Experts at Racing & Gaming Conference Will Chart Future, Identify Challenges for Tribal, Commercial Gaming
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Digital technology is changing consumer behavior across all geographic and demographic segments, forcing operators, regulators and suppliers to either keep pace or fall behind. The Indian gaming industry across the United States is learning how to meet this challenge. A panel of industry leaders at The Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga will identify the challenges and provide a roadmap during a session to be held August 15 at the Saratoga Hilton.
The session, Tribal Digital Gaming: Has the Moment Finally Arrived? will explore the various paths that have brought Native American tribes to the precipice of digital gaming, and the resulting fallout. Issues that will be discussed include: The Department of Interior’s new proposed rules bringing the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act into the digital age; the proposed Seneca Compact with New York; creative compacting by tribes in Florida, Arizona, Connecticut, and Michigan; and the competitive impacts on non-tribal commercial gaming operators.

Moderator: Derril Jordan, Partner, mctlaw
  • WIlliam Brooks, Special Council, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi
  • Michelle Cohen, Member, Ifrah PLL/Outside Counsel to iDEA Growth (IDevelopment and Economic Association) 
  • Katherine Spilde, Professor, San Diego State University
  • Daniel Wallach, Founder, Wallach Legal

The Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga will also provide critical insight into a range of issues, most notably the anticipated emergence of downstate casino licenses in the New York City region.

The full range of topics includes:

  • New York Casino Expansion to New York City and Surrounding Counties: Is the Finish Line in Sight?
  • Consolidation of Gaming: Status and Implications for Racetracks and Casinos
  • Technology and Gaming: New Challenges, New Solutions
  • The Implications of Exclusion for Racetracks and Casinos
  • Consumer Protections and the Federalization of Gaming
  • HISA – Legal Limbo and Regulatory Reluctance
  • Harness Racing: An Industry in Decline, or in Transformation?
  •  Historical Horse Racing Machines: The Tail Wagging the Horse?
  • Changing Customer Base, CRWs and the Future of Betting
The conference includes a welcome reception at the historic Adelphi Hotel on Monday, August 14, a networking event on Tuesday, August 15, and a day at the races on Wednesday, August 16. 
To register for the conference, click here. To reserve hotel accommodations, click here.
For sponsorship information, contact Josh Faber at or Allison McCoy at
Patrick Brown, co-founder and partner emeritus of Brown & Weinraub, PLLC, and owner of Tinhorn Productions, LLC, will again serve as conference director.
Spectrum Gaming Group is the conference coordinator for the Racing and Gaming Conference at Saratoga. Spectrum is an independent research and consulting firm that has performed advisory and consulting work for gaming operators, regulators, and legislatures in 43 US states and territories and in 48 countries on six continents.
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