Event Producers

  • BolaVerde Media Group
  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP
  • The Innovation Group
  • eGamingBrokerage.com
  • iGaming Business North America


  • Continent 8 Technologies
  • Gaming Laboratories International
  • NYX Gaming Group
  • Ifrah Law
  • GameAccount Network
  • Pentasia
  • Optimal Payments
  • PayNearMe
  • Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission
  • BetConstruct
  • IGT
  • IGT
  • VizExplorer
  • Greentube Pro
  • Income Access Group
  • SG Interactive


Itsik Akiva, Founder, Headway Consulting

Itsik Akiva is an iGaming expert and founder of the Boston-Based Headway Consulting Services, which specializes in devising and executing marketing and product strategies, and leading all marketing efforts for real money and social gaming companies.

Prior to founding Headway Consulting, Itsik held multiple senior and executive marketing positions at Everest gaming, Europe’s online poker pioneer, and at the Betclic-Everest Group. In his roles as Director of Acquisition and Director of Affiliate Marketing, Itsik generated growth across multiple verticals, markets and brands by leveraging expertise in all disciplines of online and offline marketing, including affiliate marketing, SEO, SEM, sponsorships, social media, events, PR and crisis management.

Itsik brings more than 10 years of online gaming experience. He is a regular speaker at gaming and affiliate tradeshows and contributes to industry publications.


Renato Ascoli, CEO NA Gaming/Interactive (DoubleDown Casino), IGT

As the Chief Executive Officer of North America Gaming/Interactive (DoubleDown Casino) for IGT, Renato Ascoli is responsible for product development, manufacturing, marketing, and delivery of all the Company’s gaming offerings. This includes interactive and sports betting, as well as oversight of the DoubleDown Casino™ online social gaming business.

Before the acquisition, Ascoli served as General Manager of GTECH S.p.A. (formerly known as Lottomatica Group) and President of GTECH Products and Services, where he was responsible for overseeing the design, development, and delivery of state-of-the-art platforms, products, and services. He supported all stages of the sales process, and provided marketing and technology leadership to optimize investment decisions.

Prior to this role, Ascoli served as Head of Italian Operations. In this position, he was responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the Company’s Italian businesses. He joined the Company in 2006 as Director of the Gaming division.

From 1992 to 2005, he worked for the national railway system Ferrovie dello Stato/Trenitalia, where he held roles of increasing responsibility including head of Administration, Budget, and Control of the Local Transport Division; head of Strategies, Planning, and Control of the Transport Area; and head of the Passengers Commercial Unit. In 2000, he was appointed Marketing Director of the Passengers Division, and later served as Director of Operations and Passengers Division. He also was head of International Development for Trenitalia.

Earlier in his career, he led international marketing efforts for Fincentro Group - Armando Curcio Editore, where he was responsible for commercial development of the publishing assets of Fincentro Group. He was also responsible for defining the strategic and management assets of the many companies comprising Fincentro Group.

Ascoli also served as a consultant to Ambrosetti Group, supporting th


Mark Balestra, Director, BolaVerde Media Group

Mark Balestra is the founder and director of BolaVerde Media Group. Over the span of 14 years, he has been an author, consultant, publisher, researcher and conference organizer with unmatched experience and expertise in the interactive gambling industry. He has been a presenter at numerous industry events and has been featured as an expert on Internet gambling by national and international media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, USA Today, ESPN, CNET, Wired magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. He is also a member of the Global Gaming Expo advisory board (2009 and 2010), a contributor of US policy analysis to Media & Entertainment Consulting Network and a frequent contributor to a variety of trade publications.

In 2006, Mr. Balestra was named one of Global Gaming Business magazine's "25 People to Watch" in the worldwide gambling industry. Prior to founding BolaVerde Media Group, Mr. Balestra ran publications and conference programs for River City Group and headed the publications department for London-based Clarion Gaming. In the span of 10 years with River City Group and three additional years with Clarion Gaming, Mr. Balestra was the publisher and co- creator of IGamingNews, editor and coauthor of Internet Gambling Report, creator of Gaming Industry Media, author of several syndicated industry studies and program organizer for River City Group's expansive portfolio of conferences, which included the Global Interactive Gaming Summit & Expo (GIGSE), the European iGaming Congress, the Asian iGaming Congress, the World Poker Congress, the iGaming In-Depth conferences and GamVest.


Melissa Blau, Founder & Director, iGaming Capital

Melissa Blau has been in the online gaming sector for over ten years as both an operator and advisor. She is currently the Founder & Director of iGaming Capital, a leading iGaming consulting and advisory company bridging European and US interests. Clients include state regulators, commercial and Native American casino operators, payment processors, gaming suppliers, and social gaming companies. Melissa recently launched an affiliate business in the United States, SmartChoice Media driving traffic to regulated casino and bingo operators as well as acting as a master-affiliate. As part of her affiliate business, Melissa Co-Founded SiGMA, a non-profit association dedicated to help foster the affiliate community in regulated markets, developing transparency and equality for operators, affiliates and gaming commissions. Melissa also recently Co-Founded and is acting CFO of FastFantasy, next generation daily fantasy sports app.

Prior to launching iGaming Capital, her experience in the online gaming sector includes senior executive roles at a number of online gaming operators and marketing companies as well as in a banking advisory capacity. Since joining the Internet Gaming sector in 2004, Melissa has demonstrated her leadership in the gaming sector winning the 2013 Women in Gaming Award for Entrepreneur of the Year. She shares her experience as a frequent speaker, participating in many of the leading online gaming events and has spoken before both the New Jersey and Delaware State legislatures and gaming committees. She is a strategic advisor to Overlay Gaming, the first licensed in affiliate in Nevada and New Jersey, Bitcoin and Inapp Fuel. Since 2006, Melissa has been the Finance & Business Editor of iGaming Business Magazine and author of the Global iGaming Index column.

Prior to her entering the online gaming sector, Melissa was a General Partner and founding member of Constellation Ventures, a $450m media & technology venture capital fund in conjuncti


Anthony Cabot, Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

Mr. Cabot is a Partner and Practice Group Leader of the Gaming Law practice group at the firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. His practice emphasis is on gaming law and Internet gaming, sweepstakes and contests. It also encompasses Administrative Law. Chambers Global 2009 awarded him the only "star" rating a gaming attorney has ever received.


John Caldwell, President, iGameNet

After a successful foray into the music industry as a talent manager and record label president representing acts such as Stone Temple Pilots & Hootie and the Blowfish John Caldwell’s poker career began with his co-founding of PokerNews.com in 2004. Working as the site’s CEO and EditorIn-Chief through its first five years Caldwell left the company in 2009 to take on a leadership role at PokerStars.com where he served as Director of Pro and Celebrity Marketing. Through his 4+ years at PokerStars.com he was also active in many of the organization’s executive and marketing leadership teams. In January 2015, Caldwell founded iGameNet, an iGaming consultancy.


