In This Issue:
- BREAKING NEWS: SIXTH CIRCUIT GRANTS STAY IN LANSING, MICHIGAN, OFF-RESERVATION CASINO CASE:
In an order issued on February 24, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granted a stay of its decision in State of Michigan v. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Sixth Circuit Case No. 13-1438), in which the Sixth Circuit had rejected a request by the State of Michigan to halt development of a very controversial off-reservation casino in Lansing (Michigan’s capital city). The stay was granted to allow the State of Michigan time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court and continues in effect until the United States Supreme Court disposes of the case....
- FIVE MAJOR INDIAN GAMING ISSUES TO WATCH IN 2014:
The new year is well under way, and any number of Indian gaming issues will be debated over the next 10 months. The resolution or nonresolution of some of them could have significant and long-lasting impacts for Indian Country in general and tribal gaming in particular. High on anyone’s list of issues to watch are five that are in active discussion and even controversy....
- NEVADA AND DELAWARE ENTER INTO INTERSTATE COMPACT TO POOL I-POKER PLAYERS:
On February 25, 2014, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and his Delaware counterpart, Governor Jack Markell, signed the first interstate compact to allow the pooling of I-gaming patrons in the two states. The interstate compact is a potential watershed event for the expansion of interstate I gaming in the U.S. As the battle to authorize I-gaming in the U.S. has shifted from Congress to the statehouses, many I-gaming advocates and legal commentators have floated the interstate compact concept in order to address liquidity concerns....
- DETROIT CASINOS’ JANUARY REVENUES DECREASE FROM SAME MONTH LAST YEAR: MICHIGAN GAMING CONTROL BOARD RELEASES JANUARY 2014 REVENUE DATA:
The Michigan Gaming Control Board (“MGCB”) released the revenue and wagering tax data for January 2014 for the three Detroit, Michigan, commercial casinos. The three Detroit commercial casinos posted a collective 9.5% decrease in gaming revenues compared to the same month in 2013. Aggregate gross gaming revenue for the Detroit commercial casinos in January also decreased by 10.3% compared to December 2013, continuing a trend of decrease between December and January in prior years....
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