Continuing my report begun in Global Gaming Expo 2009 (Day 1), Global Gaming Expo 2009 (Day 2), and Global Gaming Expo 2009 (Day 3):
After sleeping three hours Wednesday morning, three hours Wednesday evening, and one hour Thursday morning, I was up early and ready to go. Victor and I had breakfast in our room, then packed up and headed for the Convention Center.
I attended an Indian gaming panel that promised "issues and answers." Among the speakers were three I know personally: Mark Macarro, Ernie Stevens Jr., and Mark Van Norman. The panelists offered overviews of the subject but no hard-hitting Q&As, as I expected, so I left earlier. I took a circuitous route back to our booth and snapped some more pictures.
At our booth we met William Spain and Andrew Gellatly, the gaming writers from last night. We also met our good buddy Chad Gordon, a Native lawyer, and his new girlfriend Amy. Because Victor was eager to get home, we packed up the booth early.
On the way out we met Dr. Kate Spilde, Indian gaming researcher, and had a long chat. We were a bit surprised to see Steve Kroft and a 60 Minutes crew pass by. Apparently they were at G2E to do an exposé on slot-machine addiction.
We picked up Victor's car from the Las Vegas Hilton, where he had parked it, and headed out. We had one interesting stop in Baker, California, in the middle of the Mojave Desert. A store selling "Alien Fresh Jerky" had dummy aliens on display on their roof and in a car.
We listened to Howard Stern all the way back. Victor did almost as well on Stern's SuperFan Quiz as the participants. At Victor's house, his wife Pat made us chicken soup and I played with their kitty Maya. Then I headed home.
For more on the subject, see The Facts About Indian Gaming.
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