Rick Campbell, Marketing Development, American Casino & Entertainment Properties, LLC

Rick Campbell is Marketing Development for American Casino & Entertainment Properties. Rick had the great fortune to begin his career touring with national musical artists as a sound and lighting engineer. As the touring schedules came to a close, Rick transferred his sound and lighting experience into a similar position in the casino industry. During his tenure as a sound and lighting expert, Rick became involved in creating marketing strategies for various casino properties. Utilizing his education in marketing, he secured a position in the marketing field of the casino industry. As a result of that decision, Rick now has nearly 20 years of experience with both Native American and commercial gaming organizations as an innovative casino marketing executive. Rick has held senior level executive positions in marketing at the corporate and property levels of organizations such as Herbst Gaming, Tropicana Entertainment, Caesars Entertainment and Isle of Capri Casinos. Rick Campbell possesses expertise in creating and executing marketing tools with a proven track record of profitability in developing comprehensive marketing strategies. He has also executed successful marketing programs for both land-based casinos and online operations, including development of CRM bridge platforms between social gaming and land-based player systems. Rick is honored to be on the advisory board for the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). Throughout his career, Rick has had the privilege of being invited to conduct seminars and to be a guest speaker at various conferences throughout the United States, Europe and Africa on topics of Casino Marketing and Management. Besides being a successful casino marketing executive, Rick has also been involved as a Producer for several television projects.


Andy Caras-Altas, CEO, Traffic Generation

Andy founded Traffic Generation in 2011 and is one of the industry's thought leaders in casino property to digital convergence. After a career as a management consultant he spent 15 years in online gambling as an executive of licensed operators, an affiliate and as a supplier. Andy speaks regularly on convergence and the development of successful casino marketing technology & strategies.

As CEO of Traffic Generation he works with tribal & commercial casinos across North America providing convergence marketing technology that simplify, automate and monetize digital simulated, social and for wager casinos. Traffic Generation has two arms: TG Tech (convergence marketing technology) and TG Media (marketing & strategy services) with offices in Las Vegas, Chicago & Gibraltar.


Michael Caselli, Editor-in-Chief, iGaming Business Magazine

Michael Caselli graduated from Gerogetown University in an accelerated 3 ½ years. It was there he began considering the possibilities for digitally deliverable and consumable goods sold via the internet. In the year following his graduation, Caselli became the youngest MBA candidate at the University of London's Imperial College, where his thesis analyzed the subject of gambling on the Internet. His thesis was selected to be used as an example for MBA students for the following three years, and provided the foundation for Michael to launch one of the world's largest iGaming specialist media groups. In his career to date, he has launched and served as the publisher/editor-in-chief of seven consumer and trade magazines specializing in iGaming, has launched a public relations business solely focusing on iGaming projects, and organized dozens of international iGaming events and trade shows. Caselli is considered one of the world’s leading experts on online gaming and has been a sought after expert by several international news programs including CNBC, MSNBC and the BBC. Michael shares his expertise by participating as organizer, host, chairman and moderator for leading international interactive gaming conferences. In additional to his role as Editor-in-Chief to his publications, Michael enjoys organizing social events like Fire & Ice, the iGaming industry’s largest social gathering, and Poker in the Park, The world's largest consumer poker festival.


Rick Castello, Head of Sales, NETELLER USA

Designed specifically with online gaming in mind, NETELLER is an international e-wallet that supports over 100 forms of global payment methods and operates in over 200 countries, 20+ currencies, and in 15 languages. As the Head of Sales for NETELLER USA, Rick Castello leads the strategies that help US based gaming companies leverage NETELLER’s proficiencies, which also include their prepaid card service, their ‘No Chargeback Guarantee’, and their existing user-base of over 10 million active gaming customers, to effectively convert traffic.

A seasoned professional with over 10 years of payments experience, Rick has held Director level positions with both VISA and PayPal, and continues to build his reputation as a trusted industry expert with emphasis on alternative payments, market localization, and international expansions. Rick has worked alongside some of the biggest brands in the world, helping them penetrate markets across Asia, LATAM, and Europe, leading to increased profits and new customer acquisitions.

Rick is an esteemed alumni of San Jose State University and the University of Hawaii Manoa, Shidler College of Business.


Paul Charchian, President, The Fantasy Sports Trade Association

Paul Charchian was the co-founder of Fanball.com, one of the largest pure-play fantasy sites on the internet. In his 14 years at Fanball, he helped grow the company from a handful of part-time enthusiasts in his apartment to 80 employees spanning offices in three cities.

Through his radio program, Charchian interacts with thousands of fantasy sports players each year. He reaches a national audience through his regular appearances on Fox Sports Radio and ESPN television.

When Fanball started in 1993, fantasy sports was in its infancy. Only a handful of people were making a living in the industry. Almost none of them remain. Charchian's industry experience is equaled by less than a half-dozen people.

Presently, Charchian is the president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the industry’s advocacy organization, with over 250 member companies. His newest venture is LeagueSafe.com, a fantasy league finance management service.


Benjie Cherniak, Managing Director, Don Best Sports

Benjie Cherniak is Managing Director of Don Best Sports, a leading provider of sports information products and services related to the provision of real-time, fact-based information relevant to the North American sports betting industry. With offices in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Benjie oversees the organization’s sports information platform, automated data distribution, live pricing division and ancillary consulting services. Benjie has spearheaded international growth via tailored solutions to tier-one sportsbook operators in Europe, Asia, South America, and beyond. More recently, under Benjie’s supervision, Don Best has introduced (a) an in-play pricing product for North American based sports that has rapidly gained market acceptance; and (b) a data integrity offering to assist North American based sport leagues in detecting fraudulent betting patterns.

With 10 years of industry experience, Benjie has gained significant insights and contacts within the sports information space and enjoys a strong reputation with his peers.


Gabriel Cianchetto, President of North American Market Development, Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions

Gabriel Cianchetto is the President of North American Market Development for Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions.

Cianchetto thrives on identifying market opportunities for new products and improved business models that positively impact a company’s bottom line. He now is applying this passion to Greentube’s expansion into the U.S. B2B social casino gaming market and has spearheaded development of Greentube Pro, the company’s B2B solution.

Prior to joining Greentube, Cianchetto co-founded Gabriels Technology Solutions, an ecommerce provider of high performance, search engine optimized applications in business since 2001.

Based in Florida, Cianchetto can be reached at 917.886.1355 or gabriel.cianchetto@greentube.com

For more information about Greentube Pro, go to greentubepro.com.


Joel Comm, CEO, Joel Comm Inc

Joel Comm is an entrepreneur, NY Times bestselling author, and new media innovator. An expert on harnessing the power of the web, publishing, social media and mobile applications to expand your brand’s reach and engage in active relationship marketing, Joel is a sought-after public speaker who leaves his audience inspired, entertained, and armed with strategic tools to create a new media campaign that will explode their business.


David Deitch, Member, Ifrah Law

David Deitch is a Senior Partner at Ifrah Law. David works extensively in representing a variety of entities in online gaming. A former federal and state prosecutor and experienced litigator, David has provided representation to online gaming industry clients including Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and a variety of other companies and individuals associated with online casinos and sports gambling. David has tried well over one hundred cases on behalf of federal and state law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. In private practice, David has continued to ply his trade in the courtroom with recent successes securing a jury verdict rejecting fraud claims against a client facing civil enforcement proceedings by the SEC, and a jury verdict awarding millions to a client wrongfully cut out of a business deal he helped to create.


Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Clinical Training, McGill University

Jeffrey L. Derevensky, PhD, is Professor and Director of Clinical Training in School/Applied Child Psychology, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology; and Professor, Department of Psychiatry at McGill University. He has published widely in the fields of child development, developmental psychopathology, gambling studies and education and is on the editorial board of numerous journals. During the past 25 years he has developed a comprehensive research program investigating many facets of gambling, is actively involved in treating young people with severe gambling problems, and has been a consultant to gaming corporations and governments throughout the world. He is the author of over 165 published refereed peer-reviewed journal articles, 57 book chapters, and 3 books as well as being the Director of the McGill University Youth Gambling Research and Treatment Clinic and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors. Dr. Derevensky has been the recipient of numerous awards, is considered an international expert in the field of gambling studies and has testified before legislative committees in North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.


