The third annual World Poker Congress (WPC) is scheduled to take place in Budapest, Hungary, on October 29-30, 2008.  Symbolically located near the world famous Széchenyi Chain Bridge spanning the Danube River, this conference will once again act as a connection between both the land-based and online operators and service providers in the poker industry.
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Program facilitators feature industry leaders such as Steve Lipscomb, the founder and CEO of WPT Enterprises. Having vast experience in the professional on- and offline poker worlds affords Lipscomb a unique view, and his participation in the keynote panel will give delegates his perspective on this vibrant sector of the gambling industry. 
 
"The growth of the World Poker Conference is a testament to the essential maturation of our industry," said Lipscomb.  "I simply can’t say enough about what those at Clarion Gaming are doing to bring us together.  I enjoyed the conference, saw old friends, made new friends and had a fantastic time last year.  People should participate in this dialogue – it will help us create the future together."
 
New this year providing insight into the land-based portion of the program, through their endorsement and participation, is the European Casino Association.
 
Breakout sessions into live poker and online poker tracks offer the most current information and trends in the industry. With sponsorship activities well ahead of last year's, exhibitions will be a “must see” during networking events, refreshment breaks and lunches.
 
WPC participants will get the opportunity to check in on a current case study involving efforts to dovetail land-based and online poker products. Further innovative topics will examine methods for attracting players from different continents and paying players into live events.
 
Several sessions will investigate techniques that expand product range, improve efficiency and give a greater understanding of the customer’s needs. Specifically, delegates will get a look behind the scenes to probe the fact and fiction of player’s responses to consumer magazines regarding recent trends in poker.
 
In addition to the fresh program and stellar line up of speakers, there are many networking events scheduled. The opportunity to meet high-level executives representing prominent companies in the fast-growing poker industry continues to rank high among this event's many attractions.