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NCLGS Summer Meeting now approved for 8.5 credit hours by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education.


The NCLGS Summer Meeting is Co-Locating with GLI Regulators Seminar 2021

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Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile $183

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                               NCLGS SUMMER MEETING AGENDA
Sunday, July 11
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  GLI University's Mid-Year Regional Gaming Regulator's Seminar 2021
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Attendee Welcome Reception (Including attendees of GLI University's Mid-Year Regulator Seminar) 
Monday, July 12
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open 
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast 
7:30 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. NCLGS Officers & Committee Chairs Meeting (Invitation Only) 
8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Opening Address: Honorable Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago, IL 

mayorlightfoot city of chicago 002Among Mayor Lightfoot’s initiatives is overseeing the recently opened opportunity to apply for the sole casino license in the country’s third-largest metropolitan market. The selected partner will be able to propose its optimal site for the project, pending the approval by the City. Chicago aims to welcome the  new casino resort by 2025.

Prior to her election, Mayor Lightfoot most recently served as a senior equity partner in the Litigation and Conflict Resolution Group at Mayer Brown. Previously, she served as President of the Chicago Police Board, as well as the Chair of the Police Accountability Task Force.

Mayor Lightfoot also served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, interim First Deputy of the Chicago Department of Procurement Services, Chief Administrator of the Office of Professional Standards, and as Assistant United States Attorney. 

A native of Massillon, Ohio, Mayor Lightfoot has been a resident of Chicago since 1986 and lives on the Near Northwest Side with her wife Amy Eshleman and their daughter.

8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. President’s Address: NCLGS President Keith F. Pickard, Senator, Nevada 
                                                                    Committee Sessions
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Committee on Responsible Gaming 

Pandemic Impact on Problem Gambling – The pandemic has fueled a dramatic rise in all online gaming,as gamblers stay at home to play casino games, bet on sports, and play digital-instant lottery games. The ease of access, speed of games, and social isolation may magnify – and increase – the risk factors for those who have gambling problems or may be susceptible to them. How are both problem gamblers and those who treat them dealing with these new circumstances? Importantly, are these conditions the “new normal” for those in the problem-gambling community? 

Chair: Senator Keith Pickard, Nevada


  • Anita Pindiur, Vice President, Illinois Council on Problem Gambling
  • Jennifer Shatley, Principal, Logan Avenue Consulting
  • Patrick Willard, Director of Policy and Advocacy, National Council on Problem Gambling
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Committee on Emerging Forms of Gaming 

The Shift to Digital: Pandemic Phenomenon or Industry Sea Change? – Fourteen states and the District of Columbia now offer online sports betting, five states offer online casino gaming (igaming), and eight states offer online lottery games … and numerous states are considering legislation to hop on the digital bandwagon to generate either incremental gaming receipts and/or make up for depressed casino revenues. In a post-pandemic world, will customers return to their traditional gaming preferences or is the gaming industry in the midst of a fundamental change? Importantly, to what extent can digital and retail gaming channels coexist?

Chair: Senator Jon Ford, Indiana


  • Joseph P.  Addabbo Jr, State Senator, New York, Chairman of Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering
  • Marcus Fruchter, Administrator, Illinois Gaming Board
  • Daniel Hartman, Director, Colorado Division of Gaming
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Networking Break  
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Committee on Indian Gaming 

Capturing Opportunities, Facing Challenges The COVID-19 pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for Indian gaming commissions and operators from coast to coast, from major metropolitan centers to rural areas, as tribal leaders endeavor to meet their commitments to their members, their communities and their local economies. Emerging from the pandemic, tribal leaders will be addressing a host of new opportunities in areas ranging from esports to igaming and beyond. Do compacts that were drafted in a pre-digital world need to be reconsidered? What will new technologies and new efforts to tap a broader demographic mean for the partnerships between state and tribal leaders?

Chair: Representative Georgene Louis, New Mexico


  • E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, Chair, National Indian Gaming Commission 
  • Ernie Stevens III, Founder and CEO, iGEA 
  • Hilary Tompkins, Partner, Hogan Lovells
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m  Keynote Luncheon: Neil Bluhm, Co-founder and Chairman of Rush Street Gaming                        

BluhmNeil Bluhm is Co-Founder and Chairman of Rush Street Gaming, a fast-growing regional gaming operator  based in Chicago.

Following a brief stint as an attorney with Mayer, Brown & Platt, where he became a young partner, he co-founded JMB Realty in 1970 and began investing in real estate. Bluhm’s capabilities and portfolio soon expanded dramatically to include urban shopping centers and malls, five-star hotels, commercial office towers, residential projects and more. JMB became one of the largest property owners and developers in the United States.

It was Bluhm’s winning pitch to develop and operate Fallsview Casino Resort in Ontario that paired him with investment banker Greg Carlin in the late 1980s. They launched Falls Management Company, which developed and still operates Canada’s most successful casino. In 1994, Bluhm co-founded Walton Street Capital, a private equity firm. Soon thereafter, Bluhm and Greg co-founded Rush Street Gaming, one of the fastest growing companies in the gaming industry.

