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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, April 12, 2016

“Over in the Golden State, it appears that the allegations of insider trading leveled against Amaya CEO David Baazov have put a strain on ipoker regulation progress. A coalition of tribes fronted by Pechanga continue to push the “bad actor” issue, citing PokerStars’ involvement in the U.S. online poker market post-UIGEA as reason to keep the gaming giant out.” Charles Rettmuller in Poker Update --- “Prohibition, we've found in this country, doesn't work very well. It's certainly not working with sports betting. Let's begin to look at this, regulate it, bring some of the tax dollars that could be had back to the local communities and the states. Let's look at the ways of reinventing this (casino) industry by having good policy.” President and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA) Geoff Freeman in Trib Live --- “Those challenging the Mashpee have to prove a negative — that the tribe was not under federal jurisdiction in 1934 — and it’s very hard to prove a negative in the law. There’s a lot of ways to argue the tribe meets the requirements of the law, despite that Supreme Court case. And the tribe only needs one of them to work.” Dennis Whittlesey, a Washington DC lawyer who said that the Mashpee are acting reasonably in proceeding with the casino despite the lawsuit, in The Boston Globe

Enterprise Rancheria Contributions To Aid Casino Impacts (CA – Tribal Casinos)

World Casino News (April 11, 2016) On Friday, April 8 on Forty Mile Road, the Enterprise Rancheria of Maidu Indians presented a check of nearly $700,000 to Yuba County during the sunrise groundbreaking ceremony for the tribe’s Fire Mountain Casino Resort.

Mashpee Push On With Casino Work Despite Lawsuit Over Reservation Status (MA – Tribal Casinos)

The Boston Globe (April 12, 2016) When the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe broke ground on a $1 billion casino last week, it surged ahead of rival developers in the race to open the state’s first full-scale casino. The move was a calculated risk.
Amaya Agrees To New Casino Deal For Pokerstars (US – Internet Poker)
PokerSites.com (April 11, 2016) Amaya will be adding to its range of games on PokerStars and Full Tilt, but it won’t be on the poker side of its platforms. Continuing the recent trend of bolstering its non-poker options, specifically sports betting and casino gaming, Amaya has agreed to a deal with edict egaming to supply a new range of slots.

NY State Senate Votes To Share More Casino Profits With Madison County (NY – Gaming Revenue)

Syracuse.com (April 11, 2016) Despite objections from neighboring Oneida County, senators voted 57 to 1 to share with Madison County a percentage of the slot machine profits the state receives from the casino in Chittenango and from two Oneida Indian gas stations.

SB Common Council Unanimously Votes In Favor Of Pokagon Casino Agreement (IN – Gaming Revenue)

WNDU 16 (April 11, 2016) The South Bend Common Council voted unanimously on Monday night to take a cut of the profits if a casino comes to the city, which was a decision that some say means taking dirty money.
Minnesota House Moves To Legalize, Codify Fantasy Sports (MN – Fantasy Sports)
Star Tribune (April 11, 2016) The Minnesota House voted Monday to legalize more explosive fireworks and to affirm that fantasy sports are legal in the state, moving to limit government regulation of activities that supporters said are all in good fun.
AGA: Next U.S. President Will Have 'Sports Betting On Their Desk' (DC – Sports Betting)
Card Player (April 11, 2016) Thanks to an estimated illegal sports betting market of $148.8 billion in the United States, the casino industry’s top lobbying group is advocating for reform to current federal law pertaining to the activity. The CEO of the American Gaming Association predicts that the next U.S. president will legalize sports betting so it’s not limited, by law, to just a few states.
PGA Tour To Consider Gambling Venture (US – Sports Betting)
iGaming Business (April 11, 2016) Golf’s PGA Tour is said to be weighing up a new venture that will see it offer data companies the right to package real-time tournament data into feeds for betting and gambling operators. According to a ‘request for proposal’ picked up by Bloomberg, the organization is launching the strategy as part of a wider plan to “explore the risk/return trade-off associated with potential entry into the online sports gaming category.”
Tribal Members Want Audit Of Three Affiliated Tribes Funds (ND – Tribal Finance)
Prairie Business (April 11, 2016) Members of the Three Affiliated Tribes are asking the Tribal Business Council for an audit to see how the tribe’s money has been spent. But the tribal chairman says the council has distributed pamphlets and conducted outreach meetings explaining the tribe’s budget.
Four Corners College Adopts ‘Indigenous Peoples Day’ (NM – Tribal Images)
Santa Fe New Mexican News (April 11, 2016) A Four Corners college that borders the Navajo Nation is joining the ranks of higher-learning institutions across the country in recognizing “Indigenous Peoples Day.” The Daily Times in Farmington reports San Juan College recently approved the change following a resolution by the Associated Students of San Juan College.