Travis Foley, Executive Vice President, Operations, BMM Testlabs

Mr. Foley is the EVP of Operations for the Americas. Mr. Foley has spent his career in various capacities in the gaming industry. Most recently Travis spent over 13 years with the Nevada Gaming Control Boards Technology Division where he was involved in the creation of regulations and standards for new technologies such as server based gaming, system supported gaming, and mobile gaming. In his role at BMM he is responsible for the overall operations of BMM in North and South America and the Global BMM One Lab program.

Mr. Foley holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada.


Gus Fritschie, CTO, SeNet International

Gus Fritschie is an information security professional and avid poker player living in Washington, D.C. He is the CTO at SeNet International (senet-int.com). Gus has experience leading and performing security assessments and penetration tests in support of audits and other compliance-related efforts, along with security architecture and design. Recently he has conducted security testing for a number of iGaming operators in New Jersey. He has been focusing on gaming security the past three years with the goal of providing a safe and secure platform for both the operators and players.


Tom Galanis, Director, GameOn Affiliates Limited

Tom Galanis is an iGaming affiliate marketing specialist, with 10 years of industry under his belt. Tom has led the development and management of 21 affiliate programs for companies as illustrious as bet365, the Gala Coral Group and the Rank Group. Tom provides affiliate management, master affiliate recruitment and broader iGaming consultancy services to start ups and established operations. He was inducted in to Global Gaming Business’ 40 Under 40 class in 2015 and is a commissioned writer, having featured prominently in a wide range of industry publications and conferences around the world. GameOn, a business based in the Isle of Man, with representative offices in London and Gibraltar, also provides a range of marketing services to the iGaming industry, including public relations, search engine optimisation, customer relationship management and VIP events. For more information on Tom Galanis or GameOn, call +447805638742 or visit http://www.GameOn.im.


Mike Gatto, California State Assemblyman, 43rd District, California State Assembly

Mike Gatto was elected to represent the 43rd District of the California State Assembly in a Special Election in June 2010. He is a lifelong resident of the district, born in Franklin Hills, and attending schools in Glendale, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake. Mike graduated from UCLA with a degree in History, and Loyola Law School (at night), magna cum laude.

Mike has worked extensively in government and the private sector. For years, he served as District Director to a United States Congressman representing the San Fernando Valley and Burbank. He also served in the administrations of two Los Angeles Mayors. In the private sector, Mike worked as an attorney representing California’s small businesses, assisting them with issues they had with government bureaucracy.

In 2014, Mike introduced Assembly Bill 9, the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015. The measure would legalize online poker within the borders of the state of California, creating a legal and regulatory framework that would protect operators and consumers while providing new revenue to the state.

Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Consumer Protection and Privacy Committee, and the longest-serving current member of the State Assembly. He represents California’s 43rd Assembly District, which includes Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake. www.asm.ca.gov/gatto


Jenna Goodfellow, Senior Counsel, U.S Regulatory and Public Policy, MasterCard

Jenna S. Goodfellow is Vice President, Senior Counsel, U.S. Regulatory and Public Policy for MasterCard Worldwide. Ms. Goodfellow joined MasterCard in her current role in May 2012. In this role, she advises on U.S. regulatory issues impacting the company and helps manage MasterCard’s relationships with key regulators and law enforcement officials in the United States. In addition, Ms. Goodfellow also counsels internal clients, including the prepaid team, on regulatory compliance issues and trade sanctions topics.

Prior to joining MasterCard, Ms. Goodfellow was a litigation associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP for nearly 8 years. As an associate, she worked on a variety of complex litigation matters, including white collar crime/regulatory matters, internal investigations, and commodities issues.

Ms. Goodfellow earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, a Master of Public Health degree from New York University and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law – Newark.


Christopher Grove, Publisher, OnlinePokerReport

Chris Grove is an independent consultant for various stakeholders in the regulated online gambling market. During his 10+ years in the iGaming industry, Grove:

  • Co-founded OnlinePokerReport.com;
  • Advised dozens of operators, marketers and other gaming-related interests on focus areas including: content development; player acquisition and retention; ecosystem management and organic traffic strategy.
  • Founded, developed and operated an affiliate network responsible for driving tens of thousands of depositing players to iGaming sites.
  • Built a reputation as a profitable online and live poker player.

A member of the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame and three-time National Public Speaking Champion, Grove earned his B.A. and Masters of Communication from Illinois State University. Chris currently lives in Las Vegas.


Jeffrey Haas, Group Director, Poker, bwin.party digital entertainment

Jeffrey joined bwin.party in September 2013 as Group Director of Poker overseeing the operation and strategic direction of the partypoker, bwin and WPT poker businesses. This included the successful entry into the US market with the launch of nj.partypoker.com in partnership with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – now the market-leading regulated online poker network in the USA.

Jeffrey has more than 12 years’ experience within the gaming industry, both online and offline. That includes 7 years at PokerStars where he worked in a variety of Executive roles in global business development, product development and live gaming operations roles. He founded the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT), opened the first dedicated poker room in Macau, and led their New Platforms group which produced PokerStars’ first mobile & social gaming products.

He has a background in economics from the University of British Columbia and in journalism from Ryerson University. With broad experience and interests in technology and the internet, Haas is a published author, mediocre cook and terrible poker player.


Susan Hensel, Director of Licensing, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Susan Hensel is Director of Licensing for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. She oversees licensing of the state’s casinos and other gaming related companies as well as the employees working in and supporting the gaming industry. Hensel is Past President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators having served two terms and is on the Board of Trustees. Hensel previously served as Vice-President and Secretary of the association. Hensel is a frequent speaker on gaming issues and has authored articles on topics including the need for regulator and industry collaboration; best practices for Internet gaming; and leadership. Hensel is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. She previously served in executive level positions with Pennsylvania state government, including Assistant General Counsel in the Governor's Office of General Counsel. Hensel is a former television news reporter. She earned her J.D. degree from Widener University Law School in Harrisburg and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Anika Howard, Sr. Director Interactive, IGT

Anika Howard is the Senior Director of iGaming for IGT, with over 15 years of experience in the gaming and entertainment industries. Her focus is in iLottery, iGaming and Interactive and integrated marketing solutions.

Prior to joining GTECH, she ran a boutique interactive agency – AHA Management and Consulting, Inc. and held several executive level marketing positions with Caesars Entertainment. As a Marketing Director for the Southern Nevada Region, Anika developed innovative interactive marketing campaigns that increased online profitability and drove hotel occupancy. Her responsibilities included developing and executing strategies for on-line advertising, social media, email marketing and acquisition, and online customer service. She worked closely with senior marketers and executives to help integrate Harrah’s on-line initiatives into the overall marketing and customer service strategy of the company.

Anika started her gaming career with Harrah’s Entertainment as a President’s Associate and then went on to establish and lead the Corporate Internet Marketing department. During her tenure she led several large scale Marketing, Information Technology and Integration initiatives.

She holds a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and Masters of Science in Information Management (M.S.I.M.) from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science with a focus in International Marketing and Information Technology from the University of Maryland.


