HOLLYWOOD, FL--(Marketwire - Jan 29, 2013) - As Internet-gambling legislation struggles to gain traction at the federal level and several states debate their own i-gaming measures, prospective operators and regulators are left to wonder how, when and to what extent this highly anticipated activity will roll out. Five experts will offer their answers in a special panel discussion at the 8th Florida Gaming Congress, to be held February 25-26, 2013, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.

Speakers on the panel titled "Internet Gaming in the US" include the following:

  • Leo DiBenigno, Managing Partner, Corvara Consulting LLC and former Secretary of the Florida Lottery
  • Mark Hichar, Attorney, Joins Hinckley, Allen & Snyder
  • Laurie Itkin, Founder, Rouge Government & Public Affairs
  • Robert Smith, Chairman Pala Band of Luiseno Indians; Chairman CA Tribal Business Alliance
  • Jennifer Webb, Regulatory and Legislative Manager, Americas, Gambling Compliance

"This will be a diverse panel featuring expert insights on i-gaming from the legal, lottery, government policy, gaming media, and tribal gaming perspectives. Our panel promises to offer a lively and well-rounded discussion on a variety of current topics in the field of Internet gaming, both for Florida and nationwide," said panel moderator Eugene Johnson, Senior Vice President of conference organizer Spectrum Gaming Group.

The Florida Gaming Congress also features four other outstanding panel discussions, including Destination Florida?, The Future of Racetrack Gaming, The View from Wall Street, and Gaming and Public Policy.

In addition to two keynote addresses, the Florida Gaming Congress includes a welcome reception that affords the hundreds of attendees excellent networking opportunities.

To register or learn more about this prominent event, visit www.floridagamingcongress.com. Early bird discounts end this Friday, February 1.

The Florida Gaming Congress, solely owned and produced by Spectrum Gaming Group (www.spectrumgaming.com), is the premier forum for professionals following the state's rapidly expanding gaming industry, and is a must-attend event for corporate executives, gaming operators, elected officials, regulators, vendors, developers, investors, analysts, and anyone else who is -- or wishes to be -- involved in Florida's nearly $3 billion gaming industry. The Florida Gaming Congress provides outstanding opportunities for networking, professional development and business-to-business discussions.

To learn more about sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, contact Brian Sullivan at FGC@spectrumgaming.com.