Upcoming edition: 29 April, 2021
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS & WAY SEERS BOARD
Meet the awesome people you can meet at the meetups.
I am the Senior Director of Legal & Compliance with Mazooma, a fintech company providing payment solutions for online gambling operators across the globe.
Previously, I was an Associate Lawyer in the Toronto office of international law firm Dickinson Wright, providing strategic legal advice to clients in highly regulated industries. My practice primarily focused on advising clients involved in land based and online gambling of the requirements related to licensing, compliance and governance, and risk mitigation.
I am a published author of the Canada chapter for LexisNexis’ Gaming Law and Practice Book, Chambers and Partners’ Gaming, Gambling and Licensing Practice Guide for Canada, and various articles in gaming publications. I am also an adjunct professor with the University of New Hampshire, teaching its Global Regulation of Sports Betting Course under their Sports Wagering and Integrity Certificate Program. I speak at various conferences worldwide and have provided commentary to media outlets such as the Globe and Mail and the National Post, on the potential legalization of single event sports betting in Canada.
Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes is a Panamanian attorney with a Master’s in Commercial Law and Specialization in Public Law. Before joining GLI, she practiced Law in one of the most prestigious law firms in Panama and was later appointed as Legal Director of the Panama Gaming Control Board.
She has been with GLI since 2004, developing new gaming jurisdictions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean while driving GLI’s strategy for both regulatory and business development as well as managing GLI´s service delivery to the region’s operators and suppliers. With her law degree and gaming regulatory experience, one of Sierra-Hughes’s main goals is to help the regions’ government agencies in their efforts to improve the regulatory landscape providing valuable advice that will lead to developed laws, decrees and regulations. She is also responsible for all GLI licensing processes throughout the region as well as the GLI brand.
She holds education certificates from international organizations including the FBI, UNLV and US Treasury’s OTA.
She is a well-known speaker in international events and conferences such as ICE London, G2E Las Vegas, IAGR (International Association of Gaming Regulators) and CIBELAE, and she is regularly featured in international publications and journals.
Dr. Mintas is a C-Level Executive and serves as an independent advisor in the sports and technology industry, including the sports betting, digital sports, and fan engagement sector. Her focus is on the use of emerging technologies and developments and how those are changing sports, society, and consumer behavior and lead to new revenue streams.
She is a global thought leader on sports data, sports betting legislation, regulation, and sports integrity with speaker engagements around the world including Europe, Australia, North America, Central America, and Asia. She published more than 100+ legal publications in the top academic and professional journals about sports betting and sports law. She serves as Guest Professor at several Universities such as Columbia University NYC, St John’s University NYC, the University of New Hampshire, and Humboldt University Berlin/Germany on topics such as Sports Law and Sports Integrity.
Dr. Mintas received for her personal achievements the Leaders in Sports U 40 Award, the SBJ Game Changers Award, and the International Award for Women in the Gaming Industry – Inspiration of the Year 2018. She was named one of 25 executives to watch in 2019 by the Global Gaming Business GBB magazine, selected as SBJ´s Power Player Sports Betting 2019 and Business Insider´s Leaders of the Sports Betting Industry 2019.
Dr. Mintas is a lawyer by trade. Over the last years, she served as the Deputy President of Sportradar US, the global technology company that is the leader in analyzing and leveraging the power of sports data. She managed 350+ employees with offices in New York, Minneapolis, Menlo Park, and San Francisco. During that time, Sportradar was valued at $2.4 Bn USD. Sportradar applies technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to drive data insights on a variety of business verticals for the creation of unique experiences across platforms in real-time.
She is experienced in managing high-level relationships with league partners in the US such as NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, MLS, CONCACAF, and several others on a global level including FIFA and UEFA and with clients such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, AP, Yahoo, Deutsche Bank, Allianz, DraftKings, FanDuel, etc.
Dr. Mintas previously worked several years at the international law firm White & Case LLP in Berlin, Germany, and specialized i.a. in Sports Law, Gambling Law, Compliance, and Litigation. She wrote her Ph.D. in Betting via the Internet in Europe which became a well-recognized book in its field. Previously, she was the Head of Legal and Head of International Development for FIFA’s Early Warning System (FIFA EWS) in Zurich, Switzerland and the first Director of Sports Integrity at CONCACAF, the governing body for Soccer in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean is responsible for all 41-member countries including the US, Canada, and Mexico. In both positions, at FIFA and at CONCACAF, Dr. Mintas used data to prevent, detect, investigate, and sanction match manipulations in sports that are linked to sports betting.
Adrianna Cuccinello is a proven executive leader, operations director and compliance officer with strong expertise in business development and multi-jurisdictional regulations. Starting her career in Finance and Risk Management, she has transferred her skills easily and has become a highly skilled executive for the igaming and sportsbook business.
Adrianna has started her igaming experience with Golden Nugget who is number 1 in the igaming industry. She was responsible for building all DGE required Internal Controls, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as well as training the staff in Customer Service and Fraud operations utilizing her strong Risk and Fraud background.
Adrianna has been utilized for multiple start-ups which include building and overseeing all business development and operations for Resorts Casino/Mohegan Sun Casino, Caesars online casino, Ocean Resort Casino, BetAmerica and Wynn Casino.
Along with strong operations and regulatory compliance experience; Adrianna has worked handling commercial business with GAN as a Senior Account Manager. Her clients included Borgata, Parx, Ocean Resort, Twin River, Maryland Live, San Manuel, Winstar, Turning Stone, Stations, Empire and lastly Betfair. She has grown strong relationships as well as a strong technical knowledge of igaming platforms.
