2016 Gaming, Racing & Wagering Australia Conference (GRWA)

2016 Gaming, Racing & Wagering Australia Conference (GRWA)

- June 10, 2016

Once again, industry casino gaming, betting and racing industry leaders in Australia will meet under one roof to discuss relevant issues and innovations for their respective sectors. This year, the seventh Gaming Racing & Wagering Australia will be held at Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour from 8 – 10 August 2016. The three-day conference will focus on two of the most emerging topics in the industry – eSports and mobile gaming.

Topics to Watch out for at the 2016 GRWA

People attending the three-day conference will have the opportunity to meet their industry peers and hear well-researched case studies and panel discussions on the burning issues that the sector is currently facing. The only comprehensive, all-in-one gaming conference in Australia, the 2016 GRWA will be a venue to discuss the current developments and legislation pertaining to the betting industry. Attendees will have a glimpse of the latest challenges that the Australian casinos and clubs are facing and what the sector is doing about them.

Months before the upcoming Melbourne Cup 2016, the GRWA will also feature speakers who will discuss the future of horse racing and how it can attract more punters. Online bookmakers can attend the conference and learn about the latest trends in live sports betting as well as wagering on eSports. On the first day of the conference, there will be a discussion regarding how sports books can capitalise on mobile betting. Other topics to be discussed include the importance of digital marketing in delighting the customers as well as opportunities that the casino sector can take to engage with millennials.

2016 Gaming, Racing & Wagering (GWRA) Schedule

Monday, 8 August 2016 - WORKSHOPS

  • 1:00 PM – Registration and Coffee
  • 2:00 PM – Workshop 1 - Capitalising on the continued growth of mobile – Is it for you?
  • 2:00 PM – Workshop 2 - An introduction to the eSports industry – Demystifying an (almost) billion dollar segment
  • 5:00 PM – End of Day One

Tuesday, 9 August 2016 – WAGERING DAY

  • 8:30 AM – Registration
  • 9:30 AM – Chair’s Opening Remarks and Business Card Exchange
  • 9:50 AM – Examining the trends driving industry consolidation, outlook and implications for different sectors of the industry
  • 10:20 AM – The eSports industry’s incredible growth: Is it a gamble?
  • 10:50 AM – Morning Tea & Networking
  • 11:20 AM – Virtual Sports – How it compares to other forms of gaming
  • 12:00 PM – Do you need App Stores to grow?
  • 12:30 PM – Analysing the business of social gaming and the virtual reality casino
  • 12:45 PM – Networking Lunch
  • 1:45 PM – Innovating the online, mobile and on-track experience
  • 2:15 PM – Innovating in gaming, the future of eSports, virtual gaming and fantasy sports for casino differentiation
  • 2:45 PM – Skill Gambling: Is it worth it?
  • 3:15 PM – Afternoon Tea & Networking
  • 3:45 PM – Social media marketing and how it fares for the gaming industry
  • 4:15 PM – What is the role of AUSTRAC as a financial intelligence unit/regulator?
  • 4:45 PM – Delivering a more engaging mobile gaming experience through partnering with other vendors, collaboration and cross-selling
  • 5:15 PM - Chair’s Summary and Closing Remarks
  • 5:45 PM – Welcome Drinks Reception

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 - LAND BASED AND RACING DAY

  • 8:30 AM – Registration and Coffee
  • 9:15 AM – Chair’s Opening Remarks


  • 9:30 AM – Land-based gaming opportunities in emerging markets
  • 10:00 AM – Casino innovation – engaging with millennials
  • 10:40 AM – Morning Tea & Networking
  • 11:20 AM – Creating a unique and memorable customer experience
  • 12:00 PM – Should land-based clubs and casinos go online? Using innovative technology to help spur the region’s online casino market
  • 12:20 PM – What now? Facing the challenges of Australia’s club and casino operators
  • 1:00 PM – Networking Lunch


  • 2:00 PM – What is the future of racing in Australia and globally?
  • 2:30 PM – Achieving outstanding wagering growth through innovation
  • 2:40 PM – Confronting the threat of match-fixing in racing
  • 3:10 PM – HKJC’s Digital Nights at Happy Wednesday – Transforming the race viewing experience
  • 3:30 PM – Facing the serious realities in fantasy sports
  • 3:50 PM – Afternoon Tea & Networking
  • 4:20 PM – Finding new recruits: Bringing new owners to racing
  • 4:40 PM – Using well-devised tactical digital marketing strategies to delight your customers
  • 5:10 PM – Chair’s Summary and Closing Remarks
  • 5:30 PM – End of Day Three

2016 GRWA Speakers

Scott Wenkart Founder & CEO, Spiral Global
Michael Moretti Digital Marketer, Royal Wins
Myles Blasonato Creative Director & Writer, Royal Wins
Dr Eliot Forbes CEO, Tasracing
Mark Wilson Austrac
Sudhir Kale Ph.D, Bond University
Randall Noble Founder, Better eSports
Mark Bryan Senior Director, Bank of America Merril Lynch
Stephen Doig General Manager, Inside Word
Dr Sally Gainsbury Senior Lecturer, Centre for Gambling Education & Research Southern Cross
Mats Johnson Director, VGW
Michael Toohey Director, Australasian Gaming Specialists
Jamie Nettleton Partner, Addisons
Oonagh Chan Head of Broadcasting Services, Hong Kong Jockey Club
Mark Cridland Founder, OnThePunt
Chris North CEO, GamCrowd
Alan Pedley Principal Consultant, Government Associates
Tim Shepherd Executive Director, President - Business Development, Silver Heritage Limited
Rosalind Wade Managing Director and Co-Founder, Asia Gaming Brief
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