Schedule & Events
Day One - June 12th
NexGen Gaming Forum
Registration will be open all day to pick up your badges.
2:30 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.
ECGC is a two-day conference that includes the NexGen Gaming Forum, which will focus on emerging forms of gaming such as online, fantasy sports, e-sports, skill-based gaming, etc.
2:55 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
NexGen Forum Keynote Presentation
3:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
ESPORTS: What is its importance for the Gambling Industry?
Having proven it is more than a passing trend, esports has evolved into a major industry, with cities from Katowice to Las Vegas clamoring to host the biggest events. Casino host cites – and casinos themselves – want a big piece of the action. Is esports just another form of sports entertainment like boxing or MMA? Or could it become a major driver of sports-betting revenue? Professionals from both esports and the gaming industry discuss the synergies.
Moderator: Josh Faber, Spectrum eSports Advisors
- Russell M. Aleksey, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, OkLetsPlay
- Ari Fox, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Gameacon
- Antoine Grimond, Chief Operating Officer, GameBlr Esports
- Alex Igelman, Spectrum Esports Advisors and Chairman, Millennial Esports
3:55 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
4:25 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
Payment Technologies and the New Gaming World
Bitcoin. Blockchain. PayPal. Venmo. In-play sports betting. iGaming. Credit cards. Debit cards. Cross-border cashouts. As payment technologies advance at a fast pace, is the ever-expanding legal gambling industry keeping pace? How do gaming providers balance what consumers want with what technology allows? Experts from both industries discuss the possibilities, the expectations and the legal and regulatory issues that arise within an industry that operates under different rules for each state.
Moderator: Joe Pappano, Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Gaming, Worldpay Rodney Rickenbach, Cyber Security & Analytics Supervisor, NJ Division of Gaming Enforcement
5:20 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
The IGaming/Sports Betting Nexus
Although 42 states have some form of casino gambling, almost all of them have been reluctant to authorize online gaming – despite the robust – and still-growing – results in New Jersey since its launch more than five years ago. At the same time, states are clamoring for sports betting, which in order to reach its potential must include the online/mobile component. Will the rush to legalize sports betting also usher in the long-awaited world of online casino gaming? Experts from both the gaming and betting sectors examine the future of igaming and betting.
Moderator: Seth Young, Chief Innovation Officer, PointsBet
- Max Bichsel, Director, Kambi
- Brad Cummings, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EquiLottery
- Melanie Gross, Vice President – Online Gaming, Caesars Entertainment
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Welcome Cocktail Reception, at The Pool at Harrah’s Resort & Casino
Sponsored by SBTech.
Day Two - June 13th
East Coast Gaming Congress
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
8:45 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
Welcome: Honorable Frank Gilliam, Mayor, City of Atlantic City
8:50 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Update from the Chairman: James T. Plousis, Chairman, New Jersey Casino Control Commission
9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.
View from Washington: Bill Miller, President & CEO, American Gaming Association
9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Opening Keynote Speaker: Ted Leonsis, Chairman & CEO, Monumental Sports and Entertainment
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
SO FAR, SO GOOD?
With six states having launched sports betting since Murphy v. NCAA, including two states that allow online/mobile betting, the early results have demonstrated its potential... or have they? Casino operators and systems providers examine expectations vs. reality, how the states’ regulatory schemes stack up against each other, and what any of the 20 or so additional states considering legalization can learn from the early adopters.Moderator: Roger Gros, Publisher, GGB Magazine
- Eric Frank, Deputy Compliance Officer and Director, Legal Affairs, Stars Group
- Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
- David Rebuck, Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
- Dan Shapiro, Vice President – Strategy & Business Development, William Hill
WOMEN IN GAMING
Challenges women face in the Gaming World will spotlight these prominent women in different fields who will provide insights and advice about challenges faced, work-life balance, and what the future holds for women in the gaming industry.
Moderator: Karla Perez, Sysco Corporation
WALL STREET WISDOM
From an investment perspective, the gaming industry continues to change rapidly, with continuing consolidation of both the operators and suppliers, on a global scale. Sports betting could become a game changer for the US industry due to its rapid spread, new customer engagement and relationship to mobile gaming. Meanwhile, a new wave of growth in Las Vegas, Atlantic City’s recovery, and continued expansion in the regional markets could either mean great corporate profits or disappointment from oversupply. A panel of top finance professionals discuss and debate the industry outlook from the perspective of the money that shapes the industry.
