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August 2014
Addisons Gambling Law and Regulation Newsletter

May 2013
World Online Gambling Law Report: Australia’s Inquiry Into the Advertising of Gambling in Sport
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Gaming & Leisure Industry Update
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April 2013
World Online Gambling Law Report: Final Report on Australia’s Interactive Gambling Act 2001
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March 2013
Gaming & Leisure Industry Alert: Final Report on the Review of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 Released
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Britt Singletary of Singletary Thrash in Biloxi has been appointed by US District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans to serve as an Appeal Panellist for the final review of all claims related to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. Sixteen attorneys from Texas around the Gulf to Florida were selected. Only two came from Mississippi. BP or the Claimants have the right to appeal an award from the Claims Administrator to the Panel. The Panel decision is final unless Judge Barbier accepts review. Britt is listed in the 2013 Best Lawyers for Gaming and Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a former US Magistrate he has conducted thousands of settlement conferences. This appointment will be challenging but is also an opportunity to serve the Court in resolving the largest class action in America's history.

March 2013
Addison's Gambling Law & Regulation

May 2012

Florida Supreme Court Denies Review in Gambling Expansion Case

May 11, 2012
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The Florida Supreme Court recently denied a request for it to review the Florida Court of Appeal's determination that a Florida statute is valid even though it authorizes slot machines at entities other than those that are described in Article 10, Section 23 of the state's constitution.  The Supreme Court's action may help to pave the way for the expansion of gambling activities in Florida. To view the complete alert online, click here.


For more information, please contact one of our Betting & Gaming lawyers, or visit ourpractice page on the Web. This Legal Insight is presented as part of the Global Government Solutions®  initiative.

April 2012

Addisons Commercial Lawyers recently published their December newsletter "Gambling Law and Regulations: Recent developments in Australian gambling law". To read the complete document, click here.

March 2012

New Edition of Indian Gaming Industry Report Released
On March 6, 2012, Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., Principal Economist with Nathan Associates and a California-based member of IMGL, released the new edition (2012) of his annual Indian gaming study, the Indian Gaming Industry Report.  In its tenth year of publication, the study continues to provide comprehensive and up-to-date nationwide and state data and analysis on Indian gaming in the United States.

The report includes information on gaming and non-gaming revenue; the number of facilities, tribes, gaming machines, and table games; tribal revenue sharing with state and local governments; pending and approved applications for land into trust for gaming purposes; and the economic and fiscal contribution of Indian gaming to the U.S. economy.  It also provides detailed background and cutting edge analysis, including market summaries; a historical review; trend analyses; comparisons of Indian gaming across states; comparisons of Indian gaming to other gaming segments, including commercial casinos, racinos, and card rooms; and assessments of the historical and future performance of Indian gaming.

Over the past decade, Dr. Meister has conducted extensive research and analysis of the gaming industry, including Indian gaming, commercial casinos, racinos, card rooms, and online gaming.  His work has included industry and market analyses, economic and fiscal impact studies, assessments of regulatory policies, analyses of Tribal-State gaming compacts and revenue sharing, feasibility studies, surveys, and economic analysis and expert testimony in litigation and regulatory matters.  Dr. Meister has also conducted years of independent, scholarly research on the gaming industry and authored a number of publications, most notably his annual study, the Indian Gaming Industry Report.  His gaming work has been relied on before the United States Supreme Court and the World Trade Organization.  In addition, he has been commissioned by the National Indian Gaming Commission to independently analyze the economic effects of proposed regulatory changes.

For more information, contact Dr. Meister at (949) 474-4955 or ameister@nathaninc.com.

December 2011

Addisons Commercial Lawyers recently published their December newsletter "Gambling Law and Regulations: Recent developments in Australian gambling law". To read the complete document, click here.

The Iowa Legislature recently tasked the state's Racing & Gaming Commission to prepare a report on the possible regulation of intrastate internet poker. Interested members can view the report at www.iowa.gov/irgc/.

April, 2011

IMGL Members Named in Chambers Global 2011

For twenty years, Chambers has published the leading directories of   the legal profession. Their reputation is based on the independence   and objectivity of their research. They have 100 full-time   researchers who interview thousands of lawyers and their clients  around the world. This intensive, continuous research identifies the   world's leading lawyers and law firms   those which perform best  according to the criteria most valued by clients. No lawyer can buy   their way into our rankings. As a result, their directories -   published annually - are known to be the most accurate and the most   reliable. Many IMGL members have been honored with inclusion in the   2010 edition. Listed alphabetically by jurisdiction, they are:

United States: Anthony Cabot, Nicholas Casiella, Kelly Duncan, Robert  
Faiss, John Maloney, Heidi Staudenmaier, Robert Stocker II
Europe: Santiago Asensi Gisbert, Tony Coles, Olga Finkel, Justin  
Franssen, John Hagan, Wulf Hamback, Julian Harris, Henrik Norsk  
Hoffmann, Jorg Hofmann, Joe Kelly, Quirino Mancini, Nicholas Nocton,  
Hilary Stewart-Jones, Thibault Verbiest, Peter Wilson, Philippe  
Vlaemmink
Asia Pacific: Jamie Nettleton
Canada: Morden Lazarus, Michael Lipton
Israel: Meir Linzen, Gil White, Dotan Baruch
South Africa: Wayne Lurie, Garron Whitesman
Latin America: Carlos Alberto Fonseca Sarmiento

Click here to read more about all of those honored.

November 2, 2010

Best Lawyers Names Five Snell & Wilmer Attorneys as "Lawyer of the Year"

Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys—John Bouma, Brian Cunningham, Warren Platt, Jody Pokorski and Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier—have been named as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2011 by Best Lawyers. Only one lawyer within each specialty in each community is honored as "Lawyer of the Year." 

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, designates "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties across large legal communities. Only one lawyer within each specialty in each community is honored as "Lawyer of the Year." Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2011) is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. The lawyers being honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received particularly high rating in the surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.  

Snell & Wilmer chairman John Bouma has been named as the "Phoenix Best Lawyers Banking Lawyer of the Year" for 2011. His practice is concentrated in complex commercial litigation, including antitrust, commercial and business torts, financial institutions, professional malpractice defense and alternative dispute resolution.  

Partner Brian Cunningham has been named as the "Salt Lake City Best Lawyers Banking Lawyer of the Year" for 2011. His practice is concentrated in banking and commercial finance representing financial institutions and other parties in loan transactions, loan syndications and participations, Uniform Commercial Code matters, factoring, trade finance and letters of credit, loan portfolio transactions, business and loan workouts and restructurings, liquidations and foreclosures, and banking regulation and governance.  

Partner Warren Platt has been named as the "Phoenix Best Lawyers Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year" for 2011. His practice is concentrated in civil litigation matters with principal emphasis on defense of major product liability suits for national and international manufacturers, complex commercial litigation, and defense of accounting malpractice litigation for national and regional public accounting firms.  

Partner Jody Pokorski has been named as the "Phoenix Best Lawyers Real Estate Lawyer of the Year" for 2011. She practices primarily in the area of real estate transactions, finance and regulatory matters, including work relating to commercial purchase and sale transactions, real estate financing, master planned communities, subdivision matters, and leasing. 

Partner Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier has been named as the "Phoenix Best Lawyers Gaming Lawyer of the Year" for 2011. She is nationally recognized in the areas of Federal Indian Law, Gaming Law and Business Litigation.  

About Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.  Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys 

practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico, including Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Los Angeles and Orange County, California; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Los Cabos, Mexico. The firm represents clients ranging from large, publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.swlaw.com.  

September, 2010

Bible and Mousel Join Lewis and Roca

Lewis and Roca is pleased to announce that Paul A. Bible and David L. Mousel, formerly of Bible Mousel PC, have joined the firm’s Reno office.

Bible Mousel specialized in gaming law, the purchase and sale of gaming properties and gaming regulatory matters. Both attorneys bring a vast knowledge of gaming law to Lewis and Roca’s already deep gaming practice.

Anthony Cabot, leader of the gaming practice group for Lewis and Roca, believes the addition will further strengthen the firm’s customer service capabilities. "Both Paul Bible and Dave Mousel have stellar reputations as gaming law practitioners, which not only compliments, but enhances our existing gaming practice expertise and demonstrates the continuing commitment to our clients. I am extremely pleased and honored that they have joined our team."

Bible advises clients on all aspects of gaming law. He conducts due diligence investigations for business entities which are considering entering the American gaming market and advises borrowers and lenders with respect to Nevada's anti-deficiency statutes. Bible is also a former Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. "We look forward to working with Lewis and Roca to enhance the breadth of knowledge and experience provided to our combined group of local, national and international clientele," stated Paul Bible.

Mousel‘s practice focuses primarily on the purchase and sale of gaming businesses licensed in Nevada, the institutional financing of those acquisitions, the licensing of entities seeking to engage in gaming in the state of Nevada and administrative matters before the State Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission. Mousel is also licensed in California and has provided representation in Indian gaming related matters there as well.

Lewis and Roca's gaming practice group is a national practice that supports casino operators, suppliers, state and local governments, communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, tribal governments and others in addressing casino gaming law including Native American and riverboat casinos, racinos, interactive and mobile gaming, poker, and interstate horse racing.

ABOUT LEWIS AND ROCA LLP
Lewis and Roca has been one of the Southwest’s leading law firms for over 50 years. With offices in Reno, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, and Silicon Valley, the firm’s practice includes numerous industry and legal practice areas including business transactions and litigation. For additional information, please visit www.LRLaw.com.

June, 2010

This month's issue of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s monthly Fraud magazine includes an article featuring a case worked on many years ago by IMGL member Craig L. Greene.  The article, entitled "Preventing Kickback Schemes" can be read in its entirety at:
http://www.fraud-magazine.com/article.aspx?id=4294967730

March 4, 2010

Gaming Regulation Experts Present Three-Part Webinar Series on Anti-Money Laundering, Customer Privacy and Terrorism Regulations   

EAST LANSING, Mich.—Regulators are increasingly turning a watchful eye on non-bank financial institutions such as casinos when it comes to compliance with anti-money laundering, customer privacy, and economic and trade sanction regulations. Even those casinos with solid gaming compliance programs intact need to comprehensively address these topics. 

Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C., Resort Advantage, and Convey Compliance Systems, Inc., present a free three-part Webinar series to discuss key compliance issues for 2010 surrounding the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), and the Red Flag Rules provided for in the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)

The three-part Webinar series will cover the following topics: 

  • Part one: "BSA, OFAC, and FACTA—They’re Not Mutually Exclusive, and Your Compliance Plan Shouldn’t Be Either." Regulatory and gaming experts from Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C. will present an overview of BSA, OFAC and the Red Flag Rules provided for in FACTA.
  • Part two: "Compliance FAQs:  What Others in the Gaming Industry Are Asking." Experts will respond to questions submitted by attendees of part one of the series.
  • Part three: "You Think Your Casino is Compliant – Will an IRS Auditor Agree?" An audit expert will discuss how to develop and implement an effective anti-money laundering program and how to prepare for an audit. 

"A comprehensive approach to these critical issues is needed to assure compliance," said attorney David Waddell, President of Regulatory Management Counselors, P.C.  "Our goal with this seminar series is to provide casino operators with the knowledge needed to verify that their existing procedures meet all the technical requirements." 

For more information or to register, call 800.317.5475 or visit Resort-advantage.com.

February 22, 2010

Chambers Global Guide names IMGL Members Notable Practitioners for 2010 

USA 

The global recession clearly impacted negatively upon the US gaming market, but commentators remain positive about the future. Online work, in particular, has been holding up well. Inevitably, Nevada continues to be the key location for gaming law in the States, while Louisiana also remains important. California and Atlantic City are other important bases. 

Nevada, Arizona & California 

Las Vegas-based Anthony Cabot of Lewis and Roca LLP is widely seen as the pre-eminent mind in the field and is described as "the godfather of the industry." He is particularly expert in online gaming. Robert Faiss also acts in Nevada, chairing the gaming and regulatory law department at Lionel Sawyer & Collins. John Maloney is the founder of The Law Offices of John K Maloney, a specialist gaming firm with offices in both Nevada and California. Maloney acts out of the Sacramento office, and sources speak of his "noteworthy dedication to the field of gaming." Heidi Staudenmaier of Snell & Wilmer LLP acts in Phoenix, and is a noted expert on Native American legal issues and the way in which they interact with gaming affairs.  

Elsewhere in the USA 

Nicholas Casiello is based in Atlantic City with Fox Rothschild LLP. "He has excellent judgement and knows the gaming regulations across the States, with great instincts on the key issues," sources report. Also at Fox Rothschild, the "well-balanced and articulate" Marie Jones typically represents casino licensees and gaming vendors before various regulatory agencies. Robert Stocker of Dickinson Wright PLLC is based in Lansing, Michigan. He is praised for his deep knowledge of gaming regulatory issues, including those relating to casinos, as well as transactions and insolvencies involving gaming companies. New Orleans-based Kelly Duncan of Jones Walker Waechter Poitevent Carrère & Denègre, LLP is both a maritime and a gaming attorney. Duncan represents a mixture of casino companies, manufacturers, suppliers and financial institutions on gaming matters, and is said to have "a top-notch brain for the law."  

UK 

All of the following ranked UK lawyers are based in London.  

Tony Coles of Jeffrey Green Russell is an "important practitioner" who is praised for his advice to online gaming entities as well as their bricks and mortar equivalents. His colleague Nicholas Nocton advises a mixture of domestic and international casino operators, betting exchanges and other suppliers to the industry, including banking and financial services companies. John Hagan of Harris Hagan is an expert on online gaming and advises businesses around the world on Internet gambling.  

Europe 

Wulf Hambach is the founder of boutique gaming firm Hambach & Hambach in Munich. He advises German and international clients on the more sophisticated online gaming issues in Germany. Sources say he is "absolutely brilliant, and is doing impressive work in Germany fighting in favour of the industry. Santiago Asensi Gisbert of Asensi Abogados in Palma de Mallorca is "one of the best in Spain, if not the best. He knows how gaming firms work from the inside." Quirino Mancini of Sinisi Ceschini Mancini & Partners in Rome is "the best in Italy by a long way." He advises both domestic and international clients on both online and traditional gaming issues. Thibault Verbiest of Ulys divides his time between Brussels and Paris. He is praised for his knowledge of and involvement with the liberalisation process and the ratification of recent French legislation. Jörg Hofmann of Melchers Schubert Stocker Sturies is based in Heidleberg, and praised for his adept handling of bricks and mortar gaming issues across Germany. Henrik Norsk Hoffmann of Lett Law Firm in Kolding is a leading lawyer in Denmark with particular expertise in litigation. Philippe Vlaemminck is the managing partner of Vlaemminck & Partners in Brussels. He acts on lottery issues and is an expert in EU competition law and other regulatory matters. Justin Franssen of Van Mens & Wisselink is praised for fighting state monopolies in the Netherlands. 

