Sports betting will be a hot topic at G2E; DeWitt named Asst. GM at Mohegan Sun

Sports betting will be a hot topic at G2E; DeWitt named Asst. GM at Mohegan Sun

August 14, 2018 3:10 AM


When the American Gaming Association holds its Global Gaming Expo international gaming trade show in Las Vegas Oct. 8-11, one of the best attended events is bound to the Sports Betting Symposium.

According to a release from the AGA, the Symposium “will provide gaming professionals with the tools they will need to consider business operations that best capitalize on the Supreme Court’s ruling decision to overturn the failed federal ban on sports betting.”

There will be sessions covering both business and legislative aspects of sports betting plus an interactive, guided tour of the G2E expo hall to “connect attendees with the top suppliers of sports betting technologies.”

We think one of the most interesting will be “The Business of Sports Betting,” which will feature Scott Van Pelt, anchor of ESPN’s SportsCenter, moderating a panel that should offer some diverse viewpoints on the business of sports betting.

Panelists include Kenny Gersh, executive vice president of gaming and new business ventures for Major League Baseball; Stephen Master, managing director of Americas, Nielsen Sports and commercial director of Nielsen Esports; and AGA’s Senior VP of Public Affairs Sara Slane.

The Symposium will have a total of six one-hour sessions scheduled over three days, Oct. 9-11, with morning panels beginning at 10:15 and afternoon discussions starting at 1:15.

For a complete list of topics and speakers, and information on sports betting exhibitors, check out the G2E website at

ON THE MOVE:  Mohegan Sun Pocono recently appointed Gary DeWitt Jr. as assistant general manager. DeWitt has been a consultant for the Wilkes-Barre, Penn., casino during the past year and prior to that played an instrumental role in the spring 2017 opening of ilani, a Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment partnership with the Cowlitz tribe of southwest Washington. In his new position he will focus on both gaming and non-gaming areas.

San Manuel Casino, which recently held an expansion groundbreaking to build its first onsite luxury hotel and entertainment venue, announced the promotion of Peter Arceo from chief marketing officer to chief operating officer, and the hiring of Rikki Tanenbaum as chief marketing officer. Tanenbaum has a background of leading senior marketing teams in the casino and hospitality industry. San Manuel is located near San Bernadino in Highland, Calif.

Talisman Group, creator of EZ Baccarat (distributed by Scientific Games Corp.), announced that Anthony (Tony) Cabot has joined the company as senior advisor. Cabot, who had a long career with Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP and recently became the first distinguished fellow in gaming law at UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law, will be help guide the strategic direction of the company and expand the EZ Baccarat franchise into additional revenue channels, including online gaming, live dealer, electronic table games, live multigame and stadium seating terminals worldwide.

CHANGE IT UP: Do you throw your spare change into a cup or jar? We do. In fact, there is a large Mason jar sitting on our dresser that is getting pretty full. There must be over $100 in there by now, which would give us a nice little shopping spree. But it is such a pain to count and wrap coins and then take them to the bank to get paper money.

However, we recently found out the El Cortez offers free change redemption. Better yet, if we don’t feel like separating the quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies into separate containers, they will still take our coins and only charge a small five percent fee. What a deal!

See you around town.