Online: Principles of Sports Wagering: Policy & Operations


Jan. 12, 2021 - Jan. 13, 2021, 8am to 12:30pm

Office/Remote Location

Online Event via Webex
A sports book room.


As gaming jurisdictions prepare for an expansion of sports wagering after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on PASPA, now is the time to gain an in-depth understanding about how regulated sports betting works.  The International Center for Gaming Regulation provides this 2-day intensive seminar on regulation of sports betting.

UNLV houses one of the only academic institutes that has focused on the gaming Industry for over 25 years. We are excited to launch our sports betting program: Principles of Sports Wagering: Policy and Operations.

Our program allows participants to gain a broad and deep education in sports wagering public policy, trends, operations and other aspects of the gaming industry. This live, 2 day Webex presentation will start at approximately 8:00 a.m. PDT and end at 12:30 p.m. PDT each day. Exact details will be emailed prior to the program start.

A certificate of completion from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will be awarded and delivered electronically at the end of the program.

Course Content:

  • Current State of U.S. Sports Betting An examination on the status of legislation, tax, licensing and revenue projections across the U.S.
  • Sports Betting Basics and Terminology - Handle, hold, over, under, vig, juice. Learn the basic terminology and common bets.
  • Sports Wagering and Public Policy - Learn about land and mobile sports betting, online gaming and esports regulatory issues.
  • Federal Law Updates – Post PASPA, what Federal laws effect your sports betting operation? How do you interpret the Wire Act, Illegal Gambling Business Act, and Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act?
  • Tax Implications & Technology Standards - How does the Federal Wagering Excise Tax combined with state taxes effect revenue and what about the unregulated offshore market? What type of technical standards do you need to be well regulated?
  • Enforcement Issues – Learn about regulatory enforcement, the role of law enforcement, administrative approvals, integrity and best practices.
  • Sportsbook Audit Process - Basic sportsbook audit process and observational and walkthrough steps.
  • Operational Models & Vendor Contracts - What do new and existing jurisdictions need to look out for when soliciting and negotiating contracts with vendors.
  • Retail Operations  - Setting up your retail sportsbook, mobile and risk management.
  • Regulator Roundtable - An open discussion with a current regulator on sports betting.

Educational Partners Include:

  • Chris Grove is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on the subject of the U.S. regulated sports betting landscape. His insights and research regarding the sports betting industry have been quoted in hundreds of articles, including outlets such as Bloomberg, ESPN, Forbes, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. 
  • John Lukasik has been the Director of Race, Sports, and Esports for Caesars Entertainment since March 2018, where he oversees operations at the Linq, Cromwell, and Flamingo. He brings with him nearly a decade of experience in the gaming industry, where he has worked primarily in gaming operations.
  • Becky Harris is a Distinguished Fellow in Gaming and Leadership at the International Gaming Institute. Harris is a recognized expert on sports betting, gaming policy and regulation, legislative affairs, and workplace sexual harassment prevention. She is the former Chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
  • Karl Bennison retired in September 2019 as the Chief of the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s (GCB) Enforcement Division. Karl began his career with the GCB in 1994 as an Agent enforcing gaming laws and regulations and arbitrating disputes. 
  • Tim Schultz started his professional career working as a Revenue Agent for the Internal Revenue Service where he audited partnerships and corporations. He then worked four years for the Nevada Gaming Control Board as an Audit Division agent and 14 years conducting criminal and regulatory investigations involving Nevada Casinos.
  • Gregory Gemignani is an attorney has provided direct gaming and regulatory instruction to operators, governments, and regulators in dozens of jurisdictions and has provided onsite instruction in South Africa, Japan, Puerto Rico, Oregon, Minnesota, California, and Ghana.
  • Kathryn Rand has served as Dean of the UND School of Law from 2009 to 2018, the first woman to hold the position. Rand is widely recognized as among the nation’s leading experts on Indian gaming, federal Indian law, and tribal-state-federal intergovernmental relations. She has published more than 50 articles and co-authored three books on tribal gaming,
  • Steve Light is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota (UND). With Kathryn Rand (UND School of Law), Steve is widely recognized as among the nation’s leading experts on Indian gaming, federal Indian law, and tribal-state-federal intergovernmental relations.



Admission Information

Although the curriculum of the program is primarily designed for gaming regulators from either commercial or tribal jurisdictions, including gaming agency staff, Board or Commission members, legislators, or policy makers, it is open to anyone with an interest in the impact of legalized sports betting. /p>

  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. 
  2. A service fee of Twenty Percent (20%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received three or less days prior to the event.
  3. 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 3 weeks for processing.
  4. For additional questions, please contact Craig Ferreira, Operations and Marketing Manager, International Center for Gaming Regulation: or 702-895-2445.

Contact Information

UNLV 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.