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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The inaugural iGaming Legislative Symposium, which will be held February 27, 2014, at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel in Sacramento, CA, has announced its Keynote Speakers. Assemblymember Isadore Hall, III, of the California State Assembly will deliver the Welcome Keynote Address on Thursday morning, and Richard Schuetz, Commissioner of the California Gambling Control Commission will deliver the Luncheon Keynote Address.

Isadore Hall currently serves as the Chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee and also serves on the Elections and Redistricting and Human Services committees, and is one of the most distinguished commentators on California's legislative process, Richard Schuetz was appointed to the Gambling Control Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on September 12, 2011. Mr. Schuetz has worked as a senior executive in the gaming markets of Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno/Tahoe, Laughlin, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Louisiana, having joined the gaming industry in 1972.

"Assemblymember Hall and Commissioner Schuetz have become two of the important voices in the California iGaming dialogue," said Victor Rocha, owner of and co-producer of iGLS. "I'm honored they will be speaking to some of the important issues facing California at the inaugural iGaming Legislative Symposium."

The iGaming Legislative Symposium will examine the key policy decisions that will be considered in California in 2014 regarding the launch, regulation, and taxation of online gaming. Industry experts will discuss topics such as:

  • What can California legislators, regulators, and operators expect with the pending legalization of online gambling?
  • What are the political pitfalls and opportunities for making iGaming a reality in California?
  • Who are the stakeholders that will participate in operating California iGaming?
  • What are the potential regulatory options and how are effective regulatory regimes developed?
  • How should California structure its iGaming tax policy and what is the most effective policy?

As of February 19, 2014, confirmed speakers include Salim Adatia, CEO, GLI Canada; Chad Beynon, Analyst, Macquarie Securities; Gideon Bierer, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Partis Solutions; Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital; Steve Bodmer, Deputy General Counsel, Pechanga Development Corporation; Michael Ellen, Director, Licensing and Strategy, Alderney Gambling Control Commission; Mario Galea, Managing Director and CEO, Random Consulting; Roger Gros, Publisher, Global Gaming Business; Lauren Hammond, Commissioner, California Gambling Control Commission; Stephen Hart, Partner and Gaming Practice Group Leader, Lewis Roca Rothgerber; Robert Jacobson, Executive Director, California Council on Problem Gambling; Gene Johnson, Senior Vice President for Market Research and Online Studies, Spectrum Gaming Group; Matthew Katz, CEO, CAMS; Haig Kelegian, Former Managing Parner and CEO, Bicycle Casino; Leslie Lohse, Chairwoman, California Tribal Business Alliance; Mark Macarro , Chairman, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians; Bo Mazzetti, Chairman, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians; Jon Porter, CEO, Porter Gordon Silver; Dr. Aftab Rizvi, Principal Consultant and Director, Gaming Associates Pty Ltd; John Roberts, Attorney; Victor Rocha, Owner,; Keith Sharp , Member, Falk & Sharp; Joe Weinert, Exeutive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group; Leland Yee, State Senator, California District 8.

Pre-registration rates are available through February 26, 2014, so register now for savings. To view the complete agenda and to register, visit Email for sponsorship opportunities or to be added to the mailing list for updates.

The Symposium is jointly organized and produced by Victor Rocha, the owner of, a leading news aggregator for the gaming industry for over 14 years, and Spectrum Gaming Group, the world's leading gaming research and professional services firm. Attendees will include state legislators, gaming regulators, tribal and commercial gaming operators, and Internet gaming experts from around the world.

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Source:Spectrum Gaming Group