Latin America’s most promising markets under the spotlight at SBC Summit Latinoamérica

Latin America’s most promising markets under the spotlight at SBC Summit Latinoamérica
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The Market Spotlight track at SBC Summit Latinoamérica 2022 will take a closer look at some of the region’s most prominent or promising markets through panel discussions featuring senior industry executives and roundtable sessions facilitating open discussions between market experts and event visitors. 

The track is scheduled for the second day (Thursday, November 3) of the conference and tradeshow at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida. Apart from conference sessions, attendees will have access to an exhibition in which 50 leading companies active in the Latin American region will be showcasing their latest product innovations and a program of evening networking events in some of Miami’s most iconic venues.

The ‘Trip Around Latin America’s Betting Markets’ roundtables will kick-start the conference track focusing on the region’s most exciting markets, with a series of roundtable discussions about the opportunities in Brazil, Central America, Chile, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Uruguay and Mexico.

The market experts ready to answer delegates’ questions include Pedro Melo (CCO, Clube Atlético Mineiro), Felipe Soalheiro (Managing Director, Effect Sport São Paulo), Carlos Silva Alliende (Legal and Corporate Affairs Manager, Dreams Chile), Dr Evert Montero Cárdenas (President, Fecoljuegos), Thomas Carvalhaes (Managing Director, VaiDeBob), Miguel Ángel Ochoa (President, AIEJA), Eduardo Pelaez (Head of Product, Logrand Entertainment), Oscar Paredes Arrollo (President, Palacio de Los Números), Marvin L. Pickering (Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission) and Manuel Cidre Miranda (Secretary, Department of Economic Development), among others. 

The roundtables will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on creating the perfect scenario for online betting in South America. Gonzalo Perez (CEO, Apuesta Total), Udo Seckelmann (Lawyer, Bichara e Motta), Juan Barrachina (LATAM Sales Director, Kambi), Ignacio Iturraspe (LATAM Sales Director, Stats Perform) will be among the speakers. 

The panellists will discuss the pros and cons of being ‘late’ in legalising online betting as compared to other countries in the region that either have operating markers or concrete regulations in place, with examples from Buenos Aires, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile and Uruguay. Karen Sierra-Hughes (Vice President of Latin America & Caribbean, GLI) will ask the questions.

After the lunch break, the focus will shift to Brazil. With the market expected to be worth billions, the expert speakers will discuss the proposed bills and analyse the challenges of entering a market that has been unregulated for decades. Thomas Carvalhaes (Managing Director, VaiDeBob), Andre Gelfi (Managing Partner Brazil, Betsson), Alexandre Fonseca (Brazil Country Manager, Kaizen Gaming), Martin Lycka (Director of Regulatory Affairs, Entain), and Leonardo Baptista (CEO, Pay4Fun). João Gerçossimo (CEO, EstrelaBet) will moderate the discussion.

The panel will be followed by a presentation from Guilherme Bueno de Camargo (Secretary of Finance, São Paulo City Hall). The City Hall representative will explain how ready São Paulo is to welcome the sports betting industry and introduce the services that can help the companies active in the industry do business in the most populous city of Brazil.

While South America has dominated the industry discourse, Marvin L. Pickering (Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Islands Casino Control Commission), Jaime Rivera Emmanuelli (Puerto Rico Gaming Commission) and Paris Smith (CEO, Pinnacle will argue that the Caribbean should not be overlooked as it has already made some regulatory progress and will discuss the advantages of establishing business operations in these countries. Sue Schneider (VP of Growth & Strategy, Americas, SBC) will moderate the discussion. 

Other panel discussions that will take place during the Market Spotlight conference track include: ‘The Hispanic Presence in a booming market,’ featuring Jorge Muñoz Pérez (MD, Engloba Gaming), Sebastián Salazar (CEO, Estelarbet), Ida López (President, IPJYC Mendoza) and Roberto Regianini (CEO, FBMDS) and ‘Emerging Latino Markets – New and Upcoming,’ featuring Seth Young (Chief Strategy Officer, Fifth Street Gaming), Fernando Polti (CEO, Wizard Games) and Raul Bouchot (Senior Business Development Manager, Xpoint).

Find details of the event, including how to book your pass, at the SBC Summit Latinoamérica website.