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NCLGS Summer Meeting Boston 2016

As of May 24

July 29-31, 2016 — Boston Marriott Newton

Friday, July 29

7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Refreshments
8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. NCLGS Officers & Committee Chairs Meeting
Invitation Only
9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Welcome Address
COMMITTEE PRESENTATIONS
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. NCLGS Committee on Responsible Gaming
What is Right Approach in New Era?

Latest technology tools to self-monitor, self-limit gamblers while playing. Best practices in prevention, treatment. Trends in state, industry funding of problem-gambling organizations. Latest medical, clinical and diagnostic advances. Casino self-exclusion: the numbers and efficacy.

Chair: Member of the Committee
Presenters: Mark Vander Linden, Director of Research and Responsible Gaming, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Jay Snowden, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Penn National Gaming
Dr. Matthew Tom, Research Data Analyst, Harvard Medical School
Marlene Warner, Executive Director, Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling
Keith Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Special Committee Session on Pari-Mutuels
Down the Stretch: What is Racing’s Future?

State of horse-racing industry. State of greyhound-racing industry. Trends in racing and wagering. Tracks with gaming vs. tracks without gaming. Historical-horse racing machines – legality and performance.

Chair: Member of the Committee
Presenters: Steven Geller, Shareholder, Greenspoon Marder
Jack Jeziorski, Executive Vice President, Monarch Content Management
Karl Sleight, Member, Harris Beach PLLC
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Committee on Lotteries
Seeking Growth Opportunities, Converging with Casinos

Sales trends and growth prospects – by revenue and by game type. Retail VLTs – the next big thing? Are lotteries becoming gaming companies? Online products – coming soon or not? State vs. private operation.

Chair: Member of the Committee
Presenters: Bill Egan, Senior Lottery Associate, Spectrum Gaming Group
Kurt Freedlund, President, LottoInteractive
Tim Lowry, DLA Piper
Paul Sternburg, President & CEO, The Porter Groups
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon Address:
Timothy J. Wilmott, President and CEO, Penn National Gaming
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Committee on Casinos
Gaming Saturation: Defining Role for Legislators, Regulators

What defines saturation? Balancing need for fiscal revenues and need for operator success. Convenience vs. locals vs. regional vs. destination casinos – what makes sense? Should all forms of gambling be regulated or overseen by one umbrella agency? Update on sweepstakes/Internet cafes.

Chair: Member of the Committee
Presenters: John Finamore, Senior Vice President, Penn National Gaming
Geoff Freeman, President and CEO, American Gaming Association
Brian Hansberry, President, Delaware North, Gaming
Bobby Soper, President, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority
John Taylor, Chairman, Twin River Management Group
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. State-Federal Relations Committee
The Balancing Act: Tribal and State

Assessing the economic impacts, both compacted and non-compacted operations. Balancing tribal and commercial operations in same state. Legal update – federal recognition, NIGC issues, sovereignty, bankruptcy, etc.

Chair: Member of the Committee
Presenters: Jason Giles, Executive Director, National Indian Gaming Association
John Roberts, Chairman, Mashpee Wampanoag Gaming Commission
Robert Stocker, Gaming Practice Leader, Dickinson Wright PLLC
John Tahsuda, Principal, Navigators Global
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. State-Federal Relations Committee
Internet Gaming: What is its Future?
Chair: Member of the Committee
Presenters: Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital
Nicholas Menas, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Government Relations, Amaya Gaming
Stephen D. Schrier, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Dermot Smurfit, CEO, GAN
5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. NCLGS Foundation Scholarship Donor Reception
Invitaion Only
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Shuttle to Plainridge
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Site visit to Plainridge Park Casino
Reception with local officials and Penn National Gaming executives
9:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Shuttle back to Newton Marriott

Saturday, July 30

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Refreshments
PANEL DISCUSSIONS
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Massachusetts Case Study: Lessons Learned from Gaming’s Newest Entrant

Massachusetts has taken a methodical – some say slow – approach to introducing casino gambling while adopting responsible-gaming practices that may be seen as the vanguard of the industry. In the end, it will have four of the world’s leading casino companies operating its four casinos, including one tribal enterprise managed by a global gaming giant. What has it done right? What could it have/should it be doing better?

Moderator: Representative Brian Dempsey, Massachusetts
Speakers: Stephen Crosby, Chair, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Paul DeBole, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lasell College
Abim Thomas, Counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Daily Fantasy Sports and Sports Betting: Issues States Must Consider

What began as a seemingly innocuous exception in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 has morphed into a heavily advertised, quasi-gambling activity that has drawn close scrutiny from state law enforcement and regulators across the country. Is state regulation the answer? Is the state-by-state approach the right thing to do – for the states and for the DFS industry?

Speakers: Mark Hichar, Partner, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Paul Gaynor, G&R Public Law and Strategies
William J. Pascrell III, Strategic Advisor, Princeton Public Affairs Group
Adam Steinberg, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Capital
Dan Wallach, Shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable
Invitation only
12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Shuttle to Lasell College
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Lobster Bake at Lasell College
3:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Shuttle back to Newton Marriott
Evening on Own

Sunday, July 31

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration Open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Refreshments
PANEL DISCUSSIONS
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Gaming Taxation, Regulation: What is Right Approach?

New Jersey taxes slot machine revenue at 8%; neighboring Pennsylvania taxes it at 55%. If tax rates are so important, why has Pennsylvania crushed Atlantic City gaming revenue over the last decade? How can a company sail through licensing in Nevada but encounter a roadblock in New Jersey? Although regulators are increasing cooperative with one another, the state legislatures that make their laws often have vastly different tax and regulatory objectives.

Speakers: Matt Bell, President, Casino Association of Indiana
Lucy Dadayan, Senior Policy Analyst at Rockefeller Institute of Government
H. Steven Norton, Chairman and CEO, Norton Management
Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director, UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation

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