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Ismail Vali

CEO, YieldSec

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Legal sports betting and iGaming were expected to dramatically decrease the amount of illegal online gaming. But that hasn’t come to pass, and illegal gambling websites are still proliferating and even thriving. Ismail Vali’s YieldSec company has developed a platform that enables legal operators to view the operations of the illegal websites, by noting their bonuses, odds and approaches to their customers. Theoretically this should allow them to understand better what attracts players to gambling websites and adjust their operations accordingly. He spoke with GGB Publisher Roger Gros at G2E in Las Vegas in October.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.