IMGL 2023 Spring Conference
April 26-28, 2023
IMGL 2023 Spring Conference
April 26-28, 2023 Napa, California
We’re so looking forward to seeing you all in beautiful Napa Valley this April! We realize that many of you are making a trek over here from various parts of the world. To make things a bit easier, here are some recommendations on the best ways to get to Napa:
1) San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
San Francisco International Airport, located roughly 60 miles from Napa (up to 2 hours), is the largest airport in the bay area and represents a major hub for travel in and out of the City. While virtually every form of transportation service is available from SFO, we recommend taking Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from the airport to the San Francisco Ferry Building where passengers can board the Vallejo Ferry for a relaxing and scenic trip across the Bay. From Vallejo, travelers can pick up the Napa Vine route 11 shuttle to downtown Napa. Uber or taxi from SFO Airport is also an option, though can be costly. Please refer to our below options for private transportation companies.
2) Oakland International Airport (OAK)
Budget conscious travelers looking at alternate airports for deals and international visitors to the wine country interested in bypassing the San Francisco bustle will have the option to land across the bay in Oakland. The airport itself is a bit smaller, but hosts millions of travelers per year nonetheless. OAK offers all of the usual transportation options; however, the best choice for ease and the value will be Evans Inc. airport transportation service.
3) Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
Flying into Sacramento International Airport affords the traveler with a much more intimate airport experience than SFO and Oakland. Getting out of the airport is easier too. Napa Shuttle & Limousine is the go to concierge and transport from California’s capital city airport, and in addition to providing a luxury ride to Napa Valley from the airport.
Here is a list of private transportation companies out of SFO and their starting prices (rates could vary depending on time of day):
- MGL Limo – $318
- Ecko Worldwide Transportation – $334
- SFO Napa Car Service – $346
- SF City Limo – $270 – $340
- Five Emerald Limousine – $416
- Five Stars Limousine – $354.85
- American Limo Services – $324
Renting a car is also a great option as it gives you the flexibility to drive around Napa at your leisure, and could be more cost effective.
Registration is now open; Please Register Here
DELEGATES: Those wishing to attend conference sessions must register as a delegate. Please choose the delegate category that is appropriate for you. Delegate registration includes all conference sessions, Opening Reception, conference luncheons, Gala Dinner, and the IMGL Closing Reception.
GUESTS: Please register your guest(s) at the same time you register as a delegate. Guest registration includes the Opening Reception, Gala Dinner, and the Closing Reception. Guest registration does not include conference sessions or luncheons.
Next-Gen Lawyers Rates (Under 40)
For eligibility and to register, please contact Brien Van Dyke: email@example.com
Special discounts are available when at least three people from the same firm register.
For more information and to confirm eligibility, please contact Brien Van Dyke: firstname.lastname@example.org
If more than one regulator from your jurisdiction attends the Spring 2023 conference, the aggregate conference rate for two regulators will be the discount rate of $1,200.00 with each additional regulator representative from your jurisdiction being able to attend at a further discount rate of $495.00.
For sponsorship opportunities, please check out our Napa sponsor media pack 2023
We also have our Annual Packages found here, which include both our Spring and Autumn conferences.
Annual 2023 Sponsors
Annual Platinum Sponsor
Annual Gold Sponsor
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI)
Annual Silver Sponsors
Napa 2023 Sponsors
Global Payments is a Fortune 500® payments technology company, delivering the leading complete worldwide commerce ecosystem. Our unique, connected infrastructure unifies every aspect of commerce, from issuer solutions to payments, and the innovative software that delivers seamless customer experiences. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, we’re a worldwide team of approximately 25,000 people—including local experts on the ground in nearly 40 countries. Together, we support thousands of businesses across more than 100 industries. Empowering commerce for everyone.
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is a business law firm, serving both publicly held and privately held businesses, governmental entities and high-growth industries. Members of the Bose McKinney & Evans Gaming Group possess a deep understanding of the commercial, tribal, lottery, and online/mobile gaming industries, as well as the Indiana, Midwestern and broader gaming regulatory landscapes. Our professionals have been heavily involved in the gaming industry since 1993, when Indiana’s casino gaming law was initially passed, and have years of experience in state government and administration that make them well-suited to provide exemplary regulatory compliance, licensing, and related corporate and administrative law services to gaming operators, lotteries, lenders, investors, gaming equipment suppliers, technology suppliers and more.
