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IMGL 2016 Spring Conference


IMGL San Francisco
Conference Agenda


4:00 – 5:00
IMGL Membership Meeting

California Room 

5:30 – 7:30
IMGL Welcome Reception

Pavilion, Loggia and Roof Garden


8:00 – 9:30
Registration & Continental Breakfast

Venetian Room

9:00 – 9:15
Welcome & Conference Overview

Venetian Room

Michael Zatezalo, IMGL President

9:15 – 9:45

Venetian Room

Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr., former Mayor of San Francisco

9:45 – 11:00

Venetian Room

Daily Fantasy Sports — The Industry View
What is Fantasy Sports and what is Daily Fantasy Sports? Can one play this game and win money? Is betting on Fantasy Sports whether daily, weekly or season long gambling?  What do the recent court decisions in New York and pronouncements in Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada and Texas mean for the industry? Will it survive and thrive or is a new day coming? Can a participant sue to recover his/her losses in those jurisdictions which have determined the Daily Fantasy Sports are illegal? These and other interesting questions will be addressed by our panel - so come prepared to ask questions, listen and hopefully peer into the future of what will happen to the Fantasy Sports industry.
Moderator: Michael D. Lipton Q.C., Senior Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP, Toronto, Canada
Scott Ward, Of Counsel Public Policy, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
John M. McManus, Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary, MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas, Nevada
Seth Young, Vice President and COO, Flower City Gaming LLC
Carl Sottosanti, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Penn National Gaming, Wyoming, Pennsylvania
Chris Krafcik, Research Director, GamblingCompliance, San Francisco, California


11:00 – 11:15
Networking Break

11:15 – 12:30

Venetian Room

The Rise and Risks of eSports Betting
The rise of betting as a part of the eSports experience - an experience shared by tens of millions of fans worldwide - brings with it intriguing questions on legal, regulatory, and even ethical fronts. A panel of industry experts will shed some light on the size, scope, and nature of the rapidly-expanding market for eSports betting while outlining some of the challenges that accompany a betting industry built upon a wholly modern - and effectively brand new - form of sport.    
Moderator: Marc Ellinger, PartnerBlitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC, Jefferson City, Missouri
Seth Schorr, Chief Executive Officer, Fifth Street Gaming 
Chris Grove, Partner, Narus Advisors
Daniel Wallach, Partner & ShareholderBecker Poliakoff LLP, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Jeff Standen, Dean, Northern Kentucky University College of Law
Jeff Ifrah, Founding Partner, Ifrah, PLLC, Washington, DC 

12:30 – 2:00
IMGL Keynote Luncheon

Tonga Room
Bill Romanowski, San Francisco 49ers Legend

2:15 – 3:15

Venetian Room

New Developments in Global Gaming
The gaming industry is, as always, a fast moving arena, with regulatory and legal changes and challenges, as well as new jurisdictions and new products.   This panel will address the new issues that arise across the globe.
Moderator: Joerg Hofmann, Senior Partner, Melchers Law Firm, Heidelberg, Germany
Joe Kelly, Partner, AL Goodbody, Dublin, Ireland
Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority, Copenhagen, Denmark
Jamie Nettleton, Partner, Addison Lawyers, Sidney, Australia
Ranjana Adhikari, Senior Associate, Nishith Desai Associates, Mumbai, India
Santiago Asensi, Partner, Asensi Abogados, Baleares, Spain
Jaka Repansek,  Partner, RePublis, d.o.o., Trzin, Slovenia

2:15 – 3:15

Crystal Room

Location Location - Land Into Trust & “Indian Lands” for Gaming Purpose
It is a well-known real estate adage that "location" is everything - that same maxim is applicable to tribal gaming. This panel will focus on recent developments pertinent to land into trust issues and “Indian lands” for gaming purposes impacting tribal gaming in California, Arizona, Washington, Michigan and elsewhere.
Moderator: Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, Partner, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P., Phoenix AZ
Jena MacLean, Partner, Perkins Coie, Washington DC
Daniel J. Quigley, Partner, Rusing, Lopez & Lizardi PLLC, Tucson AZ
Kevin C. Quigley, Gaming Law Practice Team Chair, Gray Plant Moody, Minneapolis, MN
George T. Skibine, Counsel, Dentons, Washington DC

