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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, April 11, 2016

“San Manuel has deep concerns about these latest Amaya revelations. Our council is looking into this....” San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chair Lynn Valbuena said of allegations leveled by Canadian securities regulators against Amaya Chairman and CEO David Baazov, in Online Poker Report --- “If this were 2010, iPoker would be the thing. But it’s not. It’s 2016. If this were 2010 I would still be carrying around a 3-pound iPod.” California Tribal Lobbyist David Quintana, in Online Poker Report


Tribal Coalition Partner Of Pokerstars Has 'Deep Concerns' About Amaya Allegations (CA – Insider Trading)
Online Poker Report (April 8, 2016) New Jersey’s decision to extend for six months Amaya Gaming’s conditional license to operate PokerStars and Full Tilt may have eased “deep concerns” an American Indian lobby partner in California had about the company’s legal problems.
Online Poker Regulation Efforts Stall In NY And CA (CA – Internet Poker)
Poker Update (April 10, 2016) Online poker players in the U.S. hoping that 2016 will be the year that a fourth state joins Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey in enacting Internet poker legislation had better temper their enthusiasm for now – at least with regard to New York and California.
Enterprise Rancheria Breaks Ground On Controversial Casino (CA – Casino Expansion)
Appeal Democrat (April 8, 2016) Earth-moving equipment was ready to start scraping the ground as the Fire Mountain Casino groundbreaking ceremony was conducted and as sign-wielding protesters watched from across Forty Mile Road.
Checks Going To Fire Mountain Casino Impact Local Infrastructure (CA – Casino Expansion)
Appeal Democrat (April 8, 2016) A check of nearly $700,000 presented Friday morning to Yuba County by the Enterprise Rancheria, as the Tribe broke ground on a casino, won't exactly be a windfall to the county budget.
Strong Start For EGT In The Tribal Gaming Sector (US – Slot Machines)
Yogonet (April 8, 2016) Euro Games Technology has anticipated a strong start in the tribal gaming sector after its debut at the Indian Gaming Show 2016 in Arizona, USA.
It’s All About eSports At iGNA 2016 (NV – eSports Gaming)
GGB News (April 10, 2016) With the same three states offering iGaming as for the past two edition of the iGaming North American conference, and few legitimate prospects, the focus of this year’s conference became the one remaining interactive gaming opportunity left: eSports.
Masters Tees Off as PGA Tour Considers Getting Into Gambling (US – Sports Gaming)
Bloomberg Technology (April 7, 2016) Golf betting generates an estimated $2.8 billion every year, and the PGA Tour wants a piece. The Tour has asked a handful of data companies to submit bids for the right to package real-time tournament data into feeds for gambling houses, according to a “request for proposal” reviewed by Bloomberg News.
Expansion Of Sports Betting Moves From 'What If' To 'When' (PA – Sports Gaming)
Trib Live (April 10, 2016) Not so long ago, few people thought you'd ever be able to place a legal bet on the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates or other teams at an American sports book outside Nevada. Times and attitudes can change quickly.
Rush Street Gaming Faces Fine Of $1.65 Million In Illinois (IL – Court Cases)
World Casino News (April 10, 2016) A Chicago company behind the Brockton resort casino proposal is now facing a $1.65 million fine in the state of Illinois. Rush Street Gaming has been accused of provide a no-bid cleaning and security contract and then giving winners of jackpot games inconsistent payouts.
Navajo Due Hearing On Demand That Feds Return Remains, Relics (AZ – Court Cases)
Indian Country Today Media Network (April 10, 2016) A divided federal appeals court Wednesday reinstated a Navajo Nation lawsuit seeking to force the National Park Service to return more than 300 remains and relics that are “among the most sacred” of the tribe’s property.
Michelle Obama, Blunt On Indian Issues, To Give Commencement Speech (NM – Tribal Relations)
USA Today (April 8, 2016) When First Lady Michelle Obama travels to New Mexico next month to speak at commencement ceremonies for a well-known Indian boarding school, she’ll be diving head-first into troubled waters that she has spent years testing.