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CTBA Political eBrief Monday, March 7, 2016

“We, as an industry, need to level up on all fronts. We need to bring on stronger team owners, have more organization, and be more like a long-term league, like the NBA or the NFL. If that happens, there’s no telling where eSports could go.” Clinton Foy, managing director of Crosscut Ventures and chairman of Immortals, an eSports gaming team, in the Orange County Register --- “Going into today we knew full well that the gaming bills were on life support. The House was hoping for a miracle, but by the close of the day we saw one was not coming and had no option but to pull the plug.” Florida Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, a Miami Republican who was part of the state's team that negotiated with the Seminole tribe, said of the failed compact in WUSF News ---“The challenge for regulators, policymakers and the casino industry is to build an effective framework for bringing these new platforms into the fold without strangling the very qualities that make them innovative in the first place.” American Gaming Association CEO Geoff Freeman said of daily fantasy sports companies in Reviewed-Casinos.com

 

Will eSports Revolution Change Competition As We Know It? (CA – eSports Gaming)
The Orange County Register (March 6, 2016) Inside Riot Games’ West L.A. studio, at the epicenter of a revolution that might just redefine sports in the Internet age, all hell is about to break loose. On a large screen in the middle of a stage divided by the glow of neon reds and blues, a swordswoman and a spirit walker from the red team have trapped their opponent’s archer.
Assemblyman Das Williams Seeks Ventura’s Support To Change Gaming Law (CA – Card Clubs)
Ventura Country Star (March 6, 2016) The Players Casino in Ventura wants to stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and city staff, figuring the expanded hours will bring in an additional $125,000, supports the idea. Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Carpinteria, has offered to introduce a bill authorizing the change, which would undo a 1996 state law that tied hours of operation to gaming in place at that time.
Opinion: Record Tribal Gaming Revenue Could Hinder California iGaming (CA – Internet Poker)
PokerSites.com (March 5, 2016) Tribal gaming revenue hit record levels in 2014 which may help to explain why California’s online poker bills are having a hard time getting passed. According to the annual report published by Casino City, US Indian casinos banked $28.9 billion in 2014 which is an increase of just over 1.9 percent compared to 2013.
California Compromise On Internet Poker? (CA – Internet Poker)
iGaming Player (March 1, 2016) Another iPoker bill has surfaced in the California legislature that tries to bring the disparate stakeholders together. It includes a $60 million bone for the racetrack industry.
Ex-Tribal Chairman Bobby Salgado, 73, Dies In Local Hospital (CA – Tribal Leadership)
The Press Enterprise (March 7, 2016) Former Soboba Tribal Chairman Robert "Bobby" Salgado Sr. was big, blustery, politically powerful -- and highly controversial. He diedSunday at Hemet Valley Medical Center after years of suffering from diabetes and other illnesses. He was 73.
Legislature Rejects $3 Billion Gambling Deal (FL – State Compacts)
WUSF Public Media (March 6, 2016) A proposed $3 billion deal negotiated between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would have expanded gambling across the state collapsed Friday after it was rejected by state legislators.
Quapaw Tribe Blames Oaklawn For Land Opposition In Arkansas (AK – Tribal Land)
World Casino News (March 6, 2016) A non-Indian gaming facility is being blamed by the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma for impeding its land-into-trust efforts in Arkansas. It’s been two years since the Quapaw Tribe filed a land-into-trust application for 160 acres of former reservation land it owns near the Little Rock Port Authority.
Opinion: Nevada Can Blaze Trail On Daily Fantasy, eSports (NV – eSports Gaming)
Las Vegas Review Journal (March 6, 2016) When the Nevada Gaming Control Board determined in October that daily fantasy sports companies must be licensed to operate in the Silver State, many observers falsely presumed that the casino gaming industry was flexing its muscle to shut down an upstart competitor.
DFS Execs To Address Nevada Gaming Policy Meeting (NV – Fantasy Sports)
Reviewed Casinos (March 5, 2016) Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement that the meeting is to “ensure Nevada is proactively pursuing policies that help maintain our state’s status as the international epicenter for gaming entertainment, regulation, and innovation.”
Texas Settles Fantasy Sports Betting Case With Fanduel (TX – Fantasy Sports)
Austin Business Journal (March 6, 2016) Texas has reached a settlement with online daily fantasy sports site FanDuel requiring the company to stop accepting paid entries for cash prizes in the state on May 2.
Fantasy Sports Has Backer In Springfield (IL – Fantasy Sports)
The Edwardsville Intelligencer (March 5, 2016) An Illinois politico is introducing legislation to make the fantasy sports marketplace legal in Illinois. His bill, which is sponsored by a bipartisan group of Illinois representatives, would effectively bring safe, reliable and regulated fantasy sports to play in Illinois.
FanDuel Wins Round In Right Against State Gambling Ban (VA – Fantasy Sports)
The Sunday Times (March 6, 2016) In a move that could set a precedent for other states, Virginia voted last week to allow fantasy sports companies to trade freely, provided they agree to strict rules and pay a $50,000 registration fee.
Steve Wynn’s Pay Drops As China Gamblers Shun VIP Tables (Int. – Gaming Revenues)
Macau Daily Times (March 7, 2016) Fewer high rollers at Macau’s casinos means less money in Steve Wynn’s wallet. The founder and chief executive officer of Wynn Resorts Ltd. saw his compensation fall about 18 percent to USD20.7 million last year, according to a regulatory filing.
Puyallup Tribe Operates First Cannabis Institute In United States (WA – Tribal Enterprise)
Indianz.com (March 3, 2016) The Puyallup Tribe of Washington is operating what's being called the first cannabis institute in the nation. Medicine Creek Analytics is located at the Salish Integrative Oncology Care Center, the tribe's cancer center.
Thurston County Only Precinct To Host Democratic Caucus On Native American Reservation (NE – Federal Elections)
SiouzlandMatters.com (March 5, 2016) Thurston County in Nebraska was one of the last sites to host its democratic caucus. There were a total of 93 active locations within the state, but Thurston's site was one of a kind compared to the rest.