he Webinars, which will be held monthly beginning in August, will be 60 minutes in length with a 15-minute question and answer session for participants.
"Tribal gaming has been an area of incredible growth in recent years, and these G2E Webinars will examine closely developments that may have a significant impact on gaming operations in Indian Country," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA). "This three-part series will provide valuable information from leading experts on potential opportunities and challenges for this segment of the industry."
After each event, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to confirm their continuing professional education within the gaming industry.
These Webinars are an extension of the educational opportunities G2E provides through its family of events," said Courtney Muller, senior vice president at Reed Exhibitions, which co-organizes G2E with the AGA. "Through G2E Webinars, we are committed to offering high-quality content for gaming professionals to help them succeed by enhancing their knowledge of topics they may not have been familiar with otherwise."
Additional details on the G2E Webinar Series:
Session 1: Threat or Opportunity? iGaming in Indian Country
Thursday, August 12: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Moderator: Jana McKeag, president, Lowry Strategies
Speakers: Sheila Morago, executive director, Arizona Indian Gaming Association; Brian Patterson, president, United South & Eastern Tribes (USET)
Several bills before Congress would legalize some forms of online gaming in the United States. While there are some provisions for Native Americans in most of the bills, many tribes are debating how Internet gambling could impact their casino operations. During this session, experts closely following the legislation will discuss the potential passing of each of the bills, as well as their various pros and cons. They will also breakdown the numbers and look seriously at the hypothesized concerns about cannibalization.
Session 2: The New Deal: Understanding and Managing Tribal Finances in Today's Economy
Thursday, September 9: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Moderator: Kristi Jackson, CEO, Tribal Financial Advisors
Speakers: Jennifer Bryant, CFO, Valley View Casino; Rochanne L. Hackett, senior vice president, director of national gaming development, Wells Fargo Bank N.A.; Christine Swanick, partner, Dorsey & Whitney.
The recent downturn of the US economy has had a permanent impact both on commercial gaming properties and most Native American casinos. Though slowly rebounding, no market appears to have been immune to the impacts of the downturn. What are tribes doing to survive in these tough markets? How has the operating environment impacted development planning in Indian Country? Will recent defaults impact future lending opportunities, and, if so, what creative financing opportunities have become available as a result? Operators and tribal gaming analysts will discuss these and other concerns.
Session 3: (Dis)Order in the Court? Decisions that Impact Indian Gaming
Thursday, October 7: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET
Moderator: Tom Foley, president, Foley Law Group
Speakers: Scott Crowell, attorney, Crowell Law Offices; Jason Giles, deputy director & general counsel, National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA); Scott Van Voorhis, journalist, Gambling Compliance.
With the Supreme Court case Carcieri v. Salazar, the future of land into trust has been thrown into confusion. This summer, nearly a year after the Bureau of Indian Affairs' final consultation meeting with leaders of the tribal and federal government, a decision about the case's impact is set to be announced. But this is not the only Court decision impacting Indian Country and tribal gaming. Recently, a federal court in California ruled that the State of California had negotiated a gaming compact in bad faith with the Rincon Band of Mission Indians. Learn how the fallout from these two cases are affecting Tribal Reservations and gaming operations.
The three Webinars can be purchased at a discounted rate of us$ 125 or individually for us$ 49. To register for the G2E Webinar Series, visit http://www.globalgamingexpo.com/en/Conference/G2E-Webinars/.
Currently in its tenth year, G2E is the leading trade show and conference event for the international gaming entertainment community, attended by more than 26,000 industry professionals from around the world. G2E 2010 will be held November 16-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and will focus on the theme, "The New Casino: Operating at Maximum Efficiency for Today's World."
For more information on G2E 2010, visit www.globalgamingexpo.com.