Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Director Stephen Martino recently was named Regulator of the Year for the Americas by the International Masters of Gaming Law. The group cited Martino’s role in increasing Maryland’s lottery and gaming revenues by 67 percent during his four years as director.
Prior to leading the Maryland gaming agency, Martino, a former newspaper editor in Louisville, Kentucky, was the executive director of the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission.
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission regulates casinos, runs the state lottery and oversees the state’s bingo parlors. Casino operators and problem-gambling support groups laud the agency for its professionalism and fairness.
In addition to Martino, IMGL announced Carlos Hernandez, general director of the DGOJ, Ministry of Finance and Public Administrations, Spain, was named Regulator of the Year for Europe; Thomas Russell, commissioner, Pokagon Band Gaming Commission, Arkansas, was named Regulator of the Year for the Indian Countries; and Malcolm Richardson, director of compliance and investigations, Department of Business, Northern Territory Australia, was named Regulator of the Year for Asia/Australasia.