Friday, May 6, 2022
Maryland Educational Summit:
Sports Wagering – Small Business Participation
in the Spotlight

Join us for this informative meeting that will provide an understanding of opportunities in sports betting for Maryland small businesses, retailers, investors, and other stakeholders.

This free event includes guest speakers and two expert panel discussions with regulators, gaming lawyers, legislators, gaming suppliers, gaming operators, legal/licensing executives, and industry consultants.

Where: Montgomery Park Business Center Auditorium, 
1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD

When: Friday, May 6, 2022

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (doors open at 8:15 a.m.)
Opening Remarks:
  • Delegate Darryl Barnes, Chairman, Maryland Legislative Black Caucus
  • Kimberly Copp, Co-Chair, Taft Gaming Group and consultant to Maryland’s Sports Wagering Application Review Commission
  • Shawn Fluharty, West Virginia House of Delegates
  • Michael Pollock, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group
  • Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary of Maryland Small, Minority, & Women Business Affairs

Panel 1 Discussion – The costs of running a sports betting operation: A window into the true costs of running an online or brick-and-mortar sportsbook. What types of small businesses are conducive to sports betting (e.g., restaurants, sports bars, and other entertainment venues)? Experts outline some of the financial costs of operating in the sports betting world – everything from capital costs to security requirements and the impact of competitive promotions.

Moderator: Delegate Shawn Fluharty

  • Johnny Grooms, Director of East Coast Retail Sportsbook Operations, BetMGM
  • Paul Hannon, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, PointsBet USA
  • Tory Key, Business Development Project Leader, Elys

Panel 2 Discussion A regulatory/legal/licensing overview of Maryland sports betting. This panel will explain the application process, required paperwork, licensing and compliance requirements. What can businesses do now to successfully navigate the application process (i.e., ownership questions, competency, capital and partnerships)? What are the important attributes that applicants should possess?

Moderator: Joseph Weinert, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Gaming Group

  • Richard Brower, SVP Fintech Sales and Market Development, MVB Bank
  • Jeff Ifrah, Founding Member, Ifrah Law
  • Lloyd Levenson, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Casino & iGaming Law Practice Group, Cooper Levenson
  • Robert L. Ruben, Partner and Team Lead for Gaming Industry Group, Duane Morris

Closing Remarks