ELEX-2009 was covered by the major Russian sources of mass media including TV (TVC, RBK TV, NTV, Vesti, Mir), business news agency PRIME-TASS, printed press “Russian Newsweek”, “Afisha”, “Kommersant”, “Vedomosti”, “Russian Newspaper”, internet portal Slon.ru. Besides, informational support was also maintained by such editions as “HotGames”, “Billiard Sport”, «Vending business», «Azart», «CasinoReview», «InterGaming», «Coin-Op News» and by others Russian and International specialized editions.
EELEX-2009 was held with the support of European Gaming and Betting Association EGBA, International Association of e-Commerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance eCOGRA, Remote Gambling Association (RGA), European Association ESSA, National Italian Association SAPAR, Russian Association of Gambling Business (RARIB), Union of Associations and Partners of Amusement Industry (SAPIR), and Gaming Business Association (ADIB).
There were more than 100 exhibitors (LotProm, GoodWood, World of Lotteries, AiKSS, Center of Leisure, GlobalPay, Alsart, Unisel, Vec, and others) from more than 15 Russian cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Barnaul, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Penza) and 10 foreign countries (Latvia, Italy, Hungary, Canada, Japan). The exponents presented different gambling equipment, lottery systems, different terminals, online systems providing the access to entertaining services, equipment and furniture for poker clubs and casinos, complex solutions for Internet-clubs and many others.
In the frame of the exhibition it was held the industry conference “Gambling business after the 1st of July, 2009. Alternatives. Prospects. Practice”. It treated the issues related to legal regulation of games and lotteries in Russia, the condition and prospects of Russian gambling business, legal alternatives for transformation gambling activity, real condition and further development of gambling zones and the possibility of mitigation of the Russian federal law number 244.
Two-day conference’s program included seminars and round work tables devoted to practical points of holding poker and lottery business and activity connected with providing the access to entertaining online services.
During the exhibition there were poker tournaments, organized by Pokermob.ru, Pokerhouse.su and EELEX and different contests and drawings by companies “World of Lotteries” and “LotProm”.
For 3 days, the exhibition was visited by more than 10,200 people. The two first days only, 9th and 10th of June, it registered near 8,000 visitors, among those, there were representatives of companies like Ritzio Entertainment Group, Net Entertainment, Amaya Gaming Group, Merkur Gaming, LLC “VG Ultra” and many others.
“This year we have a special mission. Except successful organization and providing best conditions for effective participation of the companies we also had to reflect current condition of gambling industry before great changing of its scales. It was vital for us to provide presence of different representatives of gambling activity and to give them an opportunity to exchange ideas and possible recipes for survival on Russian gambling market in current conditions. We clearly realized that share of responsibility rested on us and now we have every reason to say that EELEX-2009 is a successfully-realized project. Most of set goals are reached and our expectations on the whole came true. Moreover this year the expo has attracted much more visitors than the previous year and has become the most successful for the last years” – claimed the CEO of “Smile-Expo” LLC Anton Loginov.
Still being the only profile exhibition for gambling, lottery and amusement equipment in Russia, EELEX-2009 confirmed the status of one of the leading international exhibitions of the kind and again managed to gather best representatives of gambling market, giving them an opportunity to unite the efforts in attempt to ease gambling activity’s lot.