Jeff Ifrah, Firm Founder, Ifrah Law, PLLC

Jeff Ifrah is the founding member of Ifrah PLLC, a boutique law firm specializing in iGaming and headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in MD, VA and Atlantic City. Jeff is widely regarded as a leading expert on matters related to iGaming and currently represents a wide range of clients in the iGaming industry including online gaming companies, fantasy sports companies, payment processors and identity verification companies. Jeff was named to the Gaming Intelligence Magazine Hot 50 List last year, serves on the editorial board of the World Online Gambling Report and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. Additionally, Jeff is widely recognized for his legal excellence. Chambers USA recognizes Jeff as one of America's leading lawyers for litigation in the area Gaming & Licensing, in addition to acknowledging him as a litigation leader for the past four years in a row in the areas of White Collar Crime and Government Investigations.


Gavin Isaacs, President, Scientific Games

Gavin Isaacs was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Scientific Games in June 2014. In this role, Mr. Isaacs is focused on improving the Company’s performance and growth through the development of innovative products and services to help lottery and gaming customers grow their businesses, the completion of the WMS integration, and enhancing stockholder value.

Mr. Isaacs is an accomplished gaming industry executive with more than 15 years of leadership experience. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of SHFL entertainment Inc. from April 2011 through November 2013 when the company was acquired by Bally Technologies. Previously, Mr. Isaacs served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bally Technologies from 2006 through 2011. Prior to joining Bally Technologies, he held senior roles at Aristocrat Leisure Limited, including Head of Global Marketing and Business Development, Managing Director of Aristocrat’s London-based European subsidiary and President of Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., Aristocrat’s Las Vegas-based subsidiary. Mr. Isaacs is a member of the Board of Directors of Scientific Games, a Trustee and former President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Gaming Association.


Laura Kane, Head of Sales Large Enterprise, North America, PayPal

While Laura Kane is a whopping two months into the Real Money Gaming space, she has been involved in the payments industry since the late 1980s. She started as an attorney focused on banking law and moved to a banking trade association in Washington DC where she spent time on Capitol Hill lobbying on behalf of community-based financial institutions. From there, she worked as in-house counsel at a national bank. This is where she discovered her passion for sales. She has held Sales VP positions at GE Capital and American Express, leading teams that helped grow those companies significantly. Laura joined PayPal eight months ago to lead Business Development and Sales for PayPal's North American Large Enterprise team. She is, in part, charged with identifying and launching markets that cause her legal and regulatory teams some angst, thus, her entry into Real Money Gaming.


Nicole Kardell, Associate, Ifrah Law

Nicole Kardell, an associate at Ifrah Law, represents clients involved in matters brought by government regulators and prosecutors. She has worked on matters involving the Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, Offices of Inspector General of several federal agencies, and Attorneys General of numerous states. Nicole also has worked on many matters in which clients have proactively opposed government action – before administrative as well as judicial bodies. Where necessary, she has taken policy issues to congressional offices and committees. Nicole also played a key role in the development of Ifrah Law’s recently published white paper, “The Definitive Guide to iGaming in the United States; a comprehensive overview of iGaming legislation and business opportunities in the U.S.”


Matthew Katz, CEO, CAMS, LLC

Matthew Katz is CEO of CAMS, LLC, a privately held company he independently financed and founded in 2012.

The CAMS Platform or Central Account Management System is a multi-tenant Software as a Service (SaaS) solution built to protect the operator and maintain brand integrity by providing online gaming and lottery sites with: 1) assistance with regulatory compliance, 2) fraud and risk mitigation, 3) player account limit disbursement, and 4) payout management and taxation, all within a white label solution that is customized for each site.

Mr. Katz has a well established career as a successful entrepreneur having founded and partnered in several other businesses and consulting firms prior to CAMS, LLC. Matthew has the unique distinction of starting a successful business while still in college introducing a new interactive online gambling methodology.

In 2005, Mr. Katz started Verifi, Inc., and serves as President and Chairman. Verifi offers business efficiencies and risk management services via proprietary technology and expertise to Tier 1 merchant businesses that accept credit card payments via e-commerce, mail order and even telephone order channels. Verifi employs over 100 people full-time and has been profitable since its inception. The company consistently recognizes double-digit growth in revenue month over month. Mr. Katz is at the helm of both companies, Verifi and CAMS, managing day-to-day operations and defining the strategic goals for the future.

Mr. Katz has been profiled by the NY Times, LA Times, Forbes, and Business Week to name a few. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Economics and lives in Los Angeles.

For more information on Matthew Katz or CAMS, LLC please call 323.655.5789 or visit www.CentralAMS.com.


Helene Keeley, State Representative - 3rd District, Delaware General Assembly

Rep. Keeley has taken an active role in championing important legislation through the Delaware General Assembly, including the Mental Health Parity Act of 2001; a bill to catch red light runners in the City of Wilmington; legislation to restrict physicians from charging outrageous fees for the transfer of medical records; legislation to prevent price gouging during a state of emergency; bills to make our streets safer by cracking down on drug dealers and properties that sell illegal alcohol and the establishment of a hearing aid loan bank for Delaware children three and under and introducing a bill to restrict the sale of violent and harmful video games. Rep. Keeley was the driving force in developing Delaware’s Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program and the States Medical Marijuana Program. She continues to focus on the current foreclosure issues in the State and has introduced legislation to regulate mortgage brokers and payday lending institutions. Representative Keeley severed as House Minority Whip 2006-2008.


Todd Kobrin, Owner, TK Marketing Services LLC


Adam Krejcik, Managing Director, Eilers Research, LLC

Adam Krejcik is a partner at Eilers Research, LLC as well as the firm’s Managing Director of Digital & Interactive Gaming. Mr. Krejcik has over 10 years of equity research experience primarily covering the global interactive entertainment industry. He has become one of the authoritative voices on the social casino gaming industry and his proprietary research has been cited by various industry executives. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to various trade publications and a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences. Mr. Krejcik started his career at Bank of America Securities, LLC where he helped cover the Leisure sector and was most recently Senior Analyst of Global Consumer & Internet Research at ROTH Capital Partners, a boutique investment bank based in Newport Beach, CA. Eilers Research was founded by Wall Street veteran Todd Eilers in late 2012 and is focused on servicing the gaming equipment, technology, and interactive gaming sectors within the global gaming industry. The company’s products and services include market research, equity research, and advisory services designed specifically for land based & online casino operators, equipment & technology suppliers, social gaming operators & suppliers, gaming regulators, and investors.


Terry Leiweke, Managing Director, Absolute Sports Info/The Linemakers

The Leiweke name has become synonymous with the sports and entertainment industry. Terry is the second oldest of four brothers. The family has been involved in the development of some of the most iconic brands in the sports and entertainment industry.

Terry played on the nationally ranked University of Houston football teams and still holds an NCAA Division I collegiate scoring record. He worked at ABC Sports, primarily in their college football coverage and then returned to Houston and became the Director of Sports and Entertainment for the City of Houston’s state of the art facility, The Summit. He became a founding member of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) which launched with six original franchises, including Houston. In the second year of the league he brought his other three brothers into the league where they first successfully launched the St. Louis Steamers who had the highest average attendance of any professional sports team in North America. The brothers moved the Houston franchise to Kansas City where the Kansas Comets played at Kemper Arena. They sold every ticket to every game. It became a sports phenomena.

Terry was the founding partner of Sportsview Productions which packaged, sold and produced over 100 live telecasts a year. When the Comets were sold, the family moved deeper into the sports and entertainment industry.

