Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) recently welcomed more than 100 regulators from 25 Tribal jurisdictions across California to its latest GLI University seminar for California Regulators.
The seminar was presented August 29 at Pechanga Resort and Casino and featured a wide range of speakers, including regulators, suppliers, technology experts and GLI staff.
“The future of gaming technology is changing faster than anyone could have predicted. GLI University is a leader in the industry and uniquely qualified to meet these challenges. They’re preparing the regulators of today for the problems of tomorrow,” said Victor Rocha, Editor and Publisher of Pechanga.net.
Tim Adams, Commission Chairman of the Shingle Springs Tribal Gaming Commission, attended the California Regulator Seminar and said, “As a Tribal Gaming Regulator, it is my responsibility to stay ahead of the changing technology in the gaming industry. Having GLI sharing this same philosophy and responsibility is a great asset to gaming regulators.”
That sentiment was echoed by Tule River Gaming Commission Chairman Mike Williams who said, “The GLI California Regulators Roundtable was very informative, and it will definitely help Tule River in preparation for iGaming and server-based gaming. There are a lot of concerns with trying to get a comfort level with securing servers with the necessary safeguards to protect from possible hackers, and the seminar helped to answer many questions.”
The event was held at Pechanga Resort and Casino, and Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro opened the seminar with moving remarks about his tribe’s history and vision for the future.
GLI tapped into the strength and depth of its international staff and brought in speakers from its Canada, Colorado, Nevada and New Jersey labs to address the regulators. First to speak was world-renowned iGaming expert Salim Adatia, CEO of GLI Canada, who presented the topic, “Emerging Gaming Markets in California: iGaming and Sports Betting, A View of the Future.”
Next, from GLI’s newly expanded Las Vegas Lab, GLI Senior Field Engineer Sean Mason spoke on how regulators can protect the casino in the face of new and more complex technologies that are challenging security, compliance and standards processes.
GLI Colorado Director of Engineering Mackenzie Haugh then spoke on the topic, “Cloud Technology: Regulating Something You Can’t See,” presenting GLI’s view of cloud technology and challenging regulators to think about how they will work with the new technology in their jurisdictions.
Leading tribal gaming journalist Victor Rocha, owner and editor of Pechanga.net, moderated a panel discussion titled, “Regulators Roundtable: How Are California Commissioners Preparing for New Forms of Gaming?” Panelists included Joe Osterloh, Commissioner, Viejas Tribal Gaming Commission; John Magee, Commissioner, Pechanga Gaming Commission; Les Stanley, Executive Director, Rincon Gaming Commission; and Mike Williams, Chairman, Tule River Gaming Commission.
The supplier perspective was also important at the seminar and Aristocrat Product Manager of Systems Sales & Marketing Kurt Hansen spoke to the crowd about Aristocrat’s new and upcoming technologies. Hansen elaborated on the benefits of establishing a free play online casino to enhance the customer experience. He also discussed the momentum virtual currency is gaining among players and its importance in building brand loyalty.
“We created GLI University 11 years ago because we are committed to helping regulators stay in front of new technologies that may affect their jurisdictions. The fact is, technology is advancing more rapidly than ever, and we are very proud of the programming we have done through GLI University for the past 11 years and continue to do in order to give regulators an educated edge,” said GLI Director of Development Mike Price.
GLI University is an exclusive program offering continuing education and training to regulators around the world, including annual Roundtables, regional seminars and on-site and off-site training. The schedule for 2013 is currently being booked and is slated to include seminars in Wisconsin, Michigan and other jurisdictions. The regional seminars are in addition to GLI’s annual Regulators Roundtable, which will take place in February in Las Vegas.