Conference Agenda

Wednesday, May 8

8:00 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am

Breakfast / Exhibit Hall Opens

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Keynote Speech – The Future of Gaming

Welcome & Introduction:  Larry Gregory, Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association
Keynote Speaker: Gavin Isaacs, Chairman, SBTech

11:00 am – 12:00pm

The Next (Giant) Step: Internet Sports Betting in Mississippi

New Jersey’s phenomenal early success in sports betting has been fueled largely by internet sports betting, which accounts for nearly three-quarters of all sports betting revenues in the state. Other states that have enacted internet sports betting regimes have likewise experienced a growth in revenues, while at the same discouraging residents from betting in offshore markets. Mississippi is one of the few states that allow sports betting only on casino properties. Is it time for Mississippi to amend its Gaming Control Act to allow for true Internet sports betting — that is, outside of the confines of a casino property. A panel of leading experts will explore the benefits, challenges, opportunities, timing and potential of a true online environment for Mississippi’s sports betting regime.

Moderator: Daniel Wallach, Wallach Legal LLC

Panelists: Jake WilliamsSportradarJay McDaniel, Mississippi Gaming Commission; and Tommy Shepherd, Jones Walker LLP

Not Your Grandfather’s Elevator Music

Dive into the power of curated sound and sight at your casino.

Think just having “background music” in your casino will keep your guest entertained? Think again! In this session, we will take a deep dive into the importance of the on-property experience through sound and sight. We will explore the benefits of curated content for specific areas, as well as the marketing opportunities we are missing that are just begging to be taken advantage of. When you walk into a casino whether you are 25 or 65 you want to have fun! Having content that speaks to your core demographic is crucial to enhancing that experience, and generating more revenue. With a mix of fun and data-driven case studies, this session is a must-attend for anyone in Marketing, Entertainment, F&B, or overall guest experience.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Global Gaming Women Keynote Luncheon

Build relationships and valuable connections with colleagues from all corners of the gaming industry, while participating in round table discussions and enjoying a delicious lunch. Men and women can benefit from exclusive access to high-level female thought leaders in the industry. Following lunch, mentors will rotate every 20 minutes so that each participant gets up to four leadership interactions.

Please note this important development experience is not included in your conference attendance. Purchase tickets or tables separately.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Presidents Forum: Southern Leaders

With national issues like sports betting, AML compliance, and regulatory reform, leaders from the Mississippi and Louisiana casinos will gather to discuss those issues and state-specific challenges and opportunities. The gaming industry has large economic impacts in each of those states and the health of the industry should be uppermost in the minds of the legislators and local officials. At this session hear from the leaders about how the industry can grow and prosper in this region.

Pending Approval for 1.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

Geofencing Marketing for Casinos

Geofencing allows advertising to reach consumers who visit very precise locations such as other casinos, competitor locations, retail centers and even addressable geofencing, which allows you to deliver messages right into homes nearby.

Moderator: Justin Croxton, Propellant Media

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Using Sports Betting to Enhance your Landbased and Mobile Offering

The world of sports betting is being welcomed with open arms in States across the US. Delaware North is one of the first gaming operators in West Virginia to legally offer sports betting in a mutli-channel offering. The sports book can be a great amenity that drives player acquisition and revenue if many forms. Luisa Woods, VP of Marketing, Gaming for Delaware North with show you how a strategic approach to offering sports betting will help your casino brand grow in the right direction.

Moderator: Howard Barrish, Gaming Today 

Panelists: Luisa Woods,  Delaware North Companies

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Esports in the Regional Markets

Every day we read about Esports creating bigger waves as entertainment options that will attract the Millennials. Las Vegas properties have or are investing capital to attract this market. But, do regional operators need to consider Esports? And if so, what is the potential for our current customer profile. This panel will explore the viability of Esports int he gaming market and the type of programming you should consider to keep your current customers engaged as well as attracting Gen X and Millennials.

Moderator: Jennifer Roberts, Roberts Law

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Networking Happy Hour

Thursday, May 9

8:00 am

Registration Opens

9:00 am

Breakfast / Exhibit Hall Opens

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Keynote Speech

Welcome & Introduction:  Larry Gregory, Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association
Keynote Speaker: Sara Slane, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, American Gamig Association

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Using AI in Communications to Enhance the Guest/Player Experience

The casino industry has many digital tools at anyone’s disposal. As the target audiences change, iGaming has been a vital piece of digital transformation. In this panel, our presenters will discuss how iGaming will merge with and complement land-based casinos and the real results that can be gleaned today. The audience will learn what investment in iGaming can mean to casino revenues today and in the years to come.

Moderator: Anthony Bertino, Casino Excursions Resort Gaming Group

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch on your own


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Active Shooter Preparedness – A Step-by-Step Guide

This very special general a session will address an important topic for any location where people gather: a step-by-step guide to active shooter preparedness. During the summer of 2018, Snoqualmie Casino CEO Brian Decorah led his team through the first such training using live gunfire in a casino. Panelists will share the pros and cons learned from the simulation and help you start to prepare for your own property training.

Moderator: Brian Decorah, Snoqualmie Casino

Moderator: Allen Godfrey, Mississippi Gaming Commission; Daniel HansonSnoqualmie Gaming Commission, and Deron Roberts, Snoqualmie Casino

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Title 31/AML Compliance Best Practices

An overview of Title 31/AML Compliance for casinos and other gaming entities will include key pillars of an AML compliance program, examples of best practices to achieve compliance as well as current trends and enforcement actions and a discussion on the impact of sports betting on Title 31/AML compliance.

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Session 4

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Closing Reception

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame Gala

In the inaugural ceremony marking the launch of the Mississippi Gaming Hall of Fame was a huge success, honoreing some of the people responsible for bringing the progressive style of casino development and gaming regulation to the Magnolia State. Be there as we honor another class of inductees, celebrate and enjoy the chance to rub elbows with the greats of Mississippi gaming.