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Global Gaming Expo Awards David Vatthanavong with Emerging Leaders Scholarship

PHILADELPHIA — Sept. 18, 2013 — SugarHouse is pleased to announce that Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the premier trade show and conference event for the international gaming entertainment industry, has awarded one of the casino’s table games managers, David Vatthanavong, with a 2013 Emerging Leaders Scholarship.

Vatthanavong is one of only seven people chosen worldwide to receive this honor, awarded to professionals under the age of 40 in order to cover the costs of attending the G2E 2013 Conference, which includes a conference pass and a two-night hotel stay. Scholarship recipients represent different gaming properties and functional areas within the industry, and they were selected by G2E and The Innovation Group, a consulting services provider for the leisure and hospitality industry.

Vatthanavong has been a member of the SugarHouse team since day one, when it opened in September 2010.

“We have so many amazing team members at SugarHouse and David has been an incredible role model for so many since joining the SugarHouse family,” Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino, said. “Everyone here is so proud of him for this recognition and for being a true up-and-coming industry leader on a global scale.”

The G2E conference provides gaming professionals with access to cutting-edge products and technologies, valuable networking opportunities and unmatched educational programming. It will be held Sept. 24—26 in Las Vegas, with G2E’s specialized and intensive professional education taking place on Sunday, Sept. 22 and Monday, Sept. 23.

For more information about the G2E 2013 Conference and the Emerging Leaders Scholarship, please visit

SugarHouse, which opened in September 2010 as Philadelphia’s first casino, features 1,602 slots, up to 54 table games, fun and unique dining options, riverfront views and free on-site parking. The casino employs approximately 1,100 people, and for three consecutive years has been voted a “Best Place to Work” in the Philadelphia Business Journal and a “Top Workplace” in the Philadelphia Inquirer for two years. For more information, visit

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) is the international gaming trade show and conference “by the industry and for the industry.” Organized by the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Reed Exhibitions, G2E made its debut in fall 2001, defining itself as the pre-eminent show for the gaming-entertainment industry.

The AGA represents the commercial casino-entertainment industry by addressing federal legislative and regulatory issues. The association also serves as a clearinghouse for information, develops educational and advocacy programs, and provides leadership on industry-related issues of public concern.

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leader in organizing a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. In 2006 Reed brought together more than 6 million industry professions from around the world, generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 34 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organized by 37 fully staffed offices. Reed’s portfolio of more than 460 events services 52 key industry sectors.

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