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Looking Back and Looking Forward: Observing 40th Anniversary of New Jersey Casino Gaming at East Coast Gaming Congress

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – The 22nd Annual East Coast Gaming Congress and NexGen Gaming Forum, to be held June 13 – 14 at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center here, will mark the 40th anniversary of gaming in Atlantic City with a special panel of experts who will examine the historic milestone of the first legal casinos to open in the United States outside of Nevada.

Panel participants, each of whom offers a unique perspective on the history and future of gaming in Atlantic City, are:

  • Joseph Fusco, Esq., Cooper Levenson, first Director of Licensing, New Jersey Casino Control Commission
  • Mark Giannantonio, President & CEO, Resorts Casino Hotel
  • Daniel Heneghan, Public Information Officer, New Jersey Casino Control Commission and former gaming reporter for The Press of Atlantic City
  • Steve Norton, former Executive Vice President, Resorts International
  • Kevin O’Toole, executive director, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, and former Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

The panel will be moderated by Spectrum Gaming Group Managing Director Michael Pollock, former Editorial Page Editor for The Press of Atlantic City and former spokesperson for the Casino Control Commission. He also authored the award-winning book “Hostage to Fortune: Atlantic City and Casino Gambling,” published by the Center for Analysis of Public Issues in Princeton, NJ.


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