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CHAIRWOMAN BRYAN: Let the people vote for a lottery in Alabama

As members of the Alabama State Legislature prepare to convene March 5, they are no doubt hearing from constituents eager to discuss the pros and cons of establishing a lottery in our state. We, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians believe that each and every citizen should have the right to vote on the lottery issue, and we support legislation providing for a lottery-specific ballot initiative.

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5/18/2019

article Alabama lawmakers could vote on lottery next week
(Alabama) -- Alabama's next best chance at a statewide lottery could hit the state House floor as early as Tuesday, a lawmaker said this week. State Rep. Danny...
article ICYMI: Poarch Band of Creek Indians said to be on Trump's radar
(Alabama) -- Are the Poarch Band of Creek Indians the next target of President Donald Trump and his terrifying tweets? A news outlet that has repeatedly railed against...
article Mama June Is Allegedly ‘Living’ At A Casino With Troubled Boyfriend Geno Doak
(Alabama) -- Mama June is completely ignoring judge’s orders, family warnings, and quite frankly — common sense. The ‘From Not to Hot’ star is...

5/17/2019

article Lottery bill heads to Alabama House vote as old arguments re-surface
(Alabama) -- The House will be in it. No one is certain who will win it. State representatives should take up a bill Tuesday that would let voters decide next March...
article A water park in a Bethlehem Steel building? How the plan compares to Kalahari and others near the Lehigh Valley.
(Pennsylvania) -- A cavernous Bethlehem Steel building could make the transition from machine shop to water park under plans from the prospective buyer of the Sands...

5/16/2019

article Wind Creek has $250 million plan to turn storied Bethlehem Steel machine shop into massive adventure and water park
(Pennsylvania) -- Wind Creek Hospitality’s top executives came to Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in January and announced plans to invest $190 million in the...
article Mama June Keeping Up Her Gambling Habit, Allegedly Living at Alabama Casino
(Alabama) -- Mama June still has the gambling itch ... so much so, she's allegedly shacking up in an Alabama casino with her boyfriend. The reality TV star was...

5/15/2019

article Ownership transfer of Sands Casino to be considered at Pa. Game Commission meeting
(Pennsylvania) -- We may soon know more about the future of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The Pennsylvania Game Commission said it will hold a hearing on May 29 in...
article The Sands just got one step closer to selling its Bethlehem casino
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday, May 29, to review the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem’s request to...

5/13/2019

article Alabama lottery bill faces rocky road
(Alabama) -- The sponsor of legislation to create a paper lottery in Alabama says getting the bill to final passage may be difficult. “It’s a rocky road...

5/11/2019

article FLOYD: Alabama should join 21st century, legalize gambling
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Legislature is once again considering legalization of a state lottery. It is a no-brainer, yet our regal legislators struggle with making a...

5/10/2019

article Looks like we have to wait another month for the Sands sale to be finalized
(Pennsylvania) -- The $1.3 billion sale of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to Wind Creek Hospitality has been pushed back at least another month. The Pennsylvania...

5/9/2019

article Poarch Creeks subject of multiple federal probes, White House is watching
(Alabama) -- Federal authorities are actively investigating the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama. APR recently learned from a former federal prosecutor with deep...
article Alabama lottery bill heads to House committee vote
(Alabama) -- A proposal to start a state lottery in Alabama is heading to a public hearing in the state House of Representatives. The House Economic Development and...
article Not so fast: Sands Bethlehem casino sale won’t be up for state approval next week, will have to wait another month
(Pennsylvania) -- Don’t jump the gun. In the case of the Sands Bethlehem Casino Resort sale, local officials expected to see the item taken up for state approval...

5/8/2019

article 20 years ago: Poarch dreaming of casino
(Alabama) -- It is surprising what you can find in these old books. I am sure that I remember a lot of things, but a lot of what happened 20 years ago, seems to have...
article Bethlehem may be about to hit the jackpot: The Sands casino sale is up for approval next week
(Pennsylvania) -- More than a year after Las Vegas Sands revealed it was selling off its Bethlehem casino to an Alabama-based Indian tribe, the $1.3 billion sale is...
press release Need a coffee table book? B-Metro’s publisher Joe O’Donnell is branching into the custom book biz
(Alabama) -- Joe O’Donnell knows the power of a good coffee table book. The rich weave of stories and lush photographs. The slower pacing. The invitation to sit...

