Tuesday,  May 15  –  General Sessions
 9:30 a.m.  G2E Asia Opening Ceremony & Keynote
Venetian Macao Conference Hall

 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Cryptocurrency & Blockchain: Coming Soon to a Casino Near You?
And if it does, do you know what to do? This session will open your eyes, if not your digital wallets, by exploring what cryptocurrency and blockchains are, how they are used in gaming, and the benefits and challenges they pose for operators and regulators.
Moderated by Andre Wilsenach, Executive Director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, International Center for Gaming Regulation, the panelists are: 

  • Bob Boyle,Senior Manager, Assurance Services/Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services, Ernst & Young
  • Stefan Kovach, Director of Business Strategy, FunFair
  • Darin Oliver, Founder, Blockdraw Technologies
  • Omer Sattar,Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Sightline Payments
  • John Toohey, CEO & Co-founder, Deminode
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Impact of Illegal Gaming on Regulated Gaming
Illegal gambling continues to present a significant threat to legalized gaming. In the US, more than $2.5 billion a year is believed to be wagered through illegal offshore sports betting; the Philippines and China recently initiated joint exercises to crack down on transnational cyber-gambling; and in Europe, United Kingdom operators are now liable for any illegal activities developed by their affiliates. This panel will explore the steps being taken globally to combat the risks presented by illegal gaming activities in major markets and talk about ways the global industry can work together to fight illegal gaming. Moderated by Santiago Asensi, a Partner with Asensi Advogados, the panelists are:

  • Geoff Freeman, President and Chief  Executive Officer, American Gaming Association (AGA)
  • Nick Hunsworth, Partner, Mayer Brown
  • Justin Koh, Associate General Counsel, Marina Bay Sands
  • Mark Ostrowski, Former Administrator, Illinois Gaming Control Board
12:30 – 2 p.m. Lunch with Breakout Sessions

When Does Social Gaming Become Unsocial?
Featuring themes focused on everything from emoji, superheroes, characters from ancient civilizations, mythology and fairy tale legends, when does a social game theme cross the “age appropriate” line and appeal to underage gamers? With both land-based and online gambling operations having strict age-verification requirements, to what extent does the growing availability and appeal of these types of themed social and “soft” gaming products create an issue for operators and regulators? Moderated by 
Lloyd D. Levenson, CEO, Cooper Levenson, the panelists are:

  • John Lin, Managing Director, PlayStudios Asia
  • Jessica Maier, LLM, Melchers

Legal Ethics Credit #2 - 
Legal Ethics in the Era of Data Privacy and Data Breaches
There have many recent instances of data breaches questioning how companies handle data privacy. This panel will address that, but also the legal ethics considerations for in-house and outside counsel. Moderated by Sean McGuinness, a Partner with Butler Snow, the panelists are:

  • Carole Brand, CLO and General Counsel, Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise
  • Marc Rubinstein, Partner, Reid, Rubinstein & Bogatz
2 - 3 p.m.

Regulators Roundtable: Striving to be the Best
Industry can measure success using tools such as market share and profitability. But how do regulators know when they are doing their job well? What are appropriate metrics? Our panel of regulators will explain what matters to them, and therefore, what should matter to the industry. Moderated by 
Peter Cohen, Director of Regulator Affairs for The Agenda Group, the panelists are: 

  • Karl Bennison, Chief – Enforcement Division, Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • Tom Mungham, Chief Operating Officer, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
  • Tan Teck Wang, General Counsel, Casino Regulatory Authority, Singapore
  • Mark Ostrowski, Former  Administrator, Illinois Gaming Control Board
  • Jorn Starck, Executive Director, Alderney Gambling Control Commission
3 – 4 p.m.

This is Not a Drill: Crisis and Emergency Management
In the shadow of 2017 events, including the June Resorts World Manila attack and the October Las Vegas Harvest Festival tragedy, what should operators and their regional government agencies be doing to protect casino patrons and employees? This sobering session will explore these issues in a candid discussion on crisis management, internal security and how best to apply a duty of care. Moderated by Muhammad Cohen, Contributing Writer for Forbes and Editor at Large for Inside Asian Gaming, the panelists are:

  • AG Burnett, Partner – Gaming & Administrative Law Group, McDonald Carano
  • Lon Jacobs, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Las Vegas Sands Corporation
  • Ekraj Rai, Managing Director, OMNIRISC Security   
4 – 5  p.m.

How Emerging Products and Technologies are
Shaping the Casino of the Future
The gaming industry has come a long way from the basic three-reel slot machines. Consumer expectations and technology advancements are forcing equipment manufacturers to explore new ways to enhance the gaming experience. This future-forward session will dive deeply into new products and the data being used to support their development. This session will also consider how games involving skill meet regulatory requirements including return-to-player ratios and player fairness. Moderated by Ian Hughes, Vice President of Global Services for Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), the panelists are:

  • Billy Leung, Manager – Regional Product Compliance Asia, IGT
  • Joseph Pappano, Senior Vice President, WorldPay Gaming
  • Tim Richards, Chief Product Strategy Officer, Everi
  • Ed Winkofsky, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig


Monday General Sessions    –    Wednesday Financial Crime & Risk Workshop    –    Wednesday Responsible Gaming Forum