During Adrianna’s career consulting in start-ups, She has been able to become an expert in all platforms that are currently being utilized by the igaming market as well working with current igaming partners to implement sportsbook technology.
Geographer from the Catholic University, MBA in Strategic Management, Master in Management and Public Policies, with 18 years of experience in managerial and executive positions.
She has 12 years of experience in the areas of public management, institutional change and strengthening programs, new business development, planning, management, and project development. I have been a university professor for more than a decade.
Between 2007 and June 2014, I was National Planning Director of the Ministry of Public Works (MOP). From 2014 to 2016 I served as head of the Planning and Budget Division of the Ministry of Education (Mineduc). I currently serve as Superintendent of the Superintendency of Gaming Casinos.
Jessica Welman is the New Markets Director for Catena Media. She first joined Catena in 2016 as a writer covering state-level gaming industries before serving as the editor-in-chief of PlayPennsylvania. Welman spearheaded the coverage of the lead-up and launch of Pennsylvania’s gambling expansion. Since then, she has led similar efforts in states like Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, and Virginia. Her expertise in state market launches serves her well in her current role where Welman oversees content and site development related to all emerging US markets.
Welman received a BA in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California. She also has an MA in Communication and Culture from Indiana University at Bloomington. While her educational background may seem unrelated to gaming, it has served her well. Over the course of Welman’s career, she has participated in the award-winning podcast The Poker Beat, The Jess and BJ Show, served as the online host of the World Poker Tour, and represented the World Series of Poker in video content. She currently hosts and produces the weekly YouTube video PlayUSA to Z. Her love of film also comes in handy when it comes to her coverage of Academy Awards wagering. NPR’s Money Planet, CNBC, and The Wall Street Journal are just some of the publications that have interviewed her about Oscars wagering.
Welman first started in the gaming industry in 2008 as a poker reporter for PocketFives. Since then, she was worked with several major gaming and entertainment brands like the WPT, Card Player, and Caesars Entertainment.
Senior Corporate Development, Strategy and Investor Relations executive with over 17 years experience in diversified financial services including private equity, private debt, alternative investments and sell-side equity research.
Current responsibilities include M&A, acquisition identification, strategic planning, capital allocation, acquisition integration, existing business optimization, private debt sourcing & origination, project management, investor relations and fundraising.
Experienced in, and passionate about the global casino, gaming and hospitality industries with extensive institutional investor relationships across gaming, lodging, leisure, cruise lines, restaurants, retail and consumer.
Current professional development / continuing education studies include:
1) Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategy & Finance from Louisiana State University (in progress) with a specialization in Casino and Hospitality Management.
2) University of New Hampshire School of Law certificate in Sports and Wagering Integrity (completed) with coursework as follows:
– Introduction to U.S. Sports Betting Law & Regulation
– Safeguarding Sport Integrity and Advanced Integrity Monitoring
– Advanced Regulation of Sports Betting
– Sports Betting Operations, Partnerships, Business, and Legal
– Global Regulation of Sports Betting
Attorney at Law, graduated from the Faculty of Law from the National University of Cuyo. Mrs. López has a specialization in Civil and Commercial Law. In the academic sector, she is a Professor of the Commerce Papers Chair at the Champagnat University. She has previously served in various positions in the public sphere and has practiced in the private sector.
Legal Advisor to the Board of Directors at the Lottery of the Province of Mendoza, Argentina
Jeremy Kleiman focuses his practice on gaming, regulatory, and business law, representing casino operators, gaming equipment suppliers, technology providers, and financial institutions involved in the gaming and lottery industries. He specializes in gaming-related corporate, regulatory, licensing, and compliance matters, with an emphasis on the online and mobile gaming industry.
Prior to rejoining the firm, Jeremy served as Executive Vice President, Regulatory & Business Affairs for Coastal Development, LLC, a developer, investor and operator in casino resorts and racetracks. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s legal affairs, government relations, and compliance functions, as well as sourcing, negotiating, and executing on a number of business transactions. Jeremy’s background and experience on the business side of the gaming industry uniquely position him to counsel and advise clients on transactional and regulatory matters while understanding the clients’ business objectives.
Jeremy had previously been a member of the Firm and head of its Gaming Law Practice Group prior to his time at Coastal Development. He advised financial institutions, gaming equipment manufacturers, lottery providers, and casino operators on all matters related to licensing, compliance and other regulatory matters.
Jeremy is a co-founder and director of iDevelopment and Economic Association (iDEA), an industry association seeking to grow jobs and expand online interactive entertainment business in the United States through advocacy and education.
Jeremy serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, is a past Chair of the Casino Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He is a frequent panelist at gaming industry conferences.
Evan Davis serves as Managing Director, Sports Betting and Gaming for SeventySix Capital Sports
Advisory, where he works with a wide range of companies looking to do business within or involving the
world of sports wagering. Evan previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of Rivers Casino
Philadelphia (formerly SugarHouse Casino). In this role, Evan oversaw all legal matters for a company
with over $300 million in annual gaming revenues. When the company launched its sports wagering
operation in 2018, Evan was on the front lines. He was involved at every turn, from ensuring legal and
regulatory compliance to spearheading numerous operational initiatives.