5/7/2019

press release Nonprofits Can Win Share of $125K in Wind Creek's 'Partners in Progress Video Contest'
(Alabama) -- Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH) announces its inaugural Partners in Progress Video Contest that aims to fund seven nonprofits in Alabama and North Florida....

5/6/2019

article Lottery bill faces uncertain fate as it heads to House
(Alabama) -- A proposal to start a state lottery faces an uncertain outlook as it heads to the Alabama House of Representatives. House members are seeking changes to the...

5/5/2019

article Alabama lottery bill faces uncertain fate as it heads to House
(Alabama) -- After clearing the state Senate without a vote to spare, a proposal to establish a state lottery in Alabama faces an uncertain outlook in the House of...

4/30/2019

article EDITORIAL: This lottery bill is a loser
(Alabama) -- By the slimmest of margins last week, the Alabama Senate approved a constitutional amendment authorizing a state lottery. It passed 21-12, the bare minimum...
article Mama June Still Rolling the Dice With Boyfriend Geno Despite Him Being Ordered to Stay Away
(Alabama) -- Mama June has checked back into an Alabama hotel and casino with her boyfriend, Geno Doak, despite him being warned by a judge if he violated the stay away...

4/29/2019

article OP/ED: State lawmaker should not continue to give the Poarch Creeks a monopoly
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, which is comprised of fewer than 4000 members, have a monopoly over gaming in Alabama. The lottery legislation passed last...

4/28/2019

article Mama June Spotted at Midnight Slot Machines Without Geno After Reported Crack Cocaine Arrest
(Alabama) -- "Mama June" Shannon just can't seem to keep away from those one-armed bandits. The reality star was spotted once again at an Alabama casino...

4/27/2019

article As lottery clears the Alabama Senate, even some no votes think it is heading towards passage
(Alabama) -- After a contentious debate, the Alabama State Senate moved forward and passed a bill that would allow a paper lottery in Alabama. Now, one state senator...
article Lottery bill heads toward Senate showdown
(Alabama) -- "It is certainly not in the bag", the senator said this morning. "It's got a lot of people that's interested in the outcome of this...

4/26/2019

article Speaker Mac McCutcheon says lottery will be a ‘priority bill’ in Alabama House
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Senate narrowly approved a lottery bill Thursday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. House Speaker Mac McCutcheon says the...
article The incarceration lottery: Alabama gambling bill gives nothing to education
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Senate passed a lottery bill Thursday, and now it’s headed to the Alabama House. But before you start itching for scratch-offs, there...

4/25/2019

article Alabama Senate heads to lottery debate
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Senate will debate a lottery bill today. Senate Rules Chairman Jabo Waggoner said Thursday that he expects a lengthy debate on the bill....
article Alabama Senate passes lottery bill
(Alabama) -- Without a vote to spare, a plan to let Alabama voters have their say on a state lottery for the first time in 20 years stayed alive today. The Alabama...
article MORON ALERT: Senate must wake up before selling out the state to Poarch Creeks
(Alabama) -- On Twitter, former conservative Senate Republican lawmaker Dick Brewbaker called on his colleagues to “Wake up!!!” It now appears a few senators...
article OP/ED: As the lottery push moves forward, a suggestion for a better bill
(Alabama) -- Now, the teachers have caught on. On Wednesday, social media posts from a number of teachers groups around Alabama highlighted the fact that a lottery bill...

