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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, February 16, 2016

“Every shift (in the proposal) is going to lose a vote and gain a vote. I believed the House package could prevail on the floor but it would be a very close vote. The proposed numbers are indeed staggering -- it’s money that can go to education and health care and critical infrastructure.” Florida Rep. Jose Diaz (R-Miami), one of two lawmakers charged with the task of crafting a mega gambling deal with the Seminole tribe that can win favor in the House and Senate, in Herald Tribune --- “Chinese gaming powerhouse Ourgame is in the early stages of developing a permanent eSports arena that would likely be housed within a Las Vegas Strip casino. If one came to the Strip, it would probably function similar to the company’s Beijing version, where a 200-seat arena also comprises a broadcast studio, hundreds of gaming stations, and more. That sort of permanent presence would go a long way toward increasing engagement of millennials in Las Vegas.” Chris Grove on the possibility of an eSports arena coming to the Las Vegas Strip, in Legal Sports Report

Mark Pincus Chief Executive of Zynga, which saw its stock fall and its valuation slip from $1.9 billion to $1.7 billion; in response, Pincus delayed the launch of two games, however he expects the company to launch 10 new games in 2016

Online Poker Report (February 12, 2016) California’s politically powerful American Indian tribes agreed in principle Thursday that draft online poker legislation should limit website licenses to tribes and card rooms while providing a yearly subsidy to the state’s pari-mutuel racing industry, sources said Friday. But leaders of a dozen politically powerful tribes, meeting in Sacramento with Assemblyman Adam Gray, otherwise stopped short of pledging support of a draft iPoker bill Gray plans to file before a Feb. 19 deadline for introducing legislation.

World Casino News (February 14, 2016) Following a meeting of key tribal gaming groups on Thursday in Sacramento, and the release of new draft legislation, prospects of a newly drafted iPoker bill showed signs of life this week. An amendment to last year’s AB 431 online poker legislation was filed last month by its creator, California Assemblyman Adam Gray.

California Racetracks Offered $60m In Annual Payments In New iPoker Legislation Amendment (CA – Internet Poker)

4Flush (February 15, 20160 Assemblyman Adam Gray of California introduced AB 431 some time ago to try and see online poker approved and regulated within the state. The subject of the racetracks involvement in the online poker industry of the state has long been a point of contention. The tracks want to be involved while tribal interests feel that the racetracks do not belong in the industry.

Payday Loans Called Toxic By House Democrats (DC – Payday Lending)

Financial Advisor Magazine (February 12, 2016) Congresswoman Maxine Waters compared the hazards of payday loans to the water supply crisis in Flint, Mich., saying the loans are “contaminated with excess fees.” Sherry Treppa, chair for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Indian tribe in California, warned CFPB rules on small-dollar lenders would destroy economic development for tribes.

Owner Of Payday Lenders, Attorney Hit With Federal Criminal Indictment (NY – Payday Lending)

JD Supra Business Advisor (February 15, 2016) A man alleged to be the owner and operator of a group of payday-lending companies and an attorney alleged to have submitted false affidavits and structured sham arrangements have been indicted by a federal grand jury in New York.

Why Zynga Founder Marc Pincus Is Confident About The Former Juggernaut’s Turnaround (CA – Online Gaming)

Venture Beat (February 14, 2016) Social mobile gaming company Zynga made Wall Street investors cringe this week. It beat earnings expectations in its fourth fiscal quarter earnings report on Wednesday, but chief executive Mark Pincus offered cautious guidance for the next quarter and delayed two major games.

Marco Rubio Reiterates Anti-Online Gambling Stance At South Carolina Town Hall Meeting (SC – Online Gaming)

Cards Chat News (February 15, 2016) GOP presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), hopeful, has reiterated something that won’t make online gambling proponents happy. In the past, Rubio has strongly opposed iGaming and supported passage of RAWA, the bill that would once again make online gaming a crime in all 50 states.

How Daily Fantasy Sports Could Intersect With The Brewing Battle Over Scalia’s Supreme Court Seat (CA – Fantasy Sports)

Legal Sports Report (February 15, 2016) How could the open seat affect daily fantasy sports? The intersection comes in California, one of the hot spots for daily fantasy sports around the country, where California Attorney General Kamala Harris is on a number of short lists for a replacement for Scalia.

Acjachemen Native Tribe Fights For Recognition Of UCI Land (CA – Tribal Land)

New University (February 16, 2016) After waging legal battles for the last 40 years, the Orange County community of the Acjachemen Native American tribe continues to struggle in their fight for federal recognition of their land, upon which UC Irvine is built. However, many community members on and off campus fear that students’ complacency on the subject is tacitly preventing the Acjachemen tribe’s federal recognition in Irvine and throughout Southern California — which the tribe is still struggling to campaign for today.

Chumash Properties Earn AAA Four Diamond Awards (CA – Tribal Casinos)

Indian Country Today Media Network (February 15, 2016) For the 11th consecutive year, AAA bestowed the Four Diamond rating on Chumash Casino Resort Hotel in Santa Ynez, California. The award is named to only the finest hotels and restaurants.

California Online Poker Receives Possible Lifeline (CA – Internet Poker)

PokerSites.us (February 12, 2016) California online poker isn’t dead just yet following letters from two of the state’s tribes that are calling on State Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-District 21) to reconsider his daily fantasy sports (DFS) legislation in favor of iPoker. Gray is one of three online poker architects in California, but like the other propositions, his bill (AB 431) failed to reach the Assembly floor last year.

Florida Gambling Contract Far From Certain  (FL – State Compacts)

Herald Tribune Politics (February 14, 2016) With four weeks left in their 2016 session, Florida lawmakers have a chance to pass a landmark $3 billion gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe. The revenue boost, which would replace a previous five-year $1 billion deal with the Seminoles, would ease budget pressures in the coming years.

eSports Will Happen In Las Vegas, And It Might Stay Too (NV – eSports Gaming)

Legal Sports Report (February 15, 2016) The convergence of eSports and Las Vegas is accelerating, with two pieces of recent news suggesting a momentum that could result in a deeper integration of the world’s fastest-growing professional sport with America’s gambling capital.

Downtown Grand To Host eSports Tournament (NV – eSports Gaming)

Casino City Times (February 14, 2016) Downtown Grand Las Vegas will host the Wargaming.net League North America (WGLNA) Season 2 2016 Regional Finals for the popular video game, World of Tanks, on Saturday, Feb. 27. A championship eSports tournament for one of the world's most popular video games, WGLNA will feature four teams competing at the Downtown Grand for the chance to win the first place grand prize of $75,000.

Opinion: Marijuana Can Boost Economy On Reservation (SD – Tribal Enterprise)

Indianz.com (February 16, 2016) After more than two-years of encouraging the Oglala Sioux Tribe to pass legislation to legalize marijuana there has finally been movement within tribal government to do so. Late last month, OST’s law and order committee passed a motion that could lead to an advisory vote amongst the people on the issue.