Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Business of Sports Betting Sessions will be held in Ballroom B


Big Data: Analytics in Sports Betting & Gambling  |  1:00 pm - 1:50 pm 

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in May 2018 that states could legalize sports betting. With few exceptions, most states Gaming Commissions are still developing the legislation to regulate exactly how sports betting will work in their states and when it will begin. In the meantime, new data sources and new technology platforms appear to be influencing how this market will unfold. Hear a panel of experts discuss the value of data in a sports betting context, and how casinos, especially tribal operations, can stand to benefit by utilizing data to understand and engage the large and growing segment of avid sports fans willing to wager on sports.

Moderator: Solange Randolph, VizExplorer 


Stuart Kerr, Chief Data Scientist, Pechanga Resort and Casino 

Dr. Laila Mintas, Deputy President, Sportradar U.S. 

Chris Dougan, CCO, Genius Sports 

Stasi Baran, PhD, COO, nQube Data Science Inc. 


Mobile Gaming: Disruption or Innovation in Tribal Gaming  |  

2:00 pm - 2:50 pm 

Native American casino operators are split in their thinking that mobile gaming (sports betting and mobile on premise) can bring innovation to the casino floor and others feel it will cannibalize/disrupt  their casino floor. You will hear from casino operators who support both thoughts.

Moderator: Frank Pracukowski 

Panelists: Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital

Charles Cohen, VP, Mobile, PlaySpot and North America Sports Betting, IGT 

Daniel Kustelski, Co-Founder and CEO, Chalkline Sports 

Richard Carter, CEO, SBTech


Remarks by Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor and Democratic Nominee for Governor of California  |  3:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

Networking Break  |  3:30 pm - 4:00 pm 

The Business & Economics of Sports Books  |  4:00 pm - 4:50 pm 

Las Vegas sports books have evolved from humble beginnings into monumental facilities that constitute a crossroads of Wall Street and Main Street and a combination of high tech and back alley savvy. This blue ribbon panel will examine the delicate business of running a successful sports book, discuss how new technology is changing the game, and provide forward looking insights for tribal gaming operators.

Moderator: Gene Johnson, Vice-President, Victor Strategies


Joe Asher, William Hill

Kip Levin, CEO, Paddy Power Betfair USA

Vic Salerno, President, USBookmaking


Industry Roundtable: Business Opportunities in Sports Betting   | 

5:00 pm - 5:50 pm 

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), clearing the way for individual states and tribes to authorize and regulate sports betting. This is the first time in decades where a new betting product will be introduced in the U.S. on such a wide scale.  The implications for tribes, tribal gaming operators, and tribal regulator are vast. On this panel, experts will discuss the roll out of sports betting across Indian Country, the role of in-play-betting, internet and mobile channels, choosing an operator, tribal exclusivity arrangements, tribal-state gaming compacts, and regulation. The panel will also examine how sports betting can draw new customers to Indian Country casinos and build a new customer experience.

Moderator: Russ Witt, Director of Operations, Ainesworth Game Technology


Lee Torres, GM, Pechanga Resort & Casino

Seth Young, Executive Director of Online Gaming, Foxwoods Resort Casino

Vernon Finley, GM, Grey Wolf Peak Casino

September 25-27, 2018
Pechanga Resort Casino
Temecula, CA