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The Road Ahead for Gaming in Asia

Monday, 8 to Wednesday, 10 June, 2020

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We went back to the drawing board and - following the postponement of the in-person ICE Asia and SiGMA Manila exhibitions and conferences in the Philippines - ICE Asia Digital provided three days of streamed industry content, discussions and debate, that participants accessed from wherever they were.

SiGMA Asia Focus and SiGMA Deep Tech digital conferences took place from 8-10 June in partnership with ICE Asia Digital.



Did you miss this event? Don't worry - you can watch all videos by registering for access.

And we'll be back for the in-person ICE Asia next year, on Thursday, 27 & Friday, 28 May, 2021!

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Three Days of Intelligence, Debate and Training


Day One - Monday, 8 June, 2020 - The Future of Gaming in Asia  

3pm Vietnam / 4pm Philippines, Macau / 5pm Japan / 9am UK / 10am Central Europe


Opening from ICE Asia Digital - Day 1 Anchor 

Chris Wieners, Managing Partner, HOGO Digital 

Joji Kokuryo, Managing Director, Bay, City Ventures


KEYNOTE: Andrea D. Domingo Chairman & CEO, PAGCOR


PANEL: Outlook for Asia Gaming in a Post-COVID-19 World 

The huge impact that COVID-19 has had on Asia Gaming will be the focus of this session. We will be joined by some of the regions key thought leaders and analysts, who will focus on the trajectory of recovery, the future of some of the key gaming markets such as Macau, Singapore & Philippines as well as some financial analysis and predictions for the 18 months ahead.

Moderated by:
Alidad Tash, Managing Director, 2nt8 Ltd

Kevin Clayton, Chief Marketing Officer, Board Advisor & Consultant
Vitaly Umansky, Senior Research Analyst, Global Gaming at Sanford C. Bernstein


Quick Take: Running a Casino in a Pandemic era

Speaker: Michael Gore, VP Corporate Strategy, Hamatomo Corporation





IMGL Masterclass: Regulatory Impact & responses to COVID -19 Across the Asia-Pacific on the Gambling Sector, Focus on Australia, India and Singapore.

How have regulators responded, and continue to respond to COVID-19? This panel of experts and regulators will explore some of the regulatory change to potentially emerge in a post-COVID-19 era of gaming. What can different regulatory responses learn from each other across the Asia Pacific region?


Moderated by:
Jamie Nettleton, Chairman, IMGL

Ranjana Adhikari, Co-head Media Entertainment & Gaming, Nishith Desai Associates
Lau Kok Keng, Head Intellectual Property, Sports & Gaming, Raja & Tann Singapore
Michael Sarquis, Executive Director, Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Australia


Quick Take: The Benefits of Offering Digital Services as a Land-Based Casino.

Erwin Dickman, Marketing Manager at Asia Live Tech


PANEL: The Marriage of Digital and Land-Based in the Future Asia Pacific Model

What can Asia learn from some of the European markets regarding customer experience, loyalty and digital engagement from land-based and Omni-channel operators &suppliers?

Moderated by: Harmen Brenninkmeijer, Managing Director, Dynamic Partners


Jonathan Pettemerides, Director, Omni-Channel, Rank Group
Wolfgang Bliem, CEO, Casino Luzern


Day 1 Q&A


Day Two - Tuesday, 9 June, 2020 - Casinos, Integrated Resorts & Tourism of the Future

3pm Vietnam / 4pm Philippines, Macau / 5pm Japan / 9am UK / 10am Central Europe


Opening from ICE Asia Digital - Day 2 Anchor: 

Andrew W Scott, Vice Chairman and CEO, Inside Asian Gaming (IAG)


In focus: Integrated Resort Development, the opening of HOIANA casino in

Fresh from receiving their Casino license in Vietnam, HOIANA Resort & Casino
is set to open their doors offering a local experience to tourists. Newly appointed Steve Wolstenholme will take us through Suncity’s vision and

Steve Wolstenholme, CEO, HOIANA, Hoi An South Development


Fireside chat: Casino Reopening &Operating in the "new normal"

Asia road to recovery, reopening strategy and preparing the land-based market for the new normal. As COVID-19 has halted a lot of Gaming operations across the region, this session will focus on how casinos are preparing to re-open. What impact will re-opening in a post-COVID-19 world have on gaming versus non-gaming revenue though out the Asia region, and what strategy can the Pan-Asia region learn from Macau’s first moves?

