Patty Becker

GGW Vice Chair & Education Committee Co-Chair
President of Becker & Associates

Patricia Becker has over 35 years’ experience in the gaming industry and currently operates a gaming consulting firm that specializes in compliance and regulatory issues. During her career in gaming, Becker held numerous executive positions, all of which were firsts for women. She spent 6 years as a Senior Vice President with Aladdin Gaming and 9 years with Harrah’s culminating with the position of Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Ms. Becker was recently honored for her career in gaming by induction to the Gaming Hall of Fame. 

She currently serves on the compliance committee of Scientific Games, Inc., Tropicana Entertainment, Inc., and Nevada Restaurant Services, Inc. She has served as a Board Member on numerous public companies, including Cash Systems Inc., Fitzgerald’s Gaming Corporation, and Powerhouse Technologies. She served as executive director and Boyd Distinguished Professor at the UNLV International Gaming Institute. In addition, Ms. Becker was Chief of Staff to Nevada Gov. Bob Miller from 1993 to 1995 with involvement in policy development, budget administration, and program direction. And, she holds the distinction of being the first and only woman to serve on the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Ms. Becker is licensed to practice law in Nevada, California, and Colorado. She has argued more Nevada Supreme Court gaming cases than any other attorney. The most prominent was the inclusion of Tony Spilotro in the List of Excluded Persons, which was portrayed in the movie Casino.

In 2004, Becker was the first woman to be inducted as a Counselor into the International Association of Gaming Advisors and has served as the organization’s president. She actively served in the American Bar Association (past Vice Chair, Gaming Law Committee); Nevada Gaming Foundation for Educational Excellence (past Board Member); Nevada Trial Lawyers Association (past President); International Association of Gaming Advisors (past President and current Counselor); Fellows of American Bar Association (past member); and National Council on Problem Gambling (past Board Member). In 2015 she joined the Board for SWAN, the service women’s action network, which is the nationally recognized voice for women in the military.

Ms. Becker is recognized as a mentor, leader, and advocate for women. She started the annual Kick Up Your Heels event in 2010 as a fundraising and social event for female gaming executives. The event was an enormous success and lead to the creation of Global Gaming Women. Ms. Becker acted as a founding member of GGW and has chaired the Education Committee. Her vision created the W Development Program, the regional Leadership Programs, and scholarships and educational opportunities for the advancement for women in gaming.