It was an eye opener to be in attendance at the event that was held at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. This was the 4th annual iGaming North America conference.
As a number of states and provinces are now offering internet based gaming and lottery solutions, and more have legislation under consideration, iGaming North America 2014 strategically developed their agenda around those expectations, including the importance of educating operators on the need to launch a wide range of offerings when such growth occurs.
Nevada Governor , Brian Sandoval spoke and after offering a warm welcome gave some observations regarding online gaming in Nevada. There were spirited debates and discussions as well as topics and a full day of content specific to social gaming and mobile gaming.
The highlight for me was attending the very civilized but oppositional conversation between Mitch Garber, CEO, Ceasars Acquisition Co. and Caesars Interactive Entertainment and Andy Abbound, VP of Government Relations, Las Vegas Sands Corp. It was the new guard versus the old guard. Mitch advocating as a proponent of the legalization and regulation of iGaming as a necessary means to proactively address potential concerns. Andy discussed the risk of online gambling and the need for prohibition and the potential risk to the brick and mortar casinos as we know them today.