Smokefree or Not? State and Casino Policy in Spotlight at East Coast Gaming Congress, Sept. 21-23

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Should casinos continue to allow smoking? Are there advantages for casinos that are smokefree? Those questions will be among those discussed by an expert panel at the East Coast Gaming Congress and NexGen Gaming Forum, September 21-23 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Ever since New Jersey carved casinos out of the statewide prohibition on indoor smoking at workplaces, employees have argued to remove the exemption while casino operators say a smoking ban would cause significant revenue losses and ensuing reductions in employment. Pennsylvania also permits casino smoking, although its leading casino – Parx – has chosen to remain smoke free since reopening after the pandemic closure. Delaware casinos have been smokefree since 2002. What is the likely – and best – course for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and others to take on this highly sensitive matter?

The “Gaming Revenues Going Up In Smoke?” panel will be moderated by Joseph Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group, on Thursday, September 22. Panelists will include:

  • Mark Giannantonio, President & CEO, Resorts Casino Hotel
  • Cynthia Hallett, President & CEO, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation
  • Eric Hausler, CEO, Greenwood Racing (PARX Casino)

The conference will kick off with an opening reception on Wednesday, September 21. There also will be three keynote addresses during the conference and a networking cocktail party on Thursday evening.

Additional panel discussions will focus on issues facing the industry, including:

  • Sports Betting: Which Model is Working Best?
  • Analyze This
  • Is Gaming Growing Responsibly?
  • The Best Things in Gaming Right Now Are …
  • State Regulators: Keeping Their Promise to Keep Pace
  • Whither Igaming?
  • Creating One Industry: Lotteries, Gaming

The East Coast Gaming Congress will provide attendees with valuable insight and education by those most knowledgeable about this evolving industry, as well as outstanding opportunities for networking, professional development, and business-to-business discussions.

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The East Coast Gaming Congress & NexGen Gaming Forum is organized and produced by Cooper Levenson, Spectrum Gaming Group, Sports Illustrated Sportsbook and Esports Entertainment Group.

Cooper Levenson: The Gaming and iGaming Law practice group of Cooper Levenson deals with virtually every level and variety of multi-jurisdiction casino law: iGaming law, sports wagering, licensure, compliance issues, equipment approval and administrative proceedings are just a few of the types of matters handled for clients around the globe. Cooper Levenson is a full-service law firm since 1957, with 70 attorneys and offices in New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, Florida, and New York. Visit

Spectrum Gaming Group: Spectrum Gaming is an independent research and consulting firm that has performed advisory and consulting work for gaming operators, regulators, and legislatures in 43 US states and territories and in 48 countries on six continents. Visit Spectrum at

Esports Entertainment Group (NASDAQ: GMBL) (EEG) is a full-service esports and online betting company. EEG focuses on three verticals: Games, iGaming, and Technology. EEG Games provides a wide array of services and infrastructure for businesses to engage esports and gaming communities around the world including Esports Gaming League (EGL), which hosts a community of more than 350,000 gamers on its proprietary tournament platform EEG iGaming includes a number of award-winning brands covering traditional online sports book wagering needs as well as a multinational casino operator. EEG Technology builds next-generation platforms, features, and services for Millennials, Gen Z consumers, and brands looking to connect with these demographics. EEG has offices in New Jersey, the UK, Malta and Estonia. For more information, visit

SI Sportsbook was formed as part of an exclusive partnership between 888 Holdings, one of the world’s leading online betting and gaming companies, and Sports Illustrated, a staple of the US sports landscape with its award-winning journalism, colorful photography, and annual swimsuit issue. SI Sportsbook aims to provide consumers with a sportsbook that is built for US sports fans and powered by 888’s innovative in-house platform. SI Sportsbook offers users in Michigan, Virginia, and Colorado unique features like full length articles integrated within the sportsbook app and our national Perfect 10 Free to Play game.

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