The G2E Las Vegas kicks off today at the Sands Expo Convention Centre with the announcement of who has bagged first and second place in 12 separate categories. Voting for this year's Global Awards Las Vegas closed last month with the largest ever, 100 strong judging panel deliberated the merits of each nominee in great detail before making their choices.

Now in their sixth year, the Awards are regarded as the some of the most trusted in the industry gaining respect amongst industry heavy-weights making it a must-attend event. The Panel faced the unenviable task of choosing between a long list of highly-reputable companies, with all Awards fiercely contested by worthy nominees.

Paul Moynan, CEO, Dragon, said: "On behalf of Dragon I would like wish the best of luck to all nominees. I am looking forward to seeing which companies will come out on top this year following the Judges' expert opinion which ensures only the very best companies will win. It's great to see award sponsors such as Sportradar, who we have covered in the past, going from strength to strength."

Today, the results will be revealed to honour the gaming sector's most successful performers from the past 12 months. The stellar line up of Judges this year included Barry Cottle, President and CEO, Scientific Games; John Connelly, CEO, Interblock; Joe Asher, CEO, William Hill US; Renato Ascoli, CEO, IGT North America; and many more.

All eyes will now turn to the Global Gaming Awards, powered by Gambling Insider in association with G2E Las Vegas and remember the Dragon Blog is packed full of industry news. All you need to do is click here for more articles like this one.