IMGL 2016 Spring Conference
April 20 - 22, 2016
San Francisco, California
April 20—22, 2016
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This year’s IMGL Spring Conference took place April 20—22 at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel in the historic Nob Hill area of San Francisco.
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Registration is no longer open for this event.
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Konami Gaming, Inc.
Konami Gaming, Inc. is Born from fun® with entertaining games that ignite player’s imaginations and an innovative casino management system that drives business forward. Konami is a complete gaming manufacturer that develops, designs, manufacturers, distributes, sells and services slot machines and a casino management system, SYNKROS. Konami’s headquarter is located in Las Vegas and their products are distributed throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. For more information please visit our website or contact Thomas Jingoli, CCO/Senior Vice President at 1-702-616-1400.
Gala Dinner Sponsor
Fox Rothschild LLP is a national law firm with nearly 750 attorneys practicing in 22 offices coast to coast. We’ve been serving clients for more than a century, and we’ve been climbing the ranks of the nation’s 250 largest firms for many years, according to The National Law Journal. Ranked by Chambers Global among the top gaming lawyers worldwide, Fox is home to one of the largest gaming law practices in the United States, complete with skilled attorneys who possess decades of experience helping clients domestically and internationally achieve success in this highly regulated industry.
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT generated approximately $6 billion in revenues in 2014 and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit merger.igt.com.
Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers
AGEM is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of electronic gaming devices, systems, table games, key components and support products and services for the gaming industry. AGEM works to further the interests of gaming equipment suppliers throughout the world. Through political action, trade show partnerships, educational alliances, information dissemination and good corporate citizenship, the members of AGEM work together to create benefits for every company within their organization. Together, AGEM has assisted regulatory commissions and participated in the legislative process to solve problems and create a business environment where AGEM members can prosper while providing a strong level of support to education and responsible gaming initiatives.
Betcade is the first dedicated Android app store for the gaming industry and the premier destination for players to discover, download and manage the best gaming apps. Betcade provides a trusted and secure branded app store that makes it easy for operators to distribute and promote their real money gaming apps, and for players to discover, download and play all of the games they love. Once players install Betcade and download their favorite real-money apps, management, updates and deposits are seamless.
Founded to create the first Android ecosystem specifically for gaming, Betcade’s executive team has deep roots in gaming and mobile industries. The company is privately held with offices in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.
Gamblit Gaming is the leading technology provider in the emerging interactive entertainment meets gambling space, enabling a wide range of game genres to accommodate gambling experiences in online and on-site deployments worldwide. Gamblit’s platform provides all essential regulated technology, customer operations, and licenses; freeing up game developers, publishers, and casino operators to focus on making the best possible game experience for their players. Founded with the goal of bridging the gap between games and gambling, Gamblit’s executive team has deep roots in both industries. The company is headquartered in Glendale, California.
Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company presently operates twenty-nine facilities in nineteen jurisdictions, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Ontario. In aggregate, Penn National’s operated facilities currently feature approximately 34,800 gaming machines, approximately 850 table games, 2,900 hotel rooms and approximately 1.6 million square feet of gaming floor space.
GamblingCompliance is an established information provider for the global gambling industry, providing executives with impartial and timely regulatory, legal and market information and analysis plus breaking news – in one, fully customisable online subscription service. In addition, key industry reports such as European Gambling Online and US Internet Gaming are available, giving you an in-depth insight into issues based not only on our in-house expertise but also the relationship with key industry figures that GamblingCompliance has. A Daily Newsletter plus an additional Weekly Round-up means that you are fully informed and up-to-date on every gaming issue that will affect your decision making. Track, analyse and easily search information that is relevant and reliable, from one respected source. For a free 2 week trial, visit www.gamblingcompliance.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
IMGL San Francisco
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20
4:00 – 5:00
IMGL Membership Meeting
5:30 – 7:30
IMGL Welcome Reception
Pavilion, Loggia and Roof Garden
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
8:00 – 9:30
Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15
Welcome & Conference Overview
Michael Zatezalo, IMGL President
9:15 – 9:45
Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr., former Mayor of San Francisco
9:45 – 11:00
KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION
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
11:15 – 12:30
KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION
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, Partner, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC, Jefferson City, Missouri
Seth Schorr, Chief Executive Officer, Fifth Street Gaming
Chris Grove, Partner, Narus Advisors
Daniel Wallach, Partner & Shareholder, Becker 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
Bill Romanowski, San Francisco 49ers Legend
2:15 – 3:15
IMGL BREAKOUT I
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
INDIAN COUNTRY SERIES I
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
3:45 – 5:00
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
Bill Thompson – Chips Ahoy – Gaming on Ships
6:00 – 7:00
Private Sponsors Reception
6:00 – 7:00
7:00 – 9:30
IMGL Signature Dinner Event
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
8:00 – 9:00
9:00 – 10:00
KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION
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
KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION
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
11:15 – 12:15
IMGL BREAKOUT II
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
INDIAN COUNTRY SERIES II
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
1:30 – 2:30
IMGL BREAKOUT III
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
INDIAN COUNTRY SERIES III
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
IMGL BREAKOUT IV
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
INDIAN COUNTRY SERIES IV
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
3:45 – 4:45
KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION
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
Mike Zatezalo, President, 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
Host Hotel and Accommodations
The host hotel for IMGL’s Spring 2016 Conference is the world-renowned, Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, which presents an awe-inspiring picture of historic San Francisco. The grandeur of the luxury hotel atop Nob Hill coupled with its reputation for impeccable service promises a truly memorable experience during your San Francisco vacation. Known for turning moments into memories for leisure and business travelers alike this luxury San Francisco hotel has been host to some of the most influential meetings and events, breathtaking weddings and personalized special occasions of the century.
