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Baltimore hosts forum

25 October 2007

IMORE, Maryland -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- On the eve of a special session of the Maryland General Assembly to consider legalizing slot machines, outside experts will convene here tomorrow, Friday, October 26, for a special forum to provide public officials, media and prospective stakeholders with an independent view of gaming industry trends.

"The Gaming Industry Today: Facts, Trends and Analysis" is the first in a series of independent forums for states that are contemplating gaming legalization.

The forum is presented by Spectrum Gaming Group, an independent research and professional services firm serving public- and private-sector clients worldwide. Spectrum and its partners CIBC World Markets, EwingCole and LPCiminelli will address these topics:

-- Operational and economic trends

-- Economic impacts of gaming

-- The competitive landscape in the East

-- Casino/racino design and construction trends

-- Gaming law and regulation -- Financing and capital markets

-- Answers to your questions

The forum is free and open to the public, and takes place 8:30 a.m. -- 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Washington Conference Center, 5801 Smith Avenue in Baltimore.

The purpose of Gaming Industry Today forum is to educate and illuminate decision-makers and potential stakeholders as Maryland officials consider this important decision. This is a non-partisan forum and the presenters take no position on whether states should legalize slot machines.

Expert speakers include Michael Pollock, Managing Director of Spectrum Gaming Group; Jacques Cornet, Managing Director of Investment Banking and Head of Gaming & Hospitality at CIBC World Markets; Kyle Tuttle, Senior Vice President of LPCiminelli; Donald H. Dissinger, Senior Vice President of EwingCole; and Pat Agnellini, Partner with the Cooper Levenson law firm.

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