Evan is a frequent conference speaker and media presence on the topic, and has relationships with a
wide variety of media, team, league, and gaming contacts in this area. Evan has been widely recognized
for his work. He was named by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a 2019 “Influencer of Law,” and is a recipient
of The Legal Intelligencer’s 2019 “GC Impact” award and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2017 “Best
of the Bar” award. Evan was also named by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2019 and Emerging
Leaders of Gaming and Global Gaming Business magazine in 2018 to their respective classes of “40
Evan is also very active in his community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ed
Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, a charity that serves over 3,000 inner-city children in Philadelphia, PA
and Camden, NJ, and on the Board of Trustees for the Bala Cynwyd Library in Lower Merion Township,
PA. Evan received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. cum laude from the University of
Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as an editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
He lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons.
Fernando Saffores is the founder and director of Focus Gaming News. With more than 12 years in the gaming industry, his knowledge and experience helped the company to become one of the most well-known daily newspaper around the world.
Jonodev O. Chaudhuri has extensive experience representing tribal nations, tribal citizens, corporations, and individual clients on issues relating to commercial litigation, gaming, governance, tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and economic development. Having spent his entire career serving tribal nations and Native communities in various policy, legal, and judicial capacities, he possesses a deep understanding of the connection between the development of strong governmental institutions and tribal self-determination.
In 2013, President Barack Obama designated Chaudhuri to serve as acting Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). He was then nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2015. During his tenure as NIGC Chairman, Chaudhuri oversaw the $32.4B Indian gaming industry, comprised of approximately 500 gaming facilities, operated by 244 tribal nations across 29 states. While at the Commission, he provided guidance on a wide range of national policy issues including Indian gaming, economic development, energy, Alaskan affairs, and tribal recognition.
His law and policy track record extends beyond his tenure at the NIGC. Earlier in his career, he served as senior counselor to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, providing insight and counsel on policy issues. His 20-year legal career includes serving as a judge on five different tribal courts, including serving as Chief Justice of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court, the highest court of the fourth largest tribe in the nation.
He also served as a community organizer, adjunct professor, public defender, legal services director, and author. A highly sought after speaker, he regularly presents at national and regional conferences and symposia, including the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), FBA Indian Law Conference, Sovereignty Symposium, National Tribal Gaming Commissioners & Regulators (NTGCR) and more, including several keynote addresses.
Dr. Joerg Hofmann is a Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (“IMGL”) and group leader of the Gaming & Betting Law Practice Group of Melchers Law Firm. He has been practicing gaming law since the mid-90s and Melchers’ legal advice is highly valued by global market leaders in all sectors of the gaming industry. A highly recognized expert in the field, Joerg has been consistently ranked as a leading individual and expert in gaming law by prestigious legal directories including Chambers Global and Best Lawyers for many years.
Lloyd is the Founder & Managing Partner of Sharp Alpha Advisors, a consultancy and advisory firm specializing in sports betting startups, venture capital, M&A, and technology.
He is also the Chairman & Founder of the International Consortium for the Ethical Development of Artificial Intelligence, a 501(c)(3) non-profit NGO dedicated to ensuring that rapid developments in the field of AI are made with a keen eye toward the long-term interests of humanity.
Lloyd is an accomplished TEDx speaker and a frequent guest on acclaimed podcasts, recently having appeared on AI in the Wild, The Business of Betting Podcast, GambleOn, Sports Predictor, and The Knup Sports Show. He is also the Co-Host of The AI Experience, a podcast providing an accessible analysis of relevant AI news and topics.
His advisory firm provides critical strategic guidance to startups, investors, and financial institutions in the sports gaming space while also serving as an independent touchpoint between the world’s most prominent gaming operators, suppliers, regulators, venture capital funds, and angel syndicates.
Lloyd serves as the Co-Chairman of the CompTIA AI Advisory Council, a committee of preeminent thought leaders focused on establishing industry best practices that benefit businesses while protecting consumers. He previously managed institutional portfolios for BlackRock, data science initiatives for Samsung, and Machine Learning engines for sportsbook operators.
Zoltán is a self-taught publisher and events organizer who has developed several brands and services that have increased the notoriety of his company within a multi-billion euro industry.
Among the developed brands and services you can find online news portals, a tri-annually printed magazine, an online radio and regulatory briefing conferences that are annually organized in Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Riga, Tallin, Milan, Athens, Vilnius, and Ljubljana.
All the events organized by his company also focus on bringing a wealth of information about the latest innovation in several industries such as Entertainment, Technology, Gaming and Gambling, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Quantum Technology, Legal Cannabis, Health and Lifestyle, VR/AR, eSports and many more.
Domenico Mazzola is Commercial Director of Altenar, a leading sports betting software provider based in Malta. Altenar works collaboratively with licensed operators, combining proven stability with a flexible and personalized service to offer clients the highest quality online sportsbook solutions.
With a strong background in sales strategy and software development combined with rich experience working across international and European markets, Domenico is an expert in developing successful commercial strategies and establishing and maintaining long-term business relationships.
Domenico previously held the position of Head of Sales at iGamingPlatform.com, where he was responsible for developing and executing strategic plans to achieve and maximize sales targets, solidifying the company’s reputation as a leading gaming solutions provider. Prior to this, Domenico worked as Account Manager at World Match Ltd, spearheading the company’s successful long and short-term sales strategies. Domenico’s professional background also includes over eight years of working as a software developer, honing his technical expertise.
A highly recognized industry figure, Domenico’s in-depth experience in both the business and technical side of the gaming industry places him in the unique position of being able to advise clients on all aspects of their gambling operations, taking into account their wider business objectives.
Wayne Kimmel is a sports tech venture capitalist, entrepreneur and author of Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel.
