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Monday, November 10, 2014

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

7:30 am — 3:00 pm
Registration Open
7:30 am — 4:00 pm
Expo Hall Open
7:30 am — 8:30 am
Continental Breakfast in Expo Hall
8:30 am — 8:40 am
8:40 am — 9:00 am
Senator Maria Lorts Sachs, District 34, The Florida Senate
9:00 am — 10:00 am
Gaming Outside of South Florida: The Right Move? ~ Sponsored by Gaming Laboratories International

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.

Robert Jarvis, Professor of Gambling Law, Nova Southeastern University
Steven Geller, Shareholder, Greenspoon Marder Law
Alan Koslow, Shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff
Steven Norton, Chairman and CEO, Norton Management
Jim Waldman, Representative, Florida House of Representatives

10:00 am — 10:30 am
Networking Break in Expo Hall

10:30 am — 11:20 am
South Florida Casinos: Status and Outlook

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.

Joseph Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group
Maureen Adams, President and General Manager, Calder Casino & Race Course
Daniel Adkins, CEO/VP, Mardi Gras Casino
Steve Calabro, Vice President and General Manager, Hialeah Park Racing & Casino
Dave Jonas, CEO, Casino Miami
Donn Mitchell, Chief Administrative Officer, Isle of Capri Casinos Inc.

11:20 am — 12:10 pm
Wall Street View

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.

Robert Heller, President and CEO, Spectrum Gaming Capital
James Allen, Chairman, Hard Rock International and CEO, Seminole Gaming
Chad Beynon, Analyst, Macquarie Securities
Raymond Lin, Partner, Latham & Watkins
Adam Rosenberg, Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group
Jonathan Strelzik, Managing Director, Scotia Capital

12:15 pm — 1:30 pm
Luncheon Keynote Address
Mayor Tomás Regalado, City of Miami

1:40 pm — 2:30 pm
Legislative Update: What’s Next for Florida? ~ Sponsored by NCLGS

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.

Steve Geller, Shareholder, Greenspoon Marder Law
Andy Abboud, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, Las Vegas Sands
Bill Galvano, Senator, The Florida Senate
Isadore Havenick, Vice President, Magic City Casino
David Richardson, Representative, Florida House of Representatives

2:30 pm — 3:00 pm
Networking Break in Expo Hall

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Total Gambling: The Big Picture ~ Sponsored by Becker & Poliakoff

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.

Nick Sortal, Staff Writer, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
John Fontana, President, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
Pat Fowler, Executive Director, Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling
David Griffin, Of Counsel, GrayRobinson
John Sowinski, President, No Casinos, Inc.
Daniel Wallach, Shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff

4:00 pm
Closing Remarks


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