4/24/2019

article Bill to protect VictoryLand bingo gets committee hearing
(Alabama) -- The arguments on Wednesday over a VictoryLand bill focused on what the bill could mean for gambling statewide, and what bingo raids did to the county where...
article Bills seek to restore bingo to dog tracks
(Alabama) -- As lawmakers debate a proposed state lottery, separate bills seek to restore electronic bingo operations to state dog tracks. Democratic Rep. Pebblin Warren...
article Lottery bill gets favorable report from Senate Committee
(Alabama) -- The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voted on Tuesday to give a favorable report to a bill that would create a constitutional amendment allowing...
article MORON ALERT: What do Alabama Republican lawmakers and Trump haters have in common?
(Alabama) -- Alabama Republican lawmakers want the public to believe they are among President Donald Trump’s most avid supporters; however, many take money from...

4/23/2019

article BITTER BLOG: Over 50 percent of Senate Republicans accepted money from Indian casino; now they want their vote
(Alabama) -- As a floor vote on a pro-Indian lottery bill nears, Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh said he has the votes to pass the bill he is co-...
article Committee advances Alabama lottery bill
(Alabama) -- A proposal to institute a state lottery narrowly cleared its first hurdle in the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday and could head to a floor vote later this...

4/22/2019

article Five Republicans who may approve a pro-Indian lottery received over $100,000 from the tribe
(Alabama) -- The Senate Tourism and Marketing committee will vote Tuesday on a bill that, if approved, would give the Poarch Band of Creek Indians a complete monopoly...
article OP/ED: If the Albritton lottery bill is so popular, why all of the lies?
(Alabama) -- Del Marsh and Greg Albritton seem to have a serious problem with the truth. Basically, the two Republican senators don’t know what it is. In the...
article Republican Roulette: All lotteries are not created equal
(Alabama) -- The first thing to understand about gambling in Alabama is that our lawmakers, for the most part, aren’t opposed to gambling. Not against casinos, nor...

4/19/2019

article Alabama lawmakers head toward lottery vote
(Alabama) -- Lawmakers are headed to a vote on lottery legislation next week, as supporters aim to change Alabama's status as one of the few states without the games...

4/9/2019

article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: PCI tribe admits state played into their hands, still calls Alabama ‘their deadliest enemies’
(Alabama) -- Former Poarch Creek Band of Indians’ attorney general in the fall of 2016 bragged to the magazine “Indian Gaming Lawyer” that the state of...
article $100 million expansion at Alabama's OWA park could affect nearby Florida beach resort towns
(Alabama) -- When the Park at OWA amusement park opened in Alabama in 2017, it left many wondering what its owners, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, were doing, but now...

4/1/2019

article Understanding an important section in the lottery CA — one some don’t want you to understand
(Alabama) -- A proposed constitutional amendment offered by State Senator Jim McClendon, R-Springville, gives the people of Alabama the right to vote on a lottery....

3/26/2019

press release Gary Platt Chairs Performing Well in new High Limit Room at Wind Creek Atmore
(California) -- Players in the new High Limit Room at Wind Creek Casino & Hotel in Atmore, Ala. (WCA), are enjoying the comfort of chairs from Gary Platt...

3/25/2019

article Marsh threatens lottery legislation: Why?
(Alabama) -- A bill sponsored by State Sen. Jim McClendon giving Alabama citizens an opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment to allow a lottery is being...

3/22/2019

article Del Marsh disputes reporting that he is writing a ‘tribe-friendly’ gambling bill
(Alabama) -- Alabama State Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville) offered a lottery bill that was declared a “clean bill,” but issues arose once it was proposed...

3/20/2019

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians: McClendon lottery not ‘clean’
(Alabama) -- After State Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville) Tuesday morning announced he was filing legislation to implement a lottery in Alabama, the Poarch Band of...
article MORON ALERT: Poarch Creeks’ opinion on gambling laws should carry zero weight
(Alabama) -- The Mexican government today announced that it would like Alabama officials to revamp the state’s policies on hiring and supporting undocumented...

