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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 events@nclgs.org. Legislators and others seeking NCLGS membership information should contact Wayne Marlin at wayne.marlin@nclgs.org.

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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Nuns gamble after stealing $500,000 from Catholic school

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In strange and puzzling development in California, two nuns stole $500,000 from a Catholic school and used the money on gambling and vacations. Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper and Sister Lana Lang of St. James Catholic School in Torrance had been diverting funds from the school to their own bank account for at least 10 years, the Press-Telegram reports.

Kreuper, who was the school’s principal, handled all tuition checks and fees. She even withheld some checks and deposited them into an account only she and Chang knew about.

The two sisters offered some of the stolen money back to the school; the rest was used for their “personal gain.”

Kreuper and Chang used the stolen money on sightseeing trips and casino gambling.

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DC inches towards legalising sports betting

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The council of District of Columbia (DC) has moved further closer to the realisation of the bill that would make sports betting legalised in the state. The second and final vote on the “Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018” is expected to be held in the December 18 legislative session.

The DC council decides to move quickly as the neighbouring states, such as Maryland and Virginia, are seen as moving fast.

However, David Grosso, one of the members of the council that voted against the bill, said that it is possible that they are moving too fast: “This rush to make D.C. the first jurisdiction in the region to legalise sports betting gives me great pause as we do not fully understand the impact it will have on our communities.”

The bill establishes two categories of licences, one for establishments such as restaurants and bars, and one for major sports stadiums in city limits. Another member of the Council said that he expects to have a sports betting market ready to start for the 2019 baseball season.

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Maryland casino revenues increase

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Maryland’s gaming sector has posted a record month in November in terms of revenue generation. The six casinos in the state has recorded a gaming revenue of $158 million, 7.3 per cent higher than the amount in the same period last year. The revenues have fallen to $140.1 million in November.

The casino-wise details of revenue break-up are listed below:

MGM National Harbour, which opened in December 2016, accounted for 41 per cent of all gaming revenue last month, at $57.3 million, up 13.2 per cent from a year ago.

Live! Casino & Hotel at Arundel Mills had $48.7 million in November gaming revenue, up 12 per cent from November 2017.

Baltimore’s Horse Shoe Casino stumbled in November, with $19.5 million in gaming revenue, down more than 14 per cent from a year ago.

Gaming revenue was mixed for the state’s three smaller casinos.

Hollywood Casino Perryville had $5.4 million in November gaming revenue, down 5.9 per cent from a year ago. Rocky Gap Casino Resort had $4 million in gaming revenue, down 2.7 per cent. But Ocean Downs Casino’s $5.2 million in November gaming revenue was up 34.3 per cent from a year earlier.

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