Event Producers

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

Sponsors

  • CAMS, LLC
  • Continent 8 Technologies
  • paysafecard group
  • Gaming Laboratories International
  • Williams Interactive LLC
  • InComm
  • Aristocrat
  • Bally Technologies
  • Gaming Standards Association
  • Ifrah Law
  • Foxwoods Interactive & GameAccount Network
  • IGT
  • NMi
  • Pentasia
  • Great Luck LLC
  • AliQuantum Gaming
  • Optimal Payments
  • PayNearMe
  • PokerTracker
  • BMM Testlabs
  • Vantiv Gaming Solutions
  • INTRALOT
  • e-Management N.V.
  • Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission
  • BetConstruct
  • BetConstruct
  • SNG Interactive
  • GTECH
  • GTECH
  • Interactive Gaming Council
  • Real Deal Interactive

Speakers

David Baazov, , Amaya Gaming

 

   
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.

 

   
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.

 

   
Andy Caras-Altas, , Traffic Generation

 

   
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.

 

   
Jeff Derevensky, , McGill University

 

   
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.

 

   
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.

 

   
Chris 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.

 

   
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.

 

   
Adam Krejcik, Director of Digital and Interactive Gaming, Eilers Research

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 Lesniak, Senator, New Jersey

State Senator from New Jersey's 20th Legislative District

 

   
Jordan Levin, President, Interactive, Scientific Games

Jordan Levin serves as President, Interactive for Scientific Games. In this capacity, he provides executive management and leadership, including overall strategic direction, business development, sales and marketing, and operational oversight.

Mr. Levin has served as Managing Director, Williams Interactive at Scientific Games since January 2014, having previously been Chief Operating Officer of Williams Interactive since July 2013, when it was created as a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc. ("WMS") (acquired by Scientific Games in October 2013. Prior to that he was WMS' Vice President of Business Development.

After joining WMS Industries in 2006 as Senior Principal Business Development, Mr. Levin was promoted to Director Business Development in 2008 and later Vice President of Business Development in 2010. Previously, he worked in investment banking and corporate finance with Dresner Partners and Wells Fargo. Mr. Levin earned his Bachelor of Business degree in Finance from the University of Texas, Austin in 1998, and received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago in 2008.

 

   
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 Mattingly, 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.

 

   
Rich Muny, Vice President of Player Relations, Poker Players Alliance

 

   
Joakim Nilsson, Managing Director, SCRM Cloud

 

   
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.

 

   
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.

 

   
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.

 

   
Ted Teruo Kitada, Senior Company Counsel, Wells Fargo Bank

 

   
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.

 

   
Andrew Zarnett, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Gaming

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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