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Gaming Law Masterclasses being offered in New Orleans

The legal and regulatory issues of sports-betting expansion and emerging payment technologies are planned to be the focus of two IMGL Masterclasses at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) Winter Meeting, January 4-6 in New Orleans. Registration for the three-day NCLGS Winter Meeting is now open to the public.

“The International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclasses at NCLGS will bring the expertise of practicing gaming attorneys and regulators to address issues of critical concern in the gaming industry,” said Marc Ellinger, IMGL second vice president and an attorney with Ellinger and Associates, LLC. “As a practicing gaming attorney, the information discussed is of paramount importance to knowing the issues we have today and the solutions for the future of the gaming industry. It is truly invaluable.”

The first IMGL Masterclass is scheduled to analyze the regulations of the ever-expanding sports betting market. With eight states now offering betting and more looking to launch in 2019, legislators and regulators now have real-world examples to create new sports-betting schemes – or modify the ones they have. Regulators and gaming attorneys will examine the current best practices and suggest how they may be improved. Panel speakers are:

• Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker LLP
• Marc Ellinger, Partner, Ellinger and Associates, LLC
• Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC
• Kevin O’Toole, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

The second IMGL Masterclass is set to examine how new payment technologies fit in the gaming world. Are state laws, gaming regulations, operators and suppliers equipped to embrace and employ new forms of payment at slot machines and table games? What are the implications for anti-money-laundering compliance? Experts discussing the status of these new forms of payment and how they will impact the gaming industry are as follows:

• Mark Hemmerle, Vice President Legal & Compliance, Worldpay Gaming Solutions
• Sean McGuinness, Attorney, Sean Butler Snow LLP
• Donna More, Partner, Fox Rothschild
• Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

More than 200 attendees, including dozens of state legislators, are expected to attend the three-day NCLGS Winter Meeting. The conference agenda includes:

• Keynote Luncheon Address from former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose arguments before the Supreme Court resulted in overturning the federal prohibition on sports betting;
• Six legislative committee sessions: Casinos, Emerging Forms of Gaming, Lotteries, Pari-Mutuels, Sports Betting/iGaming, and State-Federal Relations;
• The Big Picture: Focus on Freshman Class of Legislators – an introduction to gaming;
• Two Masterclasses presented by the International Masters of Gaming Law;
• Thursday evening and Friday evening welcome receptions;
• Saturday afternoon back-of-house tours of Harrah’s New Orleans; and
• Sunday general session focusing on the relationship between gaming and tourism

For more information, visit www.nclgs.org/meetings.html.

SOURCE National Council of Legislators from Gaming States

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