3 iGaming Panels on East Coast Gaming Congress Agenda

the-borgataOn May 19th, at the Borgata Hotel and Casino, 888.com CEO Brian Mattingley will kick off the 18th East Coast Gaming Congress (ECGC) with a keynote address focusing on iGaming expansion in the United States.

Following Mattingley’s speech there will be three separate panel discussions with some of the most notable iGaming executives, lawmakers, and industry experts scheduled to appear.

Among the speakers will be the President and COO of the Borgata, Tom Ballance, New Jersey’s online gaming architect State Senator Raymond Lesniak, and the head of the New Jersey DGE, David Rebuck.

Here is a look at the three panels.

Lessons Learned: Takeaways from the Launch of iGaming in US Jurisdictions

(2:30 -3:30 PM)

The first panel of the day will feature some of the biggest power players in US iGaming and will focus on what has worked and what has failed so far, and how they are moving forward to insure continued growth in the industry.

The panel will be moderated by Gene Johnson, the Senior Vice President of Marketing Research and Online Studies at Spectrum Gaming Group.


  • Tom Ballance, President & Chief Operating Officer, Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa
  • William Fasy, Chief Operating Officer, Delaware Park
  • David Rebuck, Director, New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement
  • A. Jeff Ifrah, Founding Member, Ifrah Law
  • Mark Lipparelli, Former Chairman, Nevada State Gaming Control Board

US Interstate iGaming: Opportunities and Challenges for Casino Partners

(3:45 – 4:45 PM)

The second panel of the day will also feature some high-profile speakers and will be moderated by Gideon Bierer, the Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Partis Solutions.

The oddly titled panel will not be speaking on interstate gaming as far as I can tell, but will instead focus on the vendor side of the industry.


  • Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital
  • Jon Friedberg, Chief Executive Officer, Overlay Gaming Corporation (formerly PokerTrip)
  • Kimberly Little Sutherland, Senior Director of Market Planning, Identity Management, Lexis Nexis
  • Joseph Pappano, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Vantiv Gaming Solutions
  • Eamonn Toland, President, Paddy Power North America

iGaming – Where Do We Go From Here?

(4:45-5:45 PM)

The final panel of the day will look toward the future, and discuss how more states can join Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. Regulations, taxes, and how existing gaming interests can be incorporated will be among the topics moderator Lynne Levin Kaufman, Esq,. a Partner at Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law will oversee.


  • Michael Ellen, Director Licensing & Strategy, Alderney Gambling Control Commission
  • Honorable Helene Keeley, Delaware House of Representatives, National Council of Legislatures from Gaming States
  • Honorable Raymond Lesniak, New Jersey State Senator
  • Jon Porter, Congressman (Ret.), Porter Gordon Silver Communications
  • Gil White, Partner, Herzog Fox & Neeman

Conference details

The East Coast Gaming Congress is a two-day conference (Day 2 will focus on land-based gaming in the region) that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a welcome reception, exhibits, and networking breaks.

For more information on attending the ECGC you can visit the ECGC website.


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