3/15/2019

article A South Bethlehem landmark is changing, the 1st of many changes expected at casino property
(Pennsylvania) -- The buyer of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem scored its first official win Thursday afternoon when the Bethlehem Planning Commission approved its...
article Sands Bethlehem Setting Sail To Make Room For Wind Creek Casino And Resort
(Pennsylvania) -- The sale is still not final, but we do have a new name for what is currently known as Sands Bethlehem Casino. That moniker is getting kicked to the...
article ‘Sands’ casino being renamed ‘Wind Creek’ after Poarch Creek Indian purchase
(Pennsylvania) -- An iconic sign at a Pennsylvania casino will soon undergo an Alabama-related change. An ore crane sign bearing the name “Sands” at Sands...

3/14/2019

article Bethlehem Planning Commission approves plans to change iconic Sands Bethlehem sign
(Pennsylvania) -- The iconic ore crane sign that beckons visitors to the Sands Casino in Bethlehem may soon change. The sign may soon bear the name “Wind Creek...
article A Native American tribe hand delivered a hefty check to cover the funerals of all of the Alabama tornado victims
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the only federally recognized tribe in Alabama, hand delivered a $184,000 check on Wednesday to fund the funeral costs of...

3/12/2019

article The Sands sale must be going well. The buyer’s ready to put their name on the ore bridge
(Pennsylvania) -- The $1.3 billion sale of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to the affiliate of an Alabama-based Indian tribe looks to be on track because Wind Creek...
article A Native American tribe will cover the costs of the funerals for all of the Alabama tornado victims
(Alabama) -- Often times the worst situations will bring out the best in people. That's proving true once again, this time in southeastern Alabama, where residents...

3/11/2019

article Sands Bethlehem buyer aims to change name on casino entrance
(Pennsylvania) -- There are signs a few changes could be made after the expected sale of the Sands in Bethlehem. The complex aiming to buy the Sands in Bethlehem is...

3/10/2019

article Alabama Indian tribe to cover burial costs for Beauregard victims after other donor pulls out
(Alabama) -- The Lee County coroner has confirmed to News 3 that the Porch Band of Creek Indians has agreed to cover the entire burial cost of the 23 victims of Sunday...
article Poarch Band of Creek Indians donates $180K to cover all tornado victims’ funerals
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians donated $180,000 to cover all the funeral costs for the 23 people killed in Sunday’s tornado in Lee County, the...

3/8/2019

article Creek Indians donate $180,000 to cover funeral costs for 23 Alabama tornado victims
(Alabama) -- In Alabama, authorities confirm that The Poarch Band of Creek Indians donated $180,000 to cover all costs for funeral services and interment for the 23...
article NFL, Troy star DeMarcus Ware donates $10K to cover tornado victims' grave markers
(Alabama) -- Former NFL Super Bowl champion DeMarcus Ware has committed $10,000 to pay for grave markers for all 23 victims of Sunday’s deadly tornado in...
article Poarch Creek tribe will cover the cost for all 23 funerals of Alabama tornado victims
(Alabama) -- After tornadoes swept through Alabama killing 23 people, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians reached out to see how they could help.

3/7/2019

article Bethlehem mayor showcases city's untold development story
(Pennsylvania) -- Here’s the news in Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez’s annual “State of the City Speech” you’ve probably heard: If the...
article Alabama Indian tribe to cover burial costs for Beauregard victims after other donor pulls out
(Alabama) -- The Lee County coroner has confirmed to News 3 that the Porch Band of Creek Indians has agreed to cover the entire burial cost of the 23 victims of Sunday...

2/26/2019

article OP/ED: A straight lottery is great for the Poarch Creeks, not so great for the rest of Alabama
(Alabama) -- In Michigan in 2017, the state’s 19 tribal casinos contributed roughly $97 million worth of their profits to state and local government entities...

2/22/2019

article CHAIRWOMAN BRYAN: Let the people vote for a lottery in Alabama
(Alabama) -- As members of the Alabama State Legislature prepare to convene March 5, they are no doubt hearing from constituents eager to discuss the pros and cons of...

2/15/2019

article FBC Wetumpka Returns Check From Casinos
(Alabama) -- Members of Wetumpka’s First Baptist Church voted Feb. 10 to return a $25,000 donation from the Wind Creek Casinos, citing a conflict of interest and...