3:15 – 3:30
Networking Break

3:45 – 5:00

Venetian Room

Compliance Officer’s Panel on Regulatory Environment
This panel discussion will focus on the current climate of the regulatory environment for compliance officers who are operating on tight budgets, demanding deadlines and ever increasing scrutiny.   The panel will discuss: What makes a good compliance officer?  What are today’s most difficult challenges for compliance officers?  Are Compliance Committees really effective?  What effect has the advent of social gaming and iGaming had on the compliance world?
Moderator: Frank Donaghue, Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, Penn National Gaming Inc, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Daron Dorsey, General Counsel, Ainsworth Game Technology, Las Vegas, Nevada
Rob Saucier, CEO, Galaxy Gaming, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada
André Wilsenach, Executive Director, UNLV, International Center for Gaming Regulation

5:00 – 5:30

Venetian Room

Bill Thompson – Chips Ahoy – Gaming on Ships

6:00 – 7:00
Private Sponsors Reception

6:00 - 7:00
General Reception
Crown Room

7:00 – 9:30
IMGL Signature Dinner Event

Crown Room


8:00 – 9:00
Continental Breakfast

Venetian Room

9:00 – 10:00

Venetian Room

Mobile Gaming
What does it take to be truly mobile first? What will drive growth and innovation in mobile gambling and what can we learn from other industries? Topics and trends covered will include: consumer driven change; regulator impact and considerations; marketing and distribution; realizing audience and revenue potential; design; cross device experience; and new technology or devices that will impact the market.
David Chang, CEO of Betcade
Randy Sayre, Consultant, RES Consulting, LLC, Carson City, Nevada
Dr. Mike Reaves, CEO and Founder, CashBet
Katie Lever, Gaming Executive, Las Vegas, Nevada

10:00 – 11:00

Venetian Room

Skill Based/Hybrid Gaming Panel
This panel discussion will address issues arising with suppliers as regulators attempt every possible means to protect their local gaming regulations/restrictions and, of course, their revenue streams.
Moderator: Dan Reaser, Director, Fennemore Craig, Reno, Nevada 
Tom Jingoli, Senior VP, Konami Gaming, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada
Eric Meyerhofer, CEO Gamblit Gaming, Glendale, California 
Kevin Mullally, General Counsel Gaming Laboratories International, LLC, Kansas City, Missouri 
Marcus Prater, Executive Director, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM)
Dr. Rachel Mifsud-Bonnici, Chief Regulatory Officer, Malta Gaming Authority, Malta
A.G. Burnett, Chairman, Nevada Gaming Commission, Las Vegas, Nevada

11:00 – 11:15
Networking Break

11:15 – 12:15

Venetian Room

European Gaming Issue Panel -- Social Gambling in EU and the USA – a legal and business perspective
A new wave of Social Gambling forms is spreading across the EU and in particular in Germany. The wave finds its origin in the US where casual gambling is well developed also due to the difficult regulatory situation for real online gambling. This trans-Atlantic panel will discuss the status quo and perspective for social gambling in the EU as well as in the USA considering the business and legal perspective.
Moderator: Dr. Wulf Hambach, Founding Partner, Hambach & Hambach, Munich, Germany
Michael Cohen, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Caesars Acquisition Company, Nevada
Gerard Cunningham, Founder & CEO, Winistry VR and Founder & Chairman, Koolbit Inc.
Heiko Hubertz, Founder of the German Social Gambling Operator WHOW Games (also Founder of Big Point), Hamburg, Germany
Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Attorney, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Las Vegas, NV 
Steve Schrier, Partner, Blank Rome, LLP, Princeton NJ and Philadelphia PA

11:15 – 12:15

Crystal Room

The Growth of Tribal Gaming in the U.S. — A Nearly $29 Billion Industry
This panel of experts will address the economic state of Indian gaming and factors affecting its growth; the complex interplay of federal, state, and tribal governments and agencies; and recent trends and regulatory factors that have ramifications across the industry impacting gaming vendors, financial markets, casino patrons, local governments and tribal governments.
Moderator:  Jane Zerbi, Law Office of Jane Zerbi, Sacramento, CA
Jonodev Chaudhuri, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission 
Alan P. Meister, Ph.D, Nathan Associates, Inc., Irvine, California
Jamie Hummingbird, Director, Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission 

