Five Reasons to Attend the 2018 Southern Gaming Summit

The Southern Gaming Summit, presented by the Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association, is one of the ‘grand dames’ of regulated US gaming events.

We’re looking forward to the 2018 edition, which will certainly feature sports betting more prominently than in years past.

Chalkline Sports was founded in Nashville, TN, so we take heart in the continued growth of this regional conference in our backyard.

Five reasons we’re attending the Southern Gaming Summit

1. Mississippi is taking a leadership role in the sports betting conversation.

Given the impending PASPA decision, the timing could not be better.

As one of the most established gaming conferences in the US, it feels appropriate that the Southern Gaming Summit take an active role in the national sport betting conversation.

2. A solid ‘feet on the ground’ perspective on how sports betting will roll out and impact gaming properties.

The “Presidents Forum: Southern Leaders” panel is comprised of decision-makers that are driving gaming forward in the South, and nationally. The group represents local leaders, who in turn represent many of the major brands in US gaming:

* Larry Gregory, Executive Director, Mississippi Gaming & Hospitality Association
* Justin Carter, General Manager, Hollywood Casino Tunica, Resorts Casino Tunica and Bally’s Casino Tunica
* Dan Real, Regional President-South, Caesars Entertainment
* Chet Harrison, General Manager, Golden Nugget
* Duncan McKenzie, General Manager, IP Casino Resort

The issues that this group is dealing with are significant: sports betting, regulation, compliance, but most importantly, responsible gaming and economic development.

From a sports betting perspective, we’re looking forward to understanding this group’s approach to regulation, as Mississippi’s regulatory approach will be added to the mix of options as following states define their own paths forward.

3. A top-tier roster of sports betting speakers.

Several familiar and respected sports betting advocates and leaders will be speaking, including:
* Geoff Freeman, CEO of the American Gaming Association, is presenting the keynote.
* Daniel Wallach, Shareholder, Becker & Poliakoff
* Joe Asher, CEO, William Hill US
* Lailas Mintas, Co-CEO, SportsRadar
* Felix Rapporport, President and CEO, Foxwoods Resort Casino

4. A major Tribal perspective on the future of gaming and sports betting.

Phyliss J. Anderson, Tribal Chief, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and Richard Sneed, Chief, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians represent a significant share of the South’s Tribal casinos and leadership.

5. A solid focus on Women in Gaming.

We’re looking forward to hearing Phyliss J. Anderson speak. In our opinion, this is the type of initiative that our industry collectively continues to need and benefit from.

Honorable mentions go to three of the panels that we’ll be attending:

* Working Together: Enlightened Regulation in America
This is a complicated cocktail–we’re hoping to see a model that other states can follow.

* Big Data: Using Numbers to Increase Revenue & Loyalty
This is near and dear to Chalkline’s DNA.

* Regional Consolidation: What Does It Mean to the Industry?
Consolidation is happening, and sports betting regulation is likely to accelerate it.

Planning to attend? Drop Daniel Kustelski, our CEO, a note, and we’d love to connect.