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IMGL 2017 Spring Conference

Wednesday, May 10

4:00 - 5:20 p.m.
Membership Business Meeting

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception


Thursday, May 11

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks

IMGL President Mike Zatezalo

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Jim Allen
, Chairman, President, CEO, Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc.

10:00 - 11:05 a.m.
Gaming Developments in LATAM and the Caribbean

This panel discussion will include current information on gaming developments in the LATAM and Caribbean sectors.  Panelists will include representatives of the regulatory sector and those operating within the current gaming environment in these regions.  As regulations become more certain, and as the political environment changes, operators are having to adjust their respective business models to participate in these growing markets. The market base has not yet become saturated, as in other international locations, so the regions should be followed by any company seeking an expanded customer base. 

Ernest C. Matthews IV, President/General Counsel, ISI - Maritime/Islands, Ltd.

Felix Gomez, CEO of Meier Corporation
Gino Campbell, General Director, Curaçao Gaming Control Board
James Kilsby, Managing Director - Americas for GamblingCompliance in Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Ryan Pinder, Partner, Graham Thompson, Bahamas

11:05 - 11:15 a.m.
Networking Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. 
The Future of Sports Betting in the United States

Efforts to legalize sports betting in the U.S. have intensified over the past year on a number of different fronts. The longstanding federal ban on state-sanctioned sports betting is under attack in the courts, the American Gaming Association has stepped up lobbying efforts to repeal the federal prohibition, and several of the major U.S. sports leagues (led by the National Basketball Association) have expressed a willingness to finally support expanded legal sports betting. After years of talk (but no action), 2017 may finally represent the breakthrough year for sports betting legalization in the US, especially as the Supreme Court appears poised to hear New Jersey's constitutional challenge to the federal ban on sports betting, and a number of states are readying sports betting bills in the event New Jersey wins its case. This panel of key stakeholders will examine the future of sports betting in the U.S., including an assessment of the likely path(s) to legalization, timelines, regulatory environment, and opportunities and challenges for stakeholders.

Daniel Wallach, Shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. 

Sara Slane, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, American Gaming Association
Frank Fantini, Founder and Publisher, Fantini Research
Robert W. Stocker II, Member & Gaming Practice Leader, Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dan Shapiro, VP Strategy and Business Development, William Hill US

12:30 -1:45 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address

James Maida, President/CEO, Gaming Laboratories International

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Globally Emerging Gaming Technology and Game Concepts: How are Regulators Dealing with Them?

Suppliers continually face the dilemma between what is technologically possible versus what gaming regulators can or will authorize.  Despite decades of success in using regulatory discretion to approve new game types, many suppliers still feel constrained by the lack of flexibility in considering new technology that many argue is more reliable and secure than older methods.  This panel will explore the path of gaming technology, some of the more innovative developments as well as the challenges in the develop process that might be inhibiting the ability of gaming operators to compete against the myriad of other entertainment options increasingly available to consumers online and in non-regulated delivery channels.

Kevin P. Mullally, Vice-President of Government Relations & General Counsel, GLI

Gayle Cameron, Commissioner, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Douglas Florence Sr, CPP, Business Development Director VPL - Gaming NA
Dale Fuga, Chief Operating Officer, Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba
Connie Jones, Director of Responsible Gaming, AGEM

​3:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
The Effects of the 2016 Elections and Emerging Trends facing Gaming in the United States

Given the unprecedented election of a former casino owner as President and the Republican control of Congress, this panel will discuss, among other things, the implications of the foregoing for the U.S. gaming Industry.  The panel will also look at the future of on-line gaming, tribal gaming and sports betting as changes in the executive, legislative and judicial branches start to be felt.

J. Kelly Duncan, Jones Walker, Louisiana, U.S.

Nick Casiello, Chair, Fox Rothschild, LLP., New Jersey, U.S.
Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker, LLP
Marc Ellinger, Partner, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C, Missouri, U.S.
Mike McBride, Chair, Crowe & Dunlevy, Oklahoma, U.S.