Wednesday, April 26
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
IMGL Member Meeting
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Opening Reception & Registration
Fariway Deck at the Silverado Resort and Spa
Thursday, April 27
Morning – Plenary Sessions: Silverado Ballroom
8:00 am – 9:30 am
9:00 am – 9:10 am
Welcome and Conference Overview from IMGL President, Quirino Mancini
9:10 am – 9:30 am
Keynote Speaker: Mayor Willie Brown, Former Mayor of San Francisco
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Sports Betting in California
Proposition 26 and Proposition 27 were both soundly defeated by the voters in California in November 2022. California has a prosperous multi-billion-dollar gambling industry; tribal casinos, cardrooms, horse racetracks and a lottery. Is sports betting dead in California and if not, what lessons have been learned and what do the voters in California want to see in a bill that will best serve California?
Moderator: John Maloney, Owner/President, The Law Offices of John K. Maloney
Becky Harris, Distingushed Fellow, Gaming & Leadership, UNLV, International Gaming Institute
Jeremy Kleiman, Gaming Attorney, Saiber
John English, Chairman, International Gaming Standards Association
Gordon Dickie, Consultant/Casino Ops/Confidential Investigations, Compliance, Online Gaming & Sports Betting, PRE- Licensing Investigations
10:30 am – 10:55 am
10:55 am – 11:55 am
2023-24 Opportunities, Challenges and Issues: The Supplier Perspective
This panel will discuss the regulatory conformity/updates on shipping regulations to match today’s marketplace; advocacy to provide more consistency on licensure practices for suppliers since the large 20-30 companies are licensed in every jurisdiction around the globe; supply chain and logistics issues in today’s technology framework; commercial/operational challenges for suppliers in today’s environment; and other general matters of discussion amongst panel of gaming supplier executives.
Moderator: Daron Dorsey, Executive Director, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM)
Tom Jingoli, EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Konami
David Lucchese, EVP of Sales, Marketing & Digital, Everi
Deron Hunsberger, President – North America, Ainsworth Game Technology
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Fireside chat with David Rebuck (Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement ) and John McManus (Executive V.P., General Counsel & Secretary, MGM)
Thursday, April 27
Afternoon – Track Sessions
Track 1 – Silverado Ballroom
Track 2 – Vintner’s Court
Sessions 1 & 2
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Track 1: Sports Betting, Tribal-State Compacts & State Licensure: Legal & Market Implications for Tribes and Tribal Partners. How a state approaches legalizing and regulating sports betting has legal and market implications for tribes and their partners
This panel will set out the most prevalent approaches to date, including tribal sports betting through existing or amended compacts, and under state licensure. The panel also will explore the pros and cons of each approach through specific examples, as well as how tribes can choose the approach that will meet their market goals while maintaining tribal sovereignty.
Moderator: Kathryn Rand, Floyd B. Sperry Professor, University of North Dakota School of Law
Jennifer Carleton, Chief Legal Officer, Sightline Payments
Brandt Iden, VP Government Affairs, Fanatics Betting & Gaming
Tuari Bigknife, Attorney General, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Track 2: Emerging and experienced markets – overregulation or insufficient regulation
Moderator: Birgitte Sand, CEO, Birgitte Sand & Associates ApS
Connie Jones, Director of Responsible Gaming, Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers(AGEM)
Anders Dorph, Director, Danish Gambling Authority
Tom Mungham, Chief Executive Officer and Registrar, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
Susan Hensel,Co-Founder & Partner, Hensel Grad P.C.
Sessions 3 & 4
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Track 1: Hot Topics in Tribal Gaming
Recent federal regulatory action, federal policy shifts, and Appellate and Supreme Court cases significantly impact the Indian gaming industry and Indian law matters in areas of federal gaming policy, compact negotiations, tribal land acquisitions, and tribal regulatory licensing processes. On this panel, you will hear about the latest hot topics discussed by experts in the tribal gaming industry!
