Becky Harris is a Distinguished Fellow in Gaming and Leadership with the International Gaming Institute at UNLV. In this capacity, Harris works with regulators, operators, academics, and other stakeholders on a host of gaming and leadership related issues and projects. Harris created Winning With Words (W3), a peer-to-peer (P2P) competitive game of skill. W3 was launched in December of 2019 and is offered on a P2P skill-based game platform for fun or for monetary prize pools. Having developed, launched and marketed a skill-based game, Harris understands the complexities of skill-based gaming.
While at UNLV’s International Center for Gaming Regulation (ICGR), as an academic fellow with an emphasis in the study of sports betting, Harris collaborated with stakeholders on behalf of the ICGR to finalize the formation, launch, and first convening of the U.S. Sports Betting Forum, an outlet designed to provide a neutral forum in which stakeholders can convene to discuss policy and regulatory issues relating to legal sports wagering.
Harris finished her term as Chairwoman of Nevada Gaming Control Board in 2019 and was the first woman to hold the position. She guided the Board through a number of controversial matters; including, the repeal of PASPA, the emergence of sports betting across the United States, and various Wire Act issues.
Harris was elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2014, representing Nevada’s Ninth District. She served for two legislative sessions and two special sessions. Her experience includes serving as chair of the Senate Education Committee, as well as a member of the Senate Judiciary, Finance, Education, and Commerce, Labor & Energy Committees. An active member of the National Organization of Legislators from Gaming States (NCGLS), an association of lawmakers from across the country in states with legalized gambling, Harris chaired the Responsible Gaming Committee and served as Treasurer. Harris also served as Nevada’s State Director for Women in Government and is a Henry Toll Fellow.
Alex A. Igelman, LL.B. is a lawyer and senior strategic consultant who has spent the past 25 years focused on the regulation and oversight of the intersection of gambling and internet technology.
Alex was called to the bar in 1991 and was one of the first gaming lawyers in Canada when he acted on behalf of MGM, Mirage Resorts, and Caesars in Canada. In 1996, Alex was one of the first lawyers that focused on the nascent online gambling space and he was instrumental in the early success of both PartyPoker and Pokerstars having worked directly with both founders.
Today both companies operate globally in numerous regulated jurisdictions. In 2004, while in private practice, Alex was a founding shareholder of gaming giant GVC (now Entain), a company with a multi-billion-dollar valuation and current owners of Ladbrokes, PartyGaming, and in a joint partnership with MGM. Since 2014, Alex has been focused on bringing some oversight into one of the last bastions of unregulated gambling, namely, skill-based gambling. Alex is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario and on the editorial board of the Gaming Law Review and a frequent contributor to the same.
Marc H. Rubinstein
Marc H. Rubinstein is managing partner with the Las Vegas business law firm of Reid Rubinstein & Bogatz. He has practiced law for more than 30 years, as a private attorney and as general counsel for leading companies in the gaming industry. As chief legal officer for companies such as Wynn Resorts Limited, Caesars Palace, Affinity Gaming, Tropicana Entertainment, and the Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino, Mr. Rubinstein accumulated a vast array of knowledge in multiple legal disciplines, most notably gaming regulation and compliance, corporate law, corporate securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, land use planning and development, restructuring, commercial litigation, and legislative lobbying and drafting. Mr. Rubinstein is a Counselor and former Trustee of IAGA, and served as its President in 2011-12. He began his career with the law firm of Lionel Sawyer & Collins in Las Vegas, after having been graduated from New York University School of Law.
Operations & Memberships, Interim Manager
Leon Martynenko is a Special Projects Consultant with Esports Capital Corp, a consultancy and venture capital firm focused on the esports and gaming industry. Leon is a generalist with over 15 years of international experience across industries, ranging from not-for-profits to consumer goods and professional services. Besides his management consulting experience, Leon’s diverse background includes operations management, executive search, management, and team leadership experience across different settings including military, public and not-for-profit sectors.
Leon has played key roles in building, from the ground up, two Canadian community-focused not-for-profit organizations, Limmud FSU Canada and the Canadian chapter of StandWithUs, where he also served on the Board of Directors. Leon holds an Honours BA in Economics and History of Religions from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto.
Legal & Regulatory, Interim Manager
Manav Bhargava works with Esports Capital Corp. as the Director of Research and heads legal research and corporate legal advisory at the company. Manav is a seasoned legal professional with expertise in regulatory mapping and compliance. Manav has a keen interest in online gaming and has invested himself in tracking regulatory developments in the skill gambling industry. Manav’s diverse experience of seven years also includes advising technology companies and not-for-profit organizations on general commercial transactions, joint ventures, dispute resolution and business development. Manav holds an LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto and a corporate secretary qualification.