New Jersey Attorney General Named Keynote For Atlantic City’s East Coast Gaming Congress

Written By David Danzis on April 12, 2023
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The largest US gambling conference outside Nevada kicks off next week in Atlantic City. And the list of topics and scheduled speakers continues to grow.

The 26th East Coast Gaming Congress will take place April 19-20 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.

What exactly does the conference have in store?

Sports betting, iGaming, Wall Street and more at ECGC

Timely and relevant panel discussions centered around the expansion of online gambling in the US will take center stage. As will Wall Street’s economic forecast, the evolution of legal sports betting and the merging of digital and land-based experiences. Industry titans, such as Jim Allen and David Cordish, will deliver individual presentations, and Bill Miller, president and CEO of American Gaming Association, will give a welcome address.

On Tuesday, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin was announced as the luncheon keynote speaker. The attorney general’s office oversees the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, one of two regulatory agencies responsible for maintaining the integrity of Atlantic City casinos, NJ online casino and NJ sports betting.

“It is an honor to be the keynote speaker at this year’s East Coast Gaming Congress in Atlantic City,” Platkin said in a release.

“I’m looking forward to sharing with regulators and industry representatives how New Jersey will continue being a place where the gaming industry thrives and innovates, all while my office and the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement advance our groundbreaking efforts on regulating gambling activity and responsible gaming,” Platkin said in a press release.

Gov. Phil Murphy has addressed four of the last five annual conferences in AC. Obviously, COVID-19 prevented the ECGC from going on in 2020.

Carrying the gaming conference torch in Atlantic City

Michael Pollock, managing director of Spectrum Gaming Group and co-founder of ECGC, said Platkin is continuing a “time-honored tradition.”

“Past keynote speakers include six sitting, former and acting New Jersey governors, as well as numerous other state officials,” Pollock said.

“Our attendees expect to hear from – and to meet– the leaders who will create the future of gaming, and New Jersey has been in that leadership role for nearly a half-century.”

NJ’s premier gaming legal eagle tips cap to NJ’s top cop

The Atlantic City-based law firm Cooper Levenson organizes and produces the two-day conference. As do Spectrum Gaming Group, Playdoit and Sports Illustrated Sportsbook.

“We are thrilled to have New Jersey’s top law-enforcement official address our conference,” said Lloyd D. Levenson, CEO of Cooper Levenson and co-founder of the conference. “He plays a critical leadership role in the future of Atlantic City and the entire gaming industry.”

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David Danzis is the lead writer for PlayNJ. He is a New Jersey native and honors graduate of Rutgers University. As a newspaper reporter for the New Jersey Herald and Press of Atlantic City, David earned statewide awards for his coverage of politics, government, education, sports, and business. Today, he is PlayNJ’s Atlantic City “insider” and gaming industry expert on casinos, sports betting, and online gambling. David lives in Atlantic County, NJ with his wife and two children.

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