My name is Ryan Winfield and I am your President of the 2023-2024 NAGRA Board. I’ve been on the NAGRA conference planning committee for the last 3 years and last year I served as the Vice President and Conference Chair.
I have worked for the Arizona Department of Gaming for the last 5 years as a Special Agent for the Investigations and Inspections Unit. Prior to joining ADG, I was a police officer for the Glendale Police Department in Glendale, AZ for 20 years before honorably retiring in 2018.
NAGRA is a great organization made up of members from across North America, who you can learn from and exchange ideas with. Each of our jurisdictions are dealing with an ever-changing gambling environment with new technologies and varied authorized activities- we need your input and expertise to strengthen our community. I encourage you to stay involved with NAGRA through webinars, interest group calls, and of course, our great annual conference.
Our upcoming 2024 conference will be held in Charleston, SC from June 10th-13th.
We had a great conference in Boise, Idaho this past June with wonderful attendance, a nice baseball game, and informative sessions and plenaries. I want to thank everyone who presented, attended, and sponsored our conference. I learned a lot from our sessions and I really enjoyed meeting new people and exchanging ideas with those of you who were able to come to Boise. We are already hard at work planning the Charleston conference and hope to meet or exceed the one we just had. Thank you to everyone who filled out the post-conference survey as we will use this valuable information to begin planning our next conference. I am excited to get to work with our Board of Directors and work with all of you this coming year as your President. Take care, be safe, and hopefully we’ll see you all in Charleston!!!
Welcome Our New Board Members!
Please welcome the following members who have joined the NAGRA Board of Directors. These individuals were elected at the Annual General Member Meeting during the June conference in Boise, Idaho. We look forward to their expertise, time and involvement!
Michael Golub, NAGRA Vice President, Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Section Chief
Michael Golub is a Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Section Chief with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. He primarily focuses on the licensing of companies seeking to do business with the casinos and investigating iGaming and sports wagering companies. He helped draft New Jersey’s sports betting regulations and currently has a lead role in developing and monitoring the State’s sports betting integrity policies, as well as speaking on integrity issues to New Jersey colleges and universities. He is the lead attorney on approving sports wagering events in the State and is the Division’s principal point of contact for professional and amateur sports leagues. He has previously supervised the Division’s Regulatory Prosecutions Bureau, which prosecutes violations of the Casino Control Act and Sports Wagering Act. Michael is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and The American University: Washington College of Law. He was recognized by Global Gaming Business Magazine in 2018 as one of the “40 under 40” emerging leaders in gaming and received a 2016 Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Investigations.
Mia Tsuchimoto, Program Manager, Colorado Division of Gaming’s Sports Betting, Western Regional Director
As the Program Manager for the Colorado Division of Gaming’s Sports Betting section, Mia oversees a team of auditors, data scientists, and compliance investigators. Mia has been with the Colorado Department of Revenue for over 20 years where she has gained extensive experience implementing new programs for the State.
In 2010, Mia joined the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division, the first agency to regulate this controversial industry worldwide; putting the Division in the nation’s spotlight. In 2012, she was involved with the Governor’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force to form the regulatory framework surrounding retail marijuana. This experience led Mia to the Division of Gaming where she and her team successfully brought sports betting to the forefront in Colorado on May 1, 2020; at the beginning of the COVID-19 world-wide pandemic.
Mia is a Colorado native and appreciates the challenges and opportunities that regulating new and emerging industries brings.
When: August 30, 2023
Registration Is FREE!
Must be a NAGRA Member in good standing
Thanks to those who participated on the Sports Wagering, Casino/iGaming, Investigators and Indian Gaming Interest Groups held last this week!
Make sure to participate on one or more of the upcoming Interest Group meet ups. Hear what's happening in other states and share best practices and discuss challenges and issues.
Must be a current member of NAGRA. Not sure if you or your organization are a current member? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Once registered, instructions on how to join will be emailed to the email address provided
NOTE:Recognizing that gambling accessibility and availability are increasing across the country, NAGRA has recently established the Safer Gambling Interest Group. We need to learn from each other and support each other in order to contribute toward a sustainable gambling industry. Join us to share best practices, data, findings and what is working and what is not working within each state.
