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Heading to #SanDiego for the Spring #IMGL conference. We're looking forward to seeing everyone this evening! #stayclassy 08:01 AM Apr 23rd

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Later Thurs at #IMGL: California cardrooms. John Roberts, Lauren Hammond, Kyle Kirkland & Darrell Miers -- to be tweeted by @ijiLaw. 07:12 PM Apr 22nd

Also this Thurs: #Gaming in Indian country with Mike McBride, Jerome Levine & @VictorRocha1: #IMGL #SanDiego 07:10 PM Apr 22nd

The International Masters of Gaming Law is a non-profit association of gaming attorneys, regulators, educators, executives and consultants from around the world who are dedicated to education and the exchange of professional information and advice.

IMGL 2014
Autumn Conference
5-7 November
Florence, Italy

President's Message

With a great amount of honour, I write this, my first president's message, to you. Let me begin by saying how humbled and privileged I feel to be serving as IMGL president. Humbled because the general members, all of whom I hold in high esteem as leaders of the gaming law profession in their respective jurisdictions, have entrusted me with this office. Privileged because the IMGL is the premier global association for gaming law professionals. Although it might not yet be the biggest, measured by membership, it boasts the most well qualified gaming law professionals. Accordingly, for the IMGL, quality trumps quantity.
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IMGL 2014 Spring Conference
April 23-25, 2014
San Diego, California

Register now to attend the International Masters of Gaming Law’s Spring Conference.  

Plan to arrive the afternoon of Wednesday, April 23 to attend the outdoor Welcome Reception at the Kin Spa Pool from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. The in depth conference sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday. We have a memorable night planned Thursday for a reception and dinner aboard the USS Midway Aircraft carrier. The IMGL Spring Conference will close after the Member Business Meeting Friday afternoon and then a Closing Reception from 4:30 pm - 6 pm April 25.

The program and speakers are posted on our website. Click here to view and download the 2014 Spring Conference Brochure. 

For inquiries regarding the San Diego conference, contact or call Co-Chair John Maloney at (702) 387-9397.

Member Profile:


Richard Lopes
Affiliated - Regulator

Lopes Chairman
California Gambling Control Commission
California Gambling Control Commission
2399 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 220
Sacramento, CA 95833
Tel: +1 916 263 4791
Fax: +1 916 263 0499
Cell: +1 916 225 1494

Chairman Richard J. Lopes was appointed to the California Gambling Control Commission on January 1, 2013. Chairman Lopes has been a peace officer in the State of California for nearly 27 years. Lopes began his career in 1986 as a deputy sheriff for the Tulare County Sheriff's Office where he worked uniformed patrol, jail operations, and narcotic investigations. In 1989, Lopes was hired by the Laguna Beach Police Department where he worked uniformed patrol, narcotic investigations, and general investigations. Lopes was also the Department's tactical instructor and use of force expert. In 1996, Lopes was hired by the California Department of Justice (DOJ), Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) where he worked a variety of investigative assignments throughout the State. Lopes served as the Department's lead tactical instructor and taught several courses at DOJ's Special Agent Academy. At the time of his departure from DOJ, Lopes was the Assistant Director of DLE. As DLE's second in ¬command, Lopes provided administrative and program direction to the Division's bureaus which included the Bureau of Forensic Services, the Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Firearms, and the Bureau of Gambling Control. Lopes was also responsible for the day-to-day administration and operation of the Office of the Director. Chairman Lopes has earned an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Irvine Valley College; a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management from the University of Redlands; and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. Chairman Lopes is the member with a background in law enforcement.


Mississippi Task Force To Study Internet Gambling

22 Apr, 2014

Sara Friedman, GamblingCompliance

A new Mississippi task force will examine Internet gambling and sports betting in other states, but will not recommend legalizing either activity. The Mississippi House’s point man on gambling issues, Representative Richard Bennett, established a new task force earlier this month to examine Internet gambling in other states after Representative Bobby Moak’s proposal to regulate online betting fell flat for the third year in a row in January. The task force’s first meeting will be on May 6 at the South Gaming Summit in Biloxi and the results will be introduced to the House Gaming Committee by the end of the year.

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