Stockholm poker conference set to broker the divide

The World Poker Congress, scheduled for June 27-28, 2006, at the City Conference Center in Stockholm, Sweden, is the first conference to integrate the online and live aspects of the poker industry.

With two tracks scheduled for discussion, one devoted to online issues and the other addressing concerns of the land-based sector, the World Poker Congress will bring attendees from each side of the equation to discuss the synergies and possibilities of the entire spectrum of the poker world.

"Online poker operators are facing increasing competition at all levels," says Sue Schneider, president of one of the conference organizers, the River City Group. "The World Poker Congress will highlight the strategies, products, and services that will help any online poker room stay at the top of their game."

The World Poker Congress is being hailed as a "must-attend" conference expected to help shape the direction and future of the poker world. Organizers say the conference will assist gaming companies in developing strategies that create a brand and an attraction to gain new players.

"To be successful in the poker world, you must understand the challenges and opportunities," says Paul Dworin, publisher of Global Gaming Business and PokerBIZ magazines. "The World Poker Congress will give operators and vendors a window into poker's future."

Thus far, two keynote speakers have been announced. They are: Jeffrey Pollack, the first commissioner of the World Series of Poker, and Steve Lipscomb, president of the World Poker Tour.

In addition to the two keynote addresses, a full slate of conference sessions will be held during the two-day event, as well as two cocktail parties, continental breakfasts, and networking breaks.

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