2/14/2019

article Change in ownership coming to Sands Casino
(Pennsylvania) -- The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is in the process of being sold to Wind Creek Hospitality from its previous owner, the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
article Lawmakers prepared to discuss lottery legislation in upcoming session
(Alabama) -- Lawmakers say it's likely they will debate bringing a lottery to the state of Alabama during the upcoming legislative session. North Alabama residents...
article Alabama Church Damaged by Tornado Rejects $25K Casino Donation
(Alabama) -- An Alabama church has said “no thank you” to a local casino that gave the religious organization $25,000 following damage it sustained in a...
article Baptist church in Alabama returns $25k donation from Wind Creek casinos
(Alabama) -- In Alabama, the pastor of a Baptist church in the city of Wetumpka returned a $25,000 donation from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians after a Sunday vote by...
article Church Refuses Huge Donation from Wind Creek Casinos
(Alabama) -- It was back on the 19th of January that a huge tornado ripped through the town of Wetumpka in Alabama, and as always happens when the force of nature is...

2/13/2019

article Alabama church returns $25,000 gift from casino
(Alabama) -- An Alabama church damaged by a tornado is returning a $25,000 donation from a casino because it doesn't support gambling. The pastor of the First...
article Wetumpka's First Baptist Church votes to return $25K rebuilding donation from Wind Creek Casino
(Alabama) -- A Wetumpka church has returned a $25,000 donation, given to help the rebuilding effort after the church was damaged in the Jan. 19 tornado. The congregation...

2/12/2019

article Mayor: Proposed arena could spur development in Atmore
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Bank of Creek Indians wants to build a performance arena in Atmore. Mayor Jim Staff says the tribe wants to buy city-owned land for the project....
article Tornado-damaged Wetumpka church returns casino’s $25K donation
(Alabama) -- First Baptist Church of Wetumpka Pastor Dr. James Troglen confirmed church members voted Sunday to return a donation from the Wind Creek Casinos. The $25,...

2/3/2019

article Hotel Bethlehem is expanding on Main Street, but it's not where you think
(Pennsylvania) -- When Hotel Bethlehem's ambitious $37 million expansion plans were first dashed in December 2017, the hotel's managing partner, Bruce A. Haines...

1/22/2019

article BLOG: Here’s Why Wind Creek Should Be Pissed At Sands Bethlehem’s Sheldon Adelson
(Pennsylvania) -- A Wall Street Journal story last week lays the blame for the new Department of Justice opinion on the Wire Act squarely on Sheldon Adelson’s...
article Yakama Legends Casino Shares Success With Area Nonprofits
(Washington) -- Payback. The word usually has a negative connotation but not in this case. The Yakama Nation benefits greatly from the money Legends Casino brings in and...

1/18/2019

article Do gamblers like water parks? A look at Wind Creek's plans to turn Bethlehem casino into a destination resort
(Pennsylvania) -- It didn’t take long for Brian Carr to realize the buyers of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem had plans to make the facility into much more than a...

1/17/2019

article Waterpark included in expansion plans as US$1.3bn takeover bid launched for Pennsylvania casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Sands Bethlehem – the hotel and casino resort in Pennsylvania, US, subject to a US$1.3bn (€1.14bn, £1.1bn) acquisition bid by Wind...

1/16/2019

article Buyers of Sands Bethlehem casino plan $190M in development
(Pennsylvania) -- An Alabama company that’s buying Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Pennsylvania casino for $1.3 billion says it plans to build a second hotel and...
article Meet Wind Creek: The soft-spoken CEO, the Las Vegas Sands connection and the homegrown talent
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s been 10 years since Wind Creek Hospitality opened a casino in Atmore, Ala. Today, the company has nine gambling facilities in its portfolio...
article The fate of Emeril's restaurants and 9 other things we learned from tribe buying Sands casino
(Pennsylvania) -- The Alabama-based Indian tribe that's in the process of buying the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is in town this week laying the groundwork for the...

