The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (OIGA) just held its annual trade show and conference at the Cox Civic Centre in Tulsa, OK. The event began on Monday and featured appearances from many different sponsors from the international gaming community, including Ortiz Gaming, makers of popular Class II and Class III bingo products.
Ortiz Gaming will also be making an appearance at the upcoming 2016 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, NV.
The OIGA conference and trade show, also known as “the biggest Little Show in Indian Gaming,” typically attracts up to 2,500 industry professionals from across the nation. Gaming operators, tribal leaders, employees, and vendors all gather to meet, converse, network, attend workshops, and check out the latest in gaming technology.
As a spokesperson for Video Gaming Technologies (VGT), an attendant at the show, notes: “The reason it’s good to be at this conference is you can make a lot of contacts with key decision-makers…(we) also get to renew our relationships with some of the key decision-makers. We get a lot of tribal men and women who come to look at our products…we (also) get a lot of people from outside the state of Oklahoma who are considering Class II Gaming.”
Other attendants at the event included Integrity Gaming, Central Liquor, and Gaming Capital.
In addition to product demonstrations and meet-and-greets, OIGA’s trade show also offered three days of breakout sessions, where topics relevant to the casino gaming industry were discussed. Some of the topics covered included fantasy sports, casino surveillance and security, women in tribal gaming, alcohol compliance, and capturing the emerging millennial market.
OIGA has been holding its annual trade show and conference for over 20 years. Brad Naifeh of Central Liquors (who made their fourth appearance at the OIGA trade show this year) remarks: “I’m (really) excited about being here…I’m sure we’ll be back, without a doubt, next year.” Mr. Naifeh acknowledges that the trade show is a great way to meet with potential clients.
Changes to Class II gaming regulations were also a point of discussion during the three-day event.
Primary lodging accommodations were provided by the Hyatt Regency Tulsa in cooperation with other lodging establishments in the Tulsa area.