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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, March 17, 2016

“The millennial player wants something besides pressing a button or looking up and pressing another button. They want to actually control some aspect of the game. Thirty years ago, two-thirds of all gaming revenue in Las Vegas was gambling. Today it’s two-thirds from non-gaming. That includes concerts and clubs, sports bars and restaurants.” Marcus Yoder said at the National Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention happening in Phoenix this week, in KJZZ --- “I was fascinated to learn that there is an expectation in Vegas that one of the fastest growing forms of betting expected to pass slot machines is video game playing for money. A bill was passed in Las Vegas last year to allow people to wager on their skills, playing games like Guitar Hero, Angry Birds, and Tetris. [The Nevada Gaming Association still has to agree to the bill.] Gambling has come a long way. The days where you could only bet on horse racing or on football games with underground bookies are far behind us. Casinos need to find new ways to attract people to their products, and governments need people to play legally in order to collect revenue.” Hartley Henderson, an independent gambling and casino consultant, in OSGA.com


Jamul Indian Village Does Not Need Management Contract To Open Casino: NIGC (CA – Casino Proposals)
World Casino News (March 16, 2016) National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) the agency noted that the Jamul Indian Village would not need a Gaming Management Agreement (GMA) in order to open and run the casino enterprise themselves. The statement echoed multiple questions from 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Morgan Brenda Christen in a December 2015 hearing on the matter, where several times it was asked and answered whether the tribe actually needed a GMA in order to open and operate the casino.
Opinion: Explaining The County’s Impasse With Tribe (CA – Tribal Recognition)
Lompoc Record (March 16, 2016) The Board of Supervisors has long had a policy that “recognizes and respects the tribal right of self-governance to provide for tribal members and to preserve traditional tribal culture and heritage.” That does not mean we must agree to any particular proposal by the tribe that we believe would be detrimental to the county and its residents.
Are Payday Lenders Shielded By The Tribal Veil? (PN – Tribal Business)
JD Supra Business Advisor (March 14, 2016) The AG alleged that the defendants had “partnered with an out-of-state bank and with Native American tribes, in arrangements known colloquially as ‘rent-a-bank’ and ‘rent-a-tribe’” schemes to avoid the usury statute.  In January of 2016, Judge Joyner considered a motion to dismiss in the case.
Can Casinos Hit The Jackpot With Millennials While Keeping Baby Boomers Happy? (AZ – Tribal Gaming)
KJZZ (March 15, 2016) As Baby Boomers age, the gaming industry is trying to attract more millennials. It’s a topic that attracted a lot of interest at the National Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention taking place at the Phoenix Convention Center through Wednesday.
Cherokee Nation Looks To Strengthen Preference Laws For Tribal Businesses (CT – Tribal Business)
Smoky Mountain News (March 16, 2016) Change is likely coming to the ordinance outlining preference rules for tribally owned businesses. The rules come into play when bidding contracts for everything from construction projects to office supplies.
Seminole-Owned Casinos Plan Regulatory Response (FL – Casino Regulations)
The Ada News (March 16, 2016) Federal regulators could close the Seminole Nation’s three casinos temporarily if the tribe fails to fix a series of compliance related problems.
Game Of Skill Vs. Gambling At Center Of New Jersey’s DFS Debate (NJ – Fantasy Sports)
CBS New York (March 14, 2016) The proposal by Sen. James Whelan, the Democratic former mayor of Atlantic City, would regulate and tax daily fantasy sports. But it takes no position as to whether they offer games of skill or chance.
New York Senate Pushes To Regulate DFS (NY – Fantasy Sports)
Lohud Journal News (March 16, 2016) The state Legislature is considering a measure that would regulate the industry under the state Department of Financial Services. The state Senate quietly included the measure in its one-house budget Monday.
Opinion: eSports And Skill Based Video Games Could Be The Future Of Gambling (US – Esports Gaming)
Off Shore Gaming Association (March 16, 2016) I received a couple of emails recently asking, "What's up with all the gambling sites offering betting on eSports?" Some of the largest online gambling sites like Bet365 and Pinnacle Sports have odds on the product but many traditional gamblers are confused just what exactly it is and how they can make money on it.
Changing Attitudes Might Cause NCAA To Lift Las Vegas’ Championship Ban (NV – Sports Betting)
CDC Gaming Report (March 16, 2016) Las Vegas’ relationship with postseason college basketball is good. Evidence is mounting — and momentum is swinging — in favor of Las Vegas, even while the NCAA remains as rigid as the NFL in its opposition to wagering. The NCAA is expected to take up the issue at its national convention in June.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Blasts Brockton Casino Backer During Public Meeting (MA – Tribal Gaming)
Wicked Local (March 16, 2016) The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe said that the Genting Group is putting putting forth millions of dollars to build its casino project in Taunton, and that the developer behind a proposed gaming destination in Brockton is a liar to say otherwise.
PokerStars Begins Test Play In New Jersey (NJ – Internet Poker)
ABC News (March 16, 2016) The world's largest Internet poker company is starting a trial period of operating in New Jersey.