennsylvania will discuss a wide range of issues impacting their industry at the 7th annual Pennsylvania Gaming Congress & Mid-Atlantic Racing Forum, which takes place March 21-22 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

Over the course of two one-hour panels, the presidents and general managers of properties across Pennsylvania will discuss the effects of adding table games, the increasing competition surrounding Pennsylvania, expansion plans, the challenging economic climate, and their outlook for 2011 and beyond.
Confirmed panelists include:

  • William J. Bissett, President, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment
  • Jeffrey J. Dahl, President & CEO, MTR Gaming Group, Inc.
  • Robert J. DeSalvio, President, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
  • John Finamore, Senior Vice President Regional Operations, Penn National Gaming
  • Wendy Hamilton, General Manager, SugarHouse Casino
  • David Patent, Chief Operating Officer, Rush Street Gaming Management (Rivers Casino)
  • Bobby Soper, President/CEO, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
  • Sean Sullivan, Vice President and General Manager, The Meadows Racetrack and Casino

"The Pennsylvania Gaming Congress & Mid-Atlantic Racing Forum has become a highly anticipated annual event in the state, where stakeholders and industry leaders meet to discuss the critical issues facing this rapidly growing industry," said Michael Pollock, publisher of Gaming Industry Observer and managing director of Spectrum Gaming Group, which produces the event.

"From the hard-hitting keynote addresses to the analytical panel discussions, the Pennsylvania Gaming Congress provides valuable insight and education -- as well as unparalleled networking opportunities."

The two-day event begins March 21 with the Mid-Atlantic Racing Forum, kicked off by a keynote presentation from Michael Tanner, Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer of the United States Trotting Association (USTA), and finishing with the evening conference cocktail reception on the 33rd floor Terrace of the Loews Hotel with breathtaking views of downtown Philadelphia. The following day, the Gaming Congress will include two prominent keynote speakers and intensive panel discussions.

The event has again been approved for 5.75 Continuing Legal Education Credits ("CLE") in Pennsylvania, and new this year, it's also been approved for 7.0 CLE credits in New Jersey, making it a must-attend event for gaming-law professionals.

A detailed agenda and online registration are available at Early bird rates are available through March 11. Loews Philadelphia Hotel is offering a reduced rate for conference attendees -- a limited number of rooms are available so make your reservations soon. For more information or to become an event sponsor, email

The Pennsylvania Gaming Congress & Mid-Atlantic Racing Forum is presented by the Fox Rothschild law firm. Other conference sponsors include Casino Enterprise Management, Casino Journal, Casino Career Institute, DiTronics Financial Services, Energenic, Gaming Industry Observer, Heeter Direct, Northampton Community College, PA Equestrian, Slot Manager, and Top Flight Media.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Congress & Mid-Atlantic Racing Forum is organized and produced by Spectrum Gaming Group, the foremost independent research and professional services firm serving private- and public-sector clients worldwide. The firm's services include comprehensive feasibility studies and economic impact reports. Spectrum also publishes the Gaming Industry Observer newsletter and produces three other leading conferences: East Coast Gaming Congress, Florida Gaming Summit and New England Gaming Summit.