Event Producers

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


  • Continent 8 Technologies


Brett Abarbanel, Head, Social and Recreational Gambling Research , UCLA


Louis Castle, Video Game Designer, Castle Production Services

Louis is a 28-year video game industry veteran in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV. Educated in Fine Arts and Computer Science, Louis co-founded Westwood Studios in1985 and continued with the company through multiple acquisitions in the roles of art director, technical director, COO, CFO, General Manager and eventually served Electronic Arts (ERTS) as Vice President of Creative Development for EA’s Los Angeles Studio and General manager of EA’s Blueprint Studio. In July of 2009 Louis left EA to serve as Chief Executive Officer of InstantAction, Inc. at IAC/InterActiveCorp, a video game web streaming and tools provider. Louis left IAC to join Zynga as Vice President of Studios in February of 2011 and resigned from Zynga to join Shuffle Master’s management team. Louis has since left SHFL upon the successful acquisition of SHFL by Bally Technologies in November of 2013.

Louis has also dedicated time to encouraging the entrepreneurial growth in Las Vegas. He served on the board of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, at the invitation of the Lieutenant Governor, the executive committee of the Nevada Development Authority, the advisory board of Irwin Union Bank, has been inducted into the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada hall of fame, honored by the Chamber of Commerce as a “Top 40 under 40” twice and received a Governor’s award as outstanding Entrepreneur of the year.

Louis is an experienced speaker having given hundreds of presentations and dozens of Key Note addresses to international audiences.


David Chang, CEO, Betcade

David Chang founded Betcade, the first dedicated Android app store for real money gaming apps, with the goal of creating an ecosystem that benefits all stakeholders in the gaming industry.

David was formerly Head of Industry Relations at Gamblit Gaming, responsible for industry communication and outreach, and previously served as Gamblit’s Chief Marketing Officer.

David has previously founded two games companies, both of which are still active today. Gamiker Inc., founded in 2012, is creating new real-money and social casino games in mobile and land-based environments. In 2009, David founded OnNet Europe GmbH, a leading online games company that was acquired in 2012 by Daum Communications. David also served as Managing Director of International Business for IGN where he led Fox Interactive Media’s international content strategy, corporate development and operational expansion into Europe and Asia.

David graduated from the University of Southern California, where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy, and earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. In addition, David is a member of IMGL (International Masters of Gaming Law) and The Producers Guild of America.


Kevin Cochran, Senior Legal Analyst, Gambling Compliance

Kevin Cochran is a senior legal analyst at Gambling Compliance Ltd. where he has been working on a full time basis since 2012. He is based in Washington, D.C. and focuses on the U.S. gaming market, with particular interest in sports betting, fantasy sports and Internet gambling. He is a member of the Maryland Bar. In the past year he has testified at state legislative hearings around the country on Internet gambling and daily fantasy sports.


Roberto Coppola, Global Director of Market Research, YWS Design and Architecture


Kurt Freedlund, President, LottoInteractive Inc.

With nearly twenty years in the lottery industry, Kurt Freedlund has recently become the President of LottoInteractive Inc., a mobile lottery games platform. LottoInteractive is focused on making iGaming fun, interactive and mobile. At LottoInteractive, Kurt will lead the company’s business development, legal/regulatory affairs and all customer facing functions. In addition, Kurt will focus on the expansion of client relations, customer acquisition and integration and intellectual property. Prior to joining LottoInteractive, Kurt was COO & General Counsel of the Georgia Lottery Corporation where he was actively involved in the daily operation of the lottery together with the oversight and implementation of several new initiatives. These initiatives included the development and installation of GLC-operated lottery stores at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the national effort to cross-sell Powerball and Mega Million and the GLC’s launch of iGaming. Kurt was also Deputy Director and General Counsel of the Illinois Lottery and served as Acting Director for a period of time. Kurt served as personal assistant to Illinois Governor James Thompson for three years prior to earning his law degree from Northwestern University, where he also completed his undergraduate degree. Upon earning his law degree, Kurt practiced law in Chicago for eight years, specializing in corporate law and commercial real estate.


Dustin Gouker, , Legal Sports Report


Christopher Grove, Partner, OnlinePokerReport

Chris Grove acts as a consultant to various stakeholders in the regulated online gambling market. A partner at Narus Advisors and Senior Consultant at Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, Grove also oversees trade publications focused on the regulated online poker, eSports betting, and daily fantasy sports industries.


David Henwood, Director, H2 Gambling Capital


Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Amaya, Inc.

A former award-winning business journalist, Hollreiser has spent the past 20 years advising media, entertainment and technology companies. Having started in agency life, Hollreiser has worked as a senior communications executive at global public companies including Microsoft, Disney, Activision/Blizzard and Amaya. At Amaya, Eric is responsible for execution of the company’s integrated global communications efforts including external and internal corporate communications, public relations and corporate social responsibility, including across social media and talent communications. Eric lives in the Isle of Man with his wife and children.


Lee Jones, Head of Poker Communications, PokerStars


Matthew Katz, CEO, Verifi, Inc.

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.


JD Morris, Gaming Reporter, Las Vegas Sun


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.


Michael O'Mally, COO, Pala Interactive


Bill Rini, Head of Online Poker, WSOP.com

Bill Rini is the Head of Online Poker at WSOP.com where he is in charge of Caesars’ US poker initiatives. Involved in online poker for over a decade, Bill has previously worked at Tiltware, PartyGaming, and The World Poker Tour. Bill runs one of the longest running and well-respected poker blogs, Bill’s Poker Blog, where he has been writing about the poker industry and his passion for travel since 2003. Prior to becoming involved in the online poker industry, Bill was heavily involved with the early growth of the online space working for companies such as AOL, eToys, eCompanies, and the IEEE Computer Society.


Dan Sahl, Associate Director, Center for Gaming Innovation, UNLV


Matt Savage, WPT Executive Director, World Poker Tour


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.


Chris Sheffield, Senior VP/MD Interactive, Penn National Gaming


Marcus Yoder, VP, Regulated Markets Business Development, Gamblit

Marcus Yoder is a 20-year technology executive, now responsible for opening new markets for Gamblit by working with licensed casino operators, regulators, industry groups and approved casino OEMs.

Marcus comes to Gamblit after providing advisory services to casino operators on how best to take advantage of online gaming. Prior to this Marcus was the Executive Director of Business Development for International Game Technology (IGT). Marcus was responsible for the expansion of the IGT Interactive offering throughout the Americas, including Canada, New Jersey, Mexico, as well as driving the IGT DoubleDown Casino Partner Program.

Marcus received his BA in German and International Business from the University of Tennessee,

Knoxville, and his International MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Kent Young, CEO, Spin Games


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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