Pre-Conference Workshop

Responsible Gaming – How to Ensure You Stay on the Right Side of the Authorities

Nov 29, 2016 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Speakers

Keith S. Whyte
Executive Director
NCPG

Day 1 - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

8:00
Registration and Coffee
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:10
Federal v State: The Battle for Regulatory Dominance in the US
10:10
Morning Break
10:30
Legality and Litigation in the Fantasy Sports Space – The Arguments So Far
11:30
What Will Regulation of Fantasy Sports Look Like – How the Models Will Shape Up
12:20
Networking Lunch
1:30
The Triumphant Return of PokerStars – Can They Create a Commercial Shift In the Market?
2:30
Investing and Financing in I-Gaming in the US – Is It Worth the Risk?
3:15
Afternoon Break
3:45
How is the Fear of Money Laundering Impacting on Attitudes Towards Online Gaming?
4:45
Hot Topic Session
5:35
Chairs’ Closing Remarks and Forum Adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, December 1, 2016

8:30
Coffee
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:10
Do the Indian Tribes Consider They are Part of the Current Online Gaming Developments or Operating Outside of Them?
10:10
Morning Break
10:30
What is the Current Outlook for the Development of E-Sports in the US?
11:30
How Can We Facilitate the Innovators of Tomorrow? Are the Established Content Providers Doing Enough to Facilitate New Blood?
12:30
Networking Lunch
1:45
Opportunities on the Doorstep – What is Happening in Latin America?
2:45
Afternoon Break
3:00
Developments and Change in the Canadian Online Gaming Market
3:45
What Can “Newer” Online Gaming Markets Learn From the Established Ones?
4:45
Chair’s Closing Remarks and End of Forum

Day 1 - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

8:00
Registration and Coffee
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair

FANTASY SPORTS

Fantasy sports are dominating every conversation in the online entertainment gaming sphere, yet robust attempts continue to try to push it back in the box. These sessions will critically analyse the complexities of the legal struggle and consider the key issues that will ultimately determine how the fantasy sports story will play out.

9:10
Federal v State: The Battle for Regulatory Dominance in the US

Paul Connelly
Director of Licensing
Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Bill Gantz
Partner
Dentons

  • Why has Fantasy Sports become the focal point for this legal struggle?
  • Do any Federal Laws Prohibit DFS?
  • The interplay between State power and the scope of Federal Law and the UIGEA?
  • How has the battle played out between the rights of the individual states and the determination of
  • Federal Government to control gambling?
    • *The regulatory impact of organized sport’s successful challenge of New Jersey Law in Christie I.
    • *Christie II – Status report and Projected Effect on Expansion on State-Authorized Sports Gambling.
  • The 10th Amendment – is there anything left to the argument for State sovereignty and power to authorize and regulate sports gambling

10:10
Morning Break
10:30
Legality and Litigation in the Fantasy Sports Space – The Arguments So Far

Joseph Kelly
Professor
State University of New York College at Buffalo

David Apfel
Partner
Goodwin

  • Analysis of the legal arguments to date on the merits of the legality of Fantasy Sports
    • Skill v Chance
    • The legal basis of opposition
  • What have been the challenges and objections in the states who have opposed regulation of Fantasy Sports?
  • Is DFS “muddying the waters” and detracting from the focus needed to legalise and regulate online gaming?
  • Is it possible to bring an “omnibus approach” to online gambling legalisation
  • What is the commercial and legal future of fantasy sports?

11:30
What Will Regulation of Fantasy Sports Look Like – How the Models Will Shape Up

Seth Young
VP
Flower City Gaming

Melissa Blau
CFO
Fast Fantasy

Susan Hensel
Director, Bureau of Licensing,
Penn Gaming Board

Frank Chesky III
Executive VP and General Counsel
Sportech

  • Current “state of the nation” round up of the live regulating states
  • States that have gone live, or gone close, in 2016?
    • Indiana
    • Virginia
  • Are they following the existing models in New Jersey or devising new ones?
  • How could “compacts” of players be developed as more states go live?
    • How to regulate an expanded pool of players competing against each other
    • How could this develop on an interstate basis and internationally?

12:20
Networking Lunch
1:30
The Triumphant Return of PokerStars – Can They Create a Commercial Shift In the Market?

Steve Ruddock
Gaming Consultant and Analyst
Gambling Insider

Rob Gallo
President
Neo Poker Lab

Moderator

Marie Jones
Partner
Fox Rothschild

  • What has happened in the six months since PokerStars returned in March 2016?
  • How was Amaya’s takeover of PokerStars viewed by Regulators and the wider industry?
  • Can PokerStars buck the trend and change the balance of the current revenue breakdown?
  • How will online poker push on from here?
  • Will the progress of PokerStars impact on the wider online gaming market?

2:30
Investing and Financing in I-Gaming in the US – Is It Worth the Risk?

Jeff Ifrah
Founding Partner
IfrahLaw

Andrew Zarnett
Managing Director, Co-Head, High Yield Research,
Gaming, Lodging & Leisure

Luisa Woods
Vice President of Online and Internal Marketing
Tropicana

Mario Galea
Consultant
New Jersey Gaming Enforcement Commission

  • Do investors have realistic expectations about what it takes to succeed in i-gaming?
  • Where are the opportunities in the market and how can you benefit?
  • What is the commercial “real market” context that i-gaming is operating in?
  • How to anticipate the real cost of entering the market
  • How to develop an investment strategy that is realistic and likely to succeed
  • What are the barriers to the development of i-gaming and how can you overcome them?
  • Where will we be ten years from now?
  • What can be learnt about planning strategy from the development of the European market?