Asia-Pacific 

Jamie Nettleton of Addisons in Sydney is an influential name in the Australian market and regularly assists gambling companies with their business strategies, including for international projects. Antonio Ramirez of Ramirez Law Firm is based in Macau and is an expert on the local gaming issues of the region. He is well equipped to advise gaming entities wishing to enter the Macau market. 

Israel 

Meir Linzen is a senior tax partner at Herzog Fox & Neeman firm. Sources say he is "a very influential figure in the industry and always knows what he's talking about." 

Latin America  

Latin America remains somewhat of an emerging market regarding gaming law, but Peruvian attorney Carlos Alberto Fonseca Sarmiento of Gaming Law S.A.C. in Lima is one lawyer to watch in the field. He comes recommended for almost any gaming issue relating to South America. 

South Africa 

Wayne Lurie of Lurie Inc has an especially notable reputation in the South African gaming market. He is based in Johannesburg. Garron Whitesman of Whitesmans Attorneys in Cape Town is South Africa's other key name in gaming law. 

Canada 

Morden Lazarus of Lazarus Charbonneau in Montréal is an extremely well-known name in the Canadian gaming market. He advises both online and conventional gaming companies. Michael Lipton of Dickinson Wright PLLC in Toronto has an extensive practice before gaming regulatory authorities throughout Canada. He advises a variety of gaming businesses, including betting exchanges.

September 1, 2009

Meet the advocates: They're the best, and they're organized. That's the title of an article appearing in the April 2009 issue of International Gaming & Wagering Business. The article showcases IMGL and some of the association's members and the leading firms they belong to including A&L Goodbody, Addisons Commercial Lawyers, Catania Gaming Associates, Dickinson Wright, Jones Walker, Lazcano Såmano, Lewis and Roca, Lionel Sawyer & Collins, John K. Maloney, and Judith A. Shapiro. Click here for a PDF version of the entire article.


IMGL News

May 2013

John Roberts Honored at IMGL Spring Conference

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On May 9th at the IMGL Spring Conference in Montreal, John Roberts was honored with the IMGL President's Award by President Kelly Duncan. The President's Award recognizes a member of the IMGL who has selflessly contributed significant time and energy to getting this organization and advancing our mission. John Roberts, Deputy Commissioner with the San Manuel Gaming Commission in California co-chaired the IMGL Spring Conference in 2012 and 2011 and developed an Indian Gaming track of programming which significantly expanded our outreach.

 

 

 

August 28, 2012

IMGL Announces the 2012 Gaming Regulators of the Year

The International Masters of Gaming Law is proud to announce the recipients of the annual Gaming Regulator of the Year awards. These awards, which continue the IMGL mission of "Advancing Gaming Law Through Education," are given annually to worthy individuals in recognition of their contribution to the gaming law body of work. Awards recipients are presented to the outstanding gaming regulator in four categories: The Americas, Europe, Indian Gaming, and Evolving Jurisdictions-- and are selected from gaming regulators across the globe who have been nominated by their colleagues.

Criteria for selection include an individuals' overall body of work in career as a regulator; contributions to the gaming industry; noteworthy achievements in the regulation of the gaming industry; providing a stable regulatory environment in their jurisdiction; being identified as a person of high integrity; and demonstration of service in the community.

Gaming Regulator of the Year: Americas 
KEVIN O'TOOLE, Executive Director,
Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Gaming Regulator of the Year: Indian Country 
JAMIE HUMMINGBIRD, Director,
Cherokee Nation Gaming Commission

Gaming Regulator of the Year: Europe 
GUIDO SCHLUETZ, Senior Government Official,
Gambling Regulation and Supervision,
Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Gaming Regulator of the Year: Evolving Jurisdictions 
KAY McDONALD, Director, Gaming,
Financial Services Regulatory Commission of Antigua & Barbuda

IMGL Regulators of the Year

June 6, 2011

International Masters of Gaming Law honors Domenic Mezzatta for Lifetime of Contributions to the Gaming Industry

 The International Masters of Gaming Law recently honored gaming industry professional Domenic Mezzatta with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at a May 3 reception at the 2011 Southern Game Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mezzatta passed away in 2010, leaving behind a legacy of four decades of contributions to the gaming industry —with 33 years in an upper management capacity. The award was accepted by Mezzata’s wife of 39 years, Barbara.

Mezzetta began his gaming career as a bartender at Harvey’s Hotel Casino Tahoe in 1971 and worked his way up to the director of hotel and a position on the executive board in 1977. In 1982, he was promoted to general manager. This led the way to the position of general manager at both Cactus Pete’s and Horseshoe in Jackpot, Nevada. In 1986, he became the Assistant General Manager of the Stardust in Las Vegas, overseeing the construction of the fabulous 32-story hotel tower. In 1992, he relocated to Mississippi to build the Hollywood Casino Tunica from the ground up and successfully opened the $135M showplace in August of 1994. In 1998 Domenic moved to Fitzgerald’s Casino in the role of vice president and general manager, where he remained until 2004 when he decided to pursue another career as a consultant in the gaming industry.  In 2005, Domenic was approached to put his long-time industry experience to oversee the building and opening of the new Harlow’s Casino Resort in Greenville, MS. The resort opened in November of 2007 with Mezzetta at the helm as Chief Operating Officer and General Manager.

Domenic also served on the newly founded Tunica Tourism Commission and was an avid supporter of the Tunica Convention and Business Bureau. He is considered the driving force behind Mississippi legislature passed in 1997 to create a start-up tourism and convention organization in the Mississippi Delta. In May of 2002, Domenic received the honor of being the first inductee into the Tunica Tourism Hall of Fame. As a concerned citizen and resident of Tunica County, Domenic played an important role in community public relations and was often called upon by the local governing authorities for advice or opinion on major decisions not only affecting the gaming industry and tourism, but also decisions that affect the quality of life for residents.

June 6, 2011

Tim Cope and Britt Singletary Receive Top Honors at International Masters of Gaming Law Conference 

 The International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) recently honored two gaming industry professionals during the IMGL Spring Conference in Napa Valley, California. Tim Cope was presented with the 2011 Gaming Executive of the Year Award, an honor voted on by IMGL membership. Britt Singletary received the 2011 President’s Award —selected by IMGL President Anthony Coles for outstanding service to the association.The awards were presented during a luncheon at the Meritage Resort Spa on May 23.

Tim Cope has served as President of Lakes Entertainment, Inc. since May 2003, during which time the company has successfully developed, opened and managed the Four Winds Casino and the Red Hawk Casino. He has been with Lakes Entertainment, Inc. since 1998, serving in various roles including Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Director, Secretary, and Executive Vice President. Prior to 1998, he held the positions of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Grand Casinos, Inc., the company he joined in 1993. While at Grand Casinos, he was involved with the development, financing, and management of eight different casino resorts. Cope has over 25 years of broad-based gaming resort experience with companies that include Bally’s Entertainment and the MGM Grand. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Nevada, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno. He also holds certificates in computer programming and industrial engineering. Cope has served as both Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Bally’s Employeees Federal Credit Union, and as President and Director of the Better Business Bureau of Northern Nevada. Throughout his career, he has worked with many service, church and nonprofit organizations.

