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CTBA Political eBrief Wednesday, February 10, 2016

“No one wants to play a game where the rules of the game change state by state. Prohibition doesn’t work. It didn’t work in poker. It didn’t work with alcohol. It doesn’t work with a host of other ranges of industry. Prohibition with daily fantasy sports is not the answer.” Steven Miller, who has organized the Daily Fantasy Sports Players Alliance to represent players across the country, said Reason.com --- “The Florida House Regulatory Affairs Committee approved the [proposed Seminole compact] agreement by a 12-6 vote, with a mix of Democrats and Republicans on either side. That mixed vote illustrates why the deal has had such a hard time in the Legislature — competing interests between anti-gambling groups, pari-mutuel casinos, horse and dog breeders, the Seminole tribe, and many more have put lawmakers into a variety of camps that support parts of, or none of, the agreement.” Florida Sun Sentinel on the new, proposed Seminole compact with Florida, which passed from the House Regulator Affairs Committee this weekbbgfc v

 

Florida House Panel Approves Raft Of Gaming Bills (FL – State Compacts)
Florid Politics (February 9, 2016) he House Regulatory Affairs Committee approved a trio of bills that could reshape Florida’s gaming industry, mainly by ratifying a newly renegotiated Compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida and by separating parimutuel racing from the card games that have come to dominate those facilities.
Seminole Gambling Deal Moves Ahead In House (FL – State Compacts)
Florida Sun Sentinel (February 8, 2016) The gambling deal between the Seminole tribe and the state took one step forward in the Florida Legislature Tuesday, and another step back. The House Regulatory Affairs Committee approved the agreement by a 12-6 vote, with a mix of Democrats and Republicans on either side.
Amaya CEO Makes Bid To Buy Company (Int. – Internet Poker)
iGaming Player (February 9, 2016) Amaya, Inc. CEO David Baazov (l.) is offering C$21 a share in a $2 billion bid to take the owner of the world’s largest online poker company private. The owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt, Amaya was valued at almost twice that much when it went public in 2009.
Online Poker Bill Back in New York (NY – Online Gaming)
iGaming Player (February 9, 2016) New York Assemblyman Gary Pretlow has re-introduced a bill to allow online poker in the state. The bill would classify poker as a game of skill, and not a game of chance. Pretlow has been trying to advance an online poker bill since 2014.
IGT Secures Responsible Gambling Certification (NV – Online Gaming)
iGaming Business (February 8, 2016) International Game Technology (IGT) has been granted the Internet Responsible Gambling Compliance Assessment Program (iCAP) certification in the US in recognition of its service offering.
Nevada Set A Super Bowl Record Wagering Handle At $132.5 Million (NV – Las Vegas Gambling)
Las Vegas Review Journal (February 8, 2016) It was a boring game, and watching the replay would be a treatment for insomnia, but Super Bowl 50 will be remembered as a win for Peyton Manning and for producing a record wagering handle in Nevada. A total of $132.5 million was wagered at the state's 194 sports books on Sunday's game, according to figures released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Casinos’ Strategies Aim To Lure Millennials (MA – Casino Clientele)
Oneida Daily Dispatch (February 7, 2016) Casinos worried that millennials aren’t getting into traditional gambling like their parents and grandparents are bringing in tattoo studios, mixed martial arts competitions and other offbeat attractions to attract a younger clientele.
With New Recognition, Pamunkey Focusing On Education, Housing (VA – Federal Recognition)
Tidewater Review (February 8, 2016) Despite cloudy skies and rain outside, the mood within the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center was light and excited on Feb. 4. On week earlier, the Interior Board of Indian Appeals denied a challenge from a California-based anti-gaming group, Stand Up For California!, allowing the Pamunkey to clear a final hurdle for federal recognized.
Connecticut Moves Closer To Developing Third Casino (CT – Tribal Casinos)
CT Post (February 8, 2016) The state’s two Indian-run casinos announced Monday that they are close to narrowing down the list of sites for a third gambling operation in the Hartford region to compete with a planned MGM project just across the border in Springfield, Mass.
President Obama Joins 47 Million Americans In Betting On The Super Bowl (US – Fantasy Sports)
CDC Gaming Reports (February 9, 2016) In an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert after the Super Bowl, President Obama acknowledged that he’s participated in the nation’s new national pastime – sports betting – and joined the 47 million Americans who have bet on the Big Game.
Georgia Lawmaker Proposes To Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports (GE – Fantasy Sports)
AJC.com (February 9, 2016) Add Georgia to the list of states seeking to regulate daily fantasy sports. State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, has proposed legislation following efforts in other states to place rules on companies operating daily fantasy sports websites. The bill stops short of calling it gambling.
Pennsylvania Committee Passes Resolution To End Sports Betting Prohibition (PN – Fantasy Sports)
Legal Sports Report (February 9, 2016) The Pennsylvania House Gaming Oversight Committee almost unanimously passed a bill to call on Congress to lift the federal ban on sports betting. The committee overwhelmingly voted to report the resolution (HR619) favorably to the full house — by a vote of 23-1.
How Is Daily Fantasy Different Than Your Usual Fantasy League Game? (US – Fantasy Sports)
Joe.co.uk (February 8, 2016) If you’re reading this, you probably already play some sort of fantasy football game, and you probably play some kind of season-long fantasy league. Or at least you did, until you gave up midway through the season after missing the boat on Odion Ighalo. You’re less likely to have played a Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) contest, but they’re becoming more common.
Is Playing Daily Fantasy Sports Any Different From Playing Powerball? (US – Fantasy Sports)
Reason.com (February 5, 2016) "When you just think back to the enormous Powerball fervor that gripped the entire country—that’s okay," says daily fantasy player Brian Greenwood. "But for me to develop a lineup and enjoy the aspect of becoming a general manager for a team for a day and essentially risking something by putting in an entry fee—that's not okay? That doesn’t really hold water for me."