Tribal Gaming

In cooperation with:

Pechanga   NiGA

WHEN: 10:30 to 16:30 (GMT) - Wednesday, 8 February 2017
WHERE: South Gallery Room 13

COST: FREE to Attend - Register Today

Gaming operated by the Native American tribes generates almost half of all of the gaming revenue in the USA and is an opportunity largely missed by many global companies. For some, it offers a great first entry into the North American market. Doing business with the tribes can be rewarding financially, but only for those mindful of the regulatory and cultural nuances in Indian Country.

With the growing economic power, tribes are also starting to invest outside the United States – another reason for the global industry to pay attention. Tribes’ regulatory set-up, in which gaming proceeds are fed back into the local economy and social services, can also offer a powerful lesson to governments from around the world investigating how gaming expansion can best constitute a social investment.

Since 2011, ICE has been hosting a growing number of tribes looking for technology, new products and inspiration at the show. The seminar, that enjoys the backing of some of the most credible sources of tribal information, continues to educate the global audiences on the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Indian Country.

10:15 – 11:15 Tribal Gaming 2017

Indian gaming in the US, a $30 billion industry, faces multiple challenges in 2017. The political implications of a Trump administration, diversifying beyond gaming, and maintaining Tribal Sovereignty in a time of increasing adversity are critical concerns. Hear tribal leaders chart Indian Gaming’s course for the future at ICE.

Moderator: John Tahsuda, Navigators Global, LLC

Ernie Stevens, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association

Kevin Brown, Tribal Council and Chairman, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Andy Ebona, Treasurer, National Indian Gaming Association

11:30 – 12:30 Class II Gaming: Indian Country’s Little Secret

Class II games were Indian Country’s original entry into casino style gaming. Today Class II machines have evolved s into lucrative products and gaming manufacturers are adding to their inventory and exploring new forms of gaming using Class II technology. Listen to the distinction between the product and regulatory oversight in the US.

Moderator: Dan Little, Vice President, Government Relations at Aristocrat

Russell Witt, Director of Operations and Business Development - Class II,  Ainsworth Game Technology

Jonodev Chaudhuri, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission.

Mario Galea, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, Random Consulting LLC

14:15 – 15:15 Tribal Casinos As Innovation Labs

Indian Gaming has historically been a trendsetter in the US casino gaming industry. A more defined regulatory environment and entrepreneurial management outlook make Tribal Gaming a technology incubator. Discover how your new product developments may enjoy a faster path to implementation in Indian Country.

Moderator: Loretta Tuell, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Sheila Morago, Executive Director, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association

Derrick Watchman, Former CEO, Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise

James M. Klas, Founder & Principal, KlasRobinson Q.E.D., Inc.

Valerie Spicer, Principal, Trilogy Group

15:15 – 16:15 Tribal Gaming Goes Digital

Indian Gaming may not have adopted iGaming yet but the industry has embarked on the journey of digital transformation. Tribal Gaming is rapidly adopting social gaming and exploring the potential of new forms of entertainment including DFS, sports betting, skill and virtual reality games. 2017 may also be the year that iPoker finally comes to California.

Moderator: Victor Rocha, President, Victor Strategies

Richard Schuetz, Executive Director, Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission

Knute Knudson, Vice President, IGT

Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital

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