Britt R. Singletary is a 1974 graduate of University of Mississippi School of Law. He served as a law clerk for the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States District Court. Britt was counsel for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee prior to being appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge for eight years. Since leaving the bench in 1991, he has been continually engaged in premises liability, construction and commercial defense litigation. In addition to being an active gaming attorney representing Konami Gaming, Inc., Cadillac Jack, Inc., GameLogic Inc., Hard Rock Hotel & Casino-Biloxi, Electroncek and Shuffle Master, Inc., he conducts approximately four to six mediations/arbitrations per month. He is a partner in Singletary & Thrash-Biloxi, PLLC in Biloxi, Mississippi and a Charter Member of International Masters of Gaming Law.

February 2011

Article in Corporate INTL

December 2009

IMGL Discussion Group on LinkedIn - With over 300 participants and several lively discussions, this discussion group has become a major place on the social networks to discuss gaming law issues, view the news related to gaming law and regulation, and learn of new jobs in the legal industry. Members are free to post news articles, start discussions and provide links to cases, government documents, presentations and other documents.

It is free to join LinkedIn and to become a participant in the International Masters of Gaming Law Current Issues Discussion Group. Simply sign up at linkedin.com. After that, do a group search for "International Masters of Gaming Law Current Issues Discussion Group" and request to join.

November 2009

Click here for photos from the the G2E conference and IMGL reception, including photos of Randall Sayre accepting his Regulator of the Year award.

October 9, 2009

IMGL Honored in the Best Lawyers in American 2010 - The Best Lawyers in America, one of the preeminent legal referral guides in the U.S., selected 42 of International Masters of Gaming Law attorneys for inclusion in its 2010 listings. Over 70% of IMGL general members, who are eligible, have been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers for 2010. Since its inception in 1983, The Best Lawyers in America has become widely regarded as one of the definitive guides to legal excellence in the United States. Because Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey of thousands of top attorneys throughout the country, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Please join me in congratulation the following IMGL members: Cory Aronovitz, Phillip M. Becker, Leonard A. Blackwell II, Charles Blau, Anthony N. Cabot, Nicholas Casiello, Jr., Frank Catania, James B. Deutsch, Robert A. Dill, J. Kelly Duncan, Peter H. Ellsworth, Robert D. Faiss, Michael A. Ficaro, Tom Foley, Scott Freeny, Gabriel Galanda, Harlan W. Goodson, Jess Green, Marie J. Jones, Joseph M. Kelly, Jerome L. Levine, Michael Lipton, John K. Maloney, Lorraine May, D. Michael McBride III, Sean McGuinness, Frank Miller, Kevin C. Quigley, Dan R. Reaser, Joel M. Rose, Daniel Schiffman, Stephen D. Schrier, Britt Singletary, Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier, Robert W. Stocker II, Robert D. Tobin, David Waddell, Kevin J. Weber, Ellen Whittemore, Dennis J. Whittlesey, Michael E. Zatezalo, and Jane G. Zerbi. For more information about International Masters of Gaming Law members, visit our website at www.gaminglawmasters.com/jurisdictions.

September 2009

Podcasts for IMGL Members: IMGL is pleased to announce that Peter Mead, the publisher of Casino Enterprise Management magazine (which publishes the IMGL Casino Lawyer magazine) has presented the International Masters of Gaming Law with a tremendous new opportunity - podcast interviews on current, topical, state of the law gaming issues. A "podcast" is a 10-15 minute voice interview performed by the Casino Enterprise Management staff which, after appropriate editing, is placed on the Casino Enterprise Management web site under an IMGL heading. If you go to the Casino Enterprise Management web site (casinoenterprisemanagement.com) you will find several podcasts performed by Union Gaming Group half way down on the left column of the first page of the web site. The podcast includes a brief write-up and a picture of the person interviewed. Interview topics will be worked out in advance with each interviewee, including the interview questions. Current plans call for one podcast interview per week assuming existence of relevant current topic and volunteer for the interview. IMGL members interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should send me an email message to that effect. I will then pass your name and contact information on to Peter Mead and his staff for setting up interview, date coordination etc. This podcast program is set to commence immediately. The first couple of podcasts are currently in the works and will be on the website before the IMGL Amsterdam conference. I encourage all IMGL members to consider participation in this podcast program opportunity. If you have any questions regarding the concept, please contact either IMGL president, Bob Stocker at rstocker@dickinsonwright.com or Peter Mead at peter@casinoenterprisemanagement.com.

July 2009

IMGL Election of Officers: The IMGL is pleased to announce the election of the following officers during the recent IMGL Business meeting of its members in Amsterdam on September 23 in conjunction with the IMGL Autumn Conference.  The officers will serve in these positions for the calendar year of 2010.  As is customary, the geographic location of the IMGL President alternates between North America and outside North America.  Please access their member profiles to learn more about them.

President -
Anthony R. Coles, Partner, Jeffrey Green Russell in the United Kingdom

Vice President –
J. Kelly Duncan, Partner, Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, LLP in Louisiana

Secretary –
Joerg Hofmann, Partner, Melchers in Germany

Treasurer –
Michael E. Zatezlo, Managing Partner, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Co., L.P.A. in Ohio

Vice President Affiliate Members –
Douglas L. Florence, Sr., Director, Gaming Sector, Nice Systems, Inc. in Nevada

Vice President Educators –
I. Nelson Rose, Professor of Law, Whittier Law School in California

Immediate Past President –
Robert W. Stocker II, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Michigan


President's Message

December 2013

The 2013 Autumn Conference of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) in Oslo, Norway exceeded the expectations of all attendees.  Co-located with the Annual Conference of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), attendees from both organizations enjoyed keynote speeches and conference sessions in which regulators and individuals involved in the gaming industry around the world actively participated.  Furthermore,  a cruise on the Oslo Fjord followed by lunch at the magnificent Opera House, a joint dinner at the Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica, a tour of Oslo, and dinner at the Onda Sea Restaurant on the Oslo Fjord were just some of the wonderful IAGR and IMGL social activities enjoyed by delegates to the conferences.  Photographs from the Autumn Conference and some of the  social events can be seen on the IMGL website under IMGL conferences.  I am particularly appreciative of the hard work of the Autumn Conference organizing committee lead by Joakim Marstrander, and that of Susan Hensel and Atle Hamer of IAGR who were so instrumental in making the back to back conferences a huge success.


Highlights of the IMGL Autumn Conference included speeches by Richard Magnus, Chairman of the Casino Regulatory Authority, Singapore; Rolf Sims, Senior Legal Advisor for the Ministry of Culture, Norway; Mitch Garber, CEO, Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and  Giselle Brea of Panama who was presented with the IMGL 2013 Gaming Regulator of the Year  -- Evolving Jurisdictions Award.  These talks provided insight into developments worldwide in gaming.  Panels on cross-border regulatory reform, Internet gaming in developing markets and international compacts designed to address issues of liquidity, focused on the challenges of implementing reciprocal laws and policies as jurisdictions seek ways to increase liquidity in online gaming and the need to develop common standards so that such liquidity can be achieved.  Other panels provided insights into the challenges of mobile gaming relative to such issues as data protection and security and the need for regulators to have the requisite technical and financial expertise to address such challenges.  The distinguished members of the panel on regulatory reform and implementation certainly did not disappoint. The panelists provided important discourse relative to development of a central database for the collection of information, common multi-jurisdictional business forms, and whether some of the requirements relative to notices of shipping of gaming devices are even necessary.  The mix of current and former regulators provided a shared vision for real reform.
I also am pleased to announce that at the IMGL Annual Meeting in Oslo, the following officers were elected for terms commencing January 1, 2014:


President: Joerg Hofmann (Melchers Law, Germany)
First Vice President: Michael E. Zatezalo (Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Co., L.P.A., Ohio)
Second Vice President:  Jamie Nettleton (Addisons Lawyers, Australia)
Secretary: Quirino Mancini (SCM Lawyers, Italy)
Assistant Secretary: Marc Ellinger (Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C., Missouri)
Treasurer: D. Michael McBride III (Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C., Oklahoma)
Assistant Treasurer: Justin Franssen (Kalff Katz & Franssen, Netherlands)

In the meantime, IMGL does not rest! The week after the 2013 Autumn Conference, IMGL joined GamingLaw.eu in Barcelona to host our most successful EiG Reception to date and in 2014, IMGL will be prominently involved at ICE in February. IMGL’s Intensive Masters Class on February 5 promises to provide the high caliber sessions of cutting edge issues that distinguish IMGL conferences and IMGL again will be joining London-based Jeffrey Green Russell on February 4 at the Haymarket Hotel in co-sponsoring the very popular reception that IMGL and JGR have held for a number of years during ICE. Also, under the outstanding leadership of John Maloney and John Roberts, the development of the IMGL Spring Conference to be held in San Diego from April 23 – 25, and which again will include a dual track covering tribal and non-tribal gaming issues, is well underway.
I encourage all of you to take advantage of the benefits afforded a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law by: (1) publishing articles in our four magazines and the gaming law reviews that we sponsor, (2) speaking at our conferences and those with which we are affiliated, (3) utilizing the discount subscriptions afforded IMGL members to Gaming Law and Economics Review and Gambling Compliance, and the preferred member rates to IMGL conferences, among other benefits. Click here to view the benefits of IMGL membership.
Finally, I thank all of you for extending to me the privilege and honor to serve during the past two years as President of the International Masters of Gaming Law. With Joerg Hofmann taking over next month as IMGL President, I know that IMGL is in very good hands. In the meantime,. I look forward to seeing many of you in London at ICE in February, followed by the IMGL Spring Conference in San Diego in April.


Best regards,
J. Kelly Duncan

President's Message

August 2013

As my second and final year as President of the International Masters of Gaming Law winds down, I am very encouraged by the progress that I see in the relationship between gaming regulators and the industry that they regulate.

The invitation by the International Association of Gaming Regulators to the IMGL to co-locate their conferences in Oslo was enthusiastically received by the members of our organization. The co-location of these preeminent organizations' conferences presents our respective members with an unprecedented opportunity not only to meet and discuss in both professional and social settings significant issues facing the ever changing global gaming industry, but to seek actual agreement relative to long-discussed regulatory reforms. As such, the 2013 IAGR Conference and the 2013 IMGL Autumn Conference in Oslo are a reflection of the mutual interest of regulators and the regulated in not only improving their communication, but also identifying and implementing investigation, enforcement, and compliance practices that are reasonably and rationally designed to ensure the integrity of the gaming industry.

Several of the sessions at the IMGL Autumn Conference will specifically focus on regulatory reform. A forum on Cross-Border Regulatory Reform relative to online gaming will analyze regulatory models that should be considered in this fast growing area of the gaming industry that demands a harmonious regulatory regime designed to ensure cross-border reciprocity of laws and standards. A panel on Internet Gaming in Developing Markets will address regulatory approaches in established online gaming jurisdictions to nascent ones in, for example, the United States, and a panel on the EU Action Plan will address the challenges in the EU in effectively and reasonably regulating online gaming. These speakers from around the world are uniquely qualified to identify both the challenges for new Internet gaming jurisdictions and lessons learned from established ones. I am equally excited about our panel on Regulatory Reform & Implementation. Moderated by former Illinois gaming regulator and gaming company general counsel Donna More, participants on this panel will include such noted gaming regulators as Susan Hensel, who is the current President of IAGR; the UK's Jenny Williams, Commissioner & Chief Executive, Gambling Commission; and Andre Wilsenach, Executive Director, Alderney Gambling Control Commission, as well as industry Chief Compliance Officer Frank Donaghue of Penn National Gaming, and former Iowa and Mississippi regulator, Sean McGuinness. This panel will address some of the regulatory reforms discussed during the 2011 IMGL Conference (a link to which appears on the IMGL website) and, more importantly, the prospects for implementation of same.

Panels reflecting the evolution of the gaming industry worldwide will focus on Mobile Gaming, Social Gaming, Binary Options, and trends in the liberalization of gaming laws in Europe and the United States, while others will address developments in more traditional forms of gaming, including Sports Betting and Lotteries. Finally, with U.S. jurisdictions coming online, poker liquidity - whether achieved by state-to-state compacts or sharing of liquidity with established European jurisdictions - will be examined with a view to jurisdictions, such as Canada, that already have cross border compacts in operation.

Based on the foregoing, I cannot think of a better final Autumn Conference during my tenure as IMGL President. I look forward to seeing many of you in Oslo.



Best Regards,
J. Kelly Duncan
President
International Masters of Gaming Law


President's Message

May 2013


Dear IMGL members:

It was a pleasure to see so many of you at the IMGL Spring Conference in Montreal.

2013 IMGL SPRING CONFERENCE IN MONTREAL
Program Committee Co-Chairs Morden "Cookie" Lazarus and Murray Marshall welcomed over 120 delegates from 16 countries to the IMGL Spring Conference from May 8 - 10 at the InterContinental Montreal.  The attendees included gaming regulators, attorneys, Tribal leaders, commission members, executives, compliance directors, law professors, general counsel, consultants, manufacturers, and suppliers from Antigua, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Curacao, Denmark, Italy, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Isle of Man, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.  Unseasonably warm weather greeted our guests and enhanced their enjoyment of exploring this city of great historic and cultural interest that truly epitomizes a marriage of the old and the new. This theme of the old and the new was ever present during the IMGL Spring Conference. GLI's Co-founder, President and CEO, James Maida, kicked off the conference by sharing his insights of where the gaming industry has been and his vision for the future of the gaming industry.

Our  panels of some of the foremost gaming law experts in the world participated in sessions on iGaming, Indian Gaming, Sports Betting and Social Gaming (following a spirited and informative one on one interview of Mitch Garber, CEO of Caesar's Interactive), among others, that reflected the evolution of the rapidly changing gaming industry. Keynote addresses by Lynne Roiter, Secretary and Vice-President, Legal Affairs of Loto-Quebec and David Baazov, President and CEO of Amaya Gaming, eloquently spoke to how their organizations are successfully adapting to such changes. Finally, a distinguished panel of gaming regulators, former gaming regulators, gaming executives and gaming attorneys discussed regulatory reforms that they believe are ones about which all can agree and how such reforms might be implemented. IMGL and its Regulatory Enhancement Committee will continue to vigorously pursue strategies for the implementation of reforms that are critical to the future of gaming and its effective regulation.

I am particularly appreciative of the work of the panel moderators - Sue Schneider, Tony Coles, Marc Dunbar, Marc Ellinger, Douglas Florence, Cookie Lazarus, Michael Lipton, Sandy Millar and Bob Stocker.  As a result of their thorough preparation and keen questioning, the moderators generated spirited dialogue amongst panelists and the audience resulting in a particularly lively and informative conference.

For a full listing of the program offerings and copies of some of the presentations, visit the conference section of our website.