With the advent of the internet, Leiweke became a founding member of Wrenchead.com -­- an online automotive aftermarket company where users would enter their vehicle ID number which would then identify every part on their car and every replacement part that would keep their car in warranty. Wrenchead was the first ever direct link out of NASCAR.com. Mr. Leiweke sold his interest and became a founding member of the World Series of Golf. The World Series of Golf operated under a unique patented method of play and incorporated Texas Hold ‘Em Poker with golf.


Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, State Senator, New Jersey State Legislature

A lifelong resident of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Senator Raymond Lesniak graduated Rutgers University, class of 1971, and graduated with honors from St. John’s Law School in 1974. He served in the Assembly from 1978 to 1983, and has been in the Senate since 1983. He currently chairs the Economic Growth Committee, serves as Vice Chair of the Commerce Committee, and is a member of the Judiciary Committee.

In order to keep New Jersey’s gaming industry competitive, Senator Lesniak sponsored the constitutional amendment overwhelming approved by New Jersey voters to legalize sports wagering at New Jersey casinos and racetracks and sponsored legislation currently in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to repeal New Jersey's laws prohibiting sports betting at casinos and racetracks. Senator Lesniak is the sponsor of New Jersey's internet gaming law and is proposing to expand New Jersey's internet gaming into the international market.

Senator Lesniak supports expanding casino gambling to North Jersey to recapture casino gaming revenues leaving the state and to provide capital to reinvest in Atlantic City to transform its ailing casino based economy to a casino and tourism economy.


Katie Lever, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Scientific Games

Katie Lever serves as General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Scientific Games. In this role, she is responsible for all legal and regulatory matters related to Scientific Games’ multi-faced operations, including management of its legal and intellectual property departments and providing strategic legal advice for the Company’s international and interactive business.

Ms. Lever joined Scientific Games from Bally Technologies, which was acquired by Scientific Games in November 2014. As Senior Vice President of Legal and Compliance and General Counsel at Bally Technologies, Ms. Lever played a key role during the $5.2 billion acquisition. Ms. Lever joined Bally from SHFL entertainment, where she was General Counsel and Executive Vice President and which was acquired by Bally in November 2013 in a $1.3 billion acquisition.

Prior to joining SHFL entertainment in 2011, Ms. Lever was General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Global Cash Access, the gaming industry’s largest cash access provider, and prior to that was a Partner with the Las Vegas law firm Schreck Brignone (now Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck), where she practiced transactional, commercial, and corporate law for many of the largest gaming operators. Before joining Schreck Brignone, Ms. Lever practiced in Canada representing high-tech and bio-tech companies in private and public equity transactions.

She is the President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and a member of the State Bar of Nevada and The Law Society of British Columbia. She received her law degree from the University of Windsor.


Mason Malmuth, Owner and Publisher, Two Plus Two Publishing and Two Plus Two Interactive LLC

Mason Malmuth was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida. In 1973 he received his BS in Mathematics from Virginia Tech, and completed their Masters program (also in math) in 1975. While working for the United States Census Bureau in 1979, Mason stopped overnight in Las Vegas while driving to his new assignment in California. He was immediately fascinated by the games, and gambling became his major interest.

After arriving in California, he discovered that poker was legal and began playing in some of the public cardrooms as well as taking periodic trips to Las Vegas where he would play both poker and blackjack. In 1982, he went to work for the Northrop Corporation as a mathematician and moved to Los Angeles where he could conveniently pursue his interest in poker in the large public cardrooms in Gardena, Bell Gardens, and Commerce.

In 1983 his first article “Card Domination — The Ultimate Blackjack Weapon” was published in Gambling Times magazine. In 1987 he left his job with the Northrop Corporation to begin a career as both a full-time gambler and a gambling writer. He has had over 600 articles published in various magazines and is the author or co-author of 15 books. These include Gambling Theory and Other Topics, where he tries to demonstrate why only a small number of people are highly successful at gambling. In this book he introduces the reader to the concept of non-self weighting strategies and explains why successful gambling is actually a balance of luck and skill. Other books he has co-authored include Hold ’em Poker For Advanced Players with David Sklansky, Seven-Card Stud For Advanced Players with David Sklansky and Ray Zee, and Small Stakes Hold ’em: Winning Big with Expert Play with Ed Miller and David Sklansky. All of them are considered the definitive works on these games.

His company, Two Plus Two Publishing LLC has sold over two million books and currently has 42 titles to its credit.


Brian Mattingley, CEO, 888 Holdings Plc

Brian Mattingley is Chief Executive Officer of 888 Holdings Plc. and prior to his appointment in 2012 had been Non Executive Vice Chairman since 2006.

From 1997 until 2003 Mr Mattingley was Group Finance & Strategy Director of the Gala Group Plc., the largest Private Equity owned gaming group in the UK. During his time at Gala, Mr Mattingley completed the acquisition of several bingo and casino chains and launched the Gala Interactive Online business. In late 2003, Mr Mattingley was appointed Chief Executive of Gala Regional Developments Ltd., a new joint venture company owned by Gala and Harrahs Entertainment Inc., formed to develop and operate large style casinos in the UK.

From 1995 to 1997 Mr Mattingley was Chief Executive of Ritz Bingo Ltd., on which he completed an MBO in 1996 merging that business into Gala in 1997. From 1989 until 1995 Mr Mattingley was Managing Director of Titles Leisure Ltd., a retail trading subsidiary of Kingfisher Plc.

Prior to this Mr Mattingley held various management positions with Dee Corporation Plc. from 1974 to 1989, including Financial Controller of Carrefour Ltd, Finance Director of Gateway Ltd., Corporate Development Executive of Dee Corporation Plc. and Commercial Director of Medicare Ltd.


The Honorable John McCain, Senator for Arizona, United States Senate

John McCain entered the Naval Academy in June of 1954. He served in the United States Navy until 1981.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982 and elected to the United States Senate in 1986.

He was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in the 2008 election.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.


Steven McLoughlin, Official Representative, Max Value Software

Steven McLoughlin is an online poker industry veteran and the official representative of Max Value Software, LLC. MVS is the premier developer of online poker software tools used for player engagement and is considered the leading innovator in the field of statistical poker analysis.

The company develops the PokerTracker and Hold'em Manager product lines, which are the most trusted online poker software brands in the world. Steven is noted expert on the topics of player retention and engagement.


Kevin Mercuri, CEO, Propheta Communications


Dan Michalski, Gaming & Media Specialist; Founder, Pokerati.com


Derrick Morton, CEO, FlowPlay

A 20-year veteran of the casual gaming industry, Derrick Morton has led the development of over 200 digital entertainment projects during his career. Derrick launched Vegas World in late 2012 to take advantage of the rapidly growing $4.4 billion social casino market after founding FlowPlay in 2006. Before founding FlowPlay in 2006, he served as a key executive at several top online game companies, including iWin, Uproar, Virtual Vegas, GameHouse and most recently RealNetworks. At RealNetworks Derrick negotiated long-term distribution agreements with Cingular, Verizon, Virgin Mobile, and Vodafone Global among others. As the industry’s first social casino MMORPG, Vegas World has already acquired more than 2 million registered users with the more than 650,000 active users averaging 40 minutes per session and monetizing at well over $3 per MAU (monthly active users) per month.


