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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, April 13, 2016

“The situation PokerStars is now facing has bolstered the company’s detractors, evidenced by tribal lobbyist David Quintana’s statement to veteran California gaming reporter Dave Palermo, in which Quintana said, ‘Now they [Amaya/PokerStars] are even dirtier than we thought they were.’” Steve Ruddock in Online Poker Report --- “So-called ‘bad actor’ provisions were previously considered a moot point because PokerStars was licensed last year in New Jersey, but the charges against David Baazov last month have create a difficult hill to climb for the brand.” Brian Pempus in CardPlayer.com


California To Have Online Poker Hearing This Month (CA – Internet Poker)
Card Player (April 12, 2016) An amended online poker bill in California will have a hearing by the end of April, a tribal gaming insider told Card Player. The goal will be to move it out of committee.
PokerStars Is Feeling The California Heat In The Wake Of Amaya Insider Trading Charges (CA – Internet Poker)
Online Poker Report (April 12, 2016) To the surprise of no one, the insider trading charges filed by Canadian regulators against Amaya CEO David Baazov are already having a negative impact on efforts to pass an online poker bill in California, and based on some of the comments coming out of the Golden State, it could lead to a major shakeup among the coalitions that have formed between certain stakeholders.
Amaya Inc Shareholder Alert: Lawsuit Alleges Securities Laws Violations (CA – Insider Trading)
Digital Journal (April 12, 2016) A shareholder of Amaya Inc (NASDAQ:AYA) filed a lawsuit over alleged violations of Federal Securities Laws by Amaya in connection with certain allegedly false and misleading statements.
Pala Casino $5.6 Million Expansion; RV Resort Ready To Roll May 23 (CA – Casino Expansion)
World Casino News (April 12, 2016) Pala Casino Spa & Resort’s new $5.6 million 10-acre RV Resort located on Highway 76 next to the hotel casino will be open for business next month as the casino confirmed a May 23 opening date.
Enterprise Rancheria’s Sunrise Casino Groundbreaking, 14 Years Coming (CA – Casino Expansion)
Indian Country Today Media Network (April 12, 2016) Finally, after 14 years of reviews and approvals, the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria broke ground on its gaming project in Yuba County, Calif.
Agua Caliente Leader: Climate Change Threatens Water Supplies (CA – Environmental Action)
The Desert Sun (April 12, 2016) As chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Jeff Grubbe looks at the supply of water from the Colorado River and sees an uncertain future, in part due to climate change.
Republican Congressmen Seek CFPB Forum On Impact Of Payday Lending Rule On State And Tribal Sovereignty (DC – Tribal Lending)
JDSupra Business Advisor (April 12, 2016) Two Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee, Randy Neugebauer and Mick Mulvaney, have sent a letter to Director Cordray asking him to convene a forum or roundtable of state and tribal officials before the CFPB proposes a payday loan rule.
How The DraftKings – Boston Love Affair May Have Saved Daily Fantasy Sports (MA – Fantasy Sports)
ESPN (April 12, 2016) Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey had tried to shut DraftKings down, she would have had to buck virtually the city's entire power structure. But by casting the industry a lifeline instead, the anti-gambling attorney general did something even more intriguing: She made herself a key player in the future of daily fantasy.
Casino Revenue Sharing Bill Moves Forward After New York State Senate Approval (NY – Gaming Revenue)
World Casino News (April 12, 2016) On Tuesday, the State Senate of New York approved a casino revenue sharing bill that would see the Yellow Brick Road Casino providing Madison County with 25% of their slot gaming revenues as part of what the casino contributes to the state.
Finance Committee Recommends Applying To Tribe Revenue Sharing Grants (MI – Gaming Revenue)
Petoskey News (April 12, 2016) Emmet County will apply to fund four different projects through local revenue sharing from the Tribal Gaming Revenue Distribution Board, totaling $34,490. As part of the compact between Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and the state of Michigan, the tribe provides two percent of Odawa Casino's net wins from slot machines and other electronic games of chance.
Washington Gambling Commission Reconsiders New ‘Skill’ Games (WA – Gaming Regulation)
The News Tribune (April 12, 2016) Insert $2 into the slot and watch the fruits spin: lime, orange, cherries. There’s no match, so add money and start a new game, where playing cards form patterns. Swap out a card, and now the kings and queens make a full house.
Supreme Court Decides Reservation Boundary Case In Omaha Tribe’s Favor (DC – Tribal Land)
The National Law Review (April 12, 2016) In Nebraska v. Parker, 2016 WL 1092417 (U.S. 2016), the Omaha Tribe had entered into a treaty with the United States in 1865 ceding tribal lands and establishing a 300,000 acre reservation.