Tuesday, February 3
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Political and Economic Update: The 2004 Gaming Tax and Legislative Climate
Three of the most significant casino markets, New Jersey, Illinois and Nevada, were hit with tax increases of varying degrees last year. At the same time, the debate over new forms of gaming moved forward in key markets across the country. What does 2004 hold in store?
Moderator: Richard Bryan, Senior Partner, Lionel Sawyer & Collins and former Nevada U.S. Senator. Keynote Speakers: Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform; Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr., President and CEO, American Gaming Association.
Deutsche Bank Financial
Regulating the Future:
Current Regulatory Schemes in an Evolving Industry
Strong and credible regulation has been a cornerstone of the modern gaming industry’s success, supporting the integrity of industry participants and of the gaming product. This session will analyze how states and individual regulatory frameworks are measuring up.
Keynote Presentation by Gary Loveman, president and chief executive officer, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. (followed by panel discussion). Panel Moderator: Robert Faiss, senior partner, Lionel Sawyer & Collins. Panelists: Peter Bernhard, chairman, Nevada Gaming Commission; Dave Johnson, senior vice president and general counsel, International Game Technology; Linda Kassekert, chairwoman, New Jersey Casino Control Commission; Philip Parenti, vice president-chief regulatory and compliance officer, Harrah’s Entertainment Inc.
Honoring William S. Boyd
Emcee: Ashley Smith, group publishing director, Ascend Media Gaming Group. Introduction by: Dean Heller, Nevada Secretary of State
The Role of
This session will catalogue the successes of gaming trade associations and highlight the key issues they face, within their jurisdictions and as lobbying organizations, in the coming year.
Moderator: Jon Ralston, publisher, The Ralston Report. Speakers: Andy Bourland, executive director, Mississippi Gaming Association; Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO, American Gaming Association; Lesley Pittman, vice president corporate and government relations, Station Casinos, Inc.; Troy Stremming, vice president governmental affairs, Ameristar Casinos, Inc.; Tom Swoik, executive director, Illinois Casino Gaming Association.
Deutsche Bank Financial
Reception: Shangri La in The Foundation Room, Mandalay Bay Resort
Wednesday, February 4
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sit Down Breakfast & Presentation of Innovative Products Awards — Keynote Topic: "The Convention Market"
Emcee: Robert Faiss, senior partner, Lionel Sawyer & Collins. Keynote Speaker: Robert Goldstein, president and COO, The Venetian Resort Hotel-Casino.
Gaming UK: The Hottest Emerging Market
The prospect of expanded casino gaming in the United Kingdom has spurred a race for development agreements between UK-based gaming firms and Las Vegas operators such as MGM Mirage and Harrah’s Entertainment. Their hopes are based on the recommendations of the Budd Report, which provide for casinos with unlimited slot machines, and which could be implemented as soon as 2005. Speakers at this session will assess the likely timeline for expanded gaming in the UK, the market’s overall potential and how the market is likely to be segmented between destination projects and locals properties.
Moderator: Charles Anderer, Ascend Media Gaming Group. Speakers: Peter Dean, chairman, Gaming Board for Great Britain; Greg Giordano, partner, administrative law department, Lionel Sawyer & Collins; Robert Miodunski, president and CEO, Alliance Gaming Corporation; Allen Solomon, executive vice president, secretary and general counsel, Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Deutsche Bank Financial
The California Factor:
Assessing Local and
California is on track to be the single largest casino market in the world by the end of this decade. With 50,000 slot machines, revenues approaching $3 billion and the world’s fifth largest economy to draw on, California’s gaming tribes are already delivering mightily on the promise of the Golden State’s casino gaming potential. This session will examine the impact of the existing casino market in California, both within the state and on the Nevada market, and the prospects for growth going forward.
Moderator: Jacob Coin, executive director, California Nations Indian Gaming Association. Speakers: Glenn Christenson, executive vice president, chief financial officer, chief administrative officer, Station Casinos Inc.; Howard L. Dickstein, partner, Dickstein & Zerbi; Anthony Miranda, second vice president, Pechanga Development Corp.; Stephen J. Szapor, Jr. chief operating officer, The Innovation Group; Andrew Zarnett, managing director, High Yield Research, Gaming Lodging & Leisure, Deutsche Bank Securities.