Moderator: Robert Heller, Spectrum Capital
- Alex Bumazhny, Senior Director, US Corporate Finance, Fitch Ratings
- Harry Curtis, Managing Director, Nomura Securities
- Drew Kelley, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
- Adam Rosenberg, Managing Director, Global Head of Gaming & Leisure, Fortress Funds – Credit
- Joel Simkins, Managing Director, Head of Gaming & Leisure Investment Banking, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
THE LEAGUES’ PERSPECTIVE
From passive spectators in the only-in-Nevada days to vigorous opponents in the challenge to New Jersey’s appeals to legalize sports betting, major US sports leagues and teams are now embarking on long-term business partnerships with gaming companies in ways that may forever change the way sports are consumed are wagers are made. Why have the leagues so quickly embraced their one-time foe... and what do they want from sports betting? How will they shape the future of sports betting in America?
Moderator: David Issacson, , Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Capital
- Jeremy Kudon, Partner – Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
- Marquest Meeks, Senior Counsel, Major League Baseball (MLB)
- Dan Spillane, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, National Basketball Association (NBA)
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Driving Revenue through Food & Beverage Opportunities: Attendees will gain insight into creative and innovative concepts in food & beverage – from innovation and future trends in menus/food offerings to unique restaurant concepts.
Moderator: Karla Perez, Corporate Vice President – Head of Gaming, Sysco Corporation
- Sean DiCicco, Corporate Vice President – Food and Beverage, Sysco Corporation
- Chef Neil Doherty, Senior Director, Culinary Development, Sysco Corporation
- Chef Christina Wilson, Executive Chef, Gordon Ramsey Group US Division
THE MID-ATLANTIC BATTLEGROUND
With 29 casinos (and counting) within a 150-mile radius of Philadelphia, along with myriad other gaming and betting options, the gaming landscape in the Mid-Atlantic has become intensively competitive – and increasingly localized. How will operators continue to achieve growth? Are new gaming offerings such as igaming and sports betting helping or hurting the primary casino gaming product? Gaming operators and analyzes discuss what it takes to thrive in this dynamic marketplace.
Moderator: Joseph Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group
- David Katz, Managing Director, Jefferies Securities
- Mark Giannantonio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Resorts Casino Hotel
- Andrew Zarnett, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
- Matthew Doherty, Executive Director, New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
- Joseph Schatz, Regional Chief Marketing Officer, Caesars Entertainment
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon – Governor Phil Murphy*
Sponsored by 888.
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WHAT’S NEXT IN SPORTS BETTING?
Product development will be one of the key drivers of growth over the next year, and beyond. We can see from early sports-betting metrics that giving the US player options for in-running betting and the ability to cash-out his or her bet is still in its infancy, but how do we think this will develop over the next 12 months? What effect might that trajectory have for revenues – and margins? Should new product development – either entirely new, or adapted from elsewhere – be entirely within the control of the operator, alongside their suppliers? And should regulators have more than just a monitoring role here? Product development – whether new bets, markets or related offerings – has proven itself one of the key drivers of innovation in other developed sports betting markets; will that be the same for the regulated US market, or are there special factors to consider here?
Moderator: Lloyd D. Levenson
- Richard Carter, Chief Executive Officer, SBTech
- Parikshat Khanna, Chief Executive Officer, CG Technology
- Moti Malul, Chief Executive Officer, NeoGames
- Itai Pazner, Chief Executive Officer, 888
- Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer, Playtech
2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
2:50 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
LEADERSHIP THINK TANK
As gaming rapidly expands into new frontiers – from online wagering to partnerships with sports leagues to sophisticated payment technologies – the need for steady, visionary leadership is more critical than ever. In this ECGC signature session, leaders from prominent gaming companies with East Coast properties discuss the future of land-based gaming, how sports betting is shaping their operations, the M&A environment, and how and where they seek their next opportunities.
2:50 – 3:40 (Panel #1) Moderator: Lloyd Levenson, Chief Executive Officer, Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law
- Mario Kontomerkos, CEO, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment
- George Papanier, CEO, Twin River
- Thomas Reeg, CEO, Eldorado Resorts
- Timothy Wilmott, CEO, Penn National Gaming
3:40 – 4:30 (Panel #2) Moderator: Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
- James Allen, Hard Rock International
- Greg Carlin, Rush Street Gaming
- David Cordish, the Cordish Company