A press release was given on May 20th, 2011 from Atlantic City, New Jersey regarding the details of the 15th Annual East Coast Gaming Congress. This event was held on May 23rd and May 24th at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The Congress is produced by the Spectrum Gaming Group, a research firm, SOSH Architects and Cooper Levenson Attorneys. The focal point of the conference was the implementation of online gambling in the United States.

The Inevitability of Online Gambling in the U.S.

Although several online poker rooms were seized by U.S. authorities, the majority of Americans believe that online gaming is inevitable. The primary issue in question is whether online gaming will be regulated at the federal or state level. Many experts opine that the regulation will involve both bodies.

Internet Gambling: The Game Changer Discussion

Sponsored by the Global Gaming Business and the Senior Associate of Market Research at the Spectrum Gaming Group, the East Coast Gaming Congress included a discussion entitled, “Internet Gambling: The Game Changer.” Four nationally-recognized experts on the subject addressed a variety of questions related to the popular activity.

The Speakers included; Melanie Brenner, President of the U.S. Online Gaming Association; Honorable John Burzichelli, New Jersey State Assembly; Richard “Skip” Bronson, Chairman of U.S. Digital Gaming and Jan Jones, Senior Vice President of Communications/Government Relations of Caesars Entertainment. The selected speakers offered well-rounded expertise in gaming and government.

The East Coast Gaming Congress

The Congress has always been a popular even for the online gambling industry with over 600 gaming operators, regulators, attorneys, architects, public officials, analysts, investors, equipment manufacturers and other related professionals in attendance. The event began with a reception at The Pool at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.

Land-Based Casino Discussions

Although the focal point of the Congress was online gambling, several land-based gambling issues were also discussed. For instance, the economic condition of the land casinos in Atlantic City was an important topic. The entire conference schedule is available at the East Coast Gaming Congress website.

New Jersey was selected as the location for the Congress due to the chance (until late 2010) that the state could be the first jurisdiction to legalize and regulate online gambling. Unfortunately, Governor Christie vetoed the bill on the final day. The Congress was an excellent chance for many citizens and law-makers to learn more about the positive and negative effects of online gambling. This will perhaps allow them to make a more informed decision.