Moderated by:

Fred Gushin, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group

Jose Angel Suerio, Chief Operating Officer, PH Resorts


Quick take: No Sports? No worries! e-Sports is here to take over!

Lusine Khudaverdyan, Philippines Regional Director, BetConstruct


Keynote: Top predictions for the future of Gaming in Asia: Integrated Resort edition

Speaker: Walt Power, CEO, Ho Tram


Panel: Japan update: Has the Political timeline for bidding:

According to the Central Government, Japan will not be delaying the timeline of the RFP
process. However, the recent reshuffle of operator candidates shows issues
with the development of Japan. This session will look at the current stumbling
blocks at the prefecture level and offer advice operators in the Japan mix.

Moderated by:
Brendan Bussmann, Partner & Director of Government Affairs, GMA

Ayako Nakayama, Director, IR Association
Kazuaki Sasaki, PhD, Professor, Toyo University - Department of International Tourism Management
Toru Mihara, Chair, National Council on Gaming Legislation


IN FOCUS: Analysing the Public Consensus of IR’s in Japan

Dominic Carter, Founder, Carter Group


IN FOCUS: The Future of Chinese Consumerism and Tourism:

An overview of the rise of Chinese consumers
 How to target Chinese customers to your business
 What do Chinese gamblers want in your casino Post Covid-19 Chinese
consumers spending habits?
 Post Covid-19: How will it change the Chinese tourism market?

Annie Siara, Founder, 86 Connects


Day Three - Wednesday, 10 June, 2020 - Totally Gaming Academy Masterclasses

3pm Vietnam / 4pm Philippines, Macau / 5pm Japan / 9am UK / 10am Central Europe

Totally Gaming Academy


The international leader in Gaming training, Totally Gaming Academy will provide ICE Asia Digital participants with the chance to benefit from training sessions during the event - led by the best in the business.

These courses are usually paid-only and command high value and equally high demand - but this day will be free for you and your peers, covering AML & CFT, casino commercialisation and social gaming for landbased operators.


Session 1: Taking Your Casino Online With Social Gaming

Social gaming is one of the most immediate steps Brick and Mortar casino operators can take to expand their operation online and engage their customer base off-property.

In this session, Itsik Akiva and Jason “Wolf” Rosenberg”, two online gaming experts and Totally Gaming Academy trainers, will provide you with the essentials to understand and implement social gaming, including product characteristics and features, the regulatory landscape, economics and monetization models, technology and integrations, and will explore the benefits of offering social gaming. 


Itsik Akiva, Online Gaming & Marketing Consultant, American iGaming Solutions

Jason "Wolf" Rosenberg, CEO/Founder, American iGaming Solutions


Session 2: The post-COVID-19 casino floor - How to tackle new health regulations in landbased casinos

The practicalities of opening up again are taxing the minds of casino managers worldwide. In the second presentation of the day, Robert Brassai of Sense4gaming, Totally Gaming Academy’s Table Games trainer, discusses the issues, options and considerations when balancing safety and local regulations against providing a welcoming environment.


Robert Brassai, Principal Consultant/Owner, Sense4gaming


Session 3: Manila to Macao: Multi-channel Money Laundering

A quick look at the changing landscape of AML in Macau and Manila and calls for actions.


Christina Thakor-Rankin, Principal Consultant, 1710 Gaming


The Korean Market: Growth and Future Development, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment KEYNOTE.

 - Post COVID-19 - how is this going to affect the development of Korea and the inbound customer base - key insights around the development of Mohegan Sun's Korean property.


Christopher Jones, VP of Corporate Finance & Development, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment.


With Thanks to Only the Best Expert Speakers


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