The East Coast Gaming Congress & NexGen Gaming Forum to Examine Each State’s Sports Betting Model

ATLANTIC CITY:  Of all the sports-betting models that have been developed in recent years, which are most effective in meeting the goals of both states and operators? A panel of experts from the public and private sectors will address that question as the 25th annual East Coast  Gaming Congress & NexGen Gaming Forum convenes September 21-23 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. 

As sports betting is now legal and active in 31 US jurisdictions, no two states offer precisely the same sports betting model. From an online-only model to a model offering dozens of skins to one offering tax rates that are four to five times higher than others, states have charted their own paths as they maximize results.  This expert panel called Sports Betting: Which Model Is Working Best? will address such questions as:

  • Which model is working best? 
  • Should this be measured by GGR state tax receipts? 
  • Do high tax rates matter? 

The sports betting expert panelist include:

  • Senator Jon Ford, State of Indiana; President, National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS)
  • Gina Smith, Deputy Director of Gaming Compliance, Virginia Lottery
  • Elizabeth Suever, Vice President, Government Relations, Bally’s Corporation
  • Andrew Winchell, Director of Government Affairs, FanDuel

Registration is open to the public; visit to view the agenda, as well as registration and hotel options.

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

During the two-day conference, additional panel discussion will focus on issues facing the industry including:

• Is Gaming Growing Responsibly?

• Gaming Revenues Going Up in Smoke?

• The Best Things in Gaming Right Now Are …

• State Regulators: Keeping Their Promise to Keep Pace

• Whither Igaming?

• Creating One Industry: Lotteries, Gaming

Also participating in a two part forum will be eleven industry leaders representing the top gaming companies in the US.

The conference, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, will provide attendees  with outstanding opportunities for networking, professional development, and business-to-business discussions. For sponsorship or additional conference information, visit or contact Donna Vecere at

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.

About 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

About 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

About Esports Entertainment Group: Esports Entertainment Group is a full stack esports and online gambling company fueled by the growth of video-gaming and the ascendance of esports with new generations. Their stated mission is to help connect the world at large with the future of sports entertainment in unique and enriching ways that bring fans and gamers together. The Company maintains offices in New Jersey, the UK and Malta. For more information visit

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