1/15/2019

article Alabama Indian tribe buying Sands casino plans to invest $190M in hotel, No. 2 Machine Shop right away
(Pennsylvania) -- The Alabama-based Indian tribe buying the Sands casino for $1.3 billion plans to immediately invest $190 million into a 300-room hotel expansion and...
article Sands Bethlehem casino buyer pitches $190 million investment, second hotel on Steel land
(Pennsylvania) -- The Alabama gaming outfit in the process of buying Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has big plans for what was once Bethlehem Steel’s flagship plant...

12/5/2018

article Sands Bethlehem casino isn't winning as much of your money as it did last year
(Pennsylvania) -- The house always wins — but sometimes it doesn’t win quite as much. That appears to be the case at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, the in-...
article Sands Bethlehem casino isn't winning as much of your money as it did last year
(Pennsylvania) -- The house always wins — but sometimes it doesn’t win quite as much. That appears to be the case at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, the in-...

12/1/2018

article Wind Creek Casino and Hotel toy drive shopping spree
(Alabama) -- On Friday Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, one of our Magical Christmas Toy Drive sponsors, went to Walmart with News 5's Robby Baker, Jason Carter and...

11/9/2018

article Nearing the finish line: Sands Bethlehem buyer must wind down greyhound racing at its Florida track
(Florida) -- Wind Creek Hospitality, the Alabama company in the process of ponying up $1.3 billion for Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, operates a greyhound racing track...

10/29/2018

article Wind Creek Montgomery is a surprise-filled getaway
(Alabama) -- Surprises are often in store during a casino resort visit, but it’s generally from what does or does not happen on the gaming floor. However pleasant...

10/24/2018

article ICYMI: SCOTUS may review Poarch Creek sovereignty case
(Alabama) -- The U.S. Supreme Court could soon agree to review an appeal filed by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) seeking to overturn a state court case that...

10/19/2018

article Casino sale may net Bethlehem up to $6.5M. Here's how they want to spend it.
(Pennsylvania) -- The sale of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to an Alabama-based Indian tribe is moving forward and expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. That's...

10/18/2018

article Casino sale may net Bethlehem up to $6.5M. Here's how they want to spend it.
(Pennsylvania) -- The sale of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to an Alabama-based Indian tribe is moving forward and expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. That's...

10/17/2018

article Sands Bethlehem’s tepid tables drag down Pennsylvania casinos
(Pennsylvania) -- Pennsylvania’s casino operators reported soft September gaming revenue, due in part to Sands Bethlehem’s ice-cold gaming tables. Figures...

10/11/2018

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians defends sovereignty in immunity case
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to correct a sovereign immunity decision. The dispute arises from an incident involving a...
article SCOTUS may review Poarch Creek sovereignty case
(Alabama) -- The U.S. Supreme Court could soon agree to review an appeal filed by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) seeking to overturn a state court case that...

9/24/2018

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians open to lottery in Alabama
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians welcomes debate on a lottery bill, Vice Chairman Robert R. McGhee said. Appearing on Alabama Public Television on Friday,...
article Poarch Creek Indians’ Robbie McGhee: We don’t mind supporting a lottery ‘if it is something good for the state of Alabama’
(Alabama) -- The possibility of a lottery in Alabama’s future is something that has been put forth by both gubernatorial candidates, incumbent Republican Gov. Kay...

9/12/2018

article Wind Creek support adds to Divers’ Playground
(Alabama) -- Wind Creek Hospitality is the latest entity to partner with the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef & Restoration Foundation (AGCRRF) to expand recreational diving...

9/11/2018

article Casino Worker Pleads ‘NOT GUILTY’ to Conspiracy and Theft Charges; Accused of Stealing $200,000
(Alabama) -- A casino worker is charged in the theft of nearly $200,000 that authorities say was taken from the gambling operation. Reports say Courtney Deandrea Stanton...

9/10/2018

article Wind Creek Montgomery employee charged in $192,800 casino heist
(Alabama) -- A Wind Creek Montgomery employee who allegedly checked out keys to a cash kisok and left them atop the machine has been charged in a $192,800 theft from the...