Rich Muny, Vice President of Player Relations, Poker Players Alliance (PPA)

Rich Muny has been a tireless advocate for poker rights since passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in 2006. He has successfully organized like-minded poker enthusiasts to work together on many campaigns for poker rights. These efforts led to his being named to the PPA Board of Directors in 2007 and to his current role of vice president of player relations in 2011. Prior to being named vice president of player relations, Rich made his living at the tables as a professional poker player. Prior to that, Rich was a mechanical engineer for GE Aviation, where he developed extensive project management, problem solving, and other skills that he brings to his role at PPA.

As vice president of player relations, Rich is responsible for ensuring that the concerns of the player base are always at the forefront of the PPA’s mission and strategic decisions. He is responsible for PPA’s communication of these issues with individual poker players, poker blogs, and all other poker-specific media. He regularly communicates directly with the player base on several online forums under his online handle “TheEngineer” and via phone calls and emails.


Hai Ng, Partner, Neomancer LLC

Co-founder of Neomancer, a unique technology consultancy and advisory firm, Hai is often described by his clients and peers as a Renaissance man; a polymath, possessing breadth and depth of knowledge in a wide variety of fields, with the ability to apply his skills to conjure solutions to problems. As a technologist, Hai's focus includes gaming and game design in regulated gambling, skill-based gaming, gamification and general entertainment; gaming and behaviors in social ecosystems; human factors, interaction and user experience in product and interface design; media in digital, film and television; security, privacy, policies and infrastructure in technical operations; and technology in the arts. As an analyst and advisor, Hai actively works with companies ranging from startups to multi-national corporations, including Continent 8 Technologies, the iGaming industry's most awarded data center and network services company. Beyond Neomancer, Hai is a creator, musician and photographer with published works and several award-winning achievements including a piece exhibited at New York's Museum of Modern Art.


Joakim Nilsson, Managing Director, SCRM Cloud

Joakim Nilsson is the owner and managing director of the Paris based SCRM Cloud agency and runs the Social Monitor product together with iGaming Business specialising in helping iGaming brands monitor, analyze and engage in social media.

Prior to launching the SCRM Cloud Joakim spent 8 years in the iGaming industry most notably having served as Betclic Everest group’s Head of Social Media overseeing the strategy and implementation of social media within the group’s five different gaming brands.

Joakim is also an avid small seed investor and advisor to iGaming startups and technology companies.


Seth Palansky, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc.

Seth Palansky is a twenty-year veteran of corporate communications, working for major U.S. corporations including the National Football League, News Corp and now Caesars Entertainment.

Palansky joined (then) Harrah’s Entertainment’s Sports & Entertainment Group in March, 2008 as Director of Communications based in Las Vegas.

With the formation of Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Inc. in May, 2009, Palansky now oversees communications for the digital arm of Caesars Entertainment, as well as adding duties of Editor-In-Chief for WSOP.com, the official website of the World Series of Poker. He reports directly to CIE Chief Executive Officer Mitch Garber.

Palansky is responsible for corporate communications, publicity, media and community relations for all CIE’s assets including, Playtika, the number one social casino games producer; real-money gaming businesses in New Jersey, Nevada and the United Kingdom, and its land-based businesses, including the world’s most prestigious poker tournament, the World Series of Poker (WSOP), held each summer at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

In addition, Palansky has editorial oversight of WSOP.com and manages strategy and communications for CIE’s social media offerings.

Prior to joining Caesars, Palansky spent five years with the NFL, where he ran the NFL Network Communications Department, the league’s 24-hour cable and satellite channel.

Splitting time with the NFL’s corporate office in Manhattan and its studio production facility in Los Angeles, Palansky was charged with all media relations facets for the organization.

In addition, Palansky served as part of the NFL’s PR staff, working on corporate communications projects. Palansky reported to NFL Network President and CEO Steve Bornstein, the former chairman of ESPN, who is largely responsible for the incredible growth and success of ESPN.


John Aristotle Phillips, Co-Founder, PredictIt

John Aristotle Phillips is a pioneer in the strategic applications of technology to politics and political communication. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Aristotle, the campaign technology firm where he has earned a reputation as an innovator, entrepreneur and valued advisor in the field of politics. Mr. Phillips has addressed the membership of the International Association of Political Consultants, the European Association of Political Consultants and the American Association of Political Consultants.

Mr. Phillips graduated from Princeton University in 1978 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. While at Princeton, Mr. Phillips received international recognition for his design, from publicly available documents, of an atomic bomb. He is the co-author of Mushroom: the Story of the A-Bomb Kid.


J. Gary Pretlow, Assemblyman 89th District, New York State Assembly

Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992 to represent the 89th district, which includes Mount Vernon and Yonkers.

In 2005 the Honorable Sheldon Silver, Speaker, appointed Mr. Pretlow Chair of the Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee. He is also a member of the Assembly committees on Rules, Ways and Means, Codes, Insurance, Cities, and the Assembly Steering Committee. In addition Gary is a member of the New York StateAssociation of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc., a member of the Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Caucus and the NYS Senate and Assembly Hispanic Taskforce.

Among the many significant pieces of legislation Assemblyman Pretlow has enacted into law, he is most proud of the passage Cynthia’s law. A provision of this law establishes reckless assault of a child as a class D felony. Furthermore, Cynthia’s law raises awareness for shaken baby syndrome by establishing an educational campaign to inform the public of the harm that may result from shaking a young child.

In addition to Cynthia’s law, Mr. Pretlow worked diligently to rescue and stabilize the financial position of New York City Off Track Betting Corporation by advocating for a State takeover as well as the development and implementation of the Task Force for the Future of Off Track Betting in New York State.

Prior to his election to the NYS Assembly, Assemblyman Pretlow presided as President of the Mount Vernon City Council. While on the Council, he served for six years as Chairman of the Finance and Planning Committee and Chairman of the Capital Projects Board.

In addition, as a member of the Urban Renewal Agency and Commissioner of Mount Vernon Housing Authority, he was instrumental in bringing new affordable housing to Mount Vernon.

Standing Committee Assignments 2009: Racing and Wagering (Chair); Cities; Codes; Insurance; Rules; Ways and Means.


David Purdum, Gaming Industry Reporter, ESPN

A traditional newspaper journalist, David Purdum has covered the gaming industry, with a focus on sports betting, for the past seven years. He has followed New Jersey’s court battles with the sports leagues closely and covered the case for ESPN.com, The Linemakers on Sporting News, Sports Business Journal and other outlets. He has appeared on ESPN’s Outside the Lines and was a panelist on “US and European Methods to Combat Corruption and Match-Fixing in Sports” at the Sports Lawyers Association’s annual conference in 2013. He currently covers the industry for ESPN.com’s new sports betting site, ESPN Chalk.

In addition to his gaming coverage, Purdum also covers professional, college and high school sports for the Sports Xchange and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Jason Robins, Chief Executive Officer, DraftKings

Jason Robins is the CEO of DraftKings, Inc., one of the nation’s leading daily fantasy sports sites. An avid sports fan, he started the company in 2011 with hopes of creating a forum that allowed the public more options when playing their fantasy sports games. DraftKings offers daily games online and through its mobile app in fantasy baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and golf.

“Thirty-five million people play traditional fantasy sports, and by design, most are out of contention long before the season ends. The games we create allow players the option of starting their season over on a daily basis,” said Robins. Since he founded the company more than two years ago had tripled its customer base, with year-over-year revenue growth of 10x.