Moderator: Jane Zerbi, Attorney, Law Office of Jane. G Zerbi
Steven Light, Professor & Tribal Gaming Institute Co-Director, University of North Dakota College of Business & Public Administration
Kerry Patterson, Partner, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch LLP
Ron Segev, Technology, iGaming & DLT Lawyer, Segev LLP
Jody Cummings, General Counsel, Foxwoods Resort & Casino
Track 2: Emerging Markets – Latin America and Caribbean
This panel will discuss the latest regulatory developments and the opportunities that opened for all industry stakeholders. It will also uncover the trends that may determine the path for evolving frameworks this year.
Moderator: Karen Sierra Hughes, Vice President of Latin America & Caribbean, Gaming Laboratories International
Tomas Enrique Garcia Botta, Tax and gaming lawyer / Partner, MF Estudio
Fernando Garita, Gaming Consultant/Head of Business Development, Betcris
Jaime Rivera, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Gaming Commission
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Sessions 5 & 6
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Track 1: Industry Modernization: The Emergence of iLottery and iGaming
Moderator: Phil Sicuso, Attorney, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
JJ Burchman, President, RMC Legal
Andrew Cotton, Solicitor – Director of Betting & Gaming, Ince
I. Nelson Rose, Professor Emeritus, Whittier College
Track 2: Self-regulation for emerging gaming verticals
What is the stand of gaming legislation regarding new type of wagering events such as Esports in all its varieties? Some operators are establishing their own requirements to allow for betting on specific Esports events and leagues to guarantee integrity of the game and industry. Nevada recently worked on esports wagering regulations via their appointed Esports Technical Advisory Committee. Could this be another opportunity to take best practices across the world beyond regulation?
Moderator: C.J Fisher, Partner, Co-Chair, Gaming Department, Fox Rothschild LLP
Alex Igelman, Chief Executive Officer, Esports Entertainment Group
Juana Bischoff, Senior Business Development Manager, Oddin.gg
Dawn Himel, Deputy Director, Louisiana Department of Justice
Kelci S. Binau, Attorney, McDonald Carano
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Culinary Institute of America: Greystone
**Shuttle buses will leave the Silverado Resort & Spa at 5:45 pm. Return times will begin between 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm from the CIA. If you’d like to leave sooner, please plan accordingly.
Friday, April 28
Plenary Sessions: Ballroom
8:00 am – 9:30 am
9:00 am – 9:10 am
Welcome from IMGL President, Quirino Mancini
9:10 am – 9:25 am
9:25 am – 10:10 am
Investment Opportunities in the Gambling Industry and Navigating the Regulatory Issues
The gambling industry is very lucrative, but it is also heavily regulated due to its history of being influenced by organized crime. There are many investment opportunities for publicly traded companies, private equity groups and hedge funds that may have no regulatory footprint and are new to the gambling industry. What are the issues and barriers and that have to be overcome, for example a gambling supplier is acquired that has privileged licenses in multiple gaming jurisdictions, each jurisdiction with its own specific regulations and statutes. This panel will discuss the multitude of issues that need to be considered.
Moderator: Greg Giordano, Partner, McDonald Carano
Marie Jones, Attorney, Fox Rothschild
Kelly Duncan, Partner, Jones Walker
Michael Fabius, Partner, Ballard & Spahr LLP
Dan Reaser, Director and Chair of Government Relations and Regulatory Practice, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
10:10 am – 10:30 am
10:30 am – 11:15 am
Problems & pitfalls encountered in establishing a Sports Betting & i-Gaming legal regime & how various jurisdictions addressed these issues
This panel consisting of speakers from US, Canada and EU will focus on the major problems and issues confronted by different jurisdictions in determining whether to establish a sports betting and an i-Gaming regulatory legal framework, the factors that were considered by the jurisdictions in determining to regulate, the problems that were faced and how they were resolved.
Moderator: Michael Lipton, Senior Partner, Dickinson Wright LLP
Paul Burns, President & CEO, Canadian Gaming Association
Martin Lycka, SVP for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling, Entain
Joseph Borg, Partner, WH Partners
David Rebuck, Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
How regulators talk and deal with one another: shared experiences and exchanging information
Stakeholder consultation is far from being a similarly practiced let alone standardized process across the regulated markets. This means that even emerging jurisdictions lack general and objective terms of reference when it comes to providing the local gaming industry with a set of common, comprehensive, sustainable and fair rules. In this context, the only sensible and pragmatic way forward is for regulators to constantly share one another information, records and experiences regarding how they respectively deal with all key issues and aspects associated to the job of ruling gaming business. This panel will discuss the level and state of affairs of the inter-regulator talks on both sides of the Atlantic.
