Casino Execs Gather for East Coast Gaming Congress - Friday 10th of March 2006

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey –- One of the strongest casinoexecutive panels ever assembled will address the 10th annual East Coast GamingCongress, May 22-23 at the House of Blues in Atlantic City.

The Congress' "Industry Leaders Forum" will feature six of the industry'smost influential executives in a unique format in which they will addressattendees on issues critical to the gaming industry and then engage in aroundtable moderated by American Gaming Association President and CEO Frank J.Fahrenkopf Jr.

Participating in the forum are:

- Peter M. Carlino, CEO, Penn National Gaming

- Robert M. Haddock, Chairman, President & CEO, Aztar Corp.

- Gary Loveman, Chairman, CEO & President, Harrah's Entertainment

- James J. Murren, President, CFO & Treasurer, MGM Mirage

- James B. Perry, CEO & President, Trump Entertainment Resorts

- Keith E. Smith, President & COO, Boyd Gaming

"Collectively, these executives are responsible for more than $19 billionin annual revenue and a market capitalization of more than $32 billion," saidMichael J. Pollock, Publisher of the Gaming Industry Observer, a conferenceco-producer. "More importantly, they lead companies that are having a profoundimpact on the economic and employment health in states across the country."

"The Industry Leaders Forum is always the highlight of the East CoastGaming Congress. This year we have taken this session to a new level," saidLloyd D. Levenson, Chairman of the Casino Law Department at Cooper Levenson, aconference co-producer.

The East Coast Gaming Congress has established itself as industryshowcase, annually attracting nearly 500 industry-related professionalsnationwide. This year's event kicks off with an evening reception, followed bya daylong conference featuring retail developers, Wall Street analysts, gamingoperators, regulators and public officials.

The East Coast Gaming Congress is produced by Cooper Levenson, GamingIndustry Observer, Ernst & Young and SOSH Architects. Sponsors includeAtlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority, Commerce Bank, GamingLaboratories International, Jefferies & Co., New Jersey Casino ReinvestmentDevelopment Authority, Progressive Gaming International, South JerseyIndustries, and Vibrant Development.

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