Spring Issue, 2020

Joe Osterloh

On behalf of the North American Gaming Regulators Association’s Board of Directors, Happy New Year! If you are a current member of NAGRA, I hope you are finding your member involvement to be valuable and are finding the information and resources useful. We are excited to announce some enhanced changes for the coming year and beyond!

In the next few weeks, our website will have a new look and updated navigation and we have launched a new membership portal offering a  more user-friendly experience. Watch your emails for more information on how to access these new systems.

If your organization has not yet taken advantage of becoming a member of NAGRA and would like to explore that opportunity, contact Michelle Quinn at michelle@nagra.org. 

Over the past few months the Interest Groups have re-engaged and those who participated on the Fall teleconferences provided great insight and feedback. The group chairs listened to your ideas and suggestions and are using them to guide the process of putting the conference program together as well as upcoming webinars. 

Mark your calendar!! The 36th NAGRA Annual Education and Training Conference will be held in Louisville, Kentucky June 2-4, 2020 at the historic Brown Hotel. Look for more information on the conference page of this newsletter. I hope to see you there!

Once again, we encourage you to get more involved in NAGRA. The annual conference is a great platform to do this. This is an ever-changing industry and we need input and expertise from all of you. Make sure to participate in the many networking and information sharing opportunities at the conference as well as upcoming Interest Group teleconferences.

As I am almost halfway through my term as president, I want to personally thank all the individuals who worked hard over the past several months to move the association forward in an effort to meet the demands of regulating an ever changing industry!


Joe Osterloh

NAGRA President

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Join the upcoming Interest Group Sessions!

Make sure to participate on one or more of the upcoming Interest Group Sessions. Must be a current member of NAGRA. Not sure if your organization is a current member? Contact michelle@nagra.org 

Indian Gaming Interest Group

Facilitated by Joe Osterloh, NAGRA President, Jamul Tribal Gaming Commission

  • Tuesday, February 18
  • 1:00-2:00 pm (MST)

Click Here on the above day/time to participate via Zoom videoconference. Meeting ID: 610 958 187. Dial in by phone +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099.

Casino/Electronic Gaming Interest Group

Facilitated by Roger Pinson, NAGRA Western Regional Director, Colorado Div. of Gaming

  • Wednesday, February 19
  • 12:00-1:00 pm (MST)

Click Here on the above day/time to participate via Zoom videoconference. Meeting ID: 189 353 969. Dial in by phone +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099.

Charitable Gaming Interest Group

Facilitated by Michael Menefee, NAGRA Past President, Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs, VA Dept. of Ag and Consumer Services

  • Friday, February 21
  • 11:00 am-12:00 pm (MST)

Click Here on the above day/time to participate via Zoom videoconference. Meeting ID: 966 916 785. Dial in by phone +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099.

Sports Betting Interest Group

Facilitated by Sara Throener, NAGRA Vice President, Iowa Dept. of Inspections & Appeal

  • Friday, February 21
  • 1:00 pm-2:00 pm (MST)

Click Here on the above day/time to participate via Zoom videoconference. Meeting ID: 355 212 505. Dial in by phone +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099.

Investigators Interest Group

Facilitated by Carolyn Kerr, NAGRA Midwest Regional Director, Missouri Gaming Commission

  • Friday, February 21
  • 2:30 pm-3:30 pm (MST)

Click Here on the above day/time to participate via Zoom videoconference. Meeting ID: 587 536 276. Dial in by phone +1 669 900 6833 or +1 929 205 6099.

News from Michigan

Michigan's online gambling delaying until 2021 

by Beth LeBlanc

Michigan's regulators are estimating rules to govern online casino games, sports betting and fantasy sports will take about a year to develop.

The targeted 2021 completion of the online rules is based on the time it took to develop other rule sets in the past, said Mary Kay Bean, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

“For in-person sports betting at the Detroit casinos, the goal for launch is this spring,” Bean said, noting the date will depend on applications, internal control reviews and the licensing process.

