CANCELED: Pre-Licensing Financial & Background Investigations


Jun. 9, 2020 - Jun. 11, 2020 (All day)

Office/Remote Location

Second Floor, Room #220
Casino with rows of slot machines


Participants will learn how to conduct in-depth financial and background investigations on gaming suppliers and vendors, principal individuals, and key employees. Participants will gain knowledge of financial principles, investigative tools, and investigative strategies which can be applied immediately to improve investigative processes.

This seminar is specifically designed for law enforcement, government, Tribal, and international regulators and staff who are responsible for supervising and conducting gaming licensing investigations on individuals and companies. This includes Commissioners, Board Members, Executive Directors, Licensing and Compliance Managers, Executive Assistants, auditors, and investigators. Seminar topics include:

  • Financial Concepts for non-financial professionals

  • Investigation of personal financial and background activity

  • Financial and background investigation of gaming companies, suppliers, and vendors

  • Interview techniques and written communication

  • Investigation of foreign based individuals and companies

  • How to assess risk and design investigative plans to reduce risk

  • Investigative trends and issues in casinos today

Day 1 – Financial Analytical Tools: Especially beneficial for professionals not experienced in accounting or finance, the seminar presents discussion and exercises involving financial terminology, accounting systems, interpreting and analyzing financial statements, and gathering information from tax returns.

Days 2 & 3 – Financial and Background Investigative Techniques: Utilizing a case study approach, the seminar presents techniques for identifying and analyzing financial and background activity on both individuals and companies. Through interactive discussions and exercises, participants analyze actual events which have occurred in the gaming industry.

Scott Otterstrom and John Flynn are former Deputy Chiefs with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Together, John and Scott bring more than 50 years of experience in conducting and supervising complex financial and background investigations world-wide. For more than ten 10 years, Scott and John have instructed investigative seminars at UNLV and for law enforcement and government organizations.


Are there recommended accommodations?

In addition to the large number of hotels located on the Las Vegas Strip, a number of participants choose to stay at nearby off-strip hotels.

Is transportation or parking available?

We encourage participants to arrive either by taxi, Uber or Lyft. However, parking passes can be reserved for a limited number of spaces on the UNLV campus.

What is the attire for the program?

The attire is business casual.

What is the refund policy?

1. In the event a course is canceled, registrants will be notified as soon as possible and receive a full refund of their registration fee. The International Center for Gaming Regulation is not responsible for any travel and related expenses or other expenses incurred by any participant due to a course cancellation.

2. A service fee of Twenty Percent (20%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received three (3) weeks prior to the event.

3. A service fee of Fifty Percent (50%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received two (2) weeks (14 days or less) prior to the event. In the event you need to cancel, you may substitute another person to attend in your place. However, you will need to inform us in writing no later than two (2) business days prior to the start of the event.

4. All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing. Refunds granted for credit card charges will be credited to the original account charged. No refunds will be given in the event of “No Shows.” Refunds may take up to 4 weeks for processing.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For additional questions, please contact Craig Ferreira, Operations and Marketing Manager, International Center for Gaming Regulation: or 702-895-2445.



Admission Information

Who can attend this event?

Gaming regulators and law enforcement officers with responsibility for conducting licensing and background investigations - including Board and Commission members, or other governmental officials, with regulatory oversight or policy making responsibilities. 

What is included in the registration fee?

The fee includes all classroom materials and a certificate of completion from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A lunch and afternoon refreshments each day will also be provided. All other expenses, including airfare, accommodations, ground transportation, evening meals, and incidentals are the responsibility of the participant.

Contact Information

International Center for Gaming Regulation
Craig Ferreira

External Sponsor

The International Center for Gaming Regulation is one of three research centers within the International Gaming Institute, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Center's mission is to promote research and learning in the areas of gaming regulation in jurisdictions around the world.