DraftKings recently closed a $24M Series B round of funding led by Redpoint Ventures, with participation by GGV Capital, Atlas Venture, and BDS Ventures. DraftKings plans to use the money to fund marketing and acquisition, develop strategic partnerships, and to hire key talent.

"We are even more excited about what the future holds," said Robins. "Going forward, we will continue to prioritize customer experience, leveraging both our online and mobile platforms. Mobile, in particular, will be an area of focus for us in 2014."

Robins is also active in the Boston community, providing business consultation and speaking at various community events. He also has a keen eye on community service and has created games which benefit various organizations and causes including the American Diabetes Association and the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Prior to DraftKings, Robins was an executive at Capital One and at Vistaprint. He is a graduate of Duke University. DraftKings.com

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Anna Sainsbury, CEO, GeoComply

Anna Sainsbury, former Commercial Director of TST, has over 9 years experience in regulation and compliance across both the land-based and online gaming industries. Anna has worked with regulators, operators and vendors throughout North America, Australia, Asia and Europe. More recently Anna has taken up the challenge of developing and delivering a reliable geolocation solution for the US Intra State market. As CEO of GeoComply, Anna is now working with some of the first movers in the emerging US online gaming market to harness the latest technologies to ensure compliance with UIGEA and other governing laws.


Sue Schneider, Founder, eGamingBrokerage.com

Sue Schneider is one of the world’s leading experts on the internet gaming industry which she began monitoring in 1995. Starting as an owner of leading gaming consumer portal from ’95-‘99, she then launched River City Group, which produced the largest i-gaming events in the world (GIGSE and EiG) as well as key industry trade publications, such as iGamingNews.com and the Internet Gambling Report.

In July, ’06, River City Group was purchased by Clarion Events, one of the UK’s largest event producers, and Schneider remained as CEO/Americas there until June ’09. She remains the principal of www.egamingbrokerage.com and consults on a variety of other independent projects in the industry.

Schneider was a founder and served as Chairman of the 120 member Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), a trade association, from its inception in l996 until 2004. She currently serves as Editor-atLarge and monthly columnist for Liebert Publications’ Gaming Law Review and Economics. In addition, she’s a partner with the US-based conference (www.igamingnorthamerica.com) as well as the www.maltaigamingseminar.com).

She is a frequent speaker at international gaming conferences and has testified to the US Senate, the US House of Representatives as well as the National Gambling Impact Study Commission in that country.


Richard Schuetz, Commissioner, California Gambling Control Commission

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Richard Schuetz commissioner of the California Gambling Control Commission in September 2011, and reappointed him in 2013. Mr. Schuetz has served in positions ranging from blackjack & dice dealer, to Executive Vice President, to President & CEO of casino resorts in numerous jurisdictions. Mr. Schuetz has worked as a senior executive in the gaming markets of Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno/Tahoe, Laughlin, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Mr. Schuetz has served on the boards of Shuffle Master Gaming, the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino (where he was also President & CEO), and Casino Publishing. He sat on the International Advisory Board for the Institute for the Study of Gambling & Commercial Gaming at the University of Nevada, Reno, and was the Co-moderator of the Institute’s Executive Development Program, with Dr. William Eadington. He was named an Honorary Professor of Casino Marketing at the Baron N. Hilton School of Hotel Administration at the University of Houston; was the marketing columnist for Casino Executive Magazine; and has taught Casino Management & Regulation at the Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne in Switzerland, and at the University of Macau and Macau Polytechnic Institute in Macau, SAR China. Richard was the consultant to the City of Detroit as that city introduced casino gaming, and served in a like position for the state of Kansas as that state introduced casinos. He has lectured throughout the world on the topics of gaming, gaming regulation, and casino marketing.

Mr. Schuetz received his degree in Business from the University of Nevada, Reno, and holds a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Utah. Mr. Schuetz is also ADB PhD in Economics from the University of Utah. Mr. Schuetz has published over 40 articles on gambling, gambling regulation, and and casino marketing.

Mr. Schuetz currently lives in Sacramento, California.


Aideen Shortt, Gambling Industry Consultant,

Aideen is an independent betting and gaming consultant, and researcher of many Business Intelligence reports on topics as varied as Mobile Gambling, Social Media and Payments.

She is a long-time veteran in the interactive gambling space having been involved in a range of senior and director level roles since the outset of online betting and gaming over 10 years ago. Her range of experience includes both operator and supplier side of the gambling market across all product sectors (online and mobile betting, gaming, casino, poker and bingo) and she is an active participant and speaker at global industry events and has an extensive network of contacts.


Ann Simmons Nicholson, Founder, Simmons Group

President and Founder of the Simmons Group, Ann Simmons Nicholson is recognized as an expert in Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Organizational Development and Training in non-profit, government and private industry. Clients such as Konami Gaming, Whole Foods, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Bally Technologies, US Border Patrol, schools and numerous non-profit organizations have all benefited from Ann’s over 30 years of experience. Having opened, expanded or transitioned from one owner to another 44 hotel casinos, manufacturers, cruise ships, water parks and furniture marts during her career she has worked with all the major players in the gaming industry including beyond those mentioned above: MGM, Station Casinos, SHFL Entertainment, Bally Technologies, Aristocrat, Scientific Games, Rio, M Resort, Palms & Palms Place, Mandalay Bay, Caesar’s, and numerous Tribal Gaming Entities. Her work has included all areas of strategic talent planning and management including: management and supervisory training, executive coaching, all areas of human resources, employee training and development, public speaking and communications. Ann has the unique ability to partner with her clients and becomes an invaluable resource to companies seeking her services.


David Sklansky, Poker/Gambling Author, Two Plus Two Publishing

David Sklansky was born and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, where he graduated from Teaneck HighSchool in 1966. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, but left before graduation. He returned to Teaneck and passed multiple Society of Actuaries exams by the time he was 20, and worked for anactuarial firm.

Sklansky is generally considered a top authority on gambling. He has written many books on poker,blackjack, and general gambling.

Sklansky has won three World Series of Poker bracelets, two in 1982 ($800 Mixed Doubles, and$1000 Draw Hi) and one in 1983 ($1000 Limit Omaha Hi). He also won the Poker By The Bookinvitational event on the 2004 World Poker Tour, outlasting Phil Hellmuth Jr, Mike Caro, T. J.Cloutier, and Mike Sexton, and then finally overcoming Doyle Brunson.


Christian Solomine, Vice President & General Manager - Gaming, PayNearMe, Inc

Christian Solomine is Vice President & General Manager of the Gaming and Entertainment business unit at PayNearMe, overseeing the company’s iGaming, lotteries, advance deposit wagering, social gaming and fantasy sports solutions. He is a dynamic and highly sought after speaker on topics such as how alternative payments can enable iGaming operators to increase operating efficiency while offering a seamless player experience.

Most recently, Christian directed the North America Global Partner Program at Telefonica, focusing on Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions such as wireless Point of Sale (POS) and helped lead global business development initiatives. Prior to Telefonica, Christian ran worldwide M2M sales for Rogers Communications in Canada, and directed sales at Jasper Wireless for their fleet management and consumer electronics practice. Christian has also directed the channel development activities of Earth Networks/WeatherBug.

Christian is a magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University’s College of Integrated Science & Technology and also received a Master of Science in Information Technology and MBA from the Daniels College at the University of Denver.