He is the Managing Partner of SeventySix Capital, the venture capital company he founded in 1999, and invests in startup consumer facing tech companies in the sports tech, esports, and sports betting industries. Among the Fortune 500 companies that have acquired his portfolio companies are Aramark, Intel, IBM, Walgreens and Yahoo!
Wayne leads the SeventySix Capital Athlete Venture Group, which allows professional athletes to invest, learn, and work directly with top sports tech startups and entrepreneurs. The firm aims to bridge the gap between athletes, entrepreneurs, and investors by creating opportunities for athletes to become tech investors and for entrepreneurs to access the financial and social capital that professional athletes have to offer. SeventySix Capital also has a partnership with Rubicon Talent, a sports marketing and talent agency based in New York City.
Wayne has been named a Top Innovator by Philadelphia Magazine and is on the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 100 list.
He is on the Board of Einstein Healthcare Network and was on the Board of Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Wayne is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the Delaware Law School. He is passionate about sports and working to make the world a better place.
Mohit is a Principal at the Clairvest Group, which is a $2Bn growth-oriented private equity firm that invests globally. Clairvest has been investing in the gaming sector for 20 years with past and present investments in sizeable land-based regional casinos and more recently, online. Mohit leads the firm’s efforts in Online Gaming, which is a priority growth area for the firm. His activities include sourcing, due-diligence, and active board participation. He sits on the board of several companies at Clairvest including: Head Digital Works, FSB Technology and Meriplex Communications. Prior to Clairvest, Mohit was a technology consulting leader at McKinsey & Company, held roles at prominent investment firms and holds an MBA with Honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Mohit lives in Toronto with his wife (Kiruthiga) and daughter (Mia).
Adam Berger is a partner in the firm’s Gaming Industry Group. Mr. Berger represents public and private companies involved in all facets of the gaming industry in a broad variety of corporate and regulatory matters.
Mr. Berger has extensive experience representing casinos, casino holding companies and gaming equipment manufacturers, as well as financial institutions including banks, private equity funds and hedge funds in connection with mergers and acquisitions, debt transactions, licensing, compliance matters and regulatory investigations. Additionally, Mr. Berger has represented clients in competitive licensing contests before various gaming agencies. Mr. Berger regularly advises clients on emerging developments and legislation affecting the brick-and-mortar and Internet gaming industries.
Outside of the traditional casino space, Mr. Berger has advised traditional gaming companies, media companies and financial institutions on matters related to the rapidly expanding sports wagering industry in the United States. Mr. Berger has also represented numerous companies involved in the fantasy sports and skill-based gaming industries.
As the immediate past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Gaming Law Committee and a former Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Casino Law Section, Mr. Berger is a frequent speaker on gaming industry expansion, online gaming and sports betting across the country. Mr. Berger was named to Global Gaming Business Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list in 2017.
Mr. Berger is a 2010 cum laude graduate of Villanova University School of Law and a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of The George Washington University.
Areas of Practice
- Corporate Law
- Gaming Law
Tom is a managing director in our Deal Advisory & Strategy practice and provides merger and acquisition advisory services for both strategic and financial buyers. He has over 15 years of public accounting experience in advisory and assurance. Prior to joining Deal Advisory, Tom spent his first five years in a Big Four audit practice. He has assisted private companies, publicly listed U.S., and foreign clients with financial reporting and technical accounting issues, as well as the implementation of and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 requirements (“SOX”).
Professional and Industry Experience
Since 2007, Tom has specialized in financial due diligence and advises his strategic corporate and private equity clients in buy-side and sell-side transactions. Tom assists his clients throughout the full deal cycle and leverages our full suite of service lines to appropriately advise clients and optimize transactions.
Tom leads the US Casino & Gaming industry team and is also part of the broader Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (“TMT”) industry group, primarily serving Technology and Business Services clients. Additionally, Tom has deal experience and is well versed in diligence issues across other industries, such as: Travel & Hospitality, Chemicals, Industrial Manufacturing, Consumer Products, Distribution, Life Science / Medical Devices, Aerospace & Defense, and Logistics.
Tom has been involved with gaming clients for over 13 years. As the US Casino & Gaming industry lead, he is responsible for executing financial due diligence and is also part of other aspects of KPMG’s delivery, communications, and utilization as a subject matter expert. Tom has gaming experience across a broad range of gaming areas including Casinos, social/digital, horse racing, and other online and gaming technology. Early in Tom’s professional years he led the Tropicana AC audit team and was involved in the development of the SOX internal control methodology and regulatory audits for the Casino Reinvestment & Development Authority (“CRDA”) in New Jersey. In addition to this audit and regulatory experience, Tom has M&A experience within the casino, leisure/hospitality, and technology sectors. This enables him to assist clients with various perspectives on the gaming market and advise clients in a multitude of areas, while also connecting clients to specialists across KPMG.
Tom leads our KPMG Casino & Gaming industry team in the US and also advises clients within the technology and consumer market sectors. Tom has taken his multi-faceted experience in working with US casino operators and other leisure clients to assist the company’s evaluate strategic positioning as the US gaming markets evolve and considering sports and online expansion. These market disruptors have caused even more focus on potential profitability and Tom spearheaded the development of a data analytics platform to assist company’s as they assess how best to navigate their path forward.
Ron is a founding partner of Segev LLP. As a practical-minded business lawyer, sensitive to risk, with a keen eye for opportunity, he is bottom-line focused and brings operations, managerial, business development, and M&A skills and experience to the table.
