Sigma Road Show, Sports Betting Summit Coming to New Jersey

Sigma Road Show, Sports Betting Summit Coming to New Jersey

Two exciting gaming events are set to begin next week in one of the most important new locations for the industry.

The Sigma Road Show is coming to New Jersey beginning June 16, where iGaming officials will converge in one of the most dynamics states for American gaming. Hosted at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel just a few miles from Monmouth Park race track, the networking conference will synergize operators, affiliates and suppliers.

“We’re putting our toe in the water right now and understanding what’s happening in the U.S. market,” said Sigma Chief Operating Officer Oliver de Bono.

That show will dovetail with the All American Sports Betting Summit, which runs June 18th through the 19th. The Summit features additional speakers, including more than two-dozen industry operators, regulators, media members and other innovators, and will be highlighted by the American Gambling Awards June 18th.

Combined, the two events will attract leaders in the global gaming sphere and will highlight New Jersey's role as a new focal point of the U.S. market.

Opportunities for Entire Industry at Sigma

More than 100 operators and suppliers are expected to attend, joining representatives from 100 affiliates as well as other gaming industry professionals. The Road Show will merge Sigma’s iconic Affiliate Grand Slam with the Alpha Boot Camp, allowing officials from both areas of the market to network and swap ideas.

Along with unrivaled networking opportunities, the event includes a packed array of seminars and discussion on the critical issues and topics in modern gaming. After opening drinks and a collaborative dinner at the Sheraton Eatontown June 16, attendees will prepare for a full schedule of events June 17.

The ABC Conference begins the morning with a discussion on challenges for the sports betting industry, led by Uplay CEO Bruce Merati. That will be followed by an all-star panel of industry leaders, as well as former New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak to discuss the perspective on gaming from both operators and suppliers.

Further topics will cover private blockchains, the issues behind the “grey” gambling market and how developing technologies will impact gaming – all before a lunch hosted in the Grand Ballroom.

After the break for lunch, the AGS Conference portion begins with crash course discussions on the U.S. gaming market, including an address from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. There will be further discussions on the American regulatory environment and how affiliates can find success is the “land of opportunity.”

The night wraps up with further networking opportunities, as well as a special closing night event.

For interested parties, June 18 brings a U.S. sportsbook masterclass. The history of betting in America, the overview of the current betting landscape and an explainer on how bookmakers work are all part of a full day of educational opportunities.

All American Betting Summit Boosts Exciting Week

The Road Show will be just the beginning of another important week for New Jersey gaming.

The All American Sports Betting Summit will focus on the new opportunities for sports wagering, and how operators, affiliates and every other industry representative can capitalize on these exciting developments. Hosted at Monmouth Park, this event will also bring together the even more members of the legal gaming industry together for a two-day conference.

Day one begins the morning of June 18, featuring a full slate of speakers, highlighted by New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement Director Dave Rebuck and Princeton Public Affairs Group's Bill Pascrell III, two of the leading champions of regulated gaming. Their expertise will be accompanied by a host of other regulators, lobbyists, operators and additional leaders that will focus on ways to effectively understand and regulate sports wagering.

That night concludes with the American Gambling Awards, where the top performing online-based operators, casinos, poker and daily fantasy purveyors, along with additional technology innovators and providers, will be honored for their accomplishments. Winners will be selected by an expert panel of judges, and Matthew Berry, a New York Times best-selling author and ESPN fantasy sports expert, will host the event.

The second day brings another full array of voices, with discussions including player acquisition and management, risk mitigation and a keynote discussion on how sports federations, government officials and broadcasters view sports betting.

Along with the loaded series of events between the two conferences, the surrounding area in central New Jersey presents one of the best locals in the nation for attendees looking to experience the booming sports betting market and the industry as a whole.

New Jersey Remains New Gaming Epicenter

No state has taken better advantage of the new era of American gaming than New Jersey, the jurisdiction that led many of the legal challenges to open up these opportunities.

Aside from Nevada and its unique history of gaming provisions, no sate has had as significant an impact on American gambling than New Jersey. The first state outside Nevada to legalize casinos back in the 1970’s, New Jersey has for decades continued to push legal, regulated gaming options within its borders.

This became evident earlier this decade when New Jersey officials spearheaded the legal challenges against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, the federal ban that prevented jurisdictions (aside from Nevada) from taking bets on single-game sporting events. After years of court battles, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal ban in May 2018, opening up New Jersey, and the rest of the country, to a whole new betting frontier.

Since May 2018, eight jurisdictions are taking bets on sporting events and at least nine more are set to do so as early as this year. Not only did New Jersey pave the way to do so, but has implemented a regulatory structure that has allowed it to thrive.

Stressing collaborative approaches between regulators and operators, a business-friendly environment and continued innovation, New Jersey’s sports betting market has taken in more than $2 billion in wagers within its first 12 months taking legal bets. Highlighted further by a lucrative month of March on the backs of the highly popular Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, New Jersey is far and away the most successful market of any to legalize sports betting following the PASPA ruling.

Within the coming months, the Garden State could even eclipse Nevada for the biggest handle of any market in the country.

Assuming New Jersey continues its impressive trajectory, it will be another high-water mark for state gaming and the national landscape as a whole. With that in mind, it’s no surprise leading industry like Sigma Road Show are flocking here for their marquee events.

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