12:15 – 1:15
IMGL Awards Luncheon

Crown Room

1:30 – 2:30

Venetian Room

iGaming Growing Everywhere But Here
iGaming is a fast growing area across the globe yet has continued to struggle to take hold in the United States.  This panel will discuss the new developments in iGaming in Europe and the US and discuss why the growth, revenue and new players don’t seem to be enough to get iGaming to lift off in the US.
Sean McGuiness, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber, Reno, Nevada
Tiffany Conklin, Commissioner, California Gaming Control Commission, Sacramento, California
Ivan Souffront, Director of Compliance, Gamblit Gaming,  Glendale, California
Dr. Michael Rotert, Chair, Eco.de, Germany
I Nelson Rose, Professor of Law, Whittier Law School, Encino, California 

1:30 – 2:30

Crystal Room

Tribal-State Gaming Compact Hot Topics
This panel of experts will address the red hot topic of compacts --  covering recent new compacts in California, Florida, and Washington, and discussing how the scope of gaming authorized in tribal-state compacts greatly impacts the gaming industry. 
Moderator:  John Roberts, Executive Director, Pokagon Band Gaming Commission 
Sam Cohen,
Government and Legal Specialist, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Steve Hart, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, L.L.P., Phoenix, Arizona
Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker LLP, Tallahassee, Florida
Christine Masse, Partner, Miller Nash, LLP, Seattle, Washington

2:30 – 3:30

Venetian Room

California Cardrooms
California has a multi-billion dollar gaming market made up of a state run lottery, tribal casinos, race tracks and cardrooms. The panel discussion will focus on the cardroom industry, from regulatory oversight to current challenges facing this vibrant industry.
Moderator: Lauren Hammond, Commissioner, California Gambling Control Commission 
Yolanda Morrow, Assistant Bureau Chief, California Bureau of Gambling Control
Todd Vlaanderen, Chief Counsel, California Gambling Control Commission
Joy Fernbach Harn, General Counsel, Bicycle Hotel and Cardroom
Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., Former mayor, San Francisco, California
Kyle Kirkland, President, California Gaming Association, Fresno, California 
Darell Miers, President, Arise, LLC

2:30 – 3:30

Crystal Room

Native American Federal Case Law and Legislative Update: From Dollar General to Tribal Sovereignty
Indian Country continues to be at the forefront of hotly contested litigation and legislation at the federal level. This panel of tribal leaders, policy makers and legal experts will provide a lively update on pending federal cases and legislation of interest.
Moderator:  Michael McBride, Attorney, Seminole Nation of OK, Tulsa, OK
G. Dean Luthey, Jr., General Counsel, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association;  Partner, Gable Gotwals, Oklahoma
Dennis Whittlesey, Member, Dickinson Wright LLP, Washington DC

3:30 – 3:45
Networking Break

3:45 – 4:45

Venetian Room

Daily Fantasy Sports – The Regulators’ View 
The conference started with the industry’s view about daily fantasy sports.  Now we turn to hear how regulators view daily fantasy sports.  Regulators from across the United States and Europe will address how to regulate daily fantasy; is it legal or illegal gaming; should it be licensed and regulated by gaming authorities or just viewed as a consumer protection matter.    With huge sums of money, massive media interest, and litigation across the board, the future of daily fantasy is on the line.
Robert W. Stocker II, Member, Dickinson Wright LLP, Lansing, Michigan 
A.G. Burnett, Chairman, Nevada Gaming Control Board, Carson City, Nevada
Gayle Cameron, Commissioner, Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Boston, Massachusetts
John Barron, Deputy Executive Director, Ohio Casino Control Commission, Columbus, Ohio
Keith Kaneshiro, Prosecuting Attorney, Honolulu, Hawaii
Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority, Copenhagen, Denmark
Connie Jones, Director of Responsible Gaming, AGEM, Las Vegas, Nevada 

4:45 – 5:00
Conference Wrap-Up Session

Venetian Room

Mike ZatezaloPresident, IMGL

Preview of Fall Conference in Dublin
Phil Grant, Consul-General, Republic of Ireland
Joe Kelly and Sean McGuiness, Co-Chairs, IMGL Fall Conference

5:00 – 6:30
IMGL Closing Reception

Crown Room