Computer Wagering on Simulcast Agenda

Computer-generated wagering represents about 15% of annual U.S. wagering.

Computer-based wagering will be a primary topic at this year's International Simulcast Conference Sept. 20-22 in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

There will be discussion among representatives of some of the North American pari-mutuel industry’s largest computer players. With computer-generated wagering said to account for about 15% of annual United States handle, a panel discussion Sept. 21 will address its growing role in pari-mutuel wagering.

David Bernsen of Global Wagering Group LLC, Don Johnson of Heritage Development, Dana Parham of Racing and Gaming Services, and Bill Wass of PW Enterprises Inc. will comment on the current and future state of computer wagering in North American pari-mutuel arena.

The Sept. 20 session will be devoted to the current dynamics, issues, and opportunities of international simulcasting. Panelists include Alex Dadoyan of Meadowlands, Ramon Rionda Jean of Codere America, Terry Spargo of the Emirates Racing Authority, John Stuart of Phumelela, and Nelson Clemmens of AmWest Entertainment, the North and South American disseminator of the Dubai Carnival 2010.

Mark Thurman of CHRIMS will make a presentation regarding development of a national initiative to address industry settlement and financial issues.

On Sept. 21, Jim VanderBosch of Trackmaster and Victor Espinosa Jr. of Equibase will detail software being developed and implemented by both companies to take advantage of the latest technology.

The deadline for timely registration for the conference is Sept. 10. For more information visit the TRA website at: