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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

Florida Senate President Galvano Wants Sports Betting, Gambling Reforms But Path Now Littered With Pitfalls

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Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) is not only planning a bill that would legalize sports betting in the Sunshine State, he wants to introduce another comprehensive gambling reform package, of the type that has failed over the past few years, Florida Politics reports. While Galvano’s efforts to reform Florida’s gambling laws have stalled in consecutive…Read More

Washington State Bill Would Authorize Tribal Online Sports Betting in Only US Jurisdiction That Criminalizes Players

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A bill introduced in the Washington State legislature this week would legalize sports betting –- including online sports betting — at the state’s 30-odd tribal casinos. Majority Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew’s (D-37) bill is not proposing to authorize full-scale online sports betting — gamblers would need to be physically present within a casino facility to…Read More

Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown Resigning, as Connecticut Casino Battle Continues

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Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin Brown has announced his resignation, and it comes at a critical period, as the Native American group fights to protect its precious gaming dollars. Connecticut State Sen. Cathy Osten (D-Sprague) broke the news that Brown was stepping down. She said her office was informed by the tribe of his decision,…Read More

Rush Street-Backed Venture Raises Stakes in Massachusetts, Splurging $430,000 Lobbying for Brockton Casino

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Mass Gaming and Entertainment — a venture led by Chicago real-estate and casino mogul Neil Bluhm that wants to build a casino in Brockton, Massachusetts — has become the third-biggest spender on outside lobbyists in the Bay State. That’s according to disclosure reports newly released by the state and viewed by The Boston Globe. MG&E…Read More

Aquinnah Officials Ask Martha’s Vineyard Commission to Review Gambling Hall Project

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The battle over a proposed gambling hall in Aquinnah — located on the remote western end of the upscale Martha’s Vineyard — has reached another turn, as town officials have asked the Martha’s Vineyard Commission (MVC) to review the controversial project. The MVC is a regional land-use planning agency for Martha’s Vineyard Island and the…Read More

Demolition Work Begins to Make Way for Elk Grove Casino After Years of Legal Challenges

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On Friday, the Wilton Rancheria began the demolition of a “ghost mall” in Elk Grove, California — in preparation for the construction of its controversial $400 million casino, in partnership with Boyd Gaming. On completion, the development will boast 110,000 square feet of gaming floor, a 302-room hotel tower, restaurants, a spa, and will be…Read More

Wampanoag Aquinnah Tribe Attacks Bill to Restore Reservation and Casino Hopes to Sister Tribe, Mashpee

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The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has denounced a federal bill that would restore its sister tribe’s right to call land in Massachusetts its sovereign reservation. Last year, the Department of the Interior reversed an Obama-era decision that had taken land into trust for the Mashpee Wampanoag as the tribe’s sovereign reservation. The reversal…Read More

Connecticut’s Planned Tribal Winds Casino Project Still Up in the Air

A tribal casino proposed for non-sovereign land in East Windsor, Connecticut finally has a name — Tribal Winds — but the gaming venue may have to wait as it faces continuing legal and regulatory roadblocks. Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal leaders have also reaffirmed their commitment to build the $300 million satellite casino (so-called because it…Read More

South Dakota Resolution Would Put Sports Betting Question on November Ballot in Bid to Boost Deadwood Casino Sector

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A bipartisan group of South Dakota lawmakers introduced a resolution this week that would let voters decide whether to legalize sports betting in a bid to give Deadwood’s gaming sector a much needed shot in the arm. SJR 2 would ask voters next November whether the state constitution should be amended to allow the casinos…Read More

Arizona Proposes Tribal Sports Betting Bill Allowing for Both On and Off Sovereign Land Wagering

In Arizona, a ground-breaking new proposal could lead to legalized tribal sports betting in the state. Introduced this week in the state legislature, the bill would allow tribes to offer sports wagering in limited off-reservation locations, as well as within tribal casinos. Senate Bill SB 1158 was introduced by State Sen. Sonny Borrelli (R-Lake Havasu City)…Read More

Minnesota Tribal Operators Hope to Scuttle State’s 2019 Sports Betting Push

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Minnesota lawmakers are mulling sports betting regulation this year, but the state’s tribal operators have already tossed a substantial monkey wrench in the works, MinnPost reports. Charles Vig — the aptly named chairman of Minnesota Indian Gaming Association — has written to Governor Tim Walz and all four legislative leaders to say that not only…Read More

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, State Tribes Hash Out Possible Bridgeport Gaming Options, Controversy Still Swirls

MGM Resort’s proposal to build a large casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut — already opposed by many surrounding towns — is now facing a new challenge, with word that the Constitution State’s new Governor Ned Lamont, only in office two weeks, has reached out to the tribes that operate Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun for…Read More

Virginia’s First Casino No Guarantee as Nansemond Tribe Challenges Pamunkey Ancestral Land Claim

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The Pamunkey tribe of Virginia want to build the state’s first ever casino, in the city of Norfolk on the banks Elizabeth River. The tribe has the support of the city mayor and a financial backer — in billionaire investor Jon Yarbrough. But there’s a snag. Since the land in question is outside the tribe’s…Read More

Seneca Nation Told to Pay Millions as Arbitrators Side With New York in Compact Dispute

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An arbitration panel charged with resolving the 20-month dispute between the Seneca Nation and the State of New York over revenue-share payments came down on the side of the state on Tuesday. The tribe announced it would stop making payments — worth around $100 million per year to the state — in March 2017, which…Read More

Virginia Town Passes Casino Resolution, Councilman Says It’s City’s ‘Amazon’

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The Virginia town of Danville has joined two other jurisdictions in passing a city council resolution that supports state legislation to authorize casinos. The Danville City Council voted unanimously on the resolution. It doesn’t specifically authorize gambling, but simply states that if the Virginia General Assembly passes such legislation and Governor Ralph Northam (D) signs…Read More

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