Bluhm is a trustee at Northwestern University, a member of the board of directors of Northwestern Memorial Foundation of Northwestern Hospital, a member of the board of trustees and chairman of the investment committee of The Art Institute of Chicago. He is past president and member of the board of trustees of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and a member of the board of directors for the Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association.

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Committee on Lotteries  

Is the State Lottery the New Casino? – As states increasingly expand the scope of gaming to generate fiscal receipts, their lotteries are facing increased pressure to develop new sources of revenues. Some began by offering video lottery terminals in casino-like facilities, and today lotteries are entering the online space with digital instants and, in one case, with games the compete directly with the casinos’ online slot games. Is there a turf war between a state’s public-sector lottery and its private-sector casino industry? Is there a line in the sand between these two types of gambling providers?

Chair: Delegate Shawn Fluharty, West Virginia


  • Timothy J. Lowry, Partner, DLA Piper 
  • Harold Mays, Acting Director, Illinois Lottery
  • May Scheve Reardon, Director, Missouri Lottery
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Networking Break  
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Committee on Casinos  

Coping with COVID-19 – The pandemic has caused casinos to at least temporarily adjust their operations to account for capacity restrictions, fewer amenities, and fewer visitors. Nonetheless, some casinos are performing at nearly pre-COVID-19 levels. Will casinos return to “normal” operations once the pandemic has ended? How has, or will, the pandemic affected casinos’ employment and economic impacts? Further, casinos now have compete with an array of emerging forms of gaming that could alter their business models. In this vital session, gaming operators and regulators discuss balancing health and economic concerns, operational protocols, and the potentially long-lasting effects of this unprecedented business disruption

Chair: Representative Christie Carpino, Connecticut


  • Raymond Pineault, CEO, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
  • Rafael Verde, Senior Vice President, Regional Operations, Penn National Gaming
  • Corey Wise, General Manager, Rivers Casino Des Plaines 
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Committee on Pari-Mutuel  

Alternative Revenue Options for Racetracks – Racetracks across the country are finding gambling-related profits through off-track means such as slot-like historical horse-racing machines and sports betting. Do such options help the horse-racing product, or are they simply a means for racetracks to survive? A panel of experts discuss the benefits and potential drawbacks of off-track business segments. 

Chair: Senator Perry Thurston, Florida


  • Katherine Paisley, General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance, Exacta Systems
  • John Marshall, Executive Vice President of Operations, Colonial Downs and Rosie’s Gaming
  • Matt Cullen, Senior Vice President iGaming & Sports, Parx casino
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  VIP Reception for Sponsors and Donors (Invitation Only)  
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Opening-Night Welcome Reception  
Tuesday, July 13    
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration Open, Contintental Breakfast  
                                                                         General Sessions  
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.   IMGL Masterclass:   

Distributed Gaming – Legal and Otherwise: Across the country, states on the one hand are considering the introduction of distributed gaming to raise fiscal receipts while on the other hand combatting the rapidly expanding industry of skill games, sweepstakes games and other electronic gaming devices that allegedly fall into the “gray area” of gaming law. While Illinois may provide a road map for other states in introducing distributed gaming, some argue it also came at the expense of its casino industry. This panel examines the legal and policy implications of introducing legal video gaming machines and combatting the unregulated electronic gaming devices.

Moderator: Delegate Shawn Fluharty, West Virginia


  • Bill Bogot, Partner, Fox Rothschild
  • Jessica Feil, Vice President, Government Relations and Gaming Policy Counsel, American Gaming Association
  • Donna More, Partner, Fox Rothschild
  • Matt Roob, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Carl Sottosanti, former Executive Vice President and  General Counsel, Penn National Gaming
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break  
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. General Session:  

Gaming’s Awkward Stage: How to Regulate a Mature Industry that is Still Emerging. The land-based gaming industry in the United States has been expanding for decades, and the expansion continues but is clearly cresting. At the same time, new verticals are emerging. How should legislators and regulators respond? Do regulations, statutes, compacts and other agreements need to be updated to reflect this? Regulators and attorneys discuss the merits of different regulatory schemes in a time of rapid expansion.

Moderator: Senator Keith Pickard, Nevada


  • Steve Geller, Principal, Geller Law Firm,  Founder of NCLGS, Mayor of Broward County (FL)
  • Becky Harris, Distinguished Fellow in Gaming and Leadership, UNLV International Gaming Institute, former Chair, Nevada Gaming Control Board 
  • Christopher Hebert, Gaming Division Director, La. Attorney General’s Office
  • Brandt Iden, Head of Government Affairs US, Sportradar
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Executive Committee and Legislator Roundtable – open to all legislators  

NCLGS Summer Meeting Concludes

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