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Native American Casino Group Donates $184K to Cover Funerals for Alabama Tornado Victims

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A Native American casino operator based in Alabama says it will pay for all 23 funerals of the victims of a March 3 tornado. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which through its gaming subsidiary Wind Creek Hospitality owns and operates gaming venues in Alabama, Florida, Nevada, Aruba, Curacao, and soon Pennsylvania, has donated $184,000…Read More

Connecticut Sports Betting Bill Would Allow Off-Track, Lottery, and Mobile Wagering, Leagues Would Get Cut

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A Connecticut sports betting bill dropped in the General Assembly this week wouldn’t just restrict wagering to casinos, it would offer off-track betting sites and the CT Lottery a piece of the market too, both online and land-based. It would also offer the sports leagues their pound of flesh. In its current form, the bill…Read More

California Sports Betting Ballot Initiative Goes Down in Flames, Gathers No Signatures

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A campaign to put sports betting on the California ballot has hit the skids without gathering a single signature of support, but Russel Lowery — consultant for the group Californians for Sports Betting — told LegalSportsReport this week he believed he had at least “started a conversation” in the Golden State. Californians for Sports Betting…Read More

Genting Cuts Financial Support for Distressed Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

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Genting Malaysia is no longer providing financial support to the cash-strapped Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts, but it is backing a legal challenge against a US Department of the Interior decision that torpedoed the tribe’s long-cherished dreams of a casino. Newly elected tribal member Aaron Tobey Jr. told the Cape Cod Times that the casino…Read More

Arizona Sports Betting Bill Advances in Senate Despite Tribal Resistance

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An Arizona sports betting bill was approved by the State Senate’s Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, but it was only through some deft political maneuvering that Senator Sonny Borrelli’s (R-Havasu City) bill made it in front of the committee at all, the Phoenix Business Journal reports. Borrelli’s original sports betting bill, SB 1158, got stuck in…Read More

Connecticut Lawmakers Consider Two Opposing Casino Bills Following Federal Investigation of Ex-DOI Secretary

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Connecticut lawmakers reviewed two opposing casino bills this week in wake of a federal investigation into whether former US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied about approving amendments to the state’s tribal gaming compacts. The Connecticut Public Safety and Security Committee took up the casino proposals in a public forum Tuesday. One piece of legislation (House…Read More

Martha’s Vineyard Casino Construction Commences Despite Ongoing Challenges

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A casino on Martha’s Vineyard will break ground next month on the island’s western edge. The announcement comes despite ongoing disputes some locals have with the gambling hall. The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) says it will build the controversial gambling hall. The venue will measure 10,000 square feet and offer around 250 electronic…Read More

Virginia Casino Bill Clears General Assembly, But Public Vote Remains Speck on Horizon

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Virginia’s General Assembly passed a bill Saturday night that should pave the way for casino gaming and sports betting in the state. Substitute Senate Bill 1126 is compromise legislation that will authorize referenda in Bristol, Danville, Portsmouth, Richmond and Norfolk — potential host cities of casinos – to give local voters the final say. But nothing…Read More

Oregon Coquille Tribe Snaps Up More Acreage for Second Casino, But Must Await DOI Approval

The Coquille tribe in Oregon awaits a federal ruling on whether a 2.42-acre site is part of its reservation, a determination that will decide whether or not it can open a second casino. The tribe has gradually amassed 13 acres over six years, with the latest two parcels in South Medford being acquired late last…Read More

Connecticut Casinos See Ongoing Slot Revenue Decline, Neighboring State Competition, Less Disposable Income Blamed

Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos are both seeing drops in slot machine revenue for the seventh straight month. And the continuing free fall comes as no surprise to experts who follow industry trends in the area. More out-of-state options and less extra gambling bankroll are to blame, industry watchers say. It is not surprising…Read More

El Paso’s Tigua Pueblo Tribe Ordered to Shutter Speaking Rock Casino, Ops Ruled Illegal Under Texas Law

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The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribe — also known the Tigua Pueblo — has been dealt a body blow in its 25-year battle with the State of Texas over its right to operate casino-style gaming on its El Paso reservation, Texas Monthly reports. On Thursday, US District Judge Philip Martinez issued an injunction to halt…Read More

Judge Rules Pequots Can Revive Lawsuit Against Former Interior Sec. Zinke, Alleging Filibustering on East Windsor Casino

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A federal judge in Washington D.C. ruled Friday that the Mashantucket Pequot tribe of Connecticut can renew a lawsuit against former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Politico reports. The suit, which was initially dismissed last year, accuses the Department of the Interior of illegally blocking approval of a Connecticut casino, allegedly bowing to political pressure from…Read More

California Cardrooms Battle on with Tribal Casinos Over Gaming Rights, as Confusing Lingo Further Clouds Clarity

California cardrooms are facing an uncertain hand as tribal casino operators turn up pressure on state officials to enforce exclusivity laws, leaving some employees worrying about job security. This week, the state’s Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC) held a hearing in Clovis — the fifth of seven planned statewide meetings — on games played at…Read More

South Dakota Senate Advances Sports Betting, Yankton Casino Bills

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Two bills that would let South Dakota voters decide on two key areas of gambling expansion advanced in the State Senate this week. Senate Joint Resolution 2 would establish a referendum to legalize sports betting at Deadwood casinos. It was approved by the Senate in a 18-14 vote and now heads to the House for…Read More

Minnesota Legislator Introduces Bill to Legalize Sports Betting at Tribal Casinos

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Minnesota Representative Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) has introduced a new bill that would legalize sports betting at tribal gaming facilities in the state, but it’s an open question as to whether or not Native American tribes want anything to do with it. The legislation would not allow sports betting anywhere else in the state, and would…Read More