Oklahoma Indian gaming conference one of state's largest

Friday, July 24, 2015

When more than 2,500 gaming industry professionals from around the world converge on the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, next week, they'll be taking part the largest regional American Indian trade show in the country.

Featured this week at the 21st annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 and 29,will be a breakout session spotlight on the association's first-ever statewide economic impact study. The study, which includes data from nearly 80 percent of Oklahoma’s casinos, also looks into exclusivity fees paid to the state, which are supposed to be used for education. It's been 10 years since Oklahoma voters approved the "State-Tribal Gaming Act." The related economic impact study will be held at the Cox Convention Center in rooms 16, 17 and 18 from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 28.

The conference also will include a Native American film festival and discussions about crypto-currency like bitcoin and cybersecurity. More than 30 breakout sessions will discuss innovations in tribal gaming, including:

  • The Future of Payment Options: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency – Explore the world of digital payments: how they work, their current and potential place in the gaming industry, and how regulations factor into their future use.
  • Emerging Trends in Cybersecurity: Cheaters and scammers always seem to stay one step ahead and the virtual world is no exception. Come discuss emerging trends in cyber-security to protect against everything from information breaches to viruses and cyber-attacks.
  • The Current State of Indigenous Cinema – Native American filmmakers and actors, along with festival programmers, will discuss the growth and status of indigenous filmmaking in the U.S.
  • Understanding Social Media: Getting the Most out of Your Digital Reach – Learn how to make the best use of social media to ensure quality content that leads to organic reach, as well as methods to increase social media engagement through Search Engine Optimization tools, lookalike audiences and other tools.

According to the gaming association's website, 33 of Oklahoma's 39 federally-recognized tribes have signed gaming compacts, and there are 114 tribal gaming operations in the state, ranging from a gas station annex to full-scale resort casinos. Three-fourths of all gaming revenues go towards tribal governmental services, economic and community development, to neighboring communities and for charitable purposes.

For information, go online, contact MaryAnn Martin at mmartin@stfpr.com or call 405-602-2000 for more information.