This year's International Gaming Summit featured a wide range of compelling topics, with discussion between industry thought-leaders and experts. 

Wednesday, June 3

9 – 9:15 a.m.


Welcome Address and Opening Remarks 
Katie Lever, IAGA President & Scientific Games Executive Vice President and General Counsel

9:15  – 10 a.m.


Keynote Address:  A Brief History of Gaming: The Mob, the Sheep, the Crash, and the Millennialsby Diana Bennett, Chairman of the Board, Paragon Gaming

10 – 11 a.m.











The Press Conference: What the media did next
Moderated by Roger Gros, Global Gaming Business Publisher, We turn the usual on its head and make the media the focus of attention. Our panel of media heavyweights will tell us not just where gaming is going but how the media is likely to cover it. The panelists will be:

  • Kate O’Keeffe, Wall Street Journal
  • James Kilsby, US Managing Editor, Gambling Compliance
  • Muhammad Cohen, Inside Asian Gaming Editor at Large & Forbes Contributing Writer

11 – 11:30 a.m.


 Networking & Refreshment Break

11:30 a.m. –
12:30 p.m.











What’s the point of consumption? 
Moderated by John Hagan, a Partner with Harris Hagan, the panel evaluates how new legislation has changed the way remote gaming is regulated in some jurisdictions. What does this mean for old and new markets? The topic's panelists are:

  • Jenny Williams, CEO and Commissioner, Gambling Commission of Great Britain 
  • Phill Brear, Gibraltar Gaming Commission
  • Larry Potts, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Security,
    Scientific Games
  • Kahlil Philander, Ph.D., BCLC Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

12:30 – 2 p.m. 


Lunch, including breakout sessions: 

Regulating Fantasy Sports:
Mickey likes it! Walt Disney Co. has announced plans to invest $250 million in online daily fantasy sports business DraftKings, Inc., valuing the company at roughly $900 million. With Mickey in the sports wagering business, is its continued growth a foregone conclusion? Hear from the experts on the challenges and possible opportunities for the nascent industry. Moderated by Adam Krejcik of Eilers Research, the panelists include: 

  • Joe Asher, William Hill
  • Greg Gemignani, Dickinson Wright
  • Melissa Blau, CFO, Line Gaming & President, Fast Fantasy

Reefer Madness (CLE Credit for Ethics): This panel will discuss the impact of the legalization of marijuana for medical, retail and recreational use on the gaming industry. The panel will also address ethical considerations for attorneys representing the marijuana industry. Moderated by David Malone of Miller, Malone & Telleson, the panelists include:

  • Chris Stearns, Chairman, Washington State Gambling Commission
  • Sean McGuinnessPartner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber

The Convergence of Gaming Payments and Financial Regulation: This panel will evaluate how gaming payments have evolved. While cash has been king in the casino business for decades, now cash is going the way of tokenized slot machines because of technological advancements and changes in consumer behavior. Learn about the convergence of gaming payments, changes in fraud liability and FinCIN compliance, and how the new world of electronic commerce appears ready to fundamentally change the gaming industry. Moderated by Michael Lipton, the panelists include: 

  • Joseph Pappano, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Vantiv
  • Thomas Rafferty, Vice President - Intellectual Property, Scientific Games
UNLV and the International Gaming Institute: Gaming is a global industry. Ownership, management, technology, and business practices span local and international borders, and the breadth and complexity of these practices require that gaming industry decisions be informed by sophisticated research and analysis.  As an academic institution in the global intellectual capital of gaming, UNLV is in a unique position to impact the gaming industry through advanced research and to provide experienced training for the full range of gaming industry professionals including CEOs and general counsels, state regulators, and those working in compliance, technology, and data.  This panel will discuss current and future initiatives at the International Gaming Institute and the William S. Boyd School of Law, and how they can best contribute to this dynamic and growing industry. The panelists are:
  • Bo Bernhard, Ph.D., Executive Director, UNLV International Gaming Institute
  • Ngai Pindell, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, UNLV Boyd Law School
  • Kahlil Philander, BCLC Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

2 – 3 p.m.











Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be, Unless You're the CFO of a Gaming Company
Our roundtable of industry CFO's will talk dollars and sense. Moderated by Rich Baldwin, Managing Director for Union Gaming Group, the panelists include:

  • Harry Hagerty, Sightline Interactive
  • Geoffrey Davis, Melco Crown
  • Scott Schweinfurth, Scientific Games

3:10 – 4:10 p.m.











