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Future of Indian Gaming to be Focus at Winter Meeting of Legislators from Gaming States, January 4-6 in New Orleans

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The ability of Indian nations and tribes to offer sports betting and the continued growth of tribal gaming will be primary topics when the Committee on Casinos meets at the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) Winter Meeting, January 4-6 in New Orleans.

Registration for the three-day conference is now open to the public at http://www.nclgs.org/meetings.html. A limited number of hotel rooms at host Harrah’s New Orleans is still available at special attendee rates.

Nearly half of the 1,000 casinos in the United States are operated by Native American nations and tribes, and their revenue growth has outpaced that of commercial casinos over the last decade. Now, many tribal operators seek to add sports betting to their offerings. What role do state governments have – and not have – in oversight, in fostering growth, and in providing services? Four presenters from different perspectives will provide answers.

“As a Florida legislator, I know how Indian gaming can be a dynamic economic force for tribal members, communities and states,” said Committee Chair Perry Thurston, a Senator from Florida. “This committee – and this excellent roster of speakers – is committed to making sure that sovereign tribal and state governments continue working together for mutual benefit.”

The Committee on Casinos will hear from the following presenters:

  • Kenneth George Jr, Chairman, Forest County Potawatomi Gaming Commission
  • Dan Little, Vice President of Government Relations, Aristocrat, former NIGC Commissioner
  • Sheila Morago, Executive Director, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association
  • Valerie Spicer, Founding Partner, Trilogy Group

More than 200 attendees, including dozens of state legislators, are expected to attend the three-day NCLGS Winter Meeting. The conference agenda includes:

  • Keynote Luncheon Address from former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose arguments before the Supreme Court resulted in overturning the federal prohibition on sports betting
  • Six legislative committee sessions: Casinos, Emerging Forms of Gaming, Lotteries, Pari-Mutuels, Sports Betting/iGaming, and State-Federal Relations
  • The Big Picture: Focus on Freshman Class of Legislators – an introduction to gaming
  • Two Masterclasses presented by the International Masters of Gaming Law
  • Thursday evening and Friday evening welcome receptions
  • Saturday afternoon back-of-house tours of Harrah’s New Orleans
  • Sunday general session focusing on the relationship between gaming and tourism

The Winter Meeting has been approved for 10.25 and 10.0 Continuing Legal Education credits by the Louisiana and Nevada bars, respectively, underscoring its importance as a premier gaming policy forum.

To view the NCLGS Winter Meeting agenda, register, and book hotel rooms at the host hotel at special attendee rates, visit http://www.nclgs.org/meetings.html.

For sponsorship information, contact [email protected]. Legislators and others seeking NCLGS membership information should contact Wayne Marlin at [email protected].

NCLGS is the only organization of state lawmakers that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gaming. Members of NCLGS serve as chairpersons or members of state legislative committees responsible for the regulation of gaming in their state legislative houses. NCLGS does not promote or oppose gaming but is primarily concerned with the regulation and economic and social impacts of the industry. The NCLGS Foundation is the educational and research arm of NCLGS. The 501(c)(3) non-profit is a source of non-partisan data on issues of gaming legislation and regulation.

Spectrum Gaming Group, which has performed advisory and consulting work for gaming operators, regulators and legislatures in 36 US states and territories and in 47 countries on six continents, serves as the Executive Director of NCLGS.

SOURCE National Council of Legislators from Gaming States

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Century Casinos Receives Approval from Missouri Gaming Commission to Acquire Isle Casino Cape Girardeau and Lady Luck Caruthersville

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Century Casinos has received approval from the Missouri Gaming Commission to acquire the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau and Lady Luck Caruthersville from Eldorado Resorts Inc.

Isle Casino Cape Girardeau is located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The property opened in 2012 and consists of a dockside casino featuring 41,500 square feet of casino space, 851 gaming machines, 24 table games, three dining venues, a pavilion and an entertainment centre.

Lady Luck Caruthersville is a riverboat casino located along the Mississippi river in Caruthersville, Missouri. The property opened in 1995 and consists of a dockside casino featuring 21,000 square feet of casino space, 513 slot machines, nine table games, two dining venues, a 40,000 square foot pavilion and a 28-space RV park.

In June 2019, the Company entered into a definitive agreement with Eldorado Resorts to acquire the operations of Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, located in New Cumberland, West Virginia, from Eldorado Resorts for approximately $107.0 million. The Acquisition, which is expected to close in December 2019, is subject to customary closing conditions.

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New Coalition Forms to Protect Social Games in Washington

Niji Narayan

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Civic leaders, industry experts and tech executives in Washington have formed a new coalition to protect the social games industry in the state.

The coalition is leading an effort to ensure the state does not restrict access to so-called social games, which are played statewide by millions and support thousands of local jobs, according to the coalition.

The fear of restrictions or bans on social games stems from the Washington State Gambling Commission’s refusal in 2018 to issue guidance establishing that social games are not a form of illegal gambling. The “Game On WA” coalition says some 23,000 people are employed by the social games industry in Washington, jobs that could be on the line if the WSGC’s failure to act is not corrected.

Paul Mathews, founder and president of social-games company Playstudios Inc., said in an opinion piece written for GeekWire in October that concerns over social games being a form of gambling stem from the fact that players can win “non-redeemable tokens or credits,” which he describes as a “flawed premise” that “grossly misrepresents social games.”

“A potential misinterpretation of Washington state’s gambling statute by a federal court could mean Washington residents will lose access to their favorite apps,” Michael Schutzler, CEO of Washington Technology Industry Association and the Game On WA co-chair, said.

The coalition also is led by former Washington Governor Gary Locke and Kristina Hudson, executive director of OneRedmond. The group seeks to educate the public and lawmakers about the value of the social games industry and to convince the state Legislature to “affirm that social games are a form of entertainment, and not illegal gambling.”

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Betgenius Appoints Bill Anderson as its VP for the Americas

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Betgenius has appointed Bill Anderson as its Vice President for the Americas. Anderson will spearhead the company’s expansion strategy and oversee its growing team dedicated to the crucial markets of the U.S. and Latin America.

He joins from Stats Perform where he led the US betting business for Perform Media and has previously held senior commercial roles at GAN and TrafficGeneration.

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining Betgenius at this vibrant time in its global growth. As regulation rapidly evolves and markets mature throughout the Americas, our premium quality and highly customizable sportsbook management and best-in-class live wagering services will become increasingly desirable for ambitious operators,” Anderson said.

“Bill is an accomplished gaming executive with a deep understanding of the betting and media ecosystems in the Americas. We continue to invest in new products and services to meet the demands of operators throughout the region, including our renowned live wagering services powered by fast and reliable data, and Bill’s expertise will be invaluable in shaping and deploying this ambitious growth strategy,” Eric Stevens, Global Sales Director at Betgenius, said.

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