8/20/2018

article Casino Employee Walks Away From Keys, and $193K Is Taken
(Alabama) -- Misplaced keys usually don't result in federal charges, but that was apparently the case in Alabama. The Montgomery Advertiser reports Timothy Dean...

8/18/2018

article Men arrested after nearly $200,000 stolen from casino
(Alabama) -- Two men have been arrested on charges of stealing nearly $200,000 from an Indian casino in Montgomery. Federal court records show that Timothy Dean Pettiway...

8/17/2018

article 2 men arrested after $192,800 heist from Wind Creek Montgomery
(Alabama) -- Federal prosecutors have arrested two men, including a former employee, for allegedly stealing $192,800 from Wind Creek Montgomery casino last week after an...
article Former casino employee dismissed; other suspect denied bond in Wind Creek Montgomery casino heist case
(Alabama) -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed charges against one person and denied bond to a second accused of robbing nearly $200,000 in cash from the Wind Creek...
article 2 men arrested after $192,800 heist from Wind Creek Montgomery
(Alabama) -- Federal prosecutors have arrested two men, including a former employee, for allegedly stealing $192,800 from Wind Creek Montgomery casino last week after an...

8/4/2018

article Sports wagering is legal in Mississippi but don't bet on Alabama
(Alabama) -- Mississippi is the fourth state to offer legalized sports betting and other states will soon follow but Alabama likely won't be one of them. State...

7/18/2018

article Sands Bethlehem casino snaps three-month decline, logs 6% jump at tables in June
(Pennsylvania) -- The cold streak is over. Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem raked in nearly $18.7 million in table games revenue in June, a more than 6 percent increase...

7/17/2018

article Pennsylvania casino wants to offer online gambling. But why?
(Pennsylvania) -- The owner of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has filed a petition to conduct casino-style online gambling in Pennsylvania -- but they're really just...

6/26/2018

article Ala. Tribe Says Justices Should Weigh Immunity To Tort Suits [sub req]
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians pressed the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to review a decision by Alabama's top court that allowed a drunken driving-...

6/21/2018

article Table games revenue drops again at Pennsylvania casino
(Pennsylvania) -- Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is still Pennsylvania's table games king, but in recent months its stranglehold on the throne doesn't seem quite...

6/12/2018

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians donates $500,000 to support USA’s MacQueen Alumni Center
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has donated $500,000 to support the new Julian and Kim MacQueen Alumni Center, the University of South Alabama National...

6/9/2018

article Alabama’s Longtime Hostility to Gambling Shows Signs of Fading
(Alabama) -- Even more than its Bible Belt neighbors, Alabama has steadfastly resisted legalizing gambling for generations. The clout of evangelical Christians helped...

6/8/2018

article Sands May Be Leaving Bethlehem, But The Casino Is Not Going Anywhere
(Pennsylvania) -- Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is in good standing with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), according to the seven-member panel who approved...
article Ala. Tribe Must Face Drunk Driving Suit, Justices Told [sub req]
(Alabama) -- Two plaintiffs who filed a drunk driving-related suit against an Alabama tribe and its casino urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to reject the tribe...

6/3/2018

article Sands Bethlehem Casino One Step Closer to Final Sale in Pennsylvania with Five-Year License Renewal
(Pennsylvania) -- The Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has been handed a five-year extension to its gaming license, which is one of the last barriers to...

5/30/2018

article PA Gaming Control Board Renews Operator's License for Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board today unanimously voted to renew the Category 2 Casino Operator's License of Sands Bethworks, LLC, operator...
article Sands Bethlehem's casino license renewed for another five years
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board renewed Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem’s license for another five years following a roughly 35-minute public...

5/8/2018

press release The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Acquires Media Fusion
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced today it purchased Huntsville, AL based Media Fusion. Media Fusion will remain a standalone business, and...

4/9/2018

article Sale of casino could mean redevelopment of more former Steel land
(Pennsylvania) -- New owner. New chance for more redevelopment. That’s the mindset of economic development officials for the 120-acre site in South Bethlehem that...

