Schedule Subject to Change
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
NexGen Gaming Forum
1:00pm — 7:30pm
2:30pm — 2:35pm
2:35pm — 3:00pm
NexGen KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
3:00pm — 4:00pm
E-Sports: How Casinos Can Capitalize on this Major Opportunity?
The casino industry has historically used other sports to bring patrons to the casinos from hosting fantasy football drafts, to sponsoring boxing matches and hosting events around the Super Bowl or March Madness. eSports are extremely popular among Millennials and casinos are struggling to find methods to capitalize on this opportunity. In this panel, we will discuss the various methods casinos can get involved in eSports.
4:00pm — 4:30pm
4:30pm — 5:20pm
Daily Fantasy Sports and Sports Betting: Friends or Enemies?
After the consumer advertising blitz of Fall 2015 and the ensuing state-by-state fight for legalization and/or regulation, daily fantasy sports operators face an uncertain outlook. Meanwhile, the American Gaming Association is pushing to legalize sports betting beyond its Nevada base. What is the outlook for both of these forms of sports betting ... and could they coexist if both were offered legally across the country? How much of a game changer would legalized sports betting be?
5:20pm — 6:10pm
Social/Mobile Gamers – Are skill-based gaming machines the answer to attracting Millennials to the casino? As casinos struggle with the generational shift to Generation X and Millennials, casinos must learn to compete with mobile and social games. In this panel, we discuss the use of new digital gaming formats to attract the casino customer of the future.
6:30pm — 8:30pm
Thursday, May 25, 2017
East Coast Gaming Congress
7:30am — 2:30pm
7:30am — 8:15am
8:20am — 8:30am
8:30am — 8:50am
Geoff Freeman, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Gaming Association
8:50am — 9:40am
iGaming: REALITY vs PROMISE
After a slow start in New Jersey and an even slower start in Delaware, Internet gaming is generating attractive growth in both states. Meanwhile, other states continue to flirt with legalization but have yet to succeed. iGaming operators and suppliers examine the keys to success, the outlook in other states and whether a Trump Administration may have any impact on iGaming at the federal level.
NEW JERSEY... NOW WHAT?
Voters in November 2016 resoundingly rejected gaming expansion in the Northern New Jersey, but that neither solves the issue of stabilizing Atlantic City nor stemming the export of gaming dollars to casinos in New York and Pennsylvania. Are legislatively-authorized VLTs the answer? What is the outlook for Atlantic City – with or without additional in-state competition? A panel of gaming operators and public officials opine on the outlook for casino gaming in New Jersey.
CHIEF FINANCIAL FORUM
From proposed changes to state and local taxes to the financial and regulatory changes occurring from the federal level, there is plenty to keep today's chief financial officers awake at night. In this panel, property-level and corporate CFOs discuss the implications and challenges of new and proposed financial, accounting and regulatory matters - and how they could impact both operations and capital investment.
9:40am — 10:10am
10:10am — 11:00am
THE VIEW FROM WALL STREET
From an investment perspective the gaming industry is rapidly changing, with renewed activity in mergers and acquisitions both on the operator and supply sides, major gaming operators spinning off REITs, some East Coast markets at or nearing saturation, and emerging forms of gaming are reshaping how Americans gamble. Layered on top: How will the new US President impact the financial markets? A panel of top Wall Street gaming analysts and investment bankers discuss gaming’s outlook from their perspective.
THE CASINO FLOOR OF TOMORROW
With social gaming growing rapidly and Millennials set to overtake Baby Boomers, land-based casino operators must prepare to adapt to the reality of a patron base that is no longer excited by traditional slot machines. Can social games be gamblified and still offer a good return for casino operators? Are skill-based games the answer? Will younger generations play live table games? Will virtual reality games, eSports and games perhaps yet-to-be created find their way onto casino floors? Join gaming operators, game developers and slot manufacturers for a robust discussion.
FOCUS ON THE MID-ATLANTIC
From potential casinos in Northern New Jersey to the newly opened MGM National Harbor, the Mid-Atlantic marketplace continues to expand despite continual talk of saturation. The number and sizes of casinos are expanding in Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland while Delaware and New Jersey attempt to recover from the impacts of regional expansion. Operators and analysts discuss the future of this region, including the rapid rise of MGM Resorts International in the East.
11:00am - 12:00pm
PUBLIC POLICY TRENDS
With nearly 1,000 casinos of some type in 42 states, plus government-run lotteries in 44 states, legislators are increasingly reliant on gambling-generated receipts – and increasingly concerned about threats to those revenue streams. Is tax or regulatory relief the answer to help increase casino performance? In the movement to online game play, do casinos or lotteries have priority? Does convergence represent an opportunity or threat from a public policy perspective?
The role of the gaming regulator has shifted both with the growth and maturation of the casino industry and with rapid advancements in technology. Regulators today must be more vigilant than over to balance the health of casino operators in saturated markets with ensuring regulatory integrity. As new forms of gaming and new types of games emerge, regulators must also be equipped to understand and make decisions that impact the future of gaming, often involving new technology.
KNOWING YOUR CASINO PLAYERS - TODAY AND TOMORROW
While casino operators have proven adept at understanding their customers through database analysis, they must also understand how to engage customers who are increasingly reliant on social and mobile platforms. Further, as the casino floor changes to accommodate new games and technology favored by Millennials, operators must determine who their new players are, what they like – and how to attract them into their buildings. What marketing tools today work best? How important are nongaming offerings in the marketing message? Join casino marketers for an engaging discussion.
12:15pm — 1:15pm
1:15pm — 1:45pm
1:45pm — 3:45pm
Chief Executive Outlook:
In the ECGC showcase event, industry-leading chief executives in two sessions will both provide individual presentations on timely topics impacting the gaming industry and engage in roundtable discussions. They will cover such topics as the need to engage Millennials, how technology will reshape the casino floor, finding the next attractive market, the convergence of different forms of gaming, and public policy issues. And they will answer your questions.