Also, in recognition of his many contributions to the International Masters of Gaming Law, John Roberts, Deputy Commissioner with the San Manuel Gaming Commission in California, was presented the President’s Award. John co-chaired the IMGL Spring Conference in 2012 and 2011 and with John Maloney (a past awardee of the President’s Award), developed an Indian Gaming track of programming which has significantly enhanced IMGL's role in furthering gaming law education in this important segment of the gaming industry.

Finally, I want to thank the General Members for adopting the significant changes to our Bylaws that were made as a result of  much work and discussions amongst the IMGL Officers and many of you during the past year.  Now with 304 members from 40 countries and 34 states in the United States, the Amended and Restated Bylaws reflect our evolution over the past twelve years and provide a sound framework for our future.

IMGL Member Reception at G2E Asia
Co-hosted with Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) at the Portofino Restaurant at the Venetian Macau, the IMGL Reception at G2E Asia was by all accounts a tremendous success. While I was unable to attend the event , I was pleased that IMGL Vice President, Joerg Hoffman, and past IMGL Presidents Tony Coles and Bob Stocker along with other members of IMGL were there to well represent our organization and enhance the reach of IMGL in this part of the world where the gaming industry has experienced unprecedented growth.


FUTURE IMGL EVENTS

IMGL Member Reception at Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Las Vegas - September 24
IMGL again will host what has become a hugely popular annual reception that indeed has become one of the premier events during G2E Las Vegas.  IMGL’s 2013 Regulators of the Year will honored. This event always presents a unique opportunity to meet with other important individuals actively involved in the gaming industry throughout the world.

IMGL Autumn Conference in Oslo - October 1 4
Co-located at the Grand Hotel with the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR)
At the request of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), IMGL will be co-locating its conference with that of the IAGR Annual Conference in Oslo, Norway. The IAGR Conference takes place from September 30 through October 1. The IMGL Autumn Conference will immediately follow the IAGR Annual Conference and will take place from October 2 - 4, 2013. Both the IMGL Autumn Conference and the IAGR Annual Conference will be held at the majestic Grand Hotel in Oslo, which is the site of the annual awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.  The IMGL Autumn Conference, whose Co-Chairs are Joakim Marstrander of Deloitte in Oslo, Norway and Henrik Hoffman of Denmark, will provide its attendees an unprecedented opportunity to meet with gaming regulators from around the world in both social settings and during conference sessions. This will be an excellent opportunity to further our discussions about regulatory reform and the implementation of same with prominent regulators in the gaming industry, as well as to further explore some of the cutting edge topics that were the subject of our Spring Conference sessions.

IMGL Member Reception at EiG - October 8, 2013
Co-hosted with GamingLaw.EU
IMGL once again will co-host in Barcelona with members of GamingLaw.EU a reception in connection with the European iGaming Congress & Expo (EiG). This annual  reception closely follows our Autumn Conference, thereby facilitating attendance by IMGL members from around the world.

IMGL
COMMITTEES
Participation by IMGL members on IMGL Committees has been an excellent means by which to further our mission of enhancing gaming law education and networking. I encourage your continued and active participation on our important committees.

IMGL
PUBLICATIONS
A significant benefit afforded the members of IMGL is the opportunity to publish in and receive the following IMGL publications: UNLV Gaming Law Journal, Casino Lawyer, European Gaming Lawyer, La Ley del Juego and Canadian Gaming Lawyer. These outstanding publications target gaming jurisdictions globally and each provide a vehicle by which our distinguished members further gaming education while enhancing their own reputations in the gaming industry.

IMGL
WEBSITE
I would be remiss if I did not talk about the robust IMGL Website found at: www.gaminglawmasters.com. This is an important resource for anyone involved in the gaming industry. Please make sure that you send to Melissa Triplett, our Executive Director, (at IMGLDirector@aol.com), your profile and photo for posting on your individual member listing as well as articles you have written for posting and information about your practice and activities for our Member News section. I encourage you to explore our Website. You will find it most useful and with initiatives currently in the works, it will only be getting better.
CONCLUSION
I look forward to seeing many of you at our Fall Conference in Oslo. In the meantime, as discussed at the well-attended IMGL Business Meeting in Montreal, we already are considering the venue for the Spring Conference in 2014, which traditionally is held in North America, and our 2014 Fall Conference which is held outside of North America. Please provide Melissa Triplett with any venues that you propose.  It would be most helpful if your proposal addresses nearby international airports, the anticipated cost of the accommodations, description of area activities, restaurants and shopping, and for the 2014 Spring Conference, the presence of Native American / First Nation Tribes in the area.
I encourage all of you to participate in our substantive conferences and submit articles for our esteemed publications and journals. It is through your active participation and contributions that IMGL has become the preeminent global gambling law networking and education organization that it is.

Best regards,

J. Kelly Duncan

IMGL President's Message

March 2013

"Shaping the Future of Gaming Law" is not just a slogan.  The members of the International Masters of Gaming Law are on the forefront of developments in gaming law as the gaming industry continues to evolve throughout the world far beyond the traditional bricks and mortar casinos of twenty five years ago. Currently with 285 members from 38 countries and 33 states and territories of the United States, the IMGL, as the preeminent gaming law education and networking organization in the world, continues to grow. The IMGL Membership Committee currently is in the process of vetting applications of strong candidates from around the world who wish to join our roster of distinguished members.

March 2013

PAST EVENTS

IMGL Autumn Conference in London
Last October, the IMGL hosted 167 delegates from 24 countries (Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Curacao, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Isle of Man, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States). The conference offered a stimulating exchange of ideas by our distinguished panelists and moderators from thirteen countries, as well as those in the audience, with respect to topics ranging from online gaming and social gaming to the importance of branding in driving consumer interest and enhancing outside investment in the gaming industry.

IMGL Member Reception at ICE - Co-hosted with Jeffrey Green Russell Limited
An important benefit of being a member of IMGL are the many events that the organization hosts for its members and guests at international gaming expositions around the world. The immensely popular IMGL Member Reception at ICE, co-hosted with Jeffrey Green Russell Limited,  and the future receptions described below are ones not to be missed if possible.

As I mentioned in my January message, invitations to the joint IMGL - JGR reception in connection with ICE are highly sought after. This year's reception at the Haymarket Hotel was no exception with over 200 guests from many of the 24 countries represented at the London Autumn Conference as well as Aruba, Belgium, Gibraltar, Israel, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles and Peru.

FUTURE EVENTS

IMGL Spring Conference in Montreal  - May 8 - 10 at the InterContinental Montreal
Conference Co-Chairs, Cookie Lazarus of Lazarus Charbonneau and Murray Marshall, General Counsel, Kahnawake Gaming Commission and the planning committee are actively engaged in developing what promises to be an outstanding conference with speakers from around the world. I am pleased that IMGL will be returning to Canada for its Spring Conference. I also am excited  about the host hotel. Located in historic and beautiful Old Montreal, the InterContintentialMontreal was the winner of the Ulysses Trophy for best hotel in Montreal in 2010 and 2011.

IMGL Member Reception at G2E Asia - May 22 from 5:30 pm 7:00 pm at the Portofino Restaurant at the Venetian Macau - Co-hosted with GLI
Co-hosted with Gaming Laboratories International (GLI), all IMGL members and their guests are invited to attend our reception at the Portofino Restaurant at the Venetian Macau. This reception has proven to be an excellent means to enhance the reach of IMGL in this part of the world where the gaming industry has experienced unprecedented growth.

