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We Are a Sports Betting Regulator… Now What?
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Ridgely Bennett

Chief Counsel, DC Office of Lottery & Gaming

With over 27 years of gaming law experience, Ridgely Bennett currently serves as Chief Counsel for the DC Office of Lottery and Gaming, a position he has held since 2005. From 1994 to 2005, he served as Deputy General Counsel for the Texas Lottery Commission.


From 1992 to 1994, Bennett served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Office of the Texas Attorney General, Law Enforcement Defense Division, representing state law enforcement agencies, including their officials and employees (in their official capacity) in state and federal courts. Such litigation included civil rights actions, employment litigation, tort litigation involving law enforcement officers, constitutional challenges to statutes, and quo warranto actions against elected officials.


Between 1991 and 1992, Ridgely was employed as a Landman for ARCO Oil and Gas Company where he negotiated oil and gas leases, and joint operating agreements with major oil companies on behalf of ARCO.


Bennett earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and in the state of Texas.

Peter Alvarado

Director of Regulation & Oversight, DC Office of Lottery & Gaming


In his role, Peter Alvarado oversees the licensing, compliance and enforcement of sports wagering in the Distict of Columbia. He brings over 25 years of experience in the areas of investigation and regulatory compliance.


Prior to his current role, Alvarado was the Casino Compliance Officer with the San Manuel Casino where he oversaw compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), anti-money laundering (AML) regulations and other federal and state regulatory requirements. He is also the former Deputy Director at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, where he provided operational leadership across all the core mission activities relating to compliance, enforcement, policy and financial intelligence. Alvarado also held senior level positions at the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division where he directed and oversaw investigations relating to criminal tax violations, money laundering, BSA violations, and related financial crimes. Post federal government service, he was with Deloitte’s AML and economic sanctions practice where he advised clients on BSA/AML/OFAC matters.


Alvarado is a frequent speaker on regulatory compliance topics and has authored several articles on BSA compliance matters.

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