Jonathan Swerdlow, CEO, GamyTech

Jonathan Swerdlow is the founder and CEO of GamyTech, the first social and mobile focused white label platform. He is an iGaming executive with vast experience in providing operational, technical and business leadership for innovative B2B gaming organizations. Jonathan is a dynamic, hands-on, executive with extensive experience in developing and launching innovative products and technology that shape the future of mobile gaming. An innovator, entrepreneur, life-long student of marketing and sales, and on occasion – a speaker about these subjects.

Jonathan has been focusing on the next generation of mobile games. Riding the big wave of social gaming, GamyTech is changing the way iGaming Operators interact with customers. His straightforward, tell-it-like-it-is approach is refreshingly honest and leaves the audience with the information they need to make significant change in their approach to mobile & social gaming.


Dana Takrudtong, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, North America, GameAccount Network, Inc.

Dana Takrudtong is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for GameAccount Network North America. GameAccou is based in Las Vegas, Nevada with parent headquarters in London, England. Dana supports Tribal, commercial, and lottery based operators with a suite of enterprise iGaming and social gaming services. During her tenure with GameAccount, she's helped some of the biggest casinos in the country- Foxwoods, Maryland Live, Empire City, and several others- contract and launch Simulated Gaming(TM) (GameAccount's monetized social casino experience) and Real Money Gaming online.

Prior to joining GameAccount Network, Dana was the National Account Manager for Williams Interactive, a subsidiary of WMS Industries. An initial member of the Williams’ team formation, Dana has been at the forefront of regulated and un-regulated iGaming in the US for several years.

Before entering the gaming sector, Dana was in sales and sales management for a global print and online advertising firm. During that tenure she was part of the first national pilot group certified to broker advertising space on Google’s platform. With her background in advertising online during the emergence of SEM and networking platforms, she’s acutely aware of the change online media has brought to the gaming space and works with operators to capitalize on technology to capture new players and drive engagement from existing loyalty programs.


Ted Teruo Kitada, Senior Company Counsel, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Ted Teruo Kitada is a senior company counsel in the law department of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association. Mr. Kitada is the chief payment counsel to Wells Fargo, providing advice and guidance on many payment matters, including primary payment systems (wire transfers, checks, ACH, and prepaid and debit cards); deposit services and products; bank operations; Check 21; image exchange arrangements; mobile banking; electronic banking; unclaimed property; and compliance with a variety of state and federal laws and regulations relating generally to bank deposits and operations.

Mr. Kitada received his B.A. from Stanford University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), his J.D. from the University of California, School of Law, Berkeley, and a Masters in Regional Studies-East Asia from Harvard University.


Robert "Tommy" Tomlinson, Senator, 6th Senate District of Pennsylvania, Senate of Pennsylvania

Sen. Robert M. “Tommy” Tomlinson is serving his fifth term representing residents of the 6th District in Bucks County.

Previously, Tomlinson served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 18th District from 1991 through 1994. He is also a funeral director, and owns and operates Tomlinson Funeral Home in Bensalem, a family business established in 1945.

The senator serves as Chairman of the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee, which works to protect the rights of Pennsylvania consumers and ensures that individuals in regulated professions adhere to the highest standards. He is Vice Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Tomlinson is also a member of the Education, Community, Economic and Recreational Development, and Rules and Executive Nominations Committees.

In addition, he serves on the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Board of Directors and is a member of the Emergency Services Legislative Caucus.


Marco Valerio, iGaming Advisor, AgentMarco.com

Marco Valerio began working in the gaming industry in 2010, covering the live and online poker industry. After Black Friday, Marco began focusing mainly on U.S.-regulated online gaming business and legislation. He has held positions at QuadJacks, the Global Poker Index and Global Gaming Business. Marco has contributed to several online gaming industry publications, including Global Gaming Business, iGaming Business, the Online Poker Report and eGaming Review.


Kevin Vonasek, Chief Product Officer, NYX Gaming Group


Mike Vorhaus, President, Magid Advisors

Mike Vorhaus, President of Magid Advisors, founded Frank N. Magid Associates' Internet practice in 1995 and Gaming practice in 2001. He provides research and strategic consultation to a number of major traditional media companies, as well as many of the leading Internet and gaming companies. He also leads Magid's practice advising investment firms on media and technology assets.

Mike has been a columnist in Ad Age and is quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, etc. regularly and has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg TV numerous times. Mike worked in transfer of technology and fundraising at Caltech, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Barbara. Mike also worked in two White Houses and the U.S. Congress. Mike graduated cum laude in Psychology/Sociology with a B.S. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

Mike has also advised a number of start-ups, made angel investments, and assisted venture backed companies. Mike is also an investor in a number of venture funds.

Mike has also consulted on a number of film projects such as You've Got Mail and The Matrix. In 2009 Mike appeared in the movie "Imagine That" starring Ed Murphy and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.


Niko Vuori, Co-Founder & COO, Rocket Games

Niko Vuori is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Rocket Games, where he is responsible for strategy, operations and execution of one of the world's largest independent social casino game developers, with a fast-growing and highly-engaged base of >300k daily, >1M monthly players across mobile (Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon Appstore) and desktop (Facebook). Niko has over a decade of experience in consumer Internet and social gaming, as the founder of his own venture-backed start-up and in senior product and business positions at category-defining companies of all sizes.

Prior to co-founding Rocket Games, Niko held several leadership positions at social gaming pioneer Zynga, most notably as General Manager of the company's flagship game, Zynga Poker, where he was responsible for all aspects of the studio's >$250M/year business, across mobile and web.

Niko has a BA from the University of York and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley where he specialized in Entrepreneurship.


Lawrence G. Walters, Attorney at Law, Walters Law Group

Lawrence G. Walters heads up Walters Law Group, www.GameAttorneys.com, and has represented clients involved in all facets of the online gaming industry since its inception. He is a member if the International Masters of Gaming Law, and routinely speaks at industry conferences. Larry is often asked to provide legal analysis in the national media on gaming and Internet law issues, and has published numerous law review articles and book chapters on Gaming Law issues. His firm has actively litigated cases involving domain name seizures, advertising issues, and constitutional challenges, on behalf of gaming clients. He has practiced law for over 25 years, and is ranked “very high” by lawyers.com, and “10.0 Superb” by avvo.com. In addition his involvement in the gaming law field, Mr. Walters has developed an expertise in the legal and political issues surrounding virtual currency such as BitCoins.


Luisa Woods, Executive Director, Online & Internet Marketing, Tropicana Entertainment, Inc

Luisa Woods, Executive Director, Online and Internet Marketing at Tropicana Entertainment Luisa Woods is a senior marketing executive with more than 15 years of experience in online real money and social gaming. Prior to joining Tropicana Entertainment to lead their igaming initiative, she was VP of Online Marketing at Caesars Interactive Entertainment. She also headed the marketing operations for Zen Entertainment’s (now NYX Gaming Group) B2B and B2C social gaming products as CMO, and for international financial betting operator, Binary.com. As CEO of her own digital agency, Luisa represented some of North America’s foremost high tech B2B and enterprise data solutions firms including Dell Canada, IBM, Hyperion Solutions, Pervasive Software and Hummingbird Ltd. She has an MBA in marketing from Toronto’s Schulich School of Business, where she also worked at the CulTech Collaborative Research Centre studying the use of gamification and of descriptive and predictive modeling in resource allocation games to teach management decision-making.


Andrew Zarnett, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank

Andrew S. Zarnett, Managing Director, currently serves as 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, Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review Journal. He is also a lecturer at 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.


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