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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

4:00 pm — 8:00 pm
Registration Open
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Thursday, January 7, 2016

7:30 am — 2:00 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am — 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am — 8:35 am
Michael J. Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
8:35 am — 8:40 am
William J. Pascrell III, Esq., Princeton Public Affairs Group, Inc. (PPAG)

8:40 am — 9:15 am
OPENING KEYNOTE: Understanding Millennials: Musts, Myths and Motivations
Peter C. Yesawich, Vice Chairman, MMGY Global

Peter Yesawich will introduce delegates to the leisure time interests and behaviors of Millennials as revealed in the MMGY Global/Spectrum Gaming Group Millennial Project, an in-depth examination of the habits, preferences and intentions of this emerging group of market makers.

9:15 am — 9:30 am
Richard Turner, General Counsel & Vice President, Government Relations, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
9:30 am — 10:20 am
Florida Lottery: What’s Next?

With lotteries everywhere facing pressure to grow amid expanding gaming, the Florida Lottery – under new leadership – faces both opportunities and challenges as it seeks to keep its place among the country’s most successful lotteries. Key issues to address include how to grow terminal game sales (recent Powerball refresh, etc.), emerging technologies (terminal games, scratch-offs, database, second chance promotions), fraud-prevention techniques (particularly in light of the Hot Lotto situation), and retailer integrity strategies used by different lotteries.

Daniel Russell, Special Counsel, Jones Walker
James Breslo, President & Director, Diamond Game
Kevin Mullally, General Counsel and Vice President of Government Relations, GLI
Eliakim Nortelus, Public Policy Advisor, Akerman

10:20 am — 10:50 am
Networking Break

10:50 am — 11:40 am
Gaming and Pari-Mutuel Outlook

With continued casino expansions and the scheduled re-opening of Dania Casino in late 2015, coupled with surging population growth, South Florida remains one of the most dynamic gaming markets in the country. While the Seminole-State compact negotiations could impact the state’s gaming landscape, operators of the existing 12 casinos compete for market share – and with many other forms of entertainment in the marketplace. Meanwhile, More than 20 non-gaming pari-mutuel facilities outside of South Florida have been challenged to find a winning solution to declining pari-mutuel handle and attendance. Their cardrooms have provided some relief, but what does their future hold? Are certain forms of racing doing better than others? Gaming and racing operators from throughout South Florida will discuss the opportunities and challenges in this highly competitive market.

Steve Geller, Shareholder, Greenspoon Marder
Maureen Adams, President and General Manager, Calder Race Course, Inc.
Steve Calabro, VP Casino Operations, Hialeah Park Racing & Casino
Izzy Havenick, Vice President of Political Affairs, Magic City Casino
Dave Jonas, CEO, Casino Miami
Bill White, President, Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association
11:40 am — 12:30 pm
Gaming in Florida: The Wall Street Perspective

Opportunities to invest in gaming abound throughout Florida ... and so does uncertainty. The New Gretna Racing LLC outcome could result in several pari-mutuel facilities building slot operations throughout the state, major gaming companies continue to lobby for destination resorts, and the South Florida marketplace remains robust though intensively competitive. In this panel, analysts and investment bankers discuss the operating environment and investment outlook in Florida – as well as provide regional and national perspectives of gaming investment.

Robert Heller, President and CEO, Spectrum Gaming Capital
Joseph Badini, Vice President, GE Capital
Tom Granite, Senior VP / Head of Gaming IB, Jefferies
Cameron McKnight, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities
Donn Mitchell, Chief Administrative Officer, Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.

12:30 pm — 1:45 pm
Luncheon Keynote Address
Senator Bill Galvano, Florida Senate

1:50 pm — 2:40 pm
Legislative and Policy Update

Florida legislators once again figure to debate measures that could alter the state’s gambling landscape. Key issues include the outlook for the Florida Lottery, result of the Seminole-State compact negotiations, the New Gretna Racing LLC decision, and tax/regulatory relief for racino operators. Join legislators and attorneys as they discuss the likely outcomes in Tallahassee for the 2016 legislative session.

Nick Sortal
Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker
David J. Roberts, Public Policy Advisor, Akerman
David Romanik, Attorney
John Sowinski, President, No Casinos Inc.
Robert W. Stocker II, Member & Gaming Practice Leader, Dickinson Wright
2:40 pm — 3:30 pm
Sports and Gaming: What’s Legal, What’s Not

Despite New Jersey’s setback in the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals, it appears that Las Vegas-style sports betting is a question of “when,” not “if” outside of Nevada. Meanwhile, the soaring popularity of daily fantasy sports is causing regulators in some states to question whether this activity is an authorized form of gambling. In this panel, experts examine the legal and operational issues at the intersection of sports and gaming.

Marc Dunbar, Partner, Jones Walker
Joe Asher, Chief Executive Officer, William Hill US
Jennifer Kruse, Deputy Director, Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG)
Adam Steinberg, Senior Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Capital
Dan Wallach, Shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff
Seth Young, Chief Operating Officer, Star Fantasy Leagues
3:30 pm — 4:30 pm
FGC Closing Reception / NCLGS Kick-off Reception

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