If You're Headed To ECGC, You'll Shore-ly Want To Catch These Panels

Looking Ahead To The Twentieth Iteration Of The East Coast Gaming Congress

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Days before visitors flock to the Jersey Shore for Memorial Day Weekend, one of the longest running gaming conferences in the United States will get underway at the Harrah’s Waterfront Resort and Conference Center in Atlantic City.

The conference is the East Coast Gaming Congress, or ECGC for short. 2016 marks the twentieth installment of ECGC.

888.com, one of the leading online casino and online poker sites in New Jersey, will be the primary sponsor of the two-day conference. Other sponsors include Spectrum Gaming, iGaming Business, GAN, Vantiv, and Wells Fargo.

The agenda for ECGC 2016 is jam-packed with some of the top talents and thinkers in the gaming industry. Over two days of panel discussions, they’ll attempt to tackle some of the most pressing issues the gaming industry is facing.

Why go to ECGC?

As one organizer put it, unlike other gaming conferences, ECGC is heavy on lawmakers and regulators – evidenced by the three panels I’ve highlighted below.

And with ECGC being a more intimate conference than ICE or G2E, attendees will have a good chance to engage in some tête-à-tête with the real behind-the-scenes powers in the gaming world who are normally hard to get in touch with.

Online gaming will be a hot topic on Day 1

In my opinion, the conference’s first session will be one of its most interesting.

At 3 p.m. on May 25, three online gaming operators and a New Jersey regulator will take part in the “iGaming Roundtable,” where they’ll discuss the current situation on the ground in New Jersey.

The panel will be moderated by Eugene Johnson, the senior vice president of Spectrum Gaming Group, and consists of:

  • Tom Ballance, president and COO, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
  • George Rover, deputy director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
  • Thomas Winter, vice president – online gaming, Golden Nugget Casino Hotel
  • Luisa Woods, executive director, online and internet marketing, Tropicana Atlantic City

Another intriguing online gaming panel will immediately follow the Roundtable.

At 4:30 p.m. on the May 25, Gideon Bierer of Partis Solutions will moderate a panel discussion dubbed iGaming Expansion: Who’s Next?

With the current situations in Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and California, this should be an interesting and enlightening discussion.

The speakers for this second panel include:

Atlantic City gets top billing on Day 2

The second and final day of the conference will get started just before 9 a.m. with a discussion on Atlantic City and North Jersey casino expansion, which just happens to be one of the most controversial topics in gambling.

The panel will be moderated by veteran New Jersey columnist John Brennan.

The panelists include a mix of New Jersey lawmakers and stakeholders:

You can find the complete agenda for ECGC 2016 and details on attending the conference here.

- Steve covers nearly every angle of online poker in his job as a full-time freelance poker writer. His primary focus for OPR is the developing legal and legislative picture for regulated US online poker and gambling.
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