Monday, October 14, 2019

10 – 10:05 a.m.

Opening / Welcome

10:05 – 11 a.m.

The ongoing uncertainty created by the latest DOJ Wire Act opinion
Since the US Department of Justice issued its revised opinion on the Wire Act of 1961, and then extended the moratorium on its enforcement until June 15, the uncertainty and confusion that has resulted has been widespread. Multiple states have initiated legal action against the federal government, the most notable being New Hampshire filing suit to protect their related revenues. Although it’s hard to predict what the status of the case will be by October, this session will review the current state of affairs, discuss the implications of the revised DOJ opinion and its disconnect with UIEGA, its chilling effect on intra-state wagering, the payment processing concerns it raises and more.  Moderated by CJ Fisher, a partner with Fox Rothschild, the panelists are:

  • Greg Brower, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
  • Dawn Himel, Deputy Director - Gaming Division, State of Louisiana Attorney General's Office 
  • Matthew McGill, Partner, Gibson Dunn
  • Kent Young, CEO, Spin Games

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The latest in financial crime detection and prevention best practices and trends
Featuring several financial crime and risk prevention and detection experts, this best practices session will look at three critical aspects of financial crime and risk. First, the panel will evaluate the FinCrime compliance risks for current industry growth areas like sports wagering, online gaming and lottery services, and esports. Next, they will take a look at thecurrent use of data-analytics and technology for FinCrime analysis, sharing their insights on how casinos and regulators are using analytics to better track financial crimes and suspicious activity indicators in real-time. Finally, the panel will address common financial crime risks that are applicable globally and discuss how different jurisdictions are tackling areas such as calculating and monitoring patron risk, addressing suspicious activity indicators, tracking and aggregating patron rated play, and more. 

Moderated by Paul Havalchak, an Associate Director with Ernst & Young, the panelists are:

  • Efren Marquez Alba, Engagement Director, Treliant
  • Harold A. Crawford, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
  • Frank Donaghue, Chief Compliance Officer, Penn National Gaming
  • Louis Rogacki, Deputy Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
12 – 1:30 pm.

Lunch Break
 1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Sports Integrity from the Regulatory Point of View
With sports betting continuing to expand across the US, the importance of sports integrity is a popular topic of discussion that has been repeatedly analyzed from the individual team and league perspective, from the sports betting operator standpoint and from the individual bettor’s point of view. Keeping these varied opinions and interests in mind, this panel will address sports integrity from the state regulatory perspective, sharing lessons learned by states who have recently implemented sports betting post-PASPA, discuss their collective concerns about the ongoing threat of federal oversight, evaluate the need for state to state collaboration on best practices and more. Moderated by George Rover, the Managing Partner for Princeton Global Strategies, the panelists are:

  • Chris Hebert, Director of Gaming, Louisiana Attorney General's Office
  • Jay McDaniel, Deputy Director, Mississippi Gaming Commission
  • Sandra Douglass Morgan, Chairwoman, Nevada Gaming Control Board
  • David Rebuck, Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Advertising restrictions and the first amendment: the crossroads 
between free speech and expression and consumer protections
With markets like Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom applying serious restrictions on gambling advertising or, in some cases, a full prohibition in an attempt to expand consumer protections and promote responsible gambling, many industry insiders are questioning whether similar restrictions might be on the horizon for US gaming markets. This speculation, of course, raises immediate questions about whether such efforts would run into first amendment challenges including legal battles from offshore gaming sites who promote their products in areas where their offerings are currently illegal. Featuring a diverse range of legal and regulatory experts, this session will explore these issues and more. Moderated by Greg Gemignani, a Member with Dickinson Wright, the panelists are:

  • Bahar Alaeddini, Partner, Harris Hagan
  • Ian Bartrum, Professor. William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
  • Will Somerville, Shareholder, Baker Donelson
3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Gaming Expansion Rumors and Innuendo
Although Asia continues to receive the lion’s share of attention about gaming expansion opportunities because of what’s happening in Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia, numerous areas within North and Latin America are also making strides toward  offering a range of regulated gaming products and services. Featuring individuals in the know about the areas currently considering legalizing gaming offerings, this session will take a lively look at everything from which US state might be the next to open up traditional casinos, whether lotteries might be successful in offering regulated sports betting and more. Moderated by Ed Winkofsky, a Shareholder and C-Chair of the Global Gaming Practice for Greenberg Traurig, the panelists are:

  • Martin Kent, CEO, United Company
  • Richard Schwartz, President, Rush Street Interactive
  • Pedro Trengrouse, Vice President, Special Commission on Sports, Lottery & Entertainment Law, Brazilian Bar Association 
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Following the UK and the EU's Lead in Using Technology
to Improve Responsible Gaming Programs
Much has been said about the impact that rapidly expanding technology has had on the ways people around the world gamble and at how technology has made accessing funds virtually instantaneous, but what hasn’t gotten as much attention have been the numerous ways existing and emerging technologies are enhancing how problem gamblers are identified and how gaming operators are supporting their RG programs using these advancements. Drawing on current examples from the United Kingdom, the European Union and Nevada, this session will provide an insightful look into how technology is transforming the way the industry identifies, responds to and prevents problem gambling. Moderated by John Hagan, a Partner with Harris Hagan, the panelists are:

  • Santiago Asensi, Managing Partner, Asensi Abogados
  • Thomas Auriemma, Compliance Committee Member, Penn National Gaming
  • Jennifer Shatley, Responsible Gaming Advisor for Caesars Entertainment