Ron assists his clients with gambling, technology, regulatory compliance, corporate finance, corporate, and commercial matters. He has experience advising on international licensing and structuring issues and has worked with companies in every remote-gaming licensing jurisdiction of note. Ron’s clients have been active in all verticals of gaming and betting, including casino, poker, sportsbook, skill games, social games, sweepstakes, lotteries, DFS, vSports, and eSports. Ron has been a specialized iGaming attorney for more than a decade and is a frequent contributor to major iGaming publications and seminars. He is widely sought out as a leading iGaming lawyer.
Segev LLP is ranked in the Chambers and Partners 2021 Guide as one of only 4 top tier firms for Gaming and Licensing. Ron has been rated as a Band 1 gaming lawyer by Chambers and Partners – the highest-ranking – and is also a General Member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.
As former General Counsel and Senior Legal Counsel for one of the largest online gaming companies in the world, Ron has extensive experience in the iGaming sector and has appeared as an expert speaker on the topic at various high-profile events and conferences.
Daniel Wallach is the founder of Wallach Legal LLC, a law firm devoted principally to the burgeoning field of sports wagering and gaming law in the United States. Known as “The Sports Betting Attorney,” Dan has counseled professional sports teams, sports betting operators, fantasy sports companies, sports data providers, integrity monitoring companies, casinos, racetracks, video game manufacturers, and start-up companies in navigating the complexities of U.S. gambling laws and regulations.
He also speaks regularly to lawmakers and policymakers seeking guidance on the policy aspects of sports betting legislation. He has testified before the California Legislature, the Kentucky Legislature, and the New York Senate as a subject matter expert on legal issues relating to sports betting. Dan was also a featured panelist at the 2018 Summer Meeting of the National Conference of State Legislators from the Gaming States, where he was part of a panel discussion on the nuances related to possible sports betting legislation emerging in the wake of the Murphy v. NCAA decision.
Dan is the co-founding director of the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Sports Wagering and Integrity Program, the nation’s first law school certificate program dedicated to the regulatory and legal aspects of sports wagering. He is an adjunct professor of law at two ABA-accredited law schools: the University of New Hampshire School of Law and the University of Miami School of Law, where he designed the nation’s first law school course programs centered on sports betting law and regulation
Dan is a general member of the prestigious International Masters of Gaming Law (known as the IMGL), an invitation-only organization for attorneys who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated performance and publishing in gaming law, significant gaming clientele, and substantial participation in the gaming industry.
As one of the nation’s foremost legal authorities in the field of sports gambling, Dan has become the “go-to” attorney to discuss sports gambling in the national media. He has been cited over 1,000 times by media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe, ESPN and Sports Illustrated. Dan has been interviewed over 300 times on radio and television, including by ESPN’s Outside The Lines, The Dan LeBatard Show, The Dan Patrick Show, and The Tony Bruno Show. He regularly appears on sports and news radio stations around the country to discuss the legalization of sports betting and the latest sports law controversies of the day.
Dan is a legal analyst and contributing writer for The Athletic, and serves on the editorial and advisory board of LawInSport. He is the host of Conduct Detrimental, a weekly sports law podcast that explores the latest sports-legal controversies with a hard-hitting look at on and off the field legal battles that are shaping professional and collegiate sports.
Dan is also a seasoned litigator and appellate attorney. He is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar and is AV-Rated (the highest level attainable) by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a 1991 graduate of Hofstra University School of Law, where he graduated with distinction (top 2% of his graduating class) and was Notes and Comments Editor of the Hofstra Law Review.
Dan began his legal career as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jacob Mishler, the former chief judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Upon the conclusion of his one-year clerkship, Dan joined the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he was a member of the Business and Securities Litigation Department (which, at the time, was the nation’s largest law firm practice group devoted to the practice of federal securities litigation). Prior to forming his own law firm, Dan was a shareholder at Becker & Poliakoff, where he practiced for nearly 20 years, concentrating in business and appellate litigation and representing clients in the regulated gaming industry.
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Jordan is an ex-investment banker turned aspiring tech entrepreneur looking to provide innovation in the sports betting intelligence space. He has spent the past two years building both B2C and B2B products that aim to ease the access and discovery of betting data and to drive fan behavior. He currently serves as the Head of Product at Fansure, Inc. after his initial company, TRNDS Sports, was acquired by the entity.
Steve Ruddock is the content director for BettingUSA and the Editor-in-Chief of Gaming Law Review. Steve has covered the legal and legislative developments in the US gambling sector for more than a decade for online and print publications.
C.J. Fisher is a partner in the Atlantic City office of Fox Rothschild LLP. He advises various stakeholders in the gaming industry, including professional sports leagues and franchises, sports and internet gaming operators and technology providers, sports betting data/odds providers, casino and eSports companies, gaming equipment vendors, media companies and marketing affiliates, and investors, in a wide range of gaming licensing, regulatory and compliance matters. He counsels clients nationwide in the U.S., and has advised them in numerous recently legalized and regulated sports betting and iGaming markets in the United States. He has represented clients before various gaming regulatory agencies, and has successfully represented casino operators in competitive license bids in several domestic and international jurisdictions.
He is a frequent speaker and writer on gaming-related topics, and has been featured in the American Gaming Lawyer, iGB North America, Bloomberg, Global Gaming Business Magazine, Law360, Payments Compliance and Casino Journal, among other publications. C.J. has also spoken extensively on gaming-related topics in conjunction with the International Masters of Gaming Law, National Council on Problem Gambling, International Association of Gaming Advisors and New Jersey State Bar Association, among other organizations. He received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
Rich has served in executive and board positions in the gaming industry where he successfully built and directed their US digital operations in the Social, iGaming, Sports Betting, Skill, DFS, and ADW markets. In these positions, he has been responsible for launching best in class gaming platforms and leading brands across the gaming universe. He has held long-term consulting positions with leading sports broadcasters, game developers, and international gaming platforms advising these businesses on how to develop their position in the US Sports Betting and iGaming markets.
As VP of Strategic Partnerships for the FinTech innovation company Interchecks, Rich is leading the expansion of their state-of-the-art platform that is transforming the cash disbursement model for the regulated gaming markets.
Angelo Alberoni the Country Manager at Betmotion Brazil and the former Business Relation Manager of Vivagol.com for Brazil, a website from Bet Entertainment Technologies Lda. Group, based in Malta and owner of bet.pt, leader of the online gambling segment in Portugal.
Lawyer, with a CBA in Sports Marketing and Management from IBMEC, Post-Graduate in Football Business from the Cruyff Institute and finishing his Master’s in Sports Management from the University of Lisbon.
He has been active in the sports betting market since 2009. Between 2009 and 2017, he worked at Drinbet.com, where he helped players enter into the Brazilian market. Since 2014, he has managed Betzilian.com, a website specialized in sports betting news and content, about Brazil and the World, in addition to the podcast Betzilian.Cast and the weekly program on Youtube, Betzilian News.
He is also a partner at VX Comunicação de Portugal and Director of the Brazilian Sports Betting Association – ABAESP.
Francesco, born in Rome, is Playtech’s Chief Policy Officer. He engages with policy-makers and stakeholders in both regulated and emerging markets. He advises the company on governmental policies at local, state, national and EU levels, with a strong focus on responsible gambling. From 2007 to 2016 Francesco worked for the Italian government as the online gambling regulator, building from scratch the national regulatory framework and leading the growth of the legal market from zero to over €1bn – making it the second largest in Europe. Francesco has more than 20 years’ experience in e-business related jobs. He began his career in IT, then worked in a variety of B2B roles for private companies, eventually specialising in international public affairs.
International executive with more than 20 years of leadership performance and career development in the Entertainment and Hospitality Industry.
Proven to be quickly adaptable to Global Market Environment obtaining outstanding results to ownership and brands working on aggressive schedules and under different company sizes, financial backgrounds, and cultures.
Through the course of my career, I’ve participated in the opening of 5 Star Resorts, start-up ventures, and re-engineered operations in Latin America, The Caribbean, Europe, and the USA with an excellent track record of execution and value creation.
Extensive background on and building strategic alliances and cross-marketing initiatives with Airlines, luxury brands, and Media.
Member of the Wynn Resorts family since the inception of the company and a pre-opening team member of both Wynn and Encore Las Vegas achieving 5 stars Forbes and 5 Diamonds recognitions.
Served as a President of a start-up (RCH Ventures) an Executive Committee Member of RCD Resorts with a vast portfolio of hotels and a casino under the Hard Rock, Único, and Nobu brands.
Executive Committee Member at Baha Mar in Nassau under two different ownership groups.
In my former role as EVP of Casino Marketing, I was responsible for building the business plan, setting up the strategy and innovative marketing programs for both US and International Markets that ensure rapid revenue growth by driving up customers visits, building loyalty, and improving service while maximizing margins for both table and slots operations.
Throughout my career, I’ve been deeply involved in training and mentoring team members for long-term skill development and creating a customer-service, performance-oriented
Alex holds a Key Executive Gaming License NGCB (NV, US), a degree in business administration from the Boston Bank Foundation of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has participated in several Strategic Planning and business development programs at Cornell and Reno Universities
Project Manager with more than 17 years in the industry. / Specialist in Market Openings LATAM & Asia. / Consulting. / Strategic planning.
As Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development Representative for Gaming Laboratories International (GLI®), José Carlos Figueroa maintains relationships with GLI’s regulatory clients and gaming suppliers. Figueroa delivers quality presentations on gaming regulation processes and procedures. He is also responsible for drafting policies, legislation, and regulations. Additionally, Figueroa performs on-site inspections of gaming equipment, gaming systems, and associated components to verify compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
Before joining GLI, Figueroa served as Deputy Gaming Director for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC). In this role, he evaluated, supervised, and coordinated the activities of the Gaming Division Fiscalization Area. This included the implementation of regulations and electronic games, investigations, licensing, and compliance programs. He developed new technology processes and training programs and approved technical standards for slot machines, gaming systems, and electronic devices operating in Puerto Rican casinos. Additionally, Figueroa developed and implemented guidelines for auditing slot machines, slot systems, and network assessments.
Figueroa also served as licensing supervisor and gaming officer overseeing the operations of the PRTC’s Enterprise and Employee License Unit. In this capacity, he developed and supervised investigations on license applications and casino franchise violations. Figueroa also analyzed changes to and implementation of casino internal controls and standard operating procedures. He also was a project manager for the development of gaming regulations and business intelligence applications of the Gaming Division. Additionally, he was the liaison between the Gaming Division and U.S. and international gaming jurisdictions.
Previously, Figueroa was an accounting officer and emergency management coordinator for Hotel Development Corporation. He was responsible for the full accounting cycle for the corporation and its hotels. He also validated and reviewed new project feasibility studies. Additionally, he coordinated with government and law enforcement agencies and municipalities in the event of an emergency.
