Monday,  June 27  –  General Sessions
 9 a.m.  Welcome & Introduction to Keynote Speaker

 9:10 – 9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Welcome from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Online sports betting: its ongoing expansion, legislative challenges and more 
In the four years since the repeal of PASPA opened the door for US sports betting expansion, sports betting has exploded and is generating staggering revenue with seemingly no end in sight despite numerous hurdles that operators, regulators and other stakeholders have had to overcome. Numerous licensing challenges have arisen, creating confusion and uncertainty for existing license holders and causing frustration when leagues are allowed to share in revenue without being licensed. Betting integrity and tax rates continue to be topics of concern, as have numerous aspects of official sports data usage including its availability in real time, mandates for Tier 2 wagers, exclusive licenses and potential antitrust issues. Featuring a cross section of sports betting service providers, operators and advisors, our panel will consider the successes and challenges of sports betting’s expansion so far and address the challenges that still lie ahead. They will also discuss the legality of off-reservation betting under IGRA and consider other constitutional issues that have arisen.

Moderated by Mark Hichar, a Shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, the panelists include: 

  • Tommaso Di Chio, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Kambi
  • Richard Nathan, Chair, Colorado Gaming Commission
  • Jennifer Roberts, Vice President and General Counsel, WynnBet
  • Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, Partner, Snell Wilmer
11 – 11:30 a.m.

Networking Break

11:30 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m. 

Gambling advertising’s race to acquire customers:
are we heading for a crash?
In late 2018, Italy’s advertising and communications regulator Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM) introduced a blanket gambling advertising ban aimed at reducing rates of gambling addiction and ratcheting up player protection efforts. This quickly drew the attention of regulators and legislators elsewhere, resulting in tighter advertising restrictions or consideration of bans in other European countries. Given the exploding North American sports betting markets and the corresponding dramatic increase in player acquisition advertising, are we perilously heading toward a similar fate? This panel will take a deep dive into gambling advertising bans, debating issues like whether the European experience could be replicated in the US, whether bans or tighter restrictions have an impact on problem gambling, whether they represent a perceived or real failure of the industry to implement appropriate controls and safeguards, and what effect a bombardment of gambling advertising has on the industry’s reputation. Is gambling advertising a regulatory issue? A responsibility issue? Our panel will aim to answer these questions and more.

Moderated by Cait DeBaun, Vice President - Strategic Communications and Responsibility for the American Gaming Association (AGA), the panelists include: 

  • Frank Chesky, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Hard Rock International
  • Christopher Hebert, Gaming Division Director, Louisiana Attorney General's Office
  • Jeremy Kleiman, Partner, Saiber
  • Louis S. Rogacki, Assistant Attorney General, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Politics, community and culture: when enforcement and compliance
collide with industry perception and public confidence 
It’s no secret that the gaming industry is an easy target for individuals who point to it as a social ill for a seemingly ever-widening list of reasons, with finger pointing sometimes resulting in hefty regulatory fines. Given that industry standards continue to be raised, are we really under-performing when it comes to compliance and other controls, losing our focus on being a positive community contributor? Or, are regulators unduly influenced by political pressure and media coverage and thereby meting out disproportionate punishments? Featuring a diverse panel that will provide a 360-degree industry view, this session will candidly consider whether the industry is as bad as it is perceived in certain quarters or is a scapegoat for societal problems. It will also consider how negative perceptions are reinforced by widely publicized regulatory sanctions and restrictions on doing business, and whether the industry’s ESG efforts are helping to improve public and political perception. 

Moderated by Julian Harris, a Partner with Harris Hagan, the panelists include:

  • Jason Lane, Chief Executive, Jersey Gambling Commission
  • David Livermore, LL.B (Hons), Legal and Compliance Director, Ambassadeurs Group Limited
  • Raymond Lin, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
  • Martin Lycka, Senior Vice President of American Regulatory Affairs & Responsible Gambling – Entain Group
2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

A Hands-on Approach to Anti-Money Laundering and KYC
During this interactive session, we’ll tackle financial crime and risk with an intensive, multi-faceted look into current anti-money laundering and know your customer issues impacting land-based and online gambling. We’ll start with a high-level review of what’s happening across the global anti-financial crime spectrum, briefly evaluating recent regulatory developments and trends in the US, Europe and Asia, including the US 2020 AML Act (AMLA), the EU’s Fifth AML Directive, and the impact of expanding sanctions regimes. We’ll also discuss emerging financial crime threats that online sports betting and gaming operators should be on alert for and take a high-level look at common types of online fraud occurring in other industries. Next, we’ll present hypothetical case studies focused on AML / sanctions / fraud-related red flags inherent to digital and mobile gaming and the optimal risk mitigation strategies that could be considered, especially from a KYC standpoint.

Moderated by Vasilios Chrisos, a Principal with PwC's Financial Crimes Unit, the panelists include: 

  • Jennifer Aguilar, Chief Compliance Officer, DraftKings
  • Danny DiRienzo, GeoComply
  • Jon Duffy, Senior Vice President – Corporate Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Genting Casinos
  • Simon Planzer, Partner, Planzer Law
3:30 – 4 p.m.

Networking Break

4 - 5 p.m.

Beyond North America: Key Updates from Overseas 
With all the growth currently taking place in North America and record revenue numbers being reported by the AGA, it’s easy to lose sight of the many changes impacting other key gaming markets around the world. Macau is in the middle of operator concession renewals, DFS games and sports betting are continued topics in the EU and the United Kingdom’s Gaming Commission is undergoing a gambling review that could have significant impacts on its licensees. In Germany, market players like skill game provider GameDuell, fantasy sports provider spitch.tv or the leading esports platform esports.com are offering their products outside the scope of the German Gambling Regulation, resulting in a new co-regulation initiative which started in Germany but will probably further unfold in other EU markets like Spain, where new regulatory changes related to a responsible gambling decree are upcoming. Featuring an impressive lineup of experts intimately involved with these and other matters, this update on the wide world of regulated gaming is one you won’t want to miss.

Moderated by Wulf Hambach, a Partner with Hambach & Hambach, the panelists include: 

  • Bahar Aladdini, Partner, Harris Hagan
  • Santiago Asensi, Asensi Abogados
  • Thomas Konermann, Vice President - Sales Business Stream Systems, TÜV Rheinland International
  • Rui Pinto Proença, Partner, MdME

 
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