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California Tribes Sue State Over Card Clubs’ ‘Brazen’ Offering of Alleged House Banked Games

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Three of California’s powerful tribal operators are suing the state and Governor Jerry Brown in a federal court for failing to prevent cardrooms offering what they claim are house-banked games, to which the tribes hold exclusivity in accordance with their gaming compacts. The lawsuit — filed Thursday in the Ninth Circuit US District Court by…Read More

New York State’s Oneida Nation Forms Sports Betting Partnership with Caesars Entertainment

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Caesars has struck a deal with the Oneida Nation to bring sports betting to the tribe’s three Upstate New York casinos later this year. That’s provided the deal is approved by National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) and New York signs off some form of wagering regulations in 2019. In an official statement, the tribe described…Read More

Biggest Gaming Industry Legal Conflicts, Battles, and Outright Wars of 2018

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The gaming industry kept its legal teams busy in 2018, as an onslaught of critical issues hit litigation — or threatened to — between casinos, ancillary businesses, federal, state, and tribal governments, and just plain old regular folks. From determining the legality of complex tribal gaming matters, to a counter lawsuit brought against victims of the…Read More

Pamunkey Tribe Finds Site for First Virginia Casino but Must Now Win Over DOI

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The Pamunkey tribe believes has found the location where it hopes to build Virginia’s first ever casino. The tribe — which claims a famous ancestor in Pocahontas — says it’s in negotiations to buy land in the City of Norfolk, on the banks of the Elizabeth River. It plans to build a $700 million casino…Read More

MGM Springfield Reports Third Consecutive Monthly Revenue Decline, Connecticut Tribes Renew Satellite Casino Push

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MGM Springfield has won fewer gross gaming revenue dollars in each month since it opened in August. The $960 million integrated casino resort reported a roughly 4.5 percent decline in November compared to October. Gross gambling revenue (GGR) totaled $21.2 million last month, a nearly $1 million drop from October. Since opening in late August,…Read More

Odds Long of Arkansas Casino Coming to Pope County, as Local Leaders Oppose Gambling Venue

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The statewide Arkansas casino ballot question that passed during the November election earmarks a gaming venue for Pope County, but local leaders are opposed to the facility. Issue 4 — a referendum to amend the Arkansas Constitution and authorize as many as four commercial casinos — passed with 54.1 percent of voters lending their support…Read More

Chickasaw Oklahoma Off-Reservation Casino Challenge from Comanche Nation Dismissed, Leaving Tribe to Dominate

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A new Chickasaw Nation-operated casino in Oklahoma has survived a legal challenge by the rival Comanche Nation. The Chickasaws’ Riverstar Casino opened in March, despite the pending litigation which argued the Department of Interior (DOI) had erred when it gave the green light to the new casino near Terral, which sits 45 miles from the…Read More

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Resigns, Connecticut Tribes Could Benefit

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Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke gave his resignation to President Donald Trump over the weekend, and that’s welcomed news to Connecticut’s two tribes that are jointly working to build a satellite casino in East Windsor. Zinke, who’s been the head of the US Department of the Interior (DOI) since March 2017, is stepping down amid…Read More

Connecticut Casino Bill Would Bypass DOI, Authorize East Windsor Satellite Without Federal Approval

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A bipartisan Connecticut casino bill would remove the approval requirement from the US Department of the Interior (DOI) in allowing the proposed East Windsor tribal satellite gaming venue to move forward. Connecticut’s two tribes — the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians — won approval in 2017 from state lawmakers and Governor Dannel Malloy (D) to…Read More

Seneca Nation and New York State Begin High-Stakes Arbitration Process to Resolve Rev-Share Spat

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Long-awaited arbitration hearings between the Seneca Nation and the State of New York got underway on Tuesday in an effort to end a 20-month standoff over revenue-share payments. The cash-strapped host cities of the Seneca’s three casinos — Salamanca, Buffalo, Niagara Falls – which rely on the payments to balance their budgets will be hoping…Read More

Yes, Virginia, There Could Be Sports Betting and Casinos in 2019

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Voters in Virginia support legalizing sports betting and both tribal and commercial casinos. That’s according to a poll conducted by the Christopher Newport University’s Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy. The poll of likely Virginian voters found that 63 percent support allowing sports betting to commence in the state. New tax revenue was the…Read More

MGM GVC Interactive Believes Strategic Tribal Gaming Partnerships Hold Key to Sports Betting Domination

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MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings are venturing deeper into Indian Country in their hunt for sports betting partnerships. The two operators — collectively known as MGM GVC Interactive — announced Tuesday they had retained the services of California-based TFA Capital Partners, an investment banking firm focused on providing strategic and financial advisory services to Native American…Read More

Genting Dragged $66 Million into the Red After US DOI Nixes Tribal Casino Project

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Genting Berhad booked Q3 net losses of more than $66 million on Friday. The Malaysian casino giant largely blamed its jeopardized investment in a Massachusetts tribal casino project, which was torpedoed by the US Department of the Interior earlier this year. In a filing to the Malaysian Stock Exchange, Genting said it had included a…Read More

Potawatomi Tribe Will Withhold $250 Million in Payments to Wisconsin if Competing Tribe’s Plan Comes to Fruition

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The Potawatomi tribe has agreed an amended compact with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, putting to bed a 15-year dispute over gambling expansion and revenue-share payments. Under the terms of the new agreement, the tribe will withhold $250 million in payments to the state if another tribe is one day permitted to build a casino in the…Read More

Maine Supreme Court Won’t Weigh in on Tribal Casino Question

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The Maine Supreme Court has declined to rule on whether the state’s tribes can operate casino gaming legally without the approval of the legislature, declaring the question was “not of a serious and immediate nature.” The question was asked by tribal Representative Henry Bear of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, who has tried to…Read More