So much happening in Massachusetts, that the states with casinos have news that goes unmentioned.
So, a little catch up is in order. Here are some news items that I might have missed:
The Senate Finance Committee voted to endorse a bill Tuesday that would allow Twin River Casino in Lincoln to offer lines of credit to casino players.
According to Michael McKinney of the Providence Journal, “the panel heard Tuesday from Craig Eaton, who represented Twin River, that casinos offering certain customers credit, sometimes referred to as “casino markers,” is standard practice in the industry.” It is done at Connecticut’s casinos, as well as throughout the country.
According to Mario Moretto of BDN Maine News, two of Maine’s Indian tribes are closer to realizing their longtime goals of opening their own casinos. Members of the House of Representatives in May showed support for measures to allow the Houlton Band of Maliseets, the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs to expand gaming. The three bills related to gambling operations by the tribes were all passed with bipartisan support.
The Passamaquoddy Tribe first attempted to build a casino in Washington County in 1993. Rep. Madonna Soctomah, the tribe’s nonvoting member in the Legislature, said that after 20 years, during which time the state was opened to gambling, there are two casinos in Maine: Hollywood Casino in Bangor and Oxford Casino. Both are owned and operated by out-of-state gambling firms.
Three Connecticut state recognized tribes, all of whom were denied federal recognition more than 10 years ago, have another chance to apply due to newly proposed federal recognition regulations, issued recently by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. However, approval must be given by those communities that were against their recognition in the first place. This attack on the BIA’s relaxed guidelines comes from CT residents’ fears of what would be done with land claims, such as additional casinos.
Meanwhile, casino slot revenues continue to decline at both Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods.
That’s all for now.