IMGL Member Reception at G2E Las Vegas September 24
An always festive and well-attended event, the IMGL reception during G2E provides an excellent venue for leaders in the gaming industry to get together.

IMGL Autumn Conference in Oslo - October 1 - 4 Co-located at the Grand Hotel with the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR)
At the request of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), IMGL will be co-locating its conference with that of the IAGR Annual Conference in Oslo, Norway. The IMGL Autumn Conference will immediately follow the IAGR Annual Conference and will take place from October 1 - 4, 2013. Both the IMGL Autumn Conference and the IAGR Annual Conference will be held at the majestic Grand Hotel in Oslo, which is the site of the annual awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.  The IMGL Autumn Conference, whose Co-Chairs are Joakim Marstrander of Deloitte in Oslo, Norway and Henrik Hoffman of Anderson Partners in Denmark, will provide its attendees an unprecedented opportunity to meet with gaming regulators from around the world in both social settings and during conference sessions. 

IMGL Member Reception at EiG - October 8, 2013 Co-hosted with GamingLaw.EU
IMGL once again will co-host in Barcelona with members of GamingLaw.EU a reception in connection with the European iGaming Congress & Expo (EiG). This annual  reception closely follows our Autumn Conference, thereby facilitating attendance by IMGL members from around the world

IMGL PUBLICATIONS
Another significant benefit afforded the members of IMGL is the opportunity to publish in and receive the following IMGL publications: UNLV Gaming Law Journal, Casino Lawyer, European Gaming Lawyer, La Ley del Juego and Canadian Gaming Lawyer. These outstanding publications target gaming jurisdictions globally and each provide a vehicle by which our distinguished members further gaming education while enhancing their own reputations in the gaming industry.

IMGL WEBSITE
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not talk about the robust IMGL Website found at: www.gaminglawmasters.com. This is an important resource for anyone involved in the gaming industry. Please make sure that you send to our Executive Director (at IMGL@aol.com) your profile and photo for posting on your individual member listing as well as articles you have written and information about your practice and activities for posting in our Member News section. I encourage you to explore our Website. You will find it most useful and, with initiatives currently in the works, it will only be getting better.

I look forward to seeing many of you in May at our Spring Conference in Montreal.

IMGL President's Message

January 2013

First, let me wish each and every one of you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

The year 2013 will see continued expansion in gaming as governments around the world strive to address in the least painful way budget shortfalls. Because of this, the preeminent role of the International Masters of Gaming Law in educating the world of gaming has never been more important.

In October, IMGL General Members Nick Nocton of Jeffrey Green Russell and John Hagan of Harris & Hagan, Co-Chairs of IMGL’s Autumn Conference in London, England, led a dynamic conference with speakers from 13 countries, reflective of the truly international character of our organization. The conference was held at the beautiful Sofitel St. James Hotel. Topics discussed included, among others, online gaming and social gaming and licensing regimes applicable to same; skill gaming and the future of same; and the importance of branding in driving consumer interest and enhancing outside investment in both landbased and IGaming. The conference offered unprecedented insights and a stimulating exchange of ideas by our distinguished panelists and moderators as well as those in the audience. I would add that the Conference Dinner at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple proved to be a most distinguished setting and was highlighted by a short recitation of the history of the Inner Temple by IMGL General Member Susanna FitzGerald QC, who is a Bencher of Inner Temple.

During the IMGL Business Meeting in London, I was flattered, as a member of the New Orleans office of Jones Walker L.L.P. to be  re-elected as President of the organization for a second term starting in January 2013. Also re-elected were Joerg Hofmann of the Melchers law firm in Germany, as Vice President;  Michael E. Zatezalo of Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter Co., L.P.A. in Ohio, as Treasurer; and Jamie Nettleton of Addisons Commercial Lawyers in Australia, as Secretary. Douglas Florence of Avigilon will continue to serve as Vice President - Affiliate Members and Keith C Miller, from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, will continue as Vice President - Educator. Tony Coles of Jeffrey Green Russell Limited will continue to serve an important role on the Executive Committee of the IMGL as the organization’s Immediate Past President.

As can be readily seen on the IMGL website, the schedule of events of 2013 is well into the planning stages. During ICE 2013 in London, IMGL will have a conference room on site available for use by its members, and, on February 5, IMGL and the London firm of Jeffrey Green Russell Limited will once again co-host a reception in connection with ICE. Invitations to this reception for IMGL members and their guests have proven to be highly sought after. This year’s reception, to be held at the Haymarket Hotel, promises to be every bit as successful as our past receptions during ICE.

Planning for the IMGL Spring Conference in Montreal, Quebec from May 8-10, 2013, is well underway. We are pleased to have as the IMGL Spring Conference Co-Chairs, Cookie Lazarus of Lazarus Charbonneau and Murray Marshall, General Counsel, Kahnawake Gaming Commission. The conference will be held in historic Old Montreal at the InterContinental Montreal ‑ winner of the 2010 and 2011 Ulysses Trophy for best hotel in Montreal.

On May 21, 2013, the IMGL again will join GLI in co-hosting a reception at the Portofino Restaurant at The Venetian Macau in conjunction with G2E Asia. This reception has proven to be an excellent means to enhance the reach of IMGL in this part of the world where the gaming industry has experienced unprecedented growth.

IMGL’s ever-popular reception in connection with G2E in Las Vegas will be held on September 24, 2013. An always festive and well-attended event, the IMGL reception during G2E provides an excellent venue for leaders in the gaming industry to get together.

I also am pleased to report that planning for the IMGL Autumn Conference has advanced with the request by the International Association of Gaming Regulators for IMGL to co-locate its conference with that of the IAGR Annual Conference in Oslo, Norway. The IMGL Autumn Conference will immediately follow the IAGR Annual Conference and will take place from October 1-3, 2013. Both the IMGL Autumn Conference and the IAGR Annual Conference will be held at the majestic Grand Hotel in Oslo, which is the site of the annual awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize. The IMGL Autumn Conference, the Co-Chairs of which are Joakim Marstrander of Deloitte in Oslo, Norway and Henrik Hoffman of Anderson Partners in Denmark, will provide its attendees an unprecedented opportunity to meet with gaming regulators from around the world in both social settings and during conference sessions. 

Finally, on October 8, 2013, IMGL once again will co-host a reception in Barcelona with members of GamingLaw.EU in connection with the European iGaming Congress & Expo (EiG). This annual  reception closely follows our Autumn Conference, thereby facilitating attendance by IMGL members from around the world.

In addition to the foregoing IMGL events, there are a number of other events that IMGL sponsors. These events can be found on our website.

Whether it is attendance at an IMGL reception, participation as a conference speaker or moderator, or as an author of an article in one of our outstanding publications‑‑IMGL provides substantive opportunities for our distinguished members to further gaming education while enhancing their own reputations in the gaming industry.

I look forward to working with all of you during 2013 in furtherance of the mission of IMGL: education and the exchange of professional information concerning all aspects of gaming law.

 

 

May 2012

Dear IMGL Members:

It was a pleasure seeing so many of you a few weeks ago in Scottsdale.

2012 IMGL SPRING CONFERENCE
Ideal weather conditions were the order of the day at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Spa and Resort at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale where the 2012 IMGL Spring Conference was held April 15-17, 2012.  Cutting edge topics relating to gaming law were discussed by moderators, speakers and attendees from around the world.  Among the 200 people that joined us were gaming regulators, attorneys, Tribal leaders, commission members, executives, compliance directors, law professors, general counsel, consultants, manufacturers and suppliers.  You came from across the United States and Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. 

The Spring Conference Co-Chairs, John Maloney and John Roberts and their committee built on the equally successful 2011 IMGL Spring Conference held in Napa Valley, California which focused not only on international gaming law issues of interest to all attendees but also on Indian Gaming in North America. The plenary sessions included a panel, entitled "Improving Gaming Regulations Today - Perspective of Current & Former Regulators" whose speakers from around  the world spoke candidly about the AGA's ten ways to improve gaming regulations and which of those might most readily be universally adopted and why. Among other panels of general interest which spurred much stimulating discussion were "Creative Options to Internet Gaming" and "An Internet Gaming Debate: Federal or State Regulated?", to name just a few. The five sessions devoted to Indian Gaming included, among others, panels of distinguished speakers who addressed “Organized Labor Issues Facing Tribal Casinos”, “Advice to Lawyers and Vendors Dealing with Tribal & State Gaming Commissions” and “Financing Tribal Gaming Projects in the Current Economic Climate.”

Besides the impressive collection of speakers were moderators many of whom enjoy international reputations for their expertise in gaming law. Their skillful coordination of the questioning of the panelists ensured stimulating discussion that was of tremendous benefit to all attendees.

I would be remiss if I did not express how pleased we were to have Richard Scheutz, a Commissioner of the California Gambling Commission deliver the Keynote Speech. Commissioner Scheutz’s substantial experience as a gaming executive who now is working as a regulator has provided him a unique and insightful perspective relative to improving gaming regulation. All attendees at the conference, whether regulators or from the gaming industry, greatly benefitted from his excellent talk. 

We also were pleased to host a very meaningful and well-attended Global Gaming Women (G2W) Luncheon on the second day of the conference. IMGL will continue to support this initiative of the American Gaming Association as we did in London during ICE in January.  Our Executive Director, Melissa Lurie, serves on the G2W Advisory Board and co-chairs the Events and Marketing Committee.

In recognition of his many contributions to the International Masters of Gaming Law, Douglas Florence, Business Development Director of Avigilon, was presented the President’s Award. Douglas has served with distinction as Vice President, Affiliate Members of IMGL and he has been instrumental in unprecedented growth of our Affiliate Membership.

Speaking of the growth of the IMGL, the membership of the organization has grown by more than 13% in the past year with a 21% increase in General Members. Moreover, since 2008, the number of General Members has increased by 62% and the number of Affiliate Members has grown by 40% with an overall growth of 49%.  I am pleased to report that the International Masters of Gaming Law as of our 2012 Spring Conference has 268 members from thirty-six countries as well as members in thirty-three states and the District of Columbia in the United States.

As discussed at the IMGL Business Meeting in Scottsdale, we already are considering the venue for the Spring Conference in 2013, which traditionally is held in North America. Please provide Melissa Lurie and me with any venue that you propose for the 2013 Spring Conference. It would be most helpful if your proposal addresses nearby international airports, presence of Native American / First Nation Tribes in the area, the anticipated cost of the accommodations, description of area activities, restaurants and shopping. I have asked that such proposals be furnished no later than June 17, 2012. I am pleased to report that I already have received several excellent proposals.

Latin America Gaming Exhibition 2012 (ELA), Mexico City
IMGL Exhibit Stand #47, May 16 - 17

On May 16 and 17, 2012, IMGL, with the assistance of IMGL member Alfredo Lazcano of Lazcano Samano in Mexico City, exhibited for the first time at Latin America Gaming Exhibition 2012 (ELA), Mexico City. Our magazine, La Ley del Juego – The Law of the Game –was featured and we introduced,  for the first time,  a brochure written in English, Spanish & Mandarin. 

IMGL UPCOMING EVENTS 

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia, Macau
Reception – May 22
4:45 pm – 7:00 pm, Portofino Restaurant
IMGL Exhibit Booth #1231, May 22 - 24
IMGL along with Gaming Laboratories International will be hosting a reception at G2E Asia in Macau.  We are excited to be joining GLI in hosting this reception as it reflects a further expansion of the reach of IMGL to an area of the world that has seen an unprecedented growth of gaming. For those of you who will be attending G2E Asia, please plan on attending the IMGL - GLI reception. Please forward to Melissa Lurie the names of your colleagues who will be attending  G2E Asia so that an invitation can be sent to them. We will have our newly designed brochures that will help educate delegates about our work and attract candidates for membership in IMGL. Please visit us in Booth 1231.  

Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Las Vegas
Reception – October 2
5 pm – 7 pm in a new location
IMGL Exhibit Booth #3811, October 2 – 4
IMGL again will host what has become a hugely popular annual reception that indeed has become one of the premier events during G2E Las Vegas.  IMGL’s 2012 Regulators of the Year will honored. This event always presents a unique opportunity to meet with other important individuals actively involved in the gaming industry throughout the world. We also will have the newly designed IMGL booth and brochures, as well as the Autumn issues of our four magazines, which all will reflect our updated design concept and will further enhance our brand at tradeshows across the globe.

IMGL Autumn Conference, London
October 10-12
Co-Chairs Nick Nocton and John Hagan and their committee are beginning their work on the Autumn Conference. We are currently exploring some excellent alternatives for the host hotel. Further information regarding the host hotel will be posted on our website in the coming days.  
 As a departure from our "World Market Update Series" of the past, the organizing committee is developing panels that will debate and educate attendees about the complex issues we face in our global gambling industry. Please submit any session ideas to Melissa Lurie that you would like to present or to learn more about, keeping the new format in mind. If you have previously advised us of your interest in speaking, there is no need to do so again.  You are strongly encouraged to consider sponsoring the conference or having your clients do so. The sponsors of our events allow IMGL to do all that we do with respect to not only our conferences but also our publication of Casino Lawyer, Canadian Gaming Lawyer, European Gaming Lawyer and La Ley del Juego.

European iGaming Expo (EiG), Barcelona
Supporting Association
Reception – October 16
A few days after the Autumn Conference, IMGL, along with IMGL members Santiago Asensi, Justin Franssen, Wulf Hambach, Quirino Mancini and Thibault Verbiest of the website portal GamingLaw.EU, will be hosting a reception at EiG.  High level networking in a spectacular setting will once again await you.

OTHER EVENTS SUPPORTED BY IMGL 

UNLV Internet Gaming Regulation Symposium, Las Vegas
Supporting Association
May 18
Tony Cabot and other IMGL members were actively involved in this very topical symposium.

A&L Goodbody Reception at iGaming Supershow,  Dublin, Ireland
Supporting Association
May 23
IMGL member Joe Kelly of A&L Goodbody invites any IMGL members attending the iGaming Supershow to attend the reception  from 7 pm – 9 pm at The Merrion Hotel.  RSVP to Melissa Lurie.

North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) Annual Conference,  Austin, Texas
Supporting Association
June 25 – 29 

CONCLUSION
I encourage all of you to participate in our substantive conferences and submit articles for our esteemed publications and journals. It is through your active participation and contributions that IMGL has become the preeminent global gambling law networking and education organization that it is.

For further information about IMGL, please visit our Website at www.gaminglawmasters.com or contact our Executive Director, Melissa Lurie IMGLdirector@aol.com) or me (kduncan@joneswalker.com).

J. Kelly Duncan
President
International Masters of Gaming Law

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