Supporting Indian Gaming – the Raving NIGA Wrap-Up


A star-studded guest list including Notah Begay III, Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr., A.C. Green and tribal leaders and casino executives throughout the country came together for a night of laughter benefiting the NB3 Foundation.

The Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention (NIGA), the largest gathering of tribal leaders and casino executives in the country, was held for the first time in Las Vegas. This provided an opportunity for Raving to hold their 4th Annual Native Strong Comedy Slam at a spectacular venue: The Smith Center.

Myron’s Cabaret Jazz was loud with laughter with over 140 guests. The night kicked off with a heartfelt welcome and message from Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. of NIGA and Notah Begay III and was followed by Native American comics, Ernie Tsosie, headliner Howie Miller and our long-time event host Larry Omaha. Each year Raving Entertainment Partner, Kell Houston, is tasked with the lineup instructions: must be Native American, incredibly funny, and oh yeah, work for peanuts as this is for a charity event. Once again, he nailed it!

The event benefits the Notah Begay III Foundation and its critical work addressing obesity and type 2 diabetes amongst Native American youth. Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. announced “The message is clear. We have to have a healthier Native American community. It’s more than just getting away from alcohol, drugs and violence. We have to spread the message that we can do better.”
Raving CEO Deana Scott shared, “The Comedy Slam is where it always comes together for me – there’s nothing like shared laughter. I leave more determined and more connected to why we’re in this business. This event brings together Tribal leaders and gaming executives that are so passionate and dedicated to the success of Indian gaming and to a better future for generations to come. I can’t thank our supporters enough.”

It’s Not Too Late to Get Valuable Information
Raving and our Partners were honored to once again be part of the educational curriculum for this year’s event. If you were not able to attend and want resources on the following topics that were presented, we can make that happen! Please email [email protected] for more information:

Big Data & Marketing: How the Information Revolution Changed Marketing Forever Read a session recap by CDC Gaming Reports
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Regulating the Relationship: Gaming Commissions and Casino Operation 
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Hidden Marketing Costs: Determining determine internal auditor's necessary controls to avoid overspending on marketing
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Why Your Profitability Depends on Aggregating Your Data to Understand the True Worth of a Player 
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Labor and Benefits in Tribal Casinos: Critical Tools and Opportunities to Save Money
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Big Data & Analytics on the Casino Floor 
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When will we see you again?
Raving's Host Development Conference
Casino Marketing & Technology
Raving NEXT: Indian Gaming Analytics and Marketing Conference, January 28-30, 2019, Pechanga Resort Casino

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Chris Faria

Raving’s VP of Marketing has been the company’s core marketing writer since 2001. Chris has a lifelong passion for finding and sharing unique stories of people and places through her travels, business and daily life. Hang with Chris and the whole Raving team at the Casino Marketing & Technology Conference this July! Contact Chris

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