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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, April 14, 2016

“This is a phenomenon growing in Iowa, and this is a way to regulate it. This does a lot to clear up problems we had been hearing about. We think that this is a good bill and it provides a strong regulatory framework and fair contests for Iowans to participate in.” Iowa Sen. William Dotzler, D-Waterloo, who chairs the subcommittee that approved a state regulatory framework bill for daily fantasy sports, in The Des Moines Register --- “We decided we're gonna celebrate those champions and put a lot of emphasis on creating a special event. So then, we thought, 'Where can we highlight that, the celebratory aspect of it?' Seminole Hard Rock was at the top of the list.” World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska on the decision to hold the championship at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida, in SouthFlorida.com

 

Assemblyman Adam Gray
California Online Poker Hearing Could Take Place Next Week; PokerStars Coalition Sends Letter of Support (CA – Internet Poker)
Online Poker Report (April 13, 2016) The California Assembly Governmental Organization Committee is planning to hold an informational hearing on Assemblyman Adam Gray’s online poker bill, AB 2863, next Wednesday, April 20, according to sources close to the situation.
Calif. County Asks DC Circ. To Hear Tribal Casino Land Row (CA – Tribal Land)
Law360 (April 13, 2016) A California county told a D.C. federal judge on Wednesday that it is appealing to the D.C. Circuit her March ruling that nixed the county’s challenge to a U.S. Department of the Interior decision backing a proposed tribal casino.
County OKs Agreement Over Jamul Tribe’s Casino (CA – Casino Expansion)
The San Diego Union-Tribune (April 13, 2016) The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday approved a formal agreement between the county and the Jamul Indian Village over the tribe’s long-planned casino on its reservation off state Route 94.
Hawaiian Gardens Casino Announces Soft Opening Of Its $90 Million Renovation And Expansion Project (CA – Card Clubs)
World Casino News (April 13, 2016) Back in March 2014, the Hawaiian Gardens Casino started a $90 million renovation and major expansion project, which now nears its completion. Therefore, on Tuesday the operator announced the soft opening of the upgraded facility and expressed hopes to provide “even more jobs and financial support” to local citizens.
Pechanga Sending Player To World Series of Poker (CA – Poker Tournaments)
Card Player (April 13, 2016) Playing in the main event in poker’s largest tournament is a dream come true for many card aficionados. Saturday, May 21, Pechanga Resort & the event, scoring him or her a seat at the main event in July this year.
World Poker Tour Ending Season At Seminole Hard Rock For First Time (FL – Poker Tournaments)
The World Poker Tour is betting big on South Florida for the ending of Season XIV.  Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com) also will host the Seminole Hard Rock Poker High Roller (April 19-20).
Gun Lake Casino’s $76 Million Expansion Will Nearly Double Size (MI – Casino Expansion)
Indian Country Today Media Network (April 13, 2016) When it opens summer 2017, the casino will be almost twice its current size, and include a premiere buffet restaurant, a high limit gaming room, and a new Stage 131 entertainment lounge that will double the current size to offer enough seating to attract regional entertainers.
Alabama Senate Rejects Constitutional Amendment For Greene County Bingo (AL – Gaming Legislation)
State senators have rejected a bill aimed at keeping Greenetrack's bingo casino operational. Senators on Wednesday were four votes short of the 21 votes needed to approve the proposed constitutional amendment.
Legalizing Fantasy Sports Takes Step Forward In Iowa (IA – Fantasy Sports)
The Des Moines Register (April 13, 2016) Iowa fantasy sports players could legally claim prizes and cash payouts under a bill establishing a state regulatory framework for games that was advanced Wednesday by an Iowa Senate subcommittee.
Beginning Of A New eSports Era? April’s NA LCS To Be Hosted In Las Vegas (NV – eSports Gaming)
eSports (April 14, 2016) The spring finals of the North American League Championship Series, the world’s biggest eSports league, are moving to Las Vegas. It’s the first time the Champion Series will take place in a different location – previously it was always held in Los Angeles.
New Jersey Breaks Online Gambling Record With Help From Launch Of PokerStars (NJ – Internet Poker)
Card Player (April 13, 2016) Less than two weeks of PokerStars in New Jersey in March had a significant impact on the state’s still-young online casino gambling industry. In fact, the month of March set a new record for New Jersey online gaming.
Senate Indian Affairs Panel Issues Subpoena To EPA (WA – Environmental Action)
KOB4 (April 13, 2016) The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has issued a subpoena to force the Environmental Protection Agency to testify at a field hearing on a Colorado mine spill that fouled rivers in the West last summer. Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Democrat Jon Tester of Montana approved the subpoena on Wednesday.