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CTBA Political eBrief Friday, February 5, 2016

“It’s not like going to the casino and slapping down money on the roulette table. You study the players. You look at who they’re playing. You make decisions. I would consider it more like the stock market than going to the casino. For our purposes, we’re talking about considering it a game of skill as opposed to a game of chance.” Missouri State Representative Scott Fitzpatrick, in Missouri Net --- “We are very excited about this partnership that will help us extend our brand beyond Southern California while giving our players the opportunity to engage with Pechanga anytime on any device and from anywhere in the world.” Patrick Murphy, President of the Pechanga Development Corporation, in a press release
California Pechanga Tribe Lands Social Casino Partner (CA – Online Gaming)
Card Player (February 3, 2016) There isn’t legal real-money online poker in California yet, but that isn’t stopping the Pechanga Resort & Casino from venturing into social casino games through a partnership announced Monday.
Missouri Lawmaker: Daily Fantasy Sports Is A Game Of Skill, Not Gambling (MO – Fantasy Sports)
Missouri Net (February 4, 2016) During his State of the State address last month, Governor Jay Nixon called on state lawmakers to regulate and tax the daily fantasy sports industry. A Missouri House committee is considering a bill that would legalize gambling on daily fantasy sports.
DraftKings Signs Fantasy Deal With Brit Soccer Teams (Int. – Fantasy Sports)
Boston Herald (February 4, 2016) Daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings is getting ready to launch internationally, signing partnership agreements with two of England’s top soccer teams. The partnerships will include advertising in stadiums, events and contests for fans, and joint marketing promotions. DraftKings has similar deals with many teams in the U.S., including the Patriots and the Red Sox.
DraftKings Secures Partnerships With Arsenal, Liverpool, And Watford (Int. – Fantasy Sports)
ESPN (February 3, 2016) Daily fantasy sports platform DraftKings has secured partnerships with Premier League teams Arsenal, Liverpool and Watford ahead of planned expansion into the United Kingdom.
DraftKings Signs Up Three Premier Leagues Ahead of UK Launch (Int. – Fantasy Sports)
Gaming Intelligence (February 4, 2016) Ahead of its planned expansion into the UK market, daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has signed long-term partnerships with three Premier League football clubs.
The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Distributes $1.5 Million Into The Navajo Nation Gaming Distribution Fund To Benefit Navajo People (AZ – Tribal Operations)
NativeNewsOnline.net (February 5, 2016) In accordance with The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprises’ (Navajo Gaming) plan of operation, and through the approval of its Gaming Board, Navajo Gaming, led by Derrick Watchman, CEO recently made a $1.5 Million distribution to the Gaming Distribution Fund.
Proposed Michigan Tribal Casino Inches Ahead With Document Released By Feds (MI – Tribal Casinos)
M-Live (February 4, 2016) A massive tribal casino project planned for a Muskegon suburb has inched forward in a lengthy federal permit process, officials announced Thursday, Feb. 4.
Choctaw Nation Announces New Headquarters (OK – Tribal Government)
Durant Democrat (February 4, 2016) The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is less than two years away from a $219 million central headquarters to serve their people. Nearly 200,000 members strong, the United States third-largest tribe, the Choctaw Nation is situated in the heart of southeastern Oklahoma in Durant.
At Brown University, Columbus Day Is Now Indigenous People’s Day (RI – Tribal Images)
The New York Times (February 3, 2016) Most of the United States knows the second Monday of October, a federal holiday since 1934, as Columbus Day. Because of a national debate about whether Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who landed on American shores, is worthy of celebration, Brown University has instead called the holiday Fall Weekend since 2009.
Nevada Poker Revenues For Land And Online Took Small Dip In 2015 (NV – Gaming Revenue)
Cards Chat News (February 3, 2016) Nevada poker rooms, the combined collection of brick-and-mortar and (more recently) Internet sites, have experienced a decline in revenue for the better part of the past eight years. It appears that 2015 was no different.
Men And Women Use Online Casinos For Different Reasons (US – Gaming Demographics)
Gaming Post (February 4, 2016) Two studies indicate that men and women gamble at online casinos in almost the same percentage but for very different reasons. Just a few years ago the number of men gambling online far exceeded the number of women but no longer.