The Casino Association of Indiana hosted a two-day Sports Wagering Forum on September 24thand 25th, featuring faculty from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas International Center for Gaming Regulation and the American Gaming Association.  The Casino Association of Indiana was formed to support the Indiana casino industry and includes eleven casino properties among its membership. The session on September 24thbroadly focused on sports wagering policy considerations and the session on September 25 broadly focused on the regulation of sports wagering.

The faculty members included Jennifer Roberts, Associate Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation, Greg Gemignani, an adjunct professor at University of Nevada Las Vegas law school, and John English, Managing Director of Sports Betting & Technology for Global Market Advisors.  The topics were wide-ranging, with presentations covering the taxation of sports wagering, the Wire Act and federal legislation, preserving sports integrity, mobile sports betting, internal controls and risk management.  The panel laid out for attendees the way that Nevada has handled sports wagering issues as a model for other states that are now moving forward with legalizing sports wagering following the Supreme Court striking down PASPA.

Matt Bell, the President and CEO of the Casino Association of Indiana stated: “The Casino Association of Indiana was thrilled to partner with UNLV to host the 2018 Indiana Sports Wagering Forum. We were very pleased with the high turnout of legislators and regulators, and we believe that the information presented gives Indiana policy makers a great opportunity to have an informed debate on the subject of sports wagering in 2019. There is a lot of interest in this topic among Indiana policy makers, and we hope the information provided so excellently from the UNLV faculty will enrich the debate.”

The Indiana legislature had introduced legislation earlier this year to legalize sports wagering, but ultimately determined that it would be beneficial to commission a study.  Accordingly, the Indiana Gaming Commission agreed this past summer to a contract with Las Vegas-based consultants Eilers & Krejcik to advise legislators and regulators in moving forward in 2019 with legislation to legalize sports wagering.


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