Figueroa majored in Accounting at the University of Puerto Rico, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He also holds certifications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in financial background investigation techniques, slot analysis, and Sports Betting. Additionally, he is certified by FEMA as a Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
Andrew Crowe is the SVP of Business Development for Sightline Payments, with over 30 years of global payments experience including card issuing, merchant acquiring, and processing solutions for the regulated gaming and lottery industries.
Previously, he served as VP of Market Development for Worldpay Gaming, building out new market verticals, with an emphasis on the North American Lottery industry. Prior to this, he was VP of Payments and iLottery Business Development for IGT Global Solutions, where he launched the US lottery industry’s first integrated player card prepaid program and established and managed payment processing for the first internet lottery sales platforms in the US. Before joining IGT, Andrew held various product strategy and management positions across such industry leaders as Mastercard and JPMorgan Chase.
Derek is regarded for his experience in the compliance, anti-money laundering, and financial intelligence fields. Having worked in the private and public sectors – including both federal and provincial regulatory agencies – his expertise is unparalleled. He brings a unique and well-rounded perspective to regulatory compliance issues. Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Derek held senior roles at the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and one of Canada’s largest independent investment firms. He was also appointed by the Government of Bermuda to serve as a Commissioner on the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission.
CEO & founder of “BETEGY” – sports data analytical & visualization company. BETEGY created an automated self-learning system that predicts outcomes of football games with high accuracy (askbettor.com) as well as a content creation system that turns sports data into engaging graphics, widgets, banners, texts, and animations (betegy.com).
The company also licenses the data and visualization systems to global sports betting and media companies like ESPN (USA), Turkcell (Turkey), Ringier Axel Springer (Eastern Europe), Wozhongla.com (China), Yahoo Sports (UK), Bwin (Russia), Favbet (Ukraine), Tipico (Germany) and others.
Adam Noble is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President PlayStar Gaming. Previously Noble has held senior level positions at some of the industry’s most prominent gaming company’s such as Yggdrasil and software giant, Play’n GO.
Rivera Carrión estudió bachillerato en Columbia College con una concentración en Administración de Empresas. Comenzó su carrera administrando el área de casino del Condado Plaza, donde supervisó y manejó los juegos de máquina y de mesa. Fue gerente de mercadeo de varios hoteles y firmas de consultoría en Puerto Rico, coordinando estrategias de mercadeo para atraer turismo y promover atracciones como el casino del Hotel San Juan y el Wyndham Condado Plaza & Casino. Rivera Carrión ha dedicado los últimos quince años de su carrera a dirigir el sector de casinos dentro de la Compañía de Turismo de Puerto Rico, dirigiendo y supervisando alrededor de 82 casinos a través de la isla. Es un experto en la división de juegos de máquina y cuenta con experiencia de manejo en la industria de restaurantes en Puerto Rico.
Graduado de la Universidad en Venezuela y con dos Maestrías (ambas de España): MBA y Master en Mercadeo y Gestión Comercial. Con más de 20 años de experiencia en los mercados suramericano, europeo y caribeño. He realizado publicaciones de artículos en prensa, talleres y conferencias. Actualmente me desenvuelvo como Presidente de la ADCJ y CFO de Cirsa Dominicana.
Andrew S. Zarnett currently serves as Head of Gaming Investment Banking for Jefferies. Prior to that, he was Deutsche Bank’s Gaming, Lodging, and Leisure High Yield Debt Analyst, Co-Head of High Yield Research and a member of the Executive Committee of the Leverage Debt Group. Previously, from 1996 – 1999 he was the Senior Gaming Equity Analyst, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure at Ladenburg Thalmann & Co., Inc. where he also served as a member of the Board of Directors. Before joining Ladenburg Thalmann, Mr. Zarnett was the Assistant to the Chairman, Furman Selz, LLC. Mr. Zarnett is frequently quoted in both the trade and national press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He has been a member of the Board of the American Gaming Association and the National Center for Responsible Gaming. He has been a panelist at many trade events including G2E, G2E Asia, IHRSA, and iGaming Supershow. He was also a lecturer at the University of Nevada Reno Annual Executive Development Program for Senior Level Casino Executives.
In 1985 Mr. Zarnett received a BA degree in Economics from York University. In 1988 Mr. Zarnett received his MBA in Finance, from Babson College.
Further in 2002, 2003 and 2004, Mr. Zarnett was named to the Institutional Investor All Star Team. And in 2005, Zarnett was awarded the #1 Institutional Investor All Star Team covering gaming and lodging.
Gerente de Modernizaci’n y Tecnolog’as de la Informaci’n en Loter’a de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Analista de Sistemas de Informaci’n, especialista en gesti’n integral de proyectos de dise’o e implementaci’n de procesos complejos y aplicaci’n de mejores pr’cticas. Cuenta una extensa experiencia en grandes consultoras como Deloitte, BDO e IBM, abarcando gran variedad de industrias: consumo masivo, qu’mica, agroindustrial, alimentaci’n etc. Fue Gerente de Sistemas de Loter’a Nacional y actualmente ocupa el cargo de Gerente de Modernizaci’n y Tecnolog’as de la Informaci’n en Loter’a de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, liderando los equipos de trabajo vinculados a la modernizaci’n de la organizaci’n.
Allan Stone is the CEO and Co-Founder of Intelitics. He has spent the last 10 years focusing on solving problems related to User Acquisition, MarTech, Analytics, and Maximising Publisher Revenue Yield in the Real Money Gaming Vertical. When he’s not in the office Allan can be found spending time with his wife and three sons enjoying the outdoors, off-roading or catching a football game.