Moderator: Quirino Mancini, Partner, Tonucci & Partners
Carl Brincat, Chief Executive Officer, Malta Gaming Authority
Andrew Gellatly, Executive Director, AGCC
Caroline Kongwa, Chief Strategic Adviser, National Gambling Board, South Africa
Luke Rippee, Deputy Chief Investigations Division, Nevada Gaming Control Board
12:05 pm – 1:25 pm
IMGL Luncheon & Award Ceremony for Student Presentations
Special Guest Speakers & Wine Presentation with Brie Garcia (TV Personality, Former WWE Wrestler) & Ryan Hill (Vice President and Director of Sales, Hill Family Estate)
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Global legal frameworks
Do they support operators’ actions to prevent fraud related to player account frauds, match fixing, the use of bots and other activities that put in risk the integrity and fairness of the industry and player protection? While some gaming regulations allows for certain directionality for the contractual relation between operator and player, some jurisdictions’ judicial decisions are overturning operators’ actions that are based on player registration terms and conditions clauses that aim for fraud prevention. Is the solution at the gaming regulation level alone and what have we learn that could be applied across regulated markets?
Moderator: Gabrielle Angle, Director, Government Relations & Licensing, GeoComply
Santiago Asensi, Managing Partner and Founder, Asensi Abogados
Luís Portela de Carvalho, Head of Legal, Clever Advertising
Gonzalo Perez, CEO, Apuesta Total
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Cybersecurity is a Multiplayer Game: Where the Gaming Industry Is Most Vulnerable and Why Mitigating Risk is Everyone’s Responsibility
Historically, cybersecurity related functions have been one of the primary responsibilities of the IT department. In recent years, cyberattacks have been increasing in frequency, complexity, and severity at remarkable rates, putting the entire gaming organization at jeopardy—not just IT. To play it smart for 2023, cybersecurity should be considered a team sport, consisting of key members from various departments throughout the company to properly mitigate risk. It’s becoming more critical to start identifying key stakeholders across your gaming organization and to enforce that cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility – employees are stewards to help defend against cybercriminals. This session explores where the gaming industry is most vulnerable and why cybersecurity should matter to all employees.
Moderator: Melissa Aarskaug, Vice President of Business Development. Gaming Laboratories International
Lance Harris, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Everi
Jason Stump, CIO, Wynn Las Vegas
Sequoyah Simermeyer, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission
Robin Villareal, Chief Information Officer, Gila River Resorts and Casinos
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Tangible Tips for Advancing Responsible Gaming
A conversation with responsible gaming advocates and practitioners with experience in academia, consultancy, operations and regulation on actionable ideas for the gaming industry that promote responsible gaming awareness, that focus attention on positive conduct, and that enhance programs to strengthen the industry’s commitment to responsible marketing and promotion. These concepts will be inclusive of brick-and-mortar, sports wagering and online gaming operations.
Moderator: Stephen Martino, Senior Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer, MGM Resorts International
Rick Arpin, Managing Partner, KPMG
Amanda Blackford, Director of Operations & Problem Gambling, Ohio Casino Control Commission
Dr. Jennifer Shatley, Founder and Principal Consultant, Logan Avenue Consulting
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Opus One Winery
**Shuttle buses will be available for attendees at the Silverado Resort & Spa and will leave at 5:30 pm and take attendees back beginning at 7:30 pm
The Silverado Resort and Spa has offered a group discount rate of $229 per night between April 26 – 29 for a Cottage/Mansion King Bed with limited availabilities for a Queen option as well. Please book your room by March 27, 2023.
You may book your room HERE
Other nearby hotels:
- Hilton Garden Inn Napa
- Best Western Plus Inn At the Vines
- Napa Winery Inn
- Hotel Indigo
- Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Napa Valley
- The Meritage Resort & Spa
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley
- Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa
- Springhill Suites Napa Valley
- Hampton Inn & Suites Napa
Conference Speaker information will be available soon. If you are interested in being a speaker for this event, please contact Brien@imgl.org.
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