The inaugural Mid-America Gaming Congress will be held on April 9th at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Columbus, Ohio. A kick-off reception will be held at the Hollywood Casino the preceding evening (April 8th) for Congress participants and speakers. The Congress will wrap up with a reception at the Scioto Downs racino in Columbus the evening of the 9th. A room block has been established at the Hyatt Regency – make your reservation quickly while the room block special rate is in effect.

The Congress kicks off with a keynote address by Jo Ann Davidson, the Chair of the Ohio Casino Control Commission. The luncheon keynote address will be presented by Timothy Wilmott, the CEO of Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Five panels composed of leaders in the gaming industry will substantively discuss Mid-America’s competitive marketplace, the prospects for Internet gaming, unregulated gaming activities, the regulatory environment, and the Wall Street and banking industry views of current opportunities in the gaming marketplace. The Congress will focus on what is happening and what may happen in the near future in the Mid-America states from Pennsylvania in the East to Iowa in the West. The Congress panelists include representatives from each of the effected jurisdictions, as well as representatives from Wall Street and the banking industry.

Complete details of the Congress, including room block information and a listing of the panels and panelists, are available at the Mid-America Gaming Congress website,