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G2E Presents First Sports Betting Symposium


Global Gaming Expo 2018’s Sports Betting Symposium will be the first ever presented at the premier international gaming trade show, set for October 8-11 in Las Vegas. Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for G2E sponsor American Gaming Association, said, “As states and sovereign tribal nations consider whether or not to enact legalized sports betting, the Sports Betting Symposium at G2E will offer the world’s foremost experts, business leaders and operational solutions to build a thriving legal market in the United States.”

Sessions will cover the business and legislative aspects of sports betting. In addition, participants will receive a guided tour of the G2E expo hall to meet the top suppliers of sports betting technologies. The number of sports betting exhibitors has more than doubled since the 2017 event.

Symposium topics will include:

Tuesday, October 9

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

SCOTUS Decision: What the Ruling Actually Said and What It Means – Speakers include Sidley Austin Supreme Court and Appellate law expert Jonathan Cohn (l.), who previously served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Clarence Thomas, along with Sara Slane.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

How States and Tribes Are Preparing for Legal Sports Betting – Speakers include Director of Gaming Affairs for the Chickasaw Nation Matthew Morgan, who also previously served two terms as the gaming commissioner, and director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement David Rebuck (l.), who has led the state into a leadership position in iGaming, and plans to do the same with sports betting. The session will be moderated by AGA’s Vice President of State Affairs Mandy Hagan.


Wednesday, October 10

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

The Business of Sports Betting – Following the morning keynote, Scott Van Pelt, anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter, will moderate a session that includes diverse viewpoints on the business of sports betting from panelists Kenny Gersh (l.), executive vice president of gaming and new business ventures for Major League Baseball; Stephen Master, managing director of Americas, Nielsen Sports and commercial director of Nielsen Esports; and AGA’s Slane.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Finding the Right Partner: An Interactive Exhibit Hall Tour – Exhibit participants will have an opportunity to experience an exclusive tour of the expo hall and meet relevant partners that will demonstrate their gaming technologies. The guided tour will be led by Coloring Up Limited Director Alen Lang, along with AGA’s Senior Director of State Policy Will Green and Senior Member Services Director Jonathan Michaels.


Thursday, October 11

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

How Sports Betting Works in a Regulated Market – Learn from the sports betting experiences of mature, regulated markets across the globe. Speakers include Khalid Ali, secretary general of ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity Association); A.G. Burnett (l.), partner at McDonald Carano and former chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board; and gambling industry analyst and managing director at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, Chris Grove. Jennifer Roberts, associate director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation and adjunct professor at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law, will moderate this session.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

U.S. Sports Betting: Lessons Learned from Early Adopters – Speakers include CEO of William Hill US Joe Asher (l.); CEO of SBTech Richard Carter; and Vice President of Mobile, PlaySpot and North America Sports Betting at IGT Charles Cohen. Moderator will be AGA’s Will Green.

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