Politics, community and culture: Redux
Moderated by Jennifer Carleton, a Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the panel will explore how gaming decisions are no longer just about probity, technical competence and commercial viability. In many places regulators are now obliged to consider community views as well as the social and economic impacts of their decisions. How should industry navigate through these sometimes choppy waters? This session was touched on in 2014 – our panelists return in 2015 to address matters left unsaid in Philadelphia. The topic's panelists are: 

  • Carl Sottosanti, Senior Vice-President and General Counsel, Penn National Gaming
  • Jason Lane, Chief Executive, Jersey Gambling Commission
  • Stephen Martino, Partner, Duane Morris 
  • Kim Sinatra, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Wynn Resorts
  • Thomas Russell, Chairman, Pokagon Gaming Commission
5 – 6 p.m.











Global Gaming Women (GGW) Champagne Cocktails: Join us in the Fairmont Skybar for champagne and an insightful discussion on the importance of philanthropy presented by Diana Bennett, Chairman of Paragon Gaming. 

Thursday, June 4

9 – 9:45 a.m.


Keynote Address: The Pace of Technology Driving Globalization and Convergence in the Gaming Industry by Gavin Isaacs, CEO of Scientific Games
Across all industries and all geographies, the increase in the speed of technological progress has driven profound changes in both how and where we do business. In just the past 10 years, modern globalization has been heavily impacted by continuous advances in digital technologies – mobile devices, cloud computing, Internet of Things, social networks, Big Data and analytics – to name a few. The gaming industry has been both evolving and yet also at the precipice of monumental change, as consumer trends are changing the way we think about traditional gambling and global markets are becoming more sophisticated. Consolidation and convergence of lottery and gaming on the supplier side has been largely driven by the need for transformational innovation and scale to adapt to a hyperconnected and more accessible world.  What challenges and opportunities have arisen for both gaming suppliers and operators in responding to fast-changing consumer preferences in a Digital Age? Are these changes connecting the global gaming industry or creating further divides?

9:45  – 10:45 a.m.











Responsible Gambling Matters
Moderated by Chris Reilly, Senior Researcher with the National Center for Responsible Gaming, the panel will evaluate how self-exclusion, third party exclusions, pre-commitment and bans on local residents gambling continue to be debated around the world. What works and what doesn’t? Can the industry work together to find the best approach? The topic's panelists are:

  • Dirk Hansen, CEO, Gamcare (UK)
  • Jon Grant, MD, JD, MPH, The University of Chicago 
  • Stephen Crosby, Chairman, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
  • Ross Ferrar, Gaming Technologies Association

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.


 Networking & Refreshment Break

11:15 a.m. – 
12:30 p.m.











New markets: is there a magic formula?
Moderated by Bo Bernhard, Executive Director of the UNLV International Gaming Institute, New gambling markets continue to evolve. How does a non-gaming jurisdiction work out how to become a respected gaming jurisdiction? How does industry contribute to ensure the new market fits in with industry expectations? The topic's panelists are:

  • Jed Nosal, Counsel, Brown Rudnick
  • David Rittvo, Executive Vice President, Innovation Group
  • Maire Conneely, Senior Associate, A&L Goodbody
  • Alex Stolyar, Chief Development Officer, Full House Resorts

12:30 – 2 p.m. 


Lunch, including breakout sessions

Regulating Skill-based Games: Moderated by Salim Adatia from GLI, this panel will explore how entertainment such as fantasy sports, social gaming, skill-based amusement devices, and gray area games, such as those found in internet cafes and amusement parlors, exhibit some characteristics familiar to gaming regulators. As games become more monetized and begin to look more like casino games the application of existing regulatory structures is becoming more difficult. This panel will take a deep dive in an effort to help attendees better understand where these modern forms of entertainment fit into current and future regulatory frameworks. The panelists include: 

  • Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker
  • Tina Kilmer, Vice President of Product Compliance, Scientific Games
  • Geoff Hansen, Genesis
  • Andre Wilsenach, ED, Alderney Gambling Control Commission

REIT's? Right!
Moderated by Paul West, a Shareholder with Baker Donelson, the use of Real Estate Investment Trusts within the gaming industry has become one of the hottest topics in the industry. This panel will explain how REITs work and how they can benefit gaming companies.  The panel will also discuss some of the drawbacks and the potential downsides to such arrangements. The panelists include:

  • Tom Mahoney, Baker Donelson

Impact of Gambling on Indigenous Communities: Moderated by Kate Spilde from the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming at San Diego State University, the panel will discuss how gaming can provide various opportunities and threats to local and indigenous communities. What are the social and economic consequences of introducing gambling and how should governments and regulators respond? Our panel will provide a global perspective into this intrinsically local issue. The panelists include: 

  • Duarte Chagas, Legal Advisor, Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ) 
  • Chris Stearns, Chairman, Washington State Gambling Commission
  • Thomas Russell, Chairman, Pokagon Gaming Commission

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.