4:30 - 4:50 p.m.
A Comparative Economic Assessment of Indian Gaming and Commercial Gaming in the U.S.
The session will present the results from the newly released edition of Dr. Meister's Indian gaming study.  In this information-packed presentation, he will provide an update on the economic state of Indian gaming in the United States and compare and contrast it with commercial casino gaming segments.

Alan Meister, Principal Economist with Nathan Associates, Inc. and IMGL Member

4:50 - 5:00 p.m.
Organizational Remarks

​IMGL President Mike Zatezalo

​7:00 - 9:30
Gala Dinner

Adena Grill

Friday, May 12

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks

IMGL President Mike Zatezalo

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Trends and Hot Topics Affecting Horse Racing Around the World
Horse racing continues to be a popular worldwide gambling industry.  Access to international simulcast markets, new wagering types and new multi-million races are driving handle growth.  As the investments in the sport increase, regulators and industry lawyers are also stepping up their rules to ensure that the integrity of the sport remains intact.  This panel will look at the cutting edge topics from around the world facing horse racing from anti-doping programs to simulcasting regulations.

David Romanik, Florida, US

Scott Daruty, President, Monarch Content Management, Inc., California, U.S.
Pablo Kavulakian, Director, Latin American Racing Channel
Alex Waldrop, CEO, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Kentucky, U.S.
Marc Summers, General Counsel, Jockey Club, New York, U.S.
Ed Martin, President, Association of Racing Commissioners International, Kentucky, U.S.

10:30 - 10:45
Networking Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Issues involving Lotteries Around the World

As worldwide lottery sales quietly exceed $250 billion each year, issues arise in the industry which require unique legal expertise in addition to political forethought. Walking the fine line of increasing sales while not upsetting an often anti-gaming apple cart is where the members of this panel thrive. This panel will look at trends and best practices for lotteries and their vendors.

Dan Russell, Jones Walker LLP

Tom Dolan, Senior District Manager, Florida Lottery
Jim Kennedy, Chief Executive of Lottery, Scientific Games
Rodney Wilson, Account Development Manager, IGT Florida
Tal Itzhak Ron, Chairman and CEO, Tal Ron, Drihem and Co., Law Firm

12:15 - 1:30 
Lunch and Keynote Address

1:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Tribal Gaming Update
Tribal members and counsel will discuss the recent developments in Tribal gaming and the prospects that the new US President, Congress and Supreme Court hold for Tribal gaming issues.

Dennis Whittlesey, Dickinson Wright LLP

Mark Hammerle, Vantiv Gaming Solutions
​Dean Luthey, Gable Gotwals Law Firm
Joe Webster, Hobbs Strauss Dean & Walker, Washington, D.C.
Jane Zerbi, Law Office of Jane Zerbi, Sacramento, CA

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Networking Break

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.
The Evolution of Gaming Policy and Taxation in Europe
Denmark is the first European jurisdiction to evaluate its current gambling regulation. Malta proposes to introduce a simplified licensing system and has introduced first licenses for skill games. The UK is preparing for Brexit. The Netherlands are about to set into force their first online gaming regulation. Sweden has made a big move towards the re-regulation of its gaming market while Germany is still taking baby steps in term of reaching an EU compliant regulation - at the same time collecting more and more gaming related taxes. Gain some insight into how European gaming policies are constantly evolving and increasingly influenced by taxation.

Joerg Hofmann, Partner, Melchers Law Firm

Andrew Cotton, Director of Betting and Gaming, Gordon Dadds, United Kingdom
Morten Ronde, Partner, Nordic Gambling
Carl Brincat, Senior Legal Advisor, Maltese Gaming Authority, Malta
Birgitte Sand, Director, Danish Gambling Authority, Denmark
​Frank Tolboom, Partner, Kalff Katz & Franssen, The Netherlands
Mattias Kelmeling, Associate, Hansen Law Firm, Sweden and Malta

4:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Closing remarks

IMGL President Mike Zatezalo

5:00 - 6:00
Cocktail Reception