Wednesday, August 30
11:00 - 12:00 pm (MST)
Charitable Gaming Interest Group: Facilitated by: Michael Menefee, Virginia Dept. of Ag and Consumer Services
Wednesday, August 30
1:00 -2:00 pm (MST)
Safer Gambling: Facilitated by: Dan Trolaro, EPIC Risk Management and Michael Hallsworth, Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)
Suspended Denver defensive lineman Eyioma Uwazurike made dozens of bets on five Broncos games over the 2022 season in addition to bets on games he participated in while a college student at Iowa State, according to a criminal complaint filed in Iowa that accuses the 25-year-old of tampering with records.
In what is perhaps the most explosive sports betting scandal in recent college sports history, seven current or former Iowa and Iowa State athletes were charged with one count each of tampering with records related to an investigation. This is the latest development in an inquiry that was announced in May that, between the two schools, looked into 111 people, including 26 athletes and one athletic department employee. Online betting went live Jan. 1, 2021 in Iowa, but it is illegal for those under the age of 21 to bet on sports, and it’s illegal to knowingly permit someone under 21 to bet. NCAA rules also don’t let any athlete or athletic department employee to bet on any sport the NCAA sponsors at any level.
It’s been a rough month for Monarch Casino in Black Hawk. Just weeks after the casino was slapped with a $400,000 fine for employee misconduct tied to sports wagering on Feb. 15, it got hit for even more money, $500,000, in a robbery on March 12.
The Washington State Gambling Commission has reached a tentative agreement with four additional Washington State federally recognized Tribes: The Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Spokane Tribe, and Suquamish Tribe. Each tribe has agreed to adopt the proposed compact amendment language negotiated by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe for electronic table games. Each proposed compact amendment establishes a new framework for offering electronic table games at each Tribe’s gaming facility.
Congratulations to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for being presented with the Team Award for Demonstrating Excellence in the Gaming Regulatory or Enforcement Environment.
To support the launch of the new competitive internet gaming market (igaming) on April 4, 2022, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) worked to develop and implement a regulatory framework for Ontario’s new igaming market. Ontario’s framework is the first of its kind in Canada and meets the unique Canadian legal obligation for provinces to conduct and manage gaming, while creating an attractive market that has brought private operators and their players into the regulated sphere.
Congratulations to Brett Buckingham from the Colorado Division of Gaming for being presented with the Individual Award for Demonstrating Excellence in the Gaming Regulatory or Enforcement Environment.
Brett is the Agent in Charge Sports Betting and Fantasy Sports. After sports betting was approved in Colorado in November 2019, Brett immediately stepped up and began developing the process to license sports betting operations and associated businesses. In addition, Brett agreed to oversee the Fantasy Sports program after it was transferred to the Colorado Division of Gaming in September 2020.
Excellence in Gaming Award
This award is open to regulators who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in the gaming regulatory or enforcement environment. This award is given to an individual and team who has demonstrated excellence in the field. All nominees must be current NAGRA members.
A committee is established to review the nominations and determine a recipient. The award is then given at the NAGRA Annual Education and Training Conference.
Winners of this award receive a complimentary registration to the next year’s conference!
We encourage nominations throughout the year. Nominate someone today! The process is user-friendly and efficient.
The NAGRA Interest Groups coordinate with the Webinar Committee to determine webinar topics and speakers throughout the year. As a member benefit, these webinars are offered to current NAGRA members free of charge.
NAGRA collaborates with industry partners such as GLI, GeoComply, SBC, IGSA and GREO to facilitate and deliver the webinars.
Have an idea for a webinar topic? Contact email@example.com
Kickoff 2023: Takeaways from NFL’s Opening Bets + The Latest Responsible Gaming Data
Presented by:GeoComply and the American Gaming Association
Join us as our expert panel dives deep into the heart of the NFL's 2023 regulated betting landscape, examining intriguing data and insights from the initial weeks. We will also feature new research and information about responsible gaming and consumer demand for legal betting options as part of Responsible Gaming Education Month.
September 28 | 1:00 PM (EST) | Via Zoom
Watch for information and registration link to come soon!
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