Summer/Fall Issue, 2020

Hello, I am Sara Throener and as of August 20, 2020 I am the President of the NAGRA Board. Our former president, Joe Osterloh, left his employment with an active member of NAGRA and as such had to give up his seat on the NAGRA Board.

I have served as the Vice President of the NAGRA Board since June of 2019 and served as the Midwest Regional Director from July 2017 to June of 2019.

I work for the Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals (DIA) as their Legislative Liaison and Executive Assistant to the Director. In Iowa the DIA oversees all gaming in the state with the exception of the Lottery. I have been with the DIA for 13 years and in that time gaming in Iowa has changed quite a bit. NAGRA has been a great resource to find out what other jurisdictions were doing and keep up with ever changing technology.

I want to thank the rest of the NAGRA Board for stepping up and leading during an unprecedented time. NAGRA had to cancel the 2020 conference but we are already working on the 2021 conference that will be in Louisville, KY. 

I am excited to see what the next year holds for NAGRA! I hope to connect with you through one of the webinars, interest group calls or virtual meet ups that NAGRA is doing. 


Sara ThroenerNAGRA President

Excellence in Gaming Award

Congratulations to the Personnel Registration (PREG) Team for being awarded the Excellence in Gaming Award!

Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB)

Ministry of Attorney General, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The Personnel Registration (PREG) Unit works with gaming service providers and gaming worker applicants to ensure they comply with the terms and conditions, rules and policies, outlined in the Gaming Control Act and Gaming Control Regulation.  The unit sits within the Licensing Registration and Certification (LRC) Division of the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB). The unit typically processes 7,200 gaming worker registration applications per year.

Click here to see full nomination and read about the great things this team is doing!  

 Upcoming Webinar 

In collaboration with GeoComply, NAGRA invites you to participate in the upcoming October webinar "Overcoming Real World Compliance in AML and KYC for iGaming and Online Sports Betting". 

Click Here for more information

Registration coming soon!

Welcome new Conference Committee members!

The NAGRA Conference Committee is responsible for finding new and innovative educational topics and presentation formats to plan and execute NAGRA’s annual conference. 

Save the Date and stay tuned for more information on the 2021 Annual Conference to be held June 14-16 at The Brown Hotel, Louisville, KY

Contact Sara Throener or Michelle Quinn to learn about opportunities to get involved and participate on a NAGRA Committee

Terry Staten

Arizona Department of Gaming

Ryan Winfield

Arizona Department.of Gaming

Susan Christian

South Dakota Commission on Gaming 

Not pictured:

Jennifer Lamont

Washington State Gambling Commission

Member Center

Welcome NAGRA's newest Trade Affiliate member:

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

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   Virginia Enacts Expansive Gaming Legislation

By: Joan Scott

The 2020 Virginia General Assembly Session enacted legislation significantly expanding gaming in the Commonwealth.

Charitable gaming permitted activities expanded to allow Texas Hold’em poker tournaments. Qualified organizations have the option to contract with an operator to conduct tournaments. The Charitable Gaming Board is currently in the process of drafting regulations. Read full article

Wynn Las Vegas reports 548 COVID-19 employee cases, three deaths

By: YOGONET Gaming News

Wynn Las Vegas has recorded 497 positive COVID-19 cases and three deaths among employees since the resort reopened in June. Read full article

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