4/3/2018

article This week, Sands casino makes the case for another 5 years amid sale
(Pennsylvania) -- The Sands Casino in Bethlehem may be up for sale, but that doesn't mean it can skip renewing its license. On Thursday morning, Sands officials will...

3/23/2018

article Death investigation opened at Montgomery casino
(Alabama) -- Investigators with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office are assisting the Tribal Police Department of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians with a death...

3/20/2018

article Sands’ New Owner Trying To Save The Iconic Steel Mills
(Pennsylvania) -- New ownership may feel some pressure over the Sands Casino Bethlehem sale, but not for the reasons people might initially think. Wind Creek Hospitality...

3/19/2018

article Sands Bethlehem sale just one of many pending deals in Pa. gambling industry
(Pennsylvania) -- The $1.3 billion sale of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to an Indian tribe from Alabama may be the headline-grabber, but it’s far from the only...

3/16/2018

article Valley View: A Big sale and a bigger legacy
(Pennsylvania) -- The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, arguably Pennsylvania’s most successful casino with a decade of history in the area, is being sold for $1.3...
article Wind Creek Hospitality to buy Pennsylvania Sands Casino for $1.3 billion
(Pennsylvania) -- Wind Creek Hospitality, a privately held affiliate of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama, reached a definitive deal with Las Vegas Sands...
article PICTURES: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem adding new games
(Pennsylvania) -- Sarkis Ibrahim, of Allentown plays a slot machine, he says he was winning. People play new slots machine that feature touch screens, bigger chairs and...

3/13/2018

article Stephanie Bryan is a 2018 Yellowhammer Woman of Impact
(Alabama) -- Did you know that the only federally recognized Indian tribe in Alabama operates as a sovereign nation with its own government and bylaws on a hard-won...

3/12/2018

article Sands Bethlehem casino acquisition part of Alabama tribe's unfolding expansion strategy
(Pennsylvania) -- Wind Creek Hospitality — the company behind what will be one of the largest property sales in Lehigh Valley history — has a pretty good...
article Five things about Wind Creek's casino in Atmore, Alabama
(Alabama) -- Last week Las Vegas Sands Corp. reached a $1.3 billion agreement to sell its Bethlehem casino to Wind Creek Hospitality, a privately held affiliate of the...

3/10/2018

article Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians buy Pennsylvania casino from Las Vegas Sands for $1.3B
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. has sold its casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for $1.3 billion, almost a year after a potential deal with MGM Resorts...
article Iconic Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces at stake in $1.3 billion Sands casino deal
(Pennsylvania) -- The blast furnaces in Bethlehem are as much a part of the city’s skyline as the Empire State Building is to New York City. Once the engine to...
article In Alabama, Sands Bethlehem buyer has reputation for being cash-flush and community-centric
(Alabama) -- Atmore, an Alabama city with a population smaller than Emmaus’, is a place short on streetlights but high on Southern hospitality. Legendary...

3/9/2018

article Buyer of Sands Casino gives minor details of purchase plan
(Pennsylvania) -- Wind Creek Hospitality has laid out some forward-looking statements in regards to its plans to purchase Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem.
article Inside Gaming: Sands Bethlehem Sold to Alabama Tribe, Not MGM
(Pennsylvania) -- This week's installment of Inside Gaming begins with the announced sale of a Pennsylvania casino to a Native American group based in the...
article Las Vegas Sands to sell Pennsylvania casino for $1.3 billion
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. is selling its Pennsylvania casino to an American Indian tribe from Alabama for $1.3 billion, the company announced Thursday.
article With $1.3B buy of Sands Bethlehem casino, buyer jumps into deep end of pool: Report
(Pennsylvania) -- Nevada-based Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced it is selling its Bethlehem property for $1.3 billion to an affiliate of an Alabama Native American tribe...

3/8/2018

article Alabama-based Indian Tribe to Purchase Sands Bethlehem for $1.3 Billion
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas Sands announced an agreement Thursday to sell its Bethlehem property to Wind Creek Hospitality, the gaming and entertainment wing of the...
article Las Vegas Sands selