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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

Maine Supreme Court

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

Hold-Out Pojoaque Pueblo Tribe Still Fighting New Mexico Despite Losing Compact Battle

Pojoaque Pueblo

A go-it-alone tribal operator continues to wage war with the State of New Mexico, despite losing a federal legal battle over a standoff on revenue-share payments. The Pojoaque Pueblo believe that $10.1 million seized by the US Department of Justice in March as “proceeds of illegal gambling” should be redistributed to the tribe for general…Read More

California Tribes Sue Card Clubs Over ‘Illegal’ House-Banked Games

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California’s Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and Santa Ynez Band of Cumash Indians have launched legal action against many of the state’s card rooms for operating what the tribes consider to be house-banked card games. California’s 55 tribal operators have exclusivity on Class III casino gaming, per a 2000 ballot initiative, but have become increasingly…Read More

Foxwoods Reports Slots Revenue Dips as MGM Competition Starts to Pinch, Satellite Casino Still Nowhere in Sight

Foxwoods

Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino reported a 10 percent drop in slots revenue in October, as competition from Massachusetts’ MGM Springfield begins to bite. The Mashantucket Pequot-owned casino resort said the year-on-year plunge followed a 5 percent decline in September. Connecticut’s other tribal casino, Mohegan Sun, has not yet reported but said its slots revenue fell…Read More

Ho-Chunk Tribal Casino Resort in Beloit Moves Forward, Wisconsin Governor-Elect Supports $405M Project

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A tribal casino planned for Beloit, Wisconsin, by the Ho-Chunk Indians is closer to receiving full authorization from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Late last week, the City of Beloit announced that the $405 million Native American casino resort is making progress on the federal level. Town officials say the development will soon be…Read More

Tribal Casinos Account For Nearly Half of US Gaming Market, AGA Report Says

A new report released by the American Gaming Association (AGA) shows just how significant tribal casinos are to America’s economic landscape. In the 28 states where tribes operate gaming facilities, 676,428 workers were employed and paid total wages that exceeded $36.2 billion in 2016, the year of the most recent available data. Additionally, the 500…Read More

Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Re-Elect Rodney Butler Chairman Amid East Windsor Casino Chaos

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The Mashantucket Pequot Native Americans have re-elected Rodney Butler to the position of tribal council chairman, as the group continues to fight for a satellite casino in East Windsor, Connecticut. Butler has been in the role since 2009. It will be his fourth consecutive three-year term. The chairman has served on the tribal council since…Read More

Arkansas Voters Legalize Casino Gaming Through Controversial Ballot Measure

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Voters in Arkansas said yes to gambling expansion on Tuesday, approving a constitutional amendment that will legalize casino gaming and sports betting in the state. With 2,334 of 2,607 precincts declared, Arkansas Online reported an unofficial result of 453,275 for and 384,526 against the measure, known as Issue 4. Issue 4 authorizes casino gaming at…Read More

New Mexico Lottery Plans to Offer Sports Prediction Game, Without Nod From Lawmakers

New Mexico Lottery

The New Mexico Lottery Authority (NMLA) board voted unanimously this week to roll out a sports lottery-style product. The move comes just weeks after Santa Ana Pueblo tribe launched the state’s first sports book at its Santa Ana Star Casino. The New Mexico legislature has not passed a law to legalize sports betting. The Santa…Read More

Ryan Zinke to Be Investigated By DOJ, Connecticut Tribes Hope Its About Their Casino

Ryan Zinke

Two Connecticut tribes fighting for the right to build a casino in East Windsor, close to the Massachusetts border, may be encouraged by intriguing news concerning US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Zinke’s own department watchdog has referred one of its three ongoing investigations into his conduct to the Department…Read More

Oregon Governor Kate Brown ‘Hypocritical’ Over Tribal Gambling U-Turn, Say Critics

Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Oregon Democratic Governor Kate Brown has been accused of naked hypocrisy after hopping into bed with a Native American tribe that has to date boosted her political war chest to the tune of $115,000, The Washington Times alleges. There’s nothing illegal about the funds pouring into the governor’s campaign coffers from the Cow Creek Band…Read More

California Tribes Threaten to Sue State Over Banked Games Despite Regulator Assurances

California tribes fight card clubs over banked games

California tribal gaming operators are treating with caution a declaration by regulators that they will wipe out controversial banked card games currently on offer at the state’s card clubs. The games — usually versions of blackjack or Pai Gow Poker — have been the subject of a six-year dispute between the state and its powerful…Read More

Ponca Tribal Casino to Open on Nebraska-Iowa Border, Despite Federal Lawsuit to Stop It

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As the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska has discovered, the problem with developing a tribal border casino is you’re in danger of being sued by two states instead of just one. Nevertheless, the tribe announced Thursday it will open its Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa, at noon on November 1, despite a pending federal…Read More

New Mexico Tribal Casino Launches State’s First Legal Sports Book

Santa Ana Pueblo

The Santa Ana Pueblo tribe launched sports betting Tuesday at its Santa Ana Star Casino, in partnership with Nevada-based USBookmaking. In doing so, New Mexico became the sixth US state to offer full-scale, legal sports betting and the fifth since the striking down of PASPA. The launch was a low key affair, with none of…Read More

Elizabeth Warren Gets No Love from Cherokee Nation: DNA Test Results, Massachusetts Tribal Casino Bill Fail to Buy Credibility

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren’s claim that she has high cheekbones — “like all of the Indians do,” as she was famously once berated for saying — has already gotten her in plenty of hot water with various Native American tribes. But the Massachusetts senator — who has recently championed tribal casino rights  in her home state after previously…Read More

New Mexico AG Offers No Legal Impediment to Santa Ana Tribe’s Sports Betting Ambitions

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The New Mexico District Attorney’s Office will not stand in the way of the Pueblo of Santa Ana tribe’s plan to launch a sports book at its casino next week, despite the state legislature not having passed a law to legalize sports betting. On Monday, USBookmaking President Vic Salerno announced his company had inked a…Read More

Florida Amendment 3: Polls Swing Against Gambling Measure as Opposition Steps Up Fight

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Supporters of Florida’s Amendment 3 ballot measure are not assured victory, despite a $40 million war chest financed by the mighty Disney Corporation and the state’s sole tribal operator, the Seminoles. With only a month to go till Florida residents hit the ballot boxes to decide whether to hand voters “the exclusive right to decide…Read More

MGM Resorts Says Connecticut Should Hold Competitive Bidding Process After Judge Deals Blow to Tribal Plan

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MGM Resorts says its offer to build a $675 million commercial casino resort in Bridgeport, Connecticut, still stands after a federal judge’s decision has thrown a planned tribal satellite gaming facility in East Windsor into jeopardy. In a statement to 22News WWLP, MGM said Connecticut lawmakers should “pass legislation calling for competitive bids on any…Read More

New York Governor Cuomo Sends $12.3 Million to City of Niagara Falls, Squeezed by Seneca Casino Payment Drought

Andrew Cuomo believes Seneca dispute will be resolved

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has sent $12.3 million in financial relief to the cash-strapped City of Niagara Falls. The city has been struggling with a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall ever since the Seneca tribe stopped sharing its slot machine profits with the state and the local communities that host its three casinos. The Senecas were…Read More