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US – Nevada Gaming Control Board heralds importance of first Sports Betting USA conference

By - 30 August 2017

Karl Bennison, Chief of Enforcement, Nevada Gaming Control Board, one of the key note speakers appearing at November’s inaugural Sports Betting USA (November 14 to 15, Convene, New York), has welcomed the opportunity the historic event provides to ‘share and evaluate information’ in order to make more informed decisions on the national debate surrounding the availability of legalized sports betting in the United States.

Chief Bennison is speaking on behalf of the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which has been regulating sports betting for decades.

Speaking ahead of the Clarion Gaming organised event, which will feature many of the leading voices from all sides of the sports betting arena, Karl Bennison said: “This conference is a great opportunity to bring together the interested and/or affected parties, to be educated and have the opportunity to discuss the key issues surrounding the potential expansion of legal sports wagering in the United States.

“Sports wagering and sports integrity are hot topics around the world. This conference is well timed to bring together interested parties and perhaps dispel any misperceptions, get questions answered and share best practices before any big changes are considered or take effect. I look forward to participating in this conference, learning from others and relating how we regulate sports wagering in Nevada, investigate illegal bookmaking and participate in the effort to combat the manipulation of athletic events.”

Expanding on Nevada Gaming Control Board’s discussions with sports leagues and governing bodies, he said: “The interactions we have had with international and some US based leagues have, in my opinion, been beneficial to both sides. There appears to be an acknowledgment that sports wagering is increasingly popular in the United States, and since Nevada has years of successful regulatory experience, there are benefits for U.S. leagues and governing bodies to work proactively and reactively with the agencies such as the Nevada Gaming Control Board and companies involved in legal sports wagering and the investigation of illegal bookmaking and sports bribery related offenses.”

Sports Betting USA is the first event dedicated exclusively to the development of sports betting in the USA. Developed by the team at Clarion Gaming, Sports Betting USA will explore the legislative path to the repeal of PASPA; demystify misconceptions around sports integrity; outline data monetization strategies, fan engagement opportunities; new revenue streams for rights holders and present routes to a regulated market for operators wishing to add this vertical to their offer. Amongst a host of opinion formers and thought leaders, Sports Betting USA will feature contributions from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the American Gaming Association and former CEO of Liverpool Football Club, Rick Parry.

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