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January - February 2003
Indian Gaming News

24th February           California          Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Pechanga members fight to keep tribal status
With a potential monthly payout of $10,000 a month from their $262 million casino some 400 members have been accused of inserting their names illegally into Tribal records.

23rd February           Connecticut          Source: The Hartford Courant
Casinos Want High(er) Rollers
The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods that both have revenues over $1 billion a year are now searching for bigger fish.

22nd February           Connecticut          Source: & New Haven Register
They're Determined To Make It Work - At Mohegan Sun, Many Puerto Rican ‘Recruits' Strive For A Better Life
Casino recruiting overseas workers
The Mohegan Sun presently has 1,455 full-time and 200 part-time dealers. A training school is in operation with 500 on a 12 week couse and 63 experienced dealers from Poland are expected to arrive shortly. 

20th & 21st February           Wisconsin          Source: & Green Bay News Chronicle
Oneida compact trades revenue for more games
Pact with Oneidas already under fire
Indian tribes operate 17 casinos in Wisconsin under 11 compacts that are presently negotiated every 5 years.

18th February           Connecticut          Source: The Norwich Bulletin
Big storm hurts casinos' holiday take

16th February           California          Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Gambling addiction fund unspent - Millions intended for fallout from Indian casino boom

15th February          Connecticut         Source: The Hartford Courant & The Stamford Advocate/AP
Casino Slot Machines Boost Revenue To State
Despite sagging economy, casinos report gains
The 12,800 slots at Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun won $116.5 million in January, up 9% from 2002.

14th February         Choctaw Reservation, Mississippi         Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise Announces First Quarter Results

13th February         Sacramento, California        Source: Las Vegas Sun
California tribes offer funds in exchange for more slots - Coalition says Davis' goal of $1.5 billion is too high
California has 108 recognized tribes. 61 have gambling compacts and 36 have said they want compacts.

10th February         California          Source: Los Angeles Times
Players at Indian Slots Have No Clue on Payout
California gaming tribes may have a maximum of 2,000 slots, there is no requirement to disclose the % payout.

10th February         California          Source: Costa Times
State eyes casino cash cut - Gov. Davis' budget-motivated ambitions bode poorly for California, foes of urban gambling say
California is facing a budget defecit between $26 & $35 billion and Governor Gray Davis is seeking to raise $1.5 billion from Indian casinos.

9th February         California           Source: The Desert Sun
Casino hosts cater to high rollers - Agua Caliente courts top players with special service

9th February         California           Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
Casino profits pit 'brother vs. brother' - Tiny band says wealthy neighbors using political influence to kill gaming project
A detailed look at the political activities of the 300 member Viejas Tribe. Their casino on the outskirts of San Diego is thought to have revenues of $210 million annually.

7th February         Connecticut          Source: The Norwich Bulletin
Congdon speaks against tolls near casinos
The proposal is for tolls to be placed om either entrances or exits to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. The charge being $10 per car.

7th February         Tampa, Florida          Source: Northern LIght/Business Wire
Perini Building Company Tops Out Seminoles Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa

6th February         Arizona          Source: Las Vegas Sun & Hoovers/
Blackjack games hit Arizona Indian casinos
Vegas-Style Blackjack Kicks Off at Two Tribal Casinos in Arizona
Proposition 202, approved by voters in November allows Indian casinos to have up to 100 tables with a maximum bet of $500.

6th February        Tampa & Hollywood, Florida        Source: The Sun Sentinel & St. Petersburg Times
Seminoles try to cut partner out of tens of millions in casino profits
Tribe's casino built without red tape
Two stories from Florida involving the Seminole Indian Tribe. Their new 250 room & 90,000 square-foot Hard Rock Hotel and Casino did not even require a building permit.

5th February         Arizona        Source: The Arizona Republic
3 casinos 'ready to deal' blackjack

3rd February         Oklahoma          Source:
Regulators seek closure of Seminole gaming facilities

3rd February         Niagara Falls         Source: The Buffalo News
Casino's first month has Senecas jubilant over success, prospects for the future
The Seneca Niagara casino that opened on New Years Eve has been getting between 15,000 and 20,000 customers at weekends and 7,000 to 8,000 on weekdays.

2nd February        California         Source: The New York Times
California Looks to Casinos for Revenue & Page 2
The New York Times takes a detailed look at Indian Casinos in California that now generate revenues estimated at $5 billion per annum. The original tribal compacts are up for renegotiation in March.

1st February         Sacramento, California         Source: Contra Costa Times/AP
Tribes criticize governor's gambling profits order

1st February        Indian Gaming - Connecticut          Source:
Casino Money Man  &  Video file
A look at the financiers betting on the Federal regognition of Indian tribes and their potential payoff if successful.

30th January         Connecticut          Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Announces First Quarter Fiscal 2003 Operating Results
Amazing quarterly statistics from the Mohegan Sun. A $2.345 billion slot handle and $439.1 million table game drop. Casino win was 7.9% and 16.2% respectively. The complex employs 9,500 staff.

25th January         Pechanga Reservation, California          Source: Northern Light/AP
U.S. Mulls Indian Gambling Revenue Deals

24th January         Las Vegas & San Diego          Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Native American Casino on 'San Diego Strip' Selects Acres Valley View Casino To  Install Acres Bonusing™ and Acres Advantage™

23rd January         Mississippi          Source: Northern Light/Business Wire
Hard Rock Cafe International Strengthens Position in Hotel and Leisure by Signing Licensing Agreement With Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

23rd January         California          Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Tribal leaders discussing gaming issues, compacts

19th January         Connecticut          Source: The Hartford Courant
Casinos Make Good Neighbors - Opinion, Mark Brown chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council

17th January           California          Source: Costa Times &
Davis fights casinos in urban areas
Davis 'open to' more Indian gambling in exchange for revenue

16th January           Las Vegas        Source: Yahoo/PRNewswire
Alliance Gaming Announces Seneca Niagara Casino Goes Live With Bally eTICKET(TM) as Slot Ticketing Solution

16th January           Tucson, Arizona        Source:
Hundreds learn to deal blackjack in hopes of jobs
Blackjack has been approved at Arizona's 22 Indian casinos & live action is expected to begin shortly. Over 300 trainees are presently learning to deal in the Tucson region.

16th January           Connecticut         Source:
Slots Outage At Foxwoods Allows Sun To Move Ahead
The world's two largest casinos turned in slot revenue of $62.1 & $54.5 million during December. The Mohegan Sun for the first time ever beating Foxwoods into second place.

11th January           Sacramento, California          Source: The Sacramento Bee
West Sacramento seeks more input on casino issue - The council defers action after hearing testimony on the plan.

11th January           Connecticut          Source: The Norwich Bulletin - Editorial
Vegas nights repeal was no racist decision

10th January           Detroit          Source: The Detroit News
Greektown investors riled by casino plan - Soo tribe wants to open gaming hall in southeast Michigan

10th January           Tucson, Arizona          Source: Northern Light/AP
Arizona Tribe Inks Pact Expanding Gambling

9th January           California          Source: The Desert Sun
Slot machine cap needs to be changed - Economy would benefit from removing limit
Senator Jim Battin, R-La Quinta believes that allowing more slots on Indian reservations  will help solve the California State defecit - presently standing at $34.8 billion.

8th January           Connecticut         Source:
Lawmakers in Connecticut, home of two huge Indian casinos, vote to bar any more gambling houses

8th January           Niagara Falls         Source: The Buffalo News
Aid sought to police casino area
In the first week of operation some 93,000 customers have visited the new Seneca Niagara Falls Casino.

8th January           Los Angeles, California         Source: Northern Light/AP - 6th January
Suit Over Donations Tests Indian Tribes
The Agua Caliente tribe apparently making political donations of $8 million between 1998 and 2002.

7th January           San Diego, California          Source: Yahoo/Business Wire
$260 Million Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino Now Open
Resort & golf course photo - very impressive!

5th January           Arizona         Source: The Tucson Citizen
Navajo Nation, Hull sign gaming pact

4th January          California          Source: Northern Light/PRNewswire
Prominent State Legislators to Speak at CNIGA Conference

3rd January          Florida           Source: Sun-Sentinel
As Seminole casino emerges in Davie, impoverished neighbors try to get by

1st January          Niagara Falls         Source: The Boston Herald
Seneca Casino opens in Niagara Falls
Just 3 hours after the ribbon cutting ceremony the new casino had an estimated 4,600 customers.

1st January          Michigan         Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP
Engler declines to sign casino compact - Michigan governor encourages successor to approve measure

1st January          California           Source: The Sacramento Bee
Davis filing opposes San Pablo casino - A court brief says the plan is illegal because it is not on tribal land