It Ain’t Sexy…But It’s Important: The Latest in AML
Moderated by Jeremy Frey of Pepper Hamilton, the panel will discuss how whether it’s FinCEN’s approach to sportsbetting or the recent 4th Directive of the European Union, there are always ongoing developments in anti-money laundering. This session will address the many and varied complexities of AML as they intersect with the gambling industry as a whole. The topic's panelists will be:

  • Michael Bresnick, Partner, Venable
  • Vasilios Chrisos, Principal, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, Ernst & Young
  • Pierre Tournier, Consultant, Instinctif Partners
  • Elizabeth Cronan, Senior Director, Gaming Policy, American Gaming Association
  • Jon Genovese, BSA Officer & Director of Regulatory Compliance, Vantiv

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


Your IAGA: An Update
Katie Lever, IAGA President & Scientific Games Executive Vice President and General Counsel

3:30 – 4 p.m.


Networking & Refreshment Break

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.


Say it ain’t so
Moderated by Frank Fantini, CEO of Fantini Research, the legalization of sportsbetting in the USA and Canada seems to be stalled by fears of match fixing. Is the concern valid? What can be done to combat match fixing? And what do professional sports and betting operators do now to protect themselves from match fixers? The topic's panelists are:

  • Paul Burns, Vice-President, Canadian Gaming Association
  • Matthew Holt, Vice President of Business Development, CG Analytics
  • Eamonn Toland, CEO, Paddy Power North America
  • Andy Cunningham, Sportradar Director Security Services Australia
  • Cameron Adams, BCLC Director of Product & Business Development

Friday, June 5

9 – 10 a.m.











When Opportunity Knocks: Responding to Market Changes
Moderated by Connie Jones from AGEM, it is said that big companies don’t do small things well. On this basis, the recent consolidation of vendors has opened the door to new, niche players. But how should they cope with market access restrictions? Are there new models of funding? And how should they cope with Intellectual Property issues? Do regulators have a role? What do the operators expect? The topic's panelists are:

  • Duarte Chagas, Legal Advisor, Macau DICJ
  • Travis Foley, Senior Vice President, BMM
  • Senator Mark Lipparelli, Nevada State Senate
  • Todd Haushalter, Vice President of Casino Operations, MGM Resorts International

10  – 11 a.m.











What’s on the agenda?
Moderated by Peter Cohen, Director of Regulatory Affairs with the Agenda Group, this year our panel of senior regulators will be probed about what keeps them awake at night. The topic's panelists are:

  • Jean Major, CEO, Alcohol and Gaming Commission, Ontario
  • Jason Lane, CEO, Jersey Gambling Commission and Chairman of Gambling
    Regulators European Forum 
  • Birgitte Sand, CEO, Danish Gambling Authority
  • Duarte Chagas, Legal Advisor, Macau Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ)

11 – 11:30 a.m.


 Networking & Refreshment Break

11:30 a.m. – 
12:30 p.m.











The Monte Cristo Committee: The Conflicting Roles of the Compliance Committee 
(CLE Credit for Ethics)
Moderated by Mark Clayton, Shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, this session will discuss how 
compliance committees sit in the middle between regulators and law enforcement on one side and the company they represent on the other. Does being the meat in the sandwich mean they necessarily have to be battered? Are protections, such as privilege, available? What do regulators expect and how can companies and their compliance committees strike the right balance? The topic's panelists are:

  • Quinton Singleton, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary,  CG Technologies
  • Michael Neilson, General Counsel, Crown Resorts
  • Loretta Lillios, Chief Enforcement Counsel / Deputy Director, Massachusetts Investigations and Enforcement Bureau
  • Michelle Chatigny, Gaming Compliance Advisors, LLC
  • Senator Greg Brower, Nevada State Senate 


12:30 –
12:45 p.m. 


Closing Remarks
Katie Lever, IAGA President