Torriccelli keynotes A.C. Congress

Apr 9, 2002 8:47 AM

As the senior senator from New Jersey, Torriccelli is expected to offer a critical ­­national focus in a morning keynote address. Of particular interest will be the future of gaming throughout the nation with special emphasis on the northeast corridor including New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Following Torriccelli will be a “Regional Roundup” panel moderated by Atty. Kenneth Jarin of Philadelphia. Joining him will be Kevin DeSanctis, president and COO of Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN); N.J. State Sen. William Gormley; Michael Hoblock, chairman, N.Y. State Racing Wagering Board; Robert Kickus, Trump Hotels 7 Casino Resorts, and Edward Sutor of Dover Downs Gaming and Entertainment Inc. (DVE).

Expected to attract substantial interest will be a speech by N.J. Gov. Jim McGreevey who recently announced he was considering proposing a tax on casino comps. The move caused officials of MGM MIRAGE Inc. (MGG) to step back from its plans for a $1.5 billion casino resort on land it owns next to The Borgata, a property being constructed by Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD) in which MGG has a 50% interest.

Organizing the event are: Michael Pollock, publisher of Gaming Industry Observer; the firm of Cooper Perskie April Niedelman Wagenheim & Levenson; the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, and Rutgers University.