3:15
Afternoon Break
3:45
How is the Fear of Money Laundering Impacting on Attitudes Towards Online Gaming?

Thomas Auriemma
Chairman of Compliance Committee
Amaya

Elizabeth Tranchina
Vice President, Legal Affairs; Corporate Compliance Officer
Isle of Capri Casinos

  • What are the expectations of state Regulators towards implementation of AML measures?
  • Is there a difference in approach to AML
    • Between the different states?
    • Between the land based and online gaming industries?
  • What can the online market learn from the land based casinos?

4:45
Hot Topic Session

Due to the shifting nature of this year’s US online gaming market, this session will be confirmed prior to the conference. A panel will debate one of the pressing issues that has developed in the run up to the forum.

5:35
Chairs’ Closing Remarks and Forum Adjourns

Day 2 - Thursday, December 1, 2016

8:30
Coffee
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:10
Do the Indian Tribes Consider They are Part of the Current Online Gaming Developments or Operating Outside of Them?

Katherine A. Spilde
Associate Professor & Endowed Chair
Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming Company, San Diego State University

Chris Stearns
Chairman
Washington State Gambling Commission

Joe Valandra
National Indian Gaming Commission
Former Chief of Staff

  • How the Indian Tribes view the recent developments in the online gaming market
  • Is there concern or interest regarding the fantasy sports developments and is there an intention to get involved?
  • Is it accurate to consider the interests of the Indian Tribes gaming community as a collective interest or are there separate and conflicting interests within the wider group?
  • Is a different approach required to doing business with the Indian tribes in the online gaming market?
    • Relevant considerations around negotiating and contracting
    • Determining the correct contractual entities
    • Considerations around immunity and sovereignty

10:10
Morning Break
10:30
What is the Current Outlook for the Development of E-Sports in the US?

Harris Peskin
Attorney
Meltzer Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone LLP

Chris Capra
Director of US Marketing
888 Poker and Casino

Rahul Sood
CEO
UNIKRYN

  • How recent developments and impetus in the Fantasy Sports space may impact on E-Sports
  • What are the legality issues around the categorising of these games?
  • Are there considerations around the integrity of the money involved?
  • How can we surmount concerns around age screening for players?
  • Are there additional intellectual property issues relating to e-sports?

11:30
How Can We Facilitate the Innovators of Tomorrow? Are the Established Content Providers Doing Enough to Facilitate New Blood?

Walter Hessert
Co Founder and Chief Product Officer
Derby Games

David Ortiz
CEO
Emortal Sports

André Wilsenach
Executive Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation
UNLV

  • Are there clear monopolies in the industry and if so, are they bad for business and for the consumer?
  • Does the industry have a duty to intervene and prevent the absolute control of the big players?
  • What can be done to facilitate start-ups and new technology
  • Will the industry become poorer if it does not continue to adapt and use new technology?
  • What will this look like?

12:30
Networking Lunch

INTERNATIONAL ROUND UP OF NON-USE MARETS

With operators increasingly looking to explore new commercial opportunities in the online gaming world, this afternoon’s sessions will focus exclusively on the recent developments in key non-US markets. Discussions will centre around activities in new markets and developments in more established ones.

1:45
Opportunities on the Doorstep – What is Happening in Latin America?

Karen Sierra-Hughes
Director of Latin American Development
GLI-Gaming Laboratories

  • How developed is the online gaming industry across the Latin America region?
  • How specific Latin America markets have moved forward in the last twelve months
  • Which are the key jurisdictions with the most activity?
  • How the different markets are unique
  • What are the main considerations around the requirements for market entry in the following jurisdictions?
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Columbia
  • What is the future for i-gaming in Latin America over the next five years?

2:45
Afternoon Break
3:00
Developments and Change in the Canadian Online Gaming Market

Peter K. Czegledy
Partner
Aird & Berlis

Brian Masse
Member of Parliament
Ontario

  • What is the current regulatory and legal position of online gaming in Canada
    • At federal level?
    • At provincial level?
  • Where are the opportunities in the Canadian market?
  • How is the picture evolving?
    • Position of the provincial Lottery and Gambling Corporations
    • Developments in Quebec
  • Is there potential for cross border activity between the Canadian and US online gaming markets?

3:45
What Can “Newer” Online Gaming Markets Learn From the Established Ones?

Tim Tyler
AML/Financial Crime Course Director
International Compliance Training Ltd

Matthias Spitz
Partner
Melchers

Europe has led the way in the world’s i-gaming industry for a number of years. However it is also subject to change and continues to evolve. The panel will consider both what is changing in Europe and if any industry experienc

  • Can developments and experiences in Europe inform and facilitate the US market?
  • What are the takeaways regarding effective strategies for regulatory challenges?
  • To what extent do the land based operators connect with online operators?
  • Developments in particular countries
    • Licencing requirements and taxes
  • Does Europe teach us anything about international compacts and the potential for state harmonisation?
  • How the development of Fantasy Sports in Europe differs from the US

4:45
Chair’s Closing Remarks and End of Forum

Responsible Gaming – How to Ensure You Stay on the Right Side of the Authorities

Nov 29, 2016 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Keith S. Whyte
Executive Director
NCPG

What is it about?

The vast number of people now participating in online gaming around the world has made the gaming industry one of the fastest growing industries on the planet. Yet the increased potential for irresponsible gaming remains a stumbling block for acceptance of the industry in the US. This in depth workshop will provide you with a hands on guide to responsible gaming and an opportunity to discuss effective solutions and approaches with a focus on the following:
  • Why it’s important for your business
  • How to establish effective internal systems
  • Positive uses of technology
  • Implications of not getting organised