Here’s A Preview Of The First All American Sports Betting Summit At Monmouth

Posted By Bill Gelman on June 17, 2019 - Last Updated on April 30, 2021

The inaugural All American Sports Betting Summit (AASBS) is coming to Monmouth Park this week.

It means New Jersey sports betting will be in the spotlight once again. Eventus International is known for putting together gambling-related conferences around the world.

A glance at the company’s upcoming international events, and it’s not hard to notice that only one of them is taking place in the US on June 18-19 in Oceanport.

Monmouth Park provides the perfect backdrop

Why hold a sports betting conference at a racetrack, you ask?

The answer is simple.

The Monmouth Park Sportsbook by William Hill is where the first legal NJ sports wager took place on June 14, 2018. The one-year anniversary of this historic occasion took place on Friday.

Attendees can look forward to listening and learning about a variety of topics.

The event brochure offers a clear objective of this gathering:

“To help gaming sector professionals understand these state regulations, create a responsible gaming environment, and open up the market to the game-changing technological innovations, marketing strategies and networking opportunities.”

And here are the types of people and companies attending:

  • Local and international sports betting operators
  • Software providers
  • Lawyers
  • State regulators
  • iGaming innovators

And among the dignitaries, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who made the ceremonial first bet (not the first winning one), is scheduled to talk. Former NJ Sen. Raymond Lesniak (the one who placed the first winning wager) is attending, too.

AASBS highlights

Eventus International is bringing together an impressive list of individuals to weigh in on the hot topic of sports betting. Instead of providing a rundown of all the panels, here is a look at some that caught our attention.

Opening remarks by Dennis Drazin

Tuesday, 9:35 a.m. 

Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development, the operating company of Monmouth Park, played an important role in getting NJ sports betting off the ground. He will share some of those highlights when he talks about “US sports betting – How we got here? Where are we now?” 

Gov. Murphy is making his rounds

Tuesday, 10 a.m. 

Murphy addressing the success of NJ sports betting is becoming a weekly thing. Well, for this month, at least. Just last week he was the keynote speaker at the East Coast Gaming Congress at Harrah’s Atlantic City.

But what will this week bring?

Murphy is scheduled to make a presentation related to sports betting.

Tuesday, 11:40 a.m.

This will be the first of several panel discussions at AASBS. Three states will be represented in this conversation.

Moderator: Bill Pascrell III, strategic advisor/public and government affairs professional/lobbyist, Princeton Public Affairs Group Inc.


  • Justin Stempeck, associate counsel, Massachusetts Gaming Commission
  • David Rebuck, director of New Jersey of Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE)
  • Brandt Iden, Michigan State representative

Entering the US sports betting market

Tuesday, 3:15 p.m. 

The US sports betting market is growing at a rapid pace beyond New Jersey. And that growth is likely the reason this is considered one of the keynote panels of the conference. The discussion will center around what you need to know and more.

Moderator: Pascrell


  • Drazin
  • George Rover, managing partner, Princeton Global Strategies
  • John Levy, founder and CEO, TheScore BET
  • Matt Davey, CEO, Tekkorp Capital LLC.
  • J Moses, Bet.Works

A word or two from Catena Media

Wednesday, 10:15 a.m. 

Our own Dustin Gouker will have the stage for the morning’s opening address. Sorry, there is no preview.

We do know he will be talking about opportunities for media companies in the sports betting sector.

Player acquisition and retention strategies

Wednesday, 11:15 a.m. 

This panel discussion will center around the topic of what punters want for the American market.

Moderator: Charles Gillespie, CEO


  • Tony Pease, founder and CEO, Carimus and GoodBookey
  • Daniel Kustelski, co-founder and CEO, Chalkline Sports
  • Aubrey Levy, vice president of marketing and partnerships, TheScore
  • Luisa Woods, vice president of marketing, Delaware North

Viewpoints on sports betting

Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.

Some big names involved with sports betting will weigh in on the topic of what viewpoints sports federations, government officials, and broadcasters have toward sports betting.

Moderator: Pascrell


  • Lesniak, president at the Lesniak Institute for American Leadership
  • Louis Rogacki, deputy director DGE
  • Benjie Cherniak, president and managing director, Don Best Sports

And the award goes to …

Registered delegates of the AASBS are invited to attend the American Gambling Awards and Dinner by The festivities are being hosted by Matthew Berry, host of The Fantasy Show on ESPN+.

The awards party is taking place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and will unfold at Monmouth Park’s Turf Club. Winners will be announced in 10 categories:

  • American Operator of the Year
  • Sports Betting Operator of the Year
  • Casino Operator of the Year
  • Poker Operator of the Year
  • Daily Fantasy Sports Operator of the Year
  • Horse Racing Operator of the Year
  • Payments Provider of the Year
  • Service Provider of the Year
  • Responsible Gambling Award
  • Corporate Transaction of the Year
  • Industry Supporter of the Year
  • Lawyer of the Year
  • Policymaker of the Year
  • Regulator of the Year

Where to dine

There are several options located right on Monmouth Park grounds. Here are a few options:

  • Blu Grotto Ristorante (noon-9 p.m.) is a fine-dining establishment specializing in regional Italian favorites.
  • Beer Garden at Blu Grotto (4 p.m.-closing on Wednesday) is a place to grab a freshly made bar pie or enjoy one of the 20-plus beers on tap paired with some live entertainment.
  • William Hill Sports Bar (open until 1 a.m.) is located in the grandstand area and a place to catch all of the Major League Baseball games, Yankees/Rays and Phillies/Nationals, included.
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Bill Gelman is a veteran sports writer based just outside of Philadelphia and not too far from the Jersey Shore. Bill spends time in Atlantic City writing about casino openings and expansions, special events and now NJ sports betting and online gambling.

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