The timeline largely is the standard in other states that have legalized online gaming and sports betting, said Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Township, who spearheaded the online gaming package. A similar package took six to eight months to implement in Indiana, he said.

Read more....

Man convicted of operating illegal slot-maching casino in Roseville

by Jameson Cook

David Hoppe rolled the dice and lost.

Hoppe, 57, of St. Clair County, was convicted Thursday of two illegal gambling-related charges and two computer crimes in connection with operating a Roseville strip-mall business that offered gaming machines for customers to play.

A jury deliberated about 2-1/2 hours Thursday afternoon following a two-day jury trial in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens before convicting him of conducting a gambling operation, maintaining a gambling house and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

Hoppe rejected a plea deal in which he would be convicted of the main charge, a 10-year felony, in exchange for dismissal of the other charges. He contended a “preview” button that informs the player of the outcome removes the random or gambling nature of the gaming machines.

But Assistant Attorney General Robert Hayes told the jury in closing arguments Thursday the machines provided a game of chance like a slot machine at a casino so constitute gambling. Hoppe failed to obtain a permit from the Michigan Gaming Control Board.

“It sounds like a slot machine. It looks like a slot machine. Its wheels roll like a slot machine,” Hayes said. “It’s a slot machine.”

Read more....

Conference Location/Lodging

The Brown Hotel

335 W. Broadway

  • Lodging rate: prevailing government per diem, currently $122/plus tax

  • Reference North American Gaming Regulators Association when making reservation

  • Reserve by May 1 to receive per diem rate

Book Online directly with hotel

Book by phone: 888-888-5252 


Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Watch for Registration to open in March

Fun Fact: A century after the first major stakes race, Churchill Downs was designated a National Historic Landmark. Today, the Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held major sporting event in the United States, attracting more than 160,000 people every year.

Topic Areas

  • Sports Betting: Lessons Learned
  • State of Gambling in the US and Canada
  • Table Games, Cheat at Play
  • Human Trafficking
  • Internet Gaming
  • Indian Gaming
  • Charitable Gaming

Program Highlight!!

Onsite sessions at Churchill Downs:

  • Security/Compliance
  • How to place a bet 
  • Back of the House/Track Tour

Enjoy the exciting spectacle of Thoroughbred racing as we conclude the afternoon/evening with a reception and live race!

When booking your travel, make sure to stay Thursday night. You won't want to miss out on this educational session and activity!

Member Center

Remember: NAGRA's membership is by AGENCY, so if the agency is a member, then anyone working for that agency qualifies for member benefits such as member rates for the conference which are per person. 


  • A forum for the mutual exchange of regulatory information and techniques
  • A platform to have a unified voice to speak on legislative matters and strives to develop a standard for legislation and rules concerning gaming activities
  • A conference each year to provide members an opportunity to network with other members, hear professional and motivational speakers on topics of interest, and participate in focused breakout sessions on the newest and latest technologies, regulations and information on charitable gaming, casino and electronic gaming, Internet gaming, Indian gaming, and investigatory techniques.
  • Free webinars and interest group teleconferences
  • Resources, links and the latest industry news

Already a member? Watch for information on how to access the new member portal coming your way soon.

Not a member? Contact: michelle@nagra.org to Join Now!

Upcoming Webinar Series

NAGRA is partnering with GeoComply to produce a series of webinars in 2020, covering wide range of topics of interest to our members. Our first webinar in early March is titled, “Sports Betting: Where it’s at, where it’s going in 2020” and will bring together a panel of experts to cover many of the issues that states are dealing with as they roll out sports betting in 2020 and beyond. Once the date and panelists are set, we’ll send you an invitation to attend with all the details, so keep a watch in your email!

Call for Speakers!!

IAGR 2020 is focused on disruption and sparking regulatory innovation to advance the efficiency and effectiveness of gambling regulation globally.

Download the Call for Speakers and secure your spot to speak at #IAGR2020 Boston now!

Conference Week: September 21-24
(Including adjoining conference with IMGL)

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