Daniel Graetzer is the Founder and CEO of Carousel Group, the owner and operator of SportsBetting.com, a US and European regulated online sportsbook and casino. With over 20 years of experience in digital, Graetzer created Carousel Group in 2017 after previously serving as director at leading Spanish provider Mediatech Solutions (acquired by R. Franco Group in 2017). Carousel Group is operational in Colorado and recently signed a market access deal for New Jersey, Indiana, and Iowa.
Nick Nally is Managing Director Americas at Continent 8 Technologies. He is responsible for the fast-growing US market and the state-by-state expansion for Continent 8, as well as the emerging market of LATAM.
He has over 20 years’ experience in many sectors of the IT & telecommunications industry encompassing senior management, consultancy, sales, carrier relations, engineering and business development.
Neill Whyte is the Chief Commercial Officer of the B2B Division of Digital Gaming Corporation (DGC). With almost 15 years experience within the online gaming industry and holding a number of high profile positions within both the casino and lottery sectors, Neill is now spearheading DGC’s rapid growth within the US after making its New Jersey debut late last year.
Brandt Iden is the Head of Government Affairs, US for Sportradar US, a global leader in sports data and digital content.
Prior to joining the team at Sportradar, he served Michigan’s 61st District in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2014 -2020. During his six-year tenure, Iden served as the Chairman of the Regulatory Reform Committee, as well as the Ways & Means Committee.
In 2019, his leadership of the Ways & Means Committee earned him the designation as one of Michigan’s “50 Names to Know in Government” by Crain’s Detroit Business, a premier business and news publication.
As a member of the Michigan Legislature, Brandt was deemed “the architect” of Michigan’s Lawful Internet Gaming Act – serving as the lead sponsor of legislation that legalized online gaming, sports betting, advanced deposit wagering (ADW) for pari-mutuel racing and fantasy sports contests in Michigan. His successful effort to bring online gaming and sports betting to Michigan earned him the American Gambling Awards Golden Eagle 2020 Legislator of the Year award.
Gambling.com commended Brandt’s achievement by noting that he has “set an example for states all across the country” by crafting legislation that successfully regulates online gaming for both tribal and commercial operators.
Bob Akeret is Vice President of Operations, North America for FSB and has more than 10 years of experience in New Jersey’s regulated gaming space. During this time, he has supported online B2C & retail operations, whilst also being instrumental in the building of various teams to support start-ups and gaming verticals for Resorts Digital.
Steve is Managing Director and owner of SCCG Management based in Las Vegas, Nevada and has spent 30 years in all aspects of the casino and gaming technology industry, and most recently its intersection with sports betting and esports. He has served as an attorney representing public and private gaming companies, a gaming executive and owner of multiple casinos employing thousands of employees, and as an investor and advisor on over $2 Billion Dollars of project finance, mergers and acquisitions in the casino gaming technology space. Steve received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 1987 and his juris doctor degree from American University in 1992. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri (1992) and the District of Columbia (1993).
Adam Kostyál is Senior Vice President of Listing Services, Europe. In addition to Nasdaq Nordic Exchanges, where there are more than 1100 companies listed, Adam is also responsible for the more than 250 European companies that are either primarily listed or dual-listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market in the U.S.
He sits on the board of Nasdaq Stockholm AB.
Adam has held various positions within Nasdaq, OMX, and prior to this at Cell Network, Enron, and Bloomberg. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Marketing from Vrije Universiteit de Bruxelles and speaks four languages — English, Swedish, Italian and French.
He is the father of five.
Confirmed panel discussions:
- US Legislation Round-up – Which states to monitor in Q2 and beyond
- Stock exchange: Is the gambling industry still underestimated?
- Canadian gambling industry in the spotlight
- Challenges facing operators and suppliers when entering the US market and how they are overcome
More updates and panel discussions coming soon
INDUSTRY ECHOES ABOUT THE MEETUPS
Here is what the industry is saying about the Virtual Quarterly Meetups.
"Gaming Americas has developed a method to disseminate gaming content and news, ways for businesses to collaborate and the opportunity for relationships to grow. I look forward to joining its Way Seer Advisory Board and helping to advance its initiatives in the gaming industry by providing a legal and regulatory perspective."
"Gaming Americas has come a long way in a short period and the launch of the virtual Quarterly Meetups will be of great benefit for the North and Latin American gaming industry. It is my honor and I am excited to join the Way Seer board at Gaming Americas and possibly contribute with my experience in the market to the leadership."
"The American gaming market continues to grow exponentially, catalyzed by technology, investment, and legislation. As new and existing participants increasingly seek insight into the industry, thoughtfully-constructed conferences will have the opportunity to serve as nodes that disseminate expertise to key stakeholders. I am excited to join the Gaming Americas Advisory Board alongside a prestigious collection of thought leaders in the space."
"I am thrilled to be part of this outstanding group of international experts. The future is bright and Gaming Americas is leading the way!"
"I'm really proud to participate in such interesting events with other recognized executives around the world. This 'new normality' leads us to think out of the box, offering outstanding solutions and being close to our customers. The Hipther team understood this very well."
"Something really big, something global, is being created here. And I am delighted to be a part of it!"
"I'm honored and excited to join the Way Seer board for Gaming Americas alongside such a diverse and knowledgeable set of experts from across the gaming community. I look forward to an exciting year of discussions focusing on topics that are of heightened interest to our industry."