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With more than 20 pari-mutuel facilities elsewhere in the state, Native American tribes positioning themselves for possible gaming in northern Florida, and a tourism infrastructure that is the envy of every state, should Florida consider expanding casino gaming outside of South Florida? In this panel, voices from the pari-mutuel, gaming, and tourism industries, as well as responsible-gaming professionals, examine the political, economic and social aspects of this potentially game-changing decision.
10:00 am — 10:30 am
Networking Break in Expo Hall
The expansion of gaming in Florida and the South has heightened the competitive pressures in South Florida, which now includes eight racetrack casinos and four Native American casinos. Can all of the operators be successful? What are their plans for growth – both on the casino floor and in non-gaming amenities? Is there additional room for destination gaming resorts in the market? Gaming operators from throughout South Florida will discuss the opportunities and challenges of this dynamic market.
With a resident population of nearly 20 million, a snowbird population of nearly 1 million, and more than 46 million annual visitors, Florida would seem ripe for major investment in gaming. However, investors must also take into consideration the competitive conditions. Join five senior Wall Street participants for this frank discussion on such topics as likely developers, gaming-tax rates, regulatory restrictions, development options, the competitive landscape, the political climate, the economic outlook, and other conditions that will impact Florida gaming going forward.
12:15 pm — 1:30 pm
Luncheon Keynote Address
Mayor Tomás Regalado, City of Miami
Destination gaming resorts ... tax and regulatory parity ... market saturation ... economic benefits vs. social impacts ... VLTs at pari-mutuels ... geographic zones ... the Seminole Compact ... these are among the issues that the Florida Legislature has considered – and will continue to consider – as it weighs legislation that could fundamentally alter not just the gaming landscape in Florida, but it’s very character. In this panel, public officials, gaming operators, and other stakeholders debate – and predict – the Legislature’s next steps.
2:30 pm — 3:00 pm
Networking Break in Expo Hall
Florida has a smorgasbord of gaming unlike almost any other state, including racetrack casinos, Native American casinos, pari-mutuel racing of all kinds, cardrooms, a state lottery, day-cruise gaming boats ... plus retail gaming of dubious legal standing. Does Florida really need more gambling? Does it make sense for the state to have an overarching policy on gaming? To what extent do – or should – the leaders in these industries cooperate? What is the will of state or local law enforcement to crack down on illegal gambling? Join leaders from the various industries as they discuss Total Gambling in Florida.
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