Australasian Gaming Expo three day seminar program.


Organised by Gaming Technologies Association (GTA) in partnership with Asia Gaming Brief (AGB), the AGE Seminar Program is the official seminar program for the Australasian Gaming Expo, runs over all three days of the Expo.

The Australasian Gaming Expo brings together the who’s who from the Clubs, Hotel and Casino segments. In 2018 year there were 8,638 visitors which included Directors, Chief Executives, Operations Managers, Gaming Managers and Managing Directors. This makes the Australasian Gaming Expo the “must attend” event for anyone wanting to do business in hospitality.

The seminar program was held within the ICC Sydney complex, making this the must-attend seminar program for executives in the clubs, casino, pubs & hotels, hospitality and gaming space. It covered topics related to new technologies, gaming, regulation, hospitality, customer service and millennials.

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Sponsored by: GTA (Host), AGB (Event Partner) and IMGL (Supporting Association).




2018 progam DAY 1


14 August, 10:30 – 12:30 – Future

10:30 Australia: State of the Nation

As the opening session for the 2018 AGE Seminar, this session gave an overview of some of the most pertinent issues facing the industry today and looked at the opportunities and challenges facing our operators, suppliers and regulators across the sector.

Ross Ferrar, CEO, Gaming Technologies Association

10:50 Technological Disruption & Innovation

Justin Baird is a leading innovationist and technology futurist who is sought after both locally and internationally for his presentations relating to digital, media and marketing futures.

Justin Baird, Managing Director of R&D, Technology & Innovation, Accenture

11:40 The Gaming Product of Tomorrow

Following on from talks about disruptive technology and the millennial generation, this session discussed upcoming innovations in the gaming product space, as well as how regulators are responding. We take looked at where the virtual reality gaming market has taken us and discuss the potential of AR technology and skill-based games.

Neil Spencer, Managing Director, Gaming Consultants International (Moderator)
Adrian Halpenny, SVP Australia & Asia, Scientific Games
David Punter, National Sales Manager, Konami Australia
Damian Quayle, Chief Operating Officer – Gaming, The Star Sydney
Paul Newson, Deputy Secretary Liquor, Gaming and Office of Racing NSW
David Ford, Commissioner for QLD Liquor and Gaming

12:30 Conference Break


14 August, 14:00 – 17:00 – IMGL Masterclass

Chaired by: Jamie Nettleton, Partner, Addisons Lawyers, Sydney & President, IMGL
The IMGL Masterclass covered international and domestic legal trends of relevance to the Australian gambling industry including operators, regulators, venues and other stakeholders. The session will gave an update on Queensland, discussing the current position in the development of Global Tourism Hubs, Sports Betting in the United States, and Gaming Regulation and New Technologies.

14:00 Queensland Update: The current position of Global Tourism Hubs, the role of casino and gaming regulation, lessons from Queensland, Case Study: Queens Wharf

David Edwards, Project Chief Executive, Department of State Development QLD
Mike Sarquis, Executive Director, Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Paula Martin, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, The Star Entertainment Group

15:00 United States – Sportsbetting after The Supreme Court decision in Murphy v NCAA

Vic Gallo, General Counsel, PlayAGS

15:30 United States Sportsbetting – Opportunities for Investment by the Australian Gambling Sector: Case Study – PointsBet

Sam Swanell, CEO, PointsBet

16:00 Gaming Regulation – Challenges from New Technologies

Mike Sarquis, Executive Director, Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
Paul Newson, Deputy Secretary Liquor, Gaming and Office of Racing NSW
Vic Gallo, General Counsel, PlayAGS
Karina Chong, Senior Associate, Addisons Lawyers



2018 progam DAY 2


15 August, 10:30 – 12:30 – Food, Hospitality, Service, Events

10:30 Millennials & Generation Z

Sudhir Kale, CEO, GamePlan Consultants

11:00 Enter, Stage Left!

Planning and organising the right entertainment for your audience is an art in itself. What does your entertainment plan look like? What metrics are in place to track its success? This session looked at the entertainment decisions faced by the country’s pub, hotel and club operators. One topic of particular attention is the role that esports could play in a venue, whether that be hosting your own tournament or broadcasting a live international event that serves to attract the elusive millennial.

Terry O’Halloran, Associate – Member Insights and Gaming Specialist, Russell Corporate Advisory (Moderator)
Nick Vanzetti, Managing Director, ESL Australia
Tim Richardson, Group Gaming Manager, Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts
Andrew Kelly, General Manager, Bankstown Sports Club
Coby Hindson, Owner, Game Cave
Melanie Morson, Group Corporate Communications & Community Relations Manager, Castle Hill RSL

12:00 A Balanced Diet

As the F&B business becomes increasingly important to attract customers, operators are looking for ways to streamline their F&B operations and better connect them with their gaming and entertainment offerings. This session will also cover food trends, staff, training, leasing out F&B operations and the customer.

Geoff Wohlsen, business advisor, consultant and facilitator specialising in hospitality and leisure (Moderator)
Morgan Stewart, CEO, Club Taree
Grant Imeson, Principal, Imeson & Associates
Tracey Lentell, CEO, Moorebank Sports Club
Yianni Barthelmess, F&B Group Executive, Aster Group

12:30 Conference Break


15 August, 14:00 – 16:00 – Trending Now

14:00 Spotlight on Responsible Gambling

The panel will examine achievements and trends in Responsible Gambling – the challenges, the successes and the facts.

Nadine Grinblat, Chief Executive, Australasian Gaming Council (Moderator)
David Curry, Head of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, ALH Group
Natasha Mann, Executive Director, Liquor and Gaming NSW
Sonja Bauer, Group General Manager Responsible Gaming, Crown Resorts

15:00 Gaming and the Media

Ben Wilson, managing partner at GRACosway, is a seasoned media professional who has unique experience in the relationships between gaming and the media.

Ben Wilson, Managing Partner, GRACosway

15:30 Driving Engagement in 150 Words or Less

How can venues use social media to effectively communicate with their customers? As we know, “likes” doesn’t equal feet through the door. This session looked at the very latest trends and tips when it comes to social media marketing and also take a look at lessons learnt from other industries.

Felicity Zadro, Founder and Managing Director, Zadro Agency




2018 progam DAY 3


16 August, 10:00 – 12:00 – Pubs / Hotels Summit

Chairman: Clyde Mooney, Publishing Editor, PubTIC
Co-Chair: Rob Gleeson, Head of Hospitality Advisory, Mortgages & Co
Guest Speaker: Scott Robertson, Robertson & Robertson

How gaming operations affect pub valuations

  • Changes to NSW gaming regulations, allowing leasing and easier transfer of regional
    EGM entitlements to metro
  • Advantages in valuation for the regional pubs
  • How these arrangements will likely affect valuations of metro pubs taking on the leases
  • (using latest data) how the new regulations have affected the price and valuation of entitlements
  • Technology infrastructure
  • How CRT and TITO affect revenue
  • The relationship between machine age and returns

Stollznow Research Report: Australian Hotels

This session presented the findings of a research report conducted in 2018 on Australian pubs. Some of the key findings from the survey showed that pub operators have a keen interest on social media, managing staff and food operations. The session will also look at the contribution that gaming machines contribute to the improvement of the hotel experience overall.

Giselle Stollznow, Director, Stollznow Research

Sponsorship and branding opportunities are also available for the Seminars, but are limited. If you have interest in sponsoring this year’s AGE Seminar Program, please email Janice Leung.