The American Poker Conference: for the 2nd year North America brings Poker’s central stakeholders together with key players and tournament organizers and gives them a platform to discuss trending industry topics, network, and discover the Global Poker Index’s many new and existing initiatives. This unique conference will lead into our GPL Draft and Awards ceremony and give players, industry thought leaders, poker media, and industry operators a forum to connect & discuss the future of the Live Poker Ecosystem.

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Starting time:

8:15 – 8:45

Welcome breakfast and introduction speech

8:45 – 9:30
The boom of the E-Sports industry: an example to follow for poker?

Panel moderator: Scott Ball (Twitch, Community Development and Poker Manager)


Jesse Sell (ESL, Senior Manager of Pro Gaming, Business & Development)

John Caldwell (Narus Advisors, Partner)

Randy Lew ‘Nanonoko’ (PokerStars Online Team Pro & competitive fighting game player )

9:45 – 10:30:
Women in poker: how could a more balanced gender diversity redynamise the live poker world?

Panel moderator: Sarah Herring (PokerNews, Presenter & Producer)


Allison Hollander (Bestbest Jacksonville)

Cate Hall (Poker Player)

Liv Boeree (PokerStars Team Pro)

Rebecca McAdam (Full Tilt and PokerStarsSenior Manager of Public Relations)

10:45 – 11:30
Media: does the future of poker media have to be based on players’ self-marketing & starification?

Panel moderator: Matthew Parvis (, Chief Creative Officer)


Adam Schwartz (2+2 Podcast Host)

Donnie Peters (, Editor in Chief)

Lance Bradley (, President & Editor in Chief )

11:45 – 12:30
Players panel: how to improve collective initiatives among the players community to efficiently impact the industry