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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, February 25, 2016

“Business is outstanding and is reflective of … our ability to market Thunder Valley as a destination resort, which makes hotel rooms obviously more attractive.” Doug Elmets, a spokesman for the Lincoln-area casino, which plans to renovate the hotel’s existing 297 rooms, in The Sacramento Bee --- “The Seminoles are building a national and global brand. They’re trying to demonstrate to other states around the country that they’re good corporate citizens and good partners. I believe that litigation and conflict with the state of Florida is not a good thing for the tribe.” Florida House Finance and Tax Chairman Matt Gaetz said in CBS Miami
Thunder Valley Will Add Dozens Of Hotel Rooms In $40 Million Renovation (CA – Casino Expansion)
Sacramento Business Journal (February 24, 2016) Thunder Valley Casino Resort announced Wednesday it will add 111 new hotel rooms as part of a $40 million renovation.
Thunder Valley Casino To Expand Hotel (CA – Casino Expansion)
The Sacramento Bee (February 24, 2016) Thunder Valley Casino Resort said Wednesday it will add 111 rooms to its hotel tower, completing the build-out that was left unfinished when the hotel opened in the midst of the recession.
Tutor Perini To Build $285M Resort, Casino Expansion In Southern California (CA – Casino Expansion)
Rebusiness Online (February 25, 2016) The Pechanga Development Corp., the economic development branch of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, has selected Tutor Perini Building Corp. to expand the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, roughly 60 miles north of San Diego.
How Bell Gardens Is Banking On Bicycle Club Casino's Luxury Hotel (CA – Card Clubs)
KCET (February 25, 2016) The Bicycle Club Casino's brand new hotel is a black and white, seven-story destination. The 100-room hotel with luxury suites has a spa, a VIP gaming room, and several dining options including a brewery.
Oroville Tribe Cautious After Court Decision In Its Favor (CA – Court Cases)
Oroville MR (February 24, 2016) Officials of an Oroville tribe wouldn’t claim victory this week after a federal judge ruled the Legislature acted in bad faith in not approving a compact for its planned Yuba County casino. Enterprise Rancheria Tribal Chair Glenda Nelson, in a brief, one-sentence statement, said, “The tribe is gratified with the ruling and looks forward to proceeding on the path set forth under federal law and in the court’s order.”
Smoke Free Zones Becoming Popular In Florida Casinos (FL – Casino Demographics)
South Florida Reporter (February 24, 2016) For the past eight years it was easy to differentiate rivals Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and the Isle Casino and Racing in Pompano Beach as they battled for patrons from north Broward and south Palm Beach counties: Seminole Coconut Creek had blackjack and table games, but a night of gambling also would mean going home with smoky clothes.
Florida House Gambling Plan Could Get Overhaul (FL – Tribal Gaming)
CBS Miami (February 24, 2016) House Finance and Tax Chairman Matt Gaetz is pushing changes that would match up a House gambling proposal with an even more-expansive Senate bill, but aligning the two packages may not be enough to keep the measure rolling in the Senate.
Connecticut Tribes Narrow Casino Search To Four Locations (CT – Tribal Casinos)
Hartford Courant (February 24, 2016) The tribal joint venture seeking to open a third casino in Connecticut has eliminated one proposed location — East Windsor — and will enter a second round of negotiations with the three remaining towns, it was announced Wednesday.
How Online Tech Has Revolutionized Casino Gaming In Canada (Int. – Online Gaming)
Net News Ledger (February 24, 2016) The online world has revolutionized almost every consumer industry in Canada over the last couple of decades. From the way we shop to the way we order a takeout, online technology has allowed us to do more things in less time from the comfort of our own home.
Any Responsibility For $870M Kentucky Damages Rejected By Scheinbergs; Says Amaya (Int. – Online Gaming)
World Casino News (February 25, 2016) Responsibility for the $870 million judgment awarded to the state by a Franklin Circuit Court judge on December 23 was rejected by the former owners of PokerStars, according to the Canadian online gaming operator.
Virginia General Assembly Approves Regulating Fantasy Sports (VA – Fantasy Sports)
The Virginia Pilot (February 24, 2016) Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that formally legalizes and regulates sites like FanDuel and DraftKings.
Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Advances To Full Indiana House (IN – Fantasy Sports)
Indy Star (February 24, 2016) A bill clarifying the legality of daily fantasy sports in Indiana advanced to the full House on Wednesday with the minimum age to play staying at 18.
Fantasy Sports Regulation Bill Advances In Tennessee Senate (TN – Fantasy Sports)
The Tennessean (February 24, 2016) While state legislatures around the country consider whether to permit the practice of daily fantasy sports websites, Tennessee lawmakers are leaning toward regulating the industry rather than banning the practice.