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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, February 26, 2016

“Casinos around the country have been adding everything from tattoo parlors and martial arts fights to craft beers and hipper shopping to try to draw in millennials. There’s also been a broad push to make digital gaming options less like old-fashioned slot machines and more like video games, with more interactivity on the behalf of the player.” Brad Tuttle on Detroit’s Greektown Casino, which is being rebranded as JACK in a marketing effort to attract millennials, in Money “Card rooms no longer rotate the bank in the playing of their games and allow so-called third-party proposition players, essentially a partner of the card rooms, to maintain that bank. This practice directly violates the California Constitution and penal code and the tribal exclusivity granted to tribes by California voters.” Leland Kinter, chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintum Nation, said of the California Card Rooms; the California Bureau of Gambling Control issued a letter on stating that the agency will no longer accept card room applications for new table games “that do not require ‘continuous and systematic rotation” of the player-dealer position, in Online Poker Report
California Tribes Score Victory In War With Card Rooms (CA – Card Rooms)
Online Poker Report (February 26, 2016) California’s American Indian tribes scored a minor victory this month in their ongoing efforts to convince state regulators the card room industry is operating house-banked games in violation of state laws and the tribes’ constitutional exclusivity to offer casino-style gambling.
Pala Interactive To Become Online Poker Operator For Borgata (NJ – Online Gaming)
Flushdraw (February 26, 2016) Borgata has chosen Pala Interactive to replace bwin.party as its online poker provider, a change that will occur “by the end of the second quarter.” This would seem to also mean that GAN will, in fact, become the real money gaming platform provider for the glitzy Atlantic City casino.
PokerStars’ Long Awaited New Jersey Launch Will Come March 21 (NJ – Online Gaming)
Online Poker Report (February 25, 2016) PokerStars announced that it will launch in New Jersey on Monday, March 21 — the first time the world’s largest online poker operator will be operational in any U.S. jurisdiction in nearly four years, since online poker’s Black Friday in 2011.
Federal List Is Final Word On Indian Tribe's Immunity From Suit - 11th Circuit (FL – Court Cases)
Reuters (February 25, 2016) A Native American tribe that is on the Bureau of Indian Affairs' list of federally recognized tribes enjoys sovereign immunity from civil lawsuits, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
Federal Government To Pay Native American Tribes $940 Million (DC – Court Cases)
Fronteras (February 24, 2016) The federal government plans to pay back Native American tribes nearly $1 billion. A federal judge approved a settlement Tuesday.
Tara Houska, Ojibwe, Named Native American Advisor To Bernie Sanders (DC – Government Appointments)
Indian Country Today Media Network (February 24, 2016) On Tuesday, attorney and ICTMN contributing columnist Tara Houska was appointed as Native American advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, according to officials.
Fawn Sharp Appointed Vice President Of Indian Congress Executive Council (WA – Government Appointments)
The Daily World (February 25, 2016) Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp was appointed Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians.
Letter Requires FWP Investigator To Avoid Tribal Land, Cases (MT – Tribal Land)
Billings Gazette (February 26, 2016) Out of concern for his safety, a Fish, Wildlife and Parks criminal investigator in northeastern Montana has been told by his superior to not have any interaction with Fort Belknap Indian Reservation tribal members.
Prospects Appear Dim For Gaming Commission Legislation (ID – Gaming Commission)
Standard Journal (February 25, 2016) Saying that prospects look dim for state draft legislation that could bring historical horse racing video terminals back to Sandy Downs racetrack near Idaho Falls, an Idaho Senate committee chairman also stated Tuesday that he would, upon request, grant the measure an introductory hearing.
Maryland House Votes To OK Some Small-Stakes Gambling In Home (MD – Gambling Regulations)
The Baltimore Sun (February 25, 2016) The House of Delegates unanimously voted Thursday to legalize small-stakes card games in homes and senior-living facilities, sending the bill to the Senate for consideration. Maryland law currently forbids even penny-ante games among family members -- a provision many consider archaic and intrusive.
Fantasy Sports Law Will Soon Be Reality In Virginia (VA – Fantasy Sports)
The Viriginian-Pilot (February 25, 2016) Virginia, one of the few states in the country without a casino, is poised to be the first to regulate the online daily fantasy sports industry.
Industry-Backed Bill Would Legalize Fantasy Sports Betting (IL – Fantasy Sports)
The Southern Illinoisan (February 25, 2016) Fantasy sports players in Illinois won’t be stuck on the sidelines if the General Assembly passes a bill this spring that would define the increasingly popular pastimes as games of skill rather than chance.
Lawmakers Working On Details Of Fantasy Sports Regulations (IN – Fantasy Sports)
Indiana Public Media (February 25, 2016) A House committee Wednesday approved a bill regulating daily fantasy sports after making some significant changes to the measure. The daily fantasy sports bill imposes some regulations on the industry. Those include a prohibition on insider information, and it bans professional athletes and officials from playing.
Maryland Live Casino Offering Free Trips To Outer Space (MD – Casino Marketing)
CBS Baltimore (February 25, 2016) It’s an out of this world experience that could be yours–a trip to outer space. Maryland Live Casino is making it possible. In March, four people will be selected to orbit the Earth–and Maryland Live is picking up the $1 million tab.
This Might Be the Weirdest Thing Yet Casinos Have Done to Attract Millennials (MI – Casino Marketing)
Money (February 25, 2016) This week, the company formerly known as Rock Gaming has been redubbed as JACK Entertainment LLC, and the names of its casinos will soon become Jack—or rather, JACK. JACK is the result of a long process involving marketing experts and many meetings, and it’s just intended to be a simple, memorable name that we’re supposed to associate with a mischievous buddy who’s always up for a good time.