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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, April 21, 2016

“We’ve been very careful not to get involved with anything that will put the tribe in danger. I always thought that Mayor Pougnet did some good things for the city, and I had no idea about all these other things. I still don’t know what’s going on, and the tribe does not deal with those kinds of things. We’re far removed from it.” Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Chairman Jeff Grubbe said of former Mayor Steve Pougnet and the current federal investigation of him and the city of Palm Springs, in the CV Independent --- “It's really hard, if not impossible, to fix a fantasy sports contest. You can't get one player to throw more touchdowns than the other team, and even if you did it would only be one of your 12 guys and you're going against lots of opponents and what players they have. The complexities are crazy, so it's not a one-to-one compared to gambling, therefore it needs its own regulatory structure.” Peter Schoenke, president of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, in the Chicago Tribune


Ridgecrest City Council Tables Timbisha Shoshone Casino Action (CA – Tribal Casinos)
The Daily Independent (Aril 20, 2016) The Ridgecrest City Council voted Wednesday to table the discussion of a casino in Ridgecrest until a special meeting next Wednesday.
Targets For The Tribe: Chairman Jeff Grubbe And Other Leaders Offer Hints About The Agua Caliente Tribe's Future (CA – Court Cases)
CV Independent (April 20, 2016) The tribe, which has some 32,000 acres of land across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and outlying areas, is making big plans for its prime downtown Palm Springs real estate. Meanwhile, the tribe is involved in a controversial lawsuit against the valley’s two largest water agencies over control of the area’s water rights.
Two More States Advance DFS Legislation In The US (US – Fantasy Sports)
World Casino News (April 20, 2016) Tuesday was a good day for the daily fantasy sports industry, as Tennessee joined Mississippi in sending a bill to the governor that would legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports (DFS).
Lawmakers Looking To Tax, Regulate Fantasy Sports In Illinois (IL – Fantasy Sports)
Chicago Tribune (April 20, 2016) State lawmakers on Wednesday took the first step toward regulating daily fantasy sports. Under legislation advanced by a House committee, fantasy sports would be legalized and taxed, with oversight falling to the Illinois Gaming Board.
Minnesota Governor Is Favorable Toward Fantasy Sports Bill (MN – Fantasy Sports)
KDAL 610 (April 21, 2016) Governor Mark Dayton says he’s “favorable” towards a bill moving through the legislature that would clarify that fantasy sports are legal in Minnesota.
Colorado Bill To Regulate Fantasy Sports Advances (CO – Fantasy Sports)
The Durango Herald (April 20, 2016) The legislation would not regulate informal contests between friends, family and co-workers. Instead, it would regulate outlets such as DraftKings and FanDuel, which provide daily cash winnings for fantasy sports.
eSports Goes Big In Las Vegas With League Of Legends (NV – Esports Gaming)
CDC Gaming Reports (April 19, 2016) With Las Vegas casinos looking for more ways to engage millennials, the weekend League of Legends Spring Split at the Mandalay Bay could be a glimpse of the very near future. Held Saturday and Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, thousands of millennials mostly ranging in age from their late teens to about mid 20s packed the Events Center for Saturday’s consolation final, followed by the championship event on Sunday afternoon.
Despite Strong Support From Slots Revenue, Pa. Horse Racing Struggles To Add Fans (PA – Horse Racing)
Observer Reporter (April 20, 2016) Despite $246 million in slot machine tax revenue generated for the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund last year, the state’s racing industry continues to struggle to find a new fan base. That’s the conclusion of the latest report from Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, released Tuesday.
Experts Gather On Capitol Hill To Protect The Integrity Of Sports (DC – Sports Betting)
American Gaming Association (April 20, 2016) As the United States nears 25 years with a federal law that has driven trillions of dollars in sports betting to the black market, experts from around the globe gathered at a standing-room-only event on Capitol Hill today to discuss the threat unregulated gambling poses to the integrity of professional and amateur sports.
Iowa Tribe Of Oklahoma OK’d For International Online Poker (OK – Internet Poker)
Casino.org (April 20, 2016) The Iowa tribe of Oklahoma has received federal approval to launch an online poker site catering to an international market, as well as regulated US markets.
Female Poker Players Fail To Break Into 'Boys' Club' Of WPT's Tournament Of Champions (FL – Poker Tournaments)
South Florida (April 20, 2016) The World Poker Tour's first Tournament of Champions is taking place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino April 22-24, with 70 to 100 main tour winners expected to compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes and the title "champion of champions." But there won't be any women getting in on the action.