IAGA is pleased to announce a new free webinar series focusing on critical issues facing the global gaming industry. 
Held every six weeks and developed in conjunction with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) International Center for Gaming Regulation (ICGR), the UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI), the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law, Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) and Ernst & Young, these webinars will focus on key topics of interest within the ever evolving global gaming industry and will feature panelists who are thought leaders on each issue. The free webinars are made possible by Casino International, and all past webinars are archived in IAGA's Members Only section of this website. 

June 3, 8 a.m. PST

Gambling in the socially distant future – what will be the “new normal”?
From Macau to London to Las Vegas, the gaming industry is slowly emerging from an unprecedented global shutdown. As each jurisdiction takes conservative steps towards reopening their gaming facilities for business, taking into consideration new mandates requiring social distancing and other health and safety precautions for both patrons and employees, we are all wondering how the industry will adapt its services to provide the gambling experience customers expect in a safe environment. Featuring a panel of industry experts from around the world, this webinar will explore the challenges, hurdles and opportunities that the industry is facing and what the short and long-term lasting impacts on gaming operations and the industry as a whole might be.

Moderated by Dan Waugh, a Partner with Regulus Partners, the panelists will be:

  • Jon Duffy, Senior Vice President, Corporate Assurance & Regulatory Affairs, Genting UK
  • Travis Foley, Chief Operations Officer & Executive Vice President, Operations, BMM Testlabs
  • Sandra Douglass Morgan, Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • Rui Pinto Proença, Managing Partner, MdME Lawyers
  • Ellen Whittemore, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Wynn Resorts

To register, click here.

June 24, 8 a.m. PST

Cannabis, Casinos, and KYC
As the legalization of marijuana gains momentum, casinos – wherever located – must take steps to manage the potential money laundering and related risks of providing services to customers in the marijuana industry. These risks in the U.S. are real regardless of whether a casino is located in a state, Tribal territory, or foreign country that has legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana. This panel will bring together AML experts in private practice and casinos who have experience dealing with these and similar issues (e.g., hemp and CBD) to discuss compliance best practices, including developing specific due diligence, monitoring, and reporting procedures for customers that derive revenue from cannabis and ancillary businesses, which is becoming more difficult and important to detect than ever.

Moderated by Michael Bresnick, Chair, Financial Services Investigations and Enforcement Practice, Venable, the panelists will be: 

  • Stephen Martino, Chief Compliance Officer, MGM Resorts

July 8, 8 a.m.

Is There A Future for Blockchain In Gaming?
With so much historical focus on blockchain only in reference to its use to support cryptocurrency, its potential value for other gaming applications has been overlooked. This webinar will explore how Blockchain could be used to help gaming regulators streamline the licensing process, its potential use of smart contracts to permit more efficient handling and storage as well as an audit trial of transactions, its potential use as a payment processing platform and more. During the hour, the panelists will have an open and frank discussion that will illustrate the potential of Blockchain beyond its genesis as a cryptocurrency.

 Wednesday, August 26, 8 a.m.

The intersection between financial crime and problem gambling
Money laundering Is frequently viewed in terms of large-scale, trans-national criminal networks engaged in such activities as human trafficking, drug trafficking, or identity theft. We might also think of smaller networks of headline-grabbing criminals engaged in white-collar fraud and corruption, like Bernie Madoff or Jho Taek Low of the 1MDB scandal. While each of these poses a threat to the gaming industry, there is also a risk posed by gamblers who turn to crime to fund their addiction. 

Featuring AML and responsible gaming experts, this session will look at the relationship between gambling addiction and money laundering from multiple perspectives: global regulatory expectations and trends, compliance and casino operations and social responsibility. Case studies will be used as examples to define the problem and highlight evolving regulatory expectations. At the webinar’s conclusion, you’ll take away practices that can be implemented at your own company both to raise awareness and mitigate money laundering risk arising from problem gamblers.