Monday, October 8, 2018

10 – 10:05 a.m.

Opening / Welcome

10:05 – 11 a.m.

Changing the Game: the Legal & Regulatory Impacts of a PASPA Repeal  
Much attention has been given to the potential explosion of legalized sports betting in North America if the United States Supreme Court overturns the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) that exempts several US states from a blanket ban on legalized sports wagering. With a decision expected in the near future, what are the potential issues that operators and regulators will face should sports betting be permitted in jurisdictions where it previously has not been allowed? This session will explore critical questions like the licensing of operators who have a history of "gray market" or "black market" activity, what should be the role of professional sports leagues, is the existing sports betting technology capable of supporting rapid growth, and more. Moderated by Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director of the UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation, the panelists are:

  • Joe Asher, CEO, William Hill US
  • Jay McDaniel, Deputy Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission 
  • Trudy M. Smith, Louisiana Gaming Control Board

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Cryptocurrency: its Potential Gaming Benefits & Regulatory Challenges
Since Bitcoin became the first decentralized mainstream cryptocurrency in 2009, it has slowly become an acceptable method of gambling payment for some gaming products including eSports and online gaming. With regulators like the Malta Gaming Authority establishing a test and learn environment for using cryptocurrency in remote gaming with plans to publish Distributed Ledger Technology guiding principles in 2018, and prospective operators like Dragon Corp hoping to raise $500 million from an ICO (initial coin offering) to finance a floating casino in Macau, will the future of land-based casinos include cryptocurrency? This panel will first explore what cryptocurrency and blockchains are and how they are currently used in gaming, and then will consider the benefits and challenges they pose for operators and regulators. Moderated by Alexander Perry from Ernst & Young, the panelists are:

  • Darin Oliver, Founder,  BlockDraw
  • Louis Rogacki, Deputy Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Omer Sattar, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Sightline Payments
12 – 1:30 pm.

Lunch Break
 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Gaming Regulatory & Operator Issues in the Wake of #MeToo Revelations
The #MeToo movement has cast a bright light on the extent and impact of harassment in the workplace. In the wake of shocking headlines and social media accounts of activities in the entertainment, gaming, sports and other industries, companies are examining how similar situations are currently either prevented or identified and resolved. As part of the evaluation should focus on identifying and implementing best practices that both enhance the workplace environment and protect the integrity of the industry, this panel will take a candid look at the issues within the  context of the gaming environment, examining questions like can and should regulators attempt to regulate inappropriate sexual behavior? What are the best mechanisms for reporting and verifying allegations in such a broad, service-based industry?  And, what can companies do better to create a culture of respect, collaboration, empathy and transparency? Moderated by Amy Kebert Elder, a Shareholder with Baker Donelson, the panelists are:

  • Tom  Auriemma, Gaming Consultant
  • Becky Harris, Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

eSports & its Growing Market for Millennials
With research estimates claiming that in 2017 eSports amassed nearly $1.5 billion in revenue globally, this emerging regulated gaming offering is rapidly moving to the top of the list for gaming revenue opportunities that appeal to millennials. In their efforts to appeal to this lucrative next generation of gaming patrons, how are operators, manufacturers and regulators approaching this new gaming form, and what challenges and benefits are they facing as a result? And, would a repeal of PASPA in the US positively or negatively impact eSports? This panel will discuss these issues and more. Moderated by Jennifer Carleton, an Attorney with Howard & Howard, the panelists are:

  • Bahar Alaeddini, Partner, Harris Hagan
  • John English, Partner & Managing Director of Sports & Technology, Global Market Advisors
  • Jessica Maier, Attorney, Melchers
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Emergency Management: 
Applying Best Practices When Preparing Readiness Plans
As destinations where thousands of people congregate on a consistent basis, casinos are unfortunately a terrorism and attack target. In the shadow of 2017 events including the June Resorts World Manila attack and the October Las Vegas Harvest Festival tragedy, how does the industry better deal with crises and what else should operators and their regional government agencies be doing to protect casino patrons? Although some jurisdictions like Australia, with its strict gun laws, and Macau and Singapore seem less likely to be the target of terrorist or similar attacks, is there more the industry could be doing to proactively shield gaming operators from these threats or the perception of threat? This session will explore these issues and more as part of a candid discussion on basic crisis management, internal security issues, and how best to apply a “duty of care.” Moderated by Laura McAllister Cox, Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Legal Counsel, Rush Street Gaming, the panelists are:

  • AG Burnett, Partner, McDonald Carano
  • Ronnie Jones, Chairman, Louisiana Gaming Control Board
  • Kevin O'Toole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Regional Roundup
With new jurisdictions like Japan inching closer to regulated land-based gaming, established markets like North America rapidly pursuing sports betting opportunities post-PASPA, and Europe continuing to adapt to the growth of new gaming offerings like eSports and social gaming, it’s hard to keep up with what’s happening where. This session will take a broad view at current and future developments taking place in several key gaming markets. Moderated by Kevin Mullally, General Counsel for GLI, the panelists are:

  • Robert Cantrell, Partner, Lathrop Gage
  • James Plousis, Chairman, New Jersey Casino Control Commission
  • Alidad Tash, Senior Vice President of Gaming and Strategy, 2NT8 Limited