G2E 2020 IAGA Best Practices Virtual Program
Wednesday, Oct. 28

10 a.m. PST

Where Do We Go From Here? Part 1: How Each Market Has Reopened
Since February, starting with Macau’s unprecedented decision to close its casinos to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and the shutdown of all gaming establishments globally, gaming revenues have tanked, unemployment is still widespread, and a level of uncertainty about the future of global gaming remains. We’ll explore how each market has reestablished its gaming operations through the viewpoints of operators, regulators, equipment providers, and advisors—both challenges and opportunities. 

Moderated by Jennifer Carleton, an Attorney with Howard & Howard, the panelists are:

  • Laura McAllister Cox, Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Legal Counsel, Rush Street Gaming
  • Anthony Pearl, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
  • Kari Smith, General Manager, Cache Creek 

Wednesday, Oct. 28
11:30 AM PST

Where Do We Go From Here? Part 2: The Regulatory Response
During Part 2 of our COVID discussion, our esteemed group of regulators will share their insights into how gaming’s near total shutdown impacted regulatory operations and oversight and the steps they were forced to take to support their licensees and protect their markets. The panel will also address the potential permanent regulatory and licensing changes that could arise as a result of new social distancing requirements, and what regulators are doing now to protect their jurisdictions from future shutdowns, social responsibility issues, and more.

Moderated by Ed Winkofsky, a Shareholder with Greenberg Traurig, the panelists are:

  • Marcus Fruchter, Administrator, Illinois Gaming Board 
  • Cathy Judd-Stein, Chair, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
  • Mike Noel, Chairman, Louisiana Gaming Control Board 

Thursday, Oct. 29
10 a.m. PST

Unanticipated Legal Vulnerabilities: How COVID-19 Unmasked New Areas of Risk
Beyond the widespread public health concerns raised by the global COVID-19 crisis, the pandemic also gave rise to a wide range of legal concerns and situations that companies had to address. Functioning in a constantly shifting reality where legal experts had to assess heightened cyber/data privacy threats caused by remote work, evaluate business interruption insurance policies and rarely-used force majeure clauses, implement new rules for work environments and interactions with customers and more, the pandemic has revealed numerous areas of risk that have changed the way many gaming companies are operating., This session will evaluate what new best practices have emerged as a result and discuss what the industry is doing better prepare for the future and the threat of another similar situation. 

Moderated by Greg Brower, a Shareholder with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, the panelists are:

  • Sean McGuinness, Attorney, Butler Snow
  • Brian J. Ohorilko, Administrator, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission 
  • Michael Williams, Partner, Clym
Thursday, Oct. 29
11 a.m. PST

Online Gaming: Will the Land-based Shutdown Encourage More Jurisdictions to Legalize Remote Betting?
Since online betting was legalized in North America several years ago, only a handful of jurisdictions took advantage of the opportunity to legalize i-Gaming. But, in the wake of the land-based casino shutdown caused by the coronavirus, much speculation exists about whether the growth in online gaming revenue during the shutdown will encourage more states to legalize i-Gaming. Featuring regulatory and operational experts from across North America, this session will f explore whether the increase in online betting will be sustainable as more casinos reopen.as well as the challenges that arose as online operators experienced a rapid increase in play. We’ll give an update on what markets are now considering online gaming and what legislative and other hurdles they might face. We’ll also consider what the potential growth of online gaming could mean to the land-based industry.

Moderated by Frank DiGiacomo, a Partner with Duane Morris, the panelists are:

  • Ali Bartlett, Attorney, Bose McKinney & Evans
  • Marie Jones, Partner, Fox Rothschild
  • Dan Hartman, Director of the Colorado Division of Gaming
  • Chris Soriano, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Penn National Gaming
Thursday, Oct. 29
12 p.m. PST

The Financial Fallout: How the Industry is Approaching Recovery
Government-imposed shutdowns have wreaked havoc through the global gaming industry, as virtually all land-based casinos were forced to close their doors for weeks or months. Now, as the industry continues to slowly rebuild its land-based business with most casinos operating under reduced capacity restrictions, decreased visitation and fear of another shutdown, many are wondering what the future holds. Featuring numerous financial experts, this session will look first at what industry operators and service providers have been doing simply to survive the shutdowns and what the current financial state of the industry is. Next, they will discuss how companies that made it through the shutdown are restructuring to stay viable through the current slow ramp-up and what the next six to nine months hold as concerns of another outbreak linger. Finally, they’ll discuss the financial options that are available to support gaming companies in the coming years and consider whether the industry is headed toward a period of consolidation. 

Moderated by Kit Szybala, Partner and the Executive Director of Operations for Global Market Advisors, the panelists are:

  • Chad Beynon, Senior Vice President and Senior, Macquarie Group Limited 
  • Adam Rosenberg, Managing Director / Global Head of Gaming & Leisure, Fortress Investment Group
  • Adam Steinberg, Founder, AM Steinberg Advisors