In addition to its 592 guest rooms and suites this luxury San Francisco hotel offers fine dining with three renowned restaurants and lounges, as well as 55,000 square feet of spectacular function space. With a panoramic view of the City and the Bay from high atop Nob Hill, Fairmont San Francisco hotel presents an unmatched blend of luxurious accommodations, elegant meeting spaces and superb services, which make for an unforgettable stay.
Centrally located, this luxury San Francisco hotel is a short cable car trip from the bustling Downtown, Financial District, Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. In fact, Fairmont San Francisco hotel is the only spot in San Francisco where each of the City’s cable car lines meet.
Fairmont San Francisco
950 Mason Street
California, United States 94108
To make your reservations, visit this link.
A special rate is available at the nearby Stanford Court Hotel.
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To reserve by phone, call: 1.877.348.6879 or 1.425.989.3500 and mention the group code IMGL
Airport pick up service
available through Gold Town Limousine. Rates are:
Sedan: $85 per person plus 20% gratuity
SUV: $125 per person plus 20% gratuity
Contact Thomas Lee at Gold Town Limousine directly to make arrangements
See & Do
San Francisco has a lot to offer, these are just some of the highlights:
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
San Franciscans are passionate aboutheir signature landmark, though everyone agrees that it’s a good thing that the navy didn’t get its way over the bridge’s design – naval officials preferred a hulking concrete span, painted with caution-yellow stripes, over the soaring art deco design of architects Gertrude and Irving Murrow and engineer Joseph B Strauss, which, luckily, won the day.
To see both sides of the Golden Gate debate, hike or bike the 1.7-mile span. MUNI bus 28 runs to the parking lot, and pedestrians and cyclists can cross the bridge on sidewalks.
Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse in the Western United States but became a federal penitentiary from 1934-1963, housing famous convicts such as Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Now, this once infamous prison island is part of the Bay Area’s 80,000-acre Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Located one-and-a-half miles from Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz is one of the city’s most popular attractions. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived. Although the last inmates were transferred off the island in 1963, the main prison block with its steel bars, claustrophobic (9 x 5-foot) cells, mess hall, library and “dark holes,” where recalcitrant languished in inky blackness, is still structurally intact.
One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square’s famous “postcard row” at Hayes and Steiner Streets is indeed a visual treat. A tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses is back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast. The grassy square itself is an ideal midday break.
More than 75 percent of San Francisco’s visitors include Fisherman’s Wharf on their itinerary. Waterfront marketplaces and the Wharf’s famous fishing fleet make for a terrific fish story. Fishing boats, sea lions basking in the sun, seafood stalls, steaming crab cauldrons, seafood restaurants and sourdough French bread bakeries … you know you’re in world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Souvenir shops and historic ships add to the atmosphere. The historic F-Line streetcar and two cable car lines terminate in the area and sightseeing boats and boat charters link to Alcatraz (“The Rock”) , Angel Island and other points around San Francisco Bay.
San Francisco is one of the few places in the world people can ride on a national historic landmark. The cable cars are the world’s last permanently operational manually operated cable car system, in the U.S. sense of a tramway whose cars are pulled along by cables embedded in the street.
BEYOND SAN FRANCISCO
Come experience The Legendary Napa Valley – America’s premier wine, food, arts, wellness destination. You’ll want to stay a little longer. For more information, contact Rene Maloney at +1 916 792 5121 or the Law Offices of John K. Maloney at +1 702 387 9397.
You will never tire of driving the 99 miles of Monterey County coastline in either direction. But as hard as it might be to take your eyes or mind off the coastal splendor, there are 3,324 square miles of magnificence that beg for exploration.
Source: LonelyPlanet.com and SanFrancisco.travel