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iGaming Legislative Symposium

January 27, 2015 13:04 ET

Speakers Announced for Second-Annual iGaming Legislative Symposium 2015

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 27, 2015) - Twenty-five experts with varied perspectives on the future of online gambling in California are confirmed to speak at the second annual iGaming Legislative Symposium, which takes place February 26, 2015, at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel. The speakers are part of an intensive, daylong program that will explore the aspects of the possible legalization of iGaming in California.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Lee Acebedo, Executive Director, California Nations Indian Gaming Association
  • Salim Adatia, CEO, GLI Canada
  • Robyn Black, Advisor, Platinum Advisors
  • Mario Galea, Managing Director and CEO, Random Consulting
  • Mike Gatto, Assemblymember, California District 43
  • Marlon Goldstein, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and General Counsel, Amaya Gaming Group
  • Harlan Goodson, Attorney at Law, Harlan Goodson Law
  • Chris Grove, Publisher, Online Poker Report
  • Stephen Hart, Practice Group Leader and Partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber
  • Robert Jacobson, Executive Director, California Council on Problem Gambling
  • Gene Johnson, Senior Vice President, Market Research and Online Studies, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Connie Jones, Director of Responsible Gaming, AGEM
  • Haig Kelegian, President, Casino Management, Inc.
  • Kate Lowenhar-Fisher, Member, Dickinson Wright
  • Jana McKeag, President, Lowry Strategies
  • Dan Morain, Editorial Page Editor, Sacramento Bee
  • John Roberts, Executive Director, Pokagon Band Gaming Commission
  • Victor Rocha, Founder,
  • Keith Sharp, Member, Falk & Sharp
  • Art Shectman, President, Elephant Ventures
  • Richard Schuetz, Commissioner, California Gambling Control Commission
  • Marco Valerio, iGaming Adviser,
  • David Vialpando, Chairman, Santa Ysabel Tribal Gaming Commission
  • Joseph Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Marcus Yoder, Vice President, Regulated Markets Business Development, Gamblit Gaming

These experts will participate in six insightful panels that will examine the critical issues facing California as it considers legalizing online gambling:

  • 2014: The Year in Review
  • The Future of iGaming in California
  • Critical Issues for a Successful iGaming Rollout
  • Is iGaming More Addictive Than Land-based Gaming?
  • iGaming Regulation in California
  • Legislation Initiatives

The keynote luncheon address will be delivered by Assemblymember Mike Gatto, author of AB 9, one of the online poker bills introduced for the 2015 legislative session. Gatto takes the place of previously confirmed Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who withdrew due to a scheduling conflict.

Early-bird registration rates are available through January 30, 2015. A block of rooms is being held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento hotel at the special rate of $199 plus tax until 5:00 p.m. local time on January 28. Rooms can be reserved by clicking here or call Sheraton reservations at 1-800-325-3535 and identify yourself as an attendee of the iGaming Legislative Symposium. Full conference details are available at Please email to be added to the mailing list for updates or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

The iGaming Legislative Symposium is active via social media in the following outlets:

Twitter: @iGamingCA #IGLSCA


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