Understanding iGaming: Regulations, Operations & Marketplace
The iGaming ecosystem presents many opportunities and many challenges. This two-day seminar program from the team at the International Center for Gaming Regulation will position operators and regulators to better understand iGaming operations, regulatory guidelines, and the marketplace in which iGaming exists.
Led by experts in the iGaming field, attendees of this program will leave with both strategic understanding as well as applicable practices for operating in — or regulating — the iGaming environment.
Objectives of this seminar program include:
- Understand the legal framework that has given rise to iGaming
- Understand the players in the marketplace
- Consider social-ethical concerns
- Review a sample of iGaming products
- Hear from a jurisdiction that implemented iGaming
- Discuss iGaming with a regulator
The program will run from 8:00 a.m. PST through 11:30 a.m. PST on Wednesday, January 12, and Thursday, January 13.
Day 1 Agenda:
- Welcome & Introduction
- iGaming Definitions & Laws & Regulation Overview
- Comparative State Analysis & Tax and Regulatory Structure
- Policy Projections: Near-Term Candidates for iGaming Expansion
- Current and Future Market Sizing of the U.S. iGaming Opportunity
- Affiliate Ecosystems: How Do They Work?
- Retail Demand Substitution
Day 2 Agenda:
- iGaming Operations
- iGaming Product Review
- Social & Ethical Considerations
- Michigan: Lessons Learned
- Program Closing
Gregory Gemignani - Attorney, Law Firm of Dickinson Wright
Greg Gemignani is an attorney at the law firm of Dickinson Wright with more than 20 years' experience practicing gaming, technology and intellectual property law. He is also a lecturer and instructor at the International Center for Gaming Regulation teaching courses on Sports Wagering, Gaming Compliance, Gaming Regulation, and Gaming Policy. Mr. Gemignani 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. Mr. Gemignani’s practice emphasis is primarily on gaming regulatory law, intellectual property law, technology law and online promotions law. Mr. Gemignani has had articles published in several law review journals, gaming industry publications, and has been a guest in radio and televised interviews for several international news organizations on internet law and gaming related topics. Mr. Gemignani has been teaching courses at the Boyd School of Law since 2005. Prior to practicing at Dickinson Wright, Mr. Gemignani was a shareholder at the law firm of Lionel Sawyer & Collins. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Gemignani was a software systems engineer and systems architect with EDS.
Rebecca Giden- Director of Policy, Eilers and Krejcik Gaming
Becca is a Director of Policy at Eilers and Krejcik Gaming, performing legislative tracking, economic modeling, and market performance tracking and analysis for the Sports and Emerging Verticals practice. Prior to joining the firm, Becca was an economist at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, where she specialized in utility ratemaking mechanics and public policy. In this role, Becca leveraged independent economic research, Department case law, and state and federal legislation to develop and implement innovative ratemaking programs in pursuit of safe, reliable, least cost utility service for Massachusetts ratepayers. Becca holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Boston University.
Alan Feldman - Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming, International Gaming Institute
Alan Feldman is one of the world’s leading experts on responsible gaming. As Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming for UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, Feldman develops programs and policies to advance related knowledge and capabilities within the industry and regulatory community. Feldman spent nearly 30 years in the gaming industry with MGM Resorts, where he recently spearheaded the launch of GameSense, an innovative, player-focused responsible gambling program that encourages players to adopt behaviors and attitudes that can reduce the risk of developing gambling disorders. This landmark program is now available at all of MGM’s U.S. properties.
A frequent speaker on responsible gaming at conferences, universities and media events around the world, Feldman serves as Chair of both the National Center for Responsible Gaming as well as the Nevada Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling. He also serves as a member of the Gambling Research Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. In 2002, the Casino Management Association honored Feldman as the Gaming Professional of the Year and in 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Gaming Communications from the American Gaming Association.
Melanie Gross - Senior iGaming Executive
Melanie is a driven and player-focused senior iGaming executive with extensive experience in product, marketing, compliance, and both vendor and land-based casino relations. Highly adept in social, free-to-play, and regulated real money sportsbook and casino businesses, she is a strategic and innovative leader who delivers product and marketing solutions, while improving operational efficiencies, to help drive a company’s growth.
Most recently, Melanie served as the Vice President of Online Casino & Sportsbook for Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE). With P&L responsibility as business owner for CIE’s mobile apps in Indiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Melanie held oversight within the functional areas of marketing, product management, game content, VIP, and service operations. She transitioned to that role in 2018 from CIE’s Head of Online Casino, after successfully launching the first iGaming sites in New Jersey in 2013, managing live operations and third party supplier relationships. She is a 2017 recipient of Global Gaming Business’s “40 under 40” Emerging Leaders.
Melanie’s iGaming journey began in 2003, working for Grand Virtual, Inc. (now BetClic Everest Group) in Cambridge, MA. She was responsible for the overall business strategy and product roadmap for Everest’s flagship brand and six secondary casinos. In 2011, Melanie embraced an opportunity to be an early part of Zynga Boston, one of Zynga’s satellite studios. During her time at Zynga, Melanie worked on social games such as FarmVille, Indiana Jones Adventure World, and several unannounced mobile titles while also leading the studio’s Product Management team.
Rick Kalm - Former Executive Director, Michigan Gaming Control Board
Rick Kalm was the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board for 14 years. He was responsible for the direction, execution, and coordination of all activities related to the regulation of commercial gaming, horse racing, and casino style charitable events in Michigan. Rick was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm on March 29, 2007 and then reappointed by Governor Rick Snyder for a second 6-year term expiring on June 3, 2019. Rick stayed on as director after the Michigan legislature approved legislation allowing online gaming and sports betting for 3 commercial and 12 tribal operators in 2019 and to coordinate rule promulgation and the launch of online gaming in Michigan in January 2021.
Michigan was the first state to launch tribal governments along with commercial operators simultaneously to conduct online gaming and sports betting. The launch has been highly successful. He stepped down as director on May 17, 2021.
Chris Grove - Partner at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming LLC
Chris Grove is an early-stage investor, entrepreneur, and strategist focused on the U.S. sports betting and online gambling sectors. He is a nationally recognized subject matter expert whose insights and research are regularly relied upon by analysts, media outlets, publicly-traded companies, and policymakers.
His work has been cited by outlets including Bloomberg, ESPN, Forbes, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal and he has testified before lawmakers in multiple states including California, Illinois, New York, Nevada, and Washington State.
Grove is a partner at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, a Distinguished Fellow at UNLV's International Center For Gaming Regulation, a mentor at Tech Stars, and a public company board member. Grove's early-stage portfolio includes over a dozen positions in gaming-related startups.
Bruce Dall - President, MotorCity Hotel & Casino
Bruce Dall is President of MotorCity Hotel and Casino in Detroit, Michigan and has served in the role since 2016. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer for the property for more than nine years.
Dall has 33 years of experience in the hospitality industry including working at Caesars Palace (Las Vegas / Lake Tahoe), the Desert Inn (Las Vegas), Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas), and Greektown Casino (Detroit).
He attended the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and is a Certified Public Accountant in Nevada.
Dall has served on the board for the Autism Alliance of Michigan since 2010 where he is presently the treasurer. He has held various leadership positions with the Boy Scouts of America including Scoutmaster of Troop 34 Grosse Pointe Woods, Sunrise District Unit Commissioner, or Financial Chair.
- In the event a course is canceled, registrants will be notified as soon as possible and receive a full refund of their registration fee.
- A service fee of Twenty Percent (20%) will apply to all participant initiated cancellations received three or less days prior to the event.
- 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.
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