Smokeless or not? State and casino politics in the spotlight on

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, Sept. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Should casinos continue to allow smoking? Are there any advantages for smoke-free casinos? These questions will be among those discussed by a panel of experts at the East Coast Gaming Congress and NexGen Gaming Forum, September 21-23 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Since New Jersey removed casinos from the statewide indoor smoking ban, employees have advocated for the exemption to be removed, while casino operators said a smoking ban would lead to significant revenue losses and job cuts. Pennsylvania also allows smoking in casinos, although its main casino – Parx – has opted to remain smoke-free since reopening after the pandemic shutdown. Delaware’s casinos have been smoke-free since 2002. What’s the most likely – and best – path for New Jersey, Pennsylvania and others to address this very sensitive issue?

“Gaming revenue going up in smoke? The panel will be moderated by Joseph Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group, on Thursday, September 22. Panelists will include:

• Mark Giannantonio, President and CEO, Resorts Casino Hotel

• Cynthia Hallett, President and CEO, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation

• Eric Hausler, CEO, Greenwood Racing (PARX Casino)

The conference will begin with an opening reception on Wednesday, September 21. There will also be three keynote addresses during the conference and a networking cocktail on Thursday evening.

Additional roundtables will focus on issues facing the industry, including:

• Sports betting: which model works best?

• Analyze it

• Is the game developed responsibly?

• The best things in the game right now are…

• State regulators: keep their promise to keep pace

• Where is Igaming going?

• Creation of a single industry: lotteries, games

The East Coast Gaming Congress will provide attendees with valuable insight and training from the most knowledgeable people on this evolving industry, as well as exceptional opportunities for networking, professional development and business-to-business discussions.

For more information about the conference or sponsorship, visit or contact Donna Vecere at [email protected]

The East Coast Gaming Congress & NexGen Gaming Forum is organized and produced by Cooper Levenson, Spectrum Gaming Group, Sports Illustrated Sportsbook and Esports Entertainment Group.

Cooper Levenson: Cooper Levenson’s Gaming and iGaming Law Practice Group deals with virtually every level and variety of multi-jurisdictional casino law: iGaming law, sports betting, licensing, issues compliance, equipment approval and administrative procedures are just a few of the types of issues handled. for customers around the world. Cooper Levenson has been a full-service law firm since 1957, with 70 attorneys and offices in New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, Florida and New York. Visit

Spectrum Playgroup: Spectrum Gaming is an independent research and advisory firm that has performed advisory and advisory work for gaming operators, regulators and legislatures in 43 US states and territories and 48 countries on six continents. Visit Spectrum at

Esports Entertainment Group (NASDAQ: GMBL) (EEG) is a full-service online esports and betting company. EEG focuses on three verticals: Gaming, iGaming and Technology. EEG Games provides a wide range of services and infrastructure for businesses to engage esports and gaming communities around the world, including Esports Gaming League (EGL), which hosts a community of over 350,000 players on its platform. proprietary tournaments. EEG iGaming comprises a number of award-winning brands covering traditional online sports betting needs as well as a multinational casino operator. EEG Technology is building next-generation platforms, features, and services for millennials, Gen Z consumers, and brands looking to connect with these demographics. EEG has offices in New Jersey, UK, Malta and Estonia. For more information, visit

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