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CTBA Political eBrief Tuesday, March 15, 2016

“When we started planning how to integrate eSports into our casino, there was a question about how everything would mesh, but not anymore. We're seeing the results and it works. We haven't lost track of the importance of the traditional gamblers; they are still our priority. But adding the eSports Lounge is just like adding a nightclub or any other amenity. It has brought a new dimension to the casino floor, and even the people who have never played a video game in their life are intrigued.” Seth Schorr, owner of Fifth Street Gaming and Chairman of Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, which recently became the first casino to open a dedicated space to video games, in Casino City Times --- “Given how complicated the current daily fantasy sports products are right now, I think the casual sports fan is really eager to see innovation and new products. Not everybody is a stats geek… and most casual sports fans never will be. That’s why this legislation is so concerning. Innovation is desperately needed here but [this law] is only allowing the duopoly to exist.” DFS company Syde Co-Founder Ryan Huss says the $50,000 registration fee approved in Virginia is cost-prohibitive for a startup like his, in ARL Now

 

Opinion: State Tries Again To Legalize, Regulate Online Poker (CA – Internet Poker)
Orange County Register (March 14, 2016) California, after roughly a decade of toying with online-poker legislation, may finally be ready to go all-in on a legalization bill this year.
NIGA Announces 2016 Wendell Chino Humanitarian Awards (AZ – Tribal Business)
Indian Country Today Media Network (March 14, 2016) Middletown Rancheria Chairman Jose "Moke" Simon III and Quapaw Tribe Chairman John Berrey will be honored with the prestigious Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award tomorrow night.
IGT Donates $25,000 To NIGA Building Fund (AZ – Tribal Business)
Pechanga.net (March 14, 2016) Today at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention in Phoenix, AZ, International Game Technology executives presented a $25,000 donation to benefit the National Indian Gaming Association Building Fund.
Downtown Grand Adds Dedicated eSports Lounge (NV – eSports Betting)
Casino City Times (March 14, 2016) Every Friday, the casino runs eContests in which entrants pay a fee of around $15 and compete against others in games like Madden, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and NBA2K for cash prizes. The events regularly draw as many as 50 players with an equal number of spectators.
AGA Estimates More Brackets Than Votes For Any Presidential Candidate (NV – Sports Betting)
ESPN (March 14, 2016) There likely will be more NCAA tournament brackets filled out than there will be votes for any single candidate in this year's presidential election, and nearly twice as much money will be bet on the tournament than on the Super Bowl, according to estimates released Monday by the American Gaming Association.
Pennsylvania Remains The Best Candidate For Online Gambling Expansion (PN – Internet Poker)
Online Poker Report (March 14, 2016) The Pennsylvania Legislature is currently sitting on a comprehensive plan to reform gaming laws in the state.
Gambling Dead At Florida Legislature But Will Be Stronger Next Year (FL – State Compacts)
Broward Palm Beach New Times (March 14, 2016) The Florida legislative session concluded last week – and again, gambling regulation failed. So now, casino executives’ focus turns to a Florida Supreme Court case in July that could shape the state’s landscape.
'There Will Be No Reprieve': Florida Decoupling Battle Isn't Over (FL – State Compacts)
Paulick Report (March 14, 2016) The end of the 2016 legislative session has come in Florida, and with it came the death of the major bill regarding decoupling and gambling expansions.
Massachusetts Regulators To Hear Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Casino Plan (MA – Casino Proposals)
World Casino News (March 14, 2016) The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will meet with state gambling regulators to update them on their plans to build a casino south of Boston.
Local Fantasy Sports Startup Will Have to Leave Va. Market Due to New Legislation (VA – Fantasy Sports)
ARl Now (March 14, 2016) Based in Arlington is an early-stage fantasy sports startup that's hoping to make daily fantasy sports betting more fun and accessible for casual fans. Virginia is the first state to formally regulate paid fantasy sports games, but there’s a catch: fantasy sports companies now have to pay an initial $50,000 fee in order to legally serve customers in Virginia. Syde co-founder Ryan Huss says the fee is cost-prohibitive for a startup like his.
House Subcommittee To Hear From Tribes And Tribal Organizations (DC – Tribal Relations)
Indianz.com (March 14, 2016) Dozens of tribes and tribal organizations are presenting their funding priorities to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies this week.