Nearly 300 regulators from across North America and the Caribbean gathered in Las Vegas last month for GLI’s North American Roundtable.
Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), a leading gaming testing laboratory and technical consultancy, put a sharp focus on cutting-edge technologies and their potential impact on North American jurisdictions during the Roundtable, which took place March 12 and 13 at the Flamingo Las Vegas. The event was produced by GLI University.
“As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we were thrilled to welcome so many regulators from such a wide range of jurisdictions to the Roundtable,” said James Maida, GLI president and CEO in a prepared statement. “There is no other event in the world that draws this many regulators together, and our Roundtable has become recognized worldwide as one of the most informative and important gaming education events of the year. It is our pleasure to produce the event and provide regulators with the most up-to-date information possible to help them in their important responsibilities.”
According to press materials provided by GLI, the event also drew thought-leaders from across the gaming industry spectrum. Delivering the keynote address was Dr. Bo Bernhard, executive director of the International Gaming Institute at UNLV, who gave a historical context to the future of gaming and regulation.
Next, Maida and Patrick Moore, senior director technical compliance for GLI, led a discussion of the ten most important technological issues that regulators are likely to face in 2014, including experiential gaming, multi-state agreements, virtual WAP environments and game-level facial recognition.
Mackenzie Haugh, director of engineering for GLI, led a panel discussion on modern content delivery systems and the growing trend of convergence. Panelists were Craig Durbin, assistant director of security at the Oregon State Lottery; Matthew Katz, CEO of CAMS; and Stephen Patton, senior development director at Bally Technologies.
GLI VP of Government Relations and General Counsel Kevin Mullally led a discussion of what may be the most significant issues facing the industry since regional expansion of gaming in the early 1990s, including iGaming, social gaming, the use of virtual currency, and new technologies for responsible gaming. Panelists included Elizabeth Cronan, director of gaming policy for the American Gaming Association; Jamie Hummingbird, director of the Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission; Charles LaBoy, assistant director for gaming for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency; Tom Mungham, COO of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario; and Jeanne-Marie Wilkins, senior vice president and CIO for Isle of Capri Casinos.
Discussing iGaming’s potential impact on tribal operations were Russell Witt, national director of tribal development for GLI, and panelists Jana McKeag, president of Lowry Strategies; Jeffery Nelson, counsel for the Tribal Internet Gaming Alliance (TIGA); and Valerie Spicer, executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association.
The Roundtable was presented free of charge to regulators. GLI will present the Latin America Roundtable in August in Colombia and the European Regulators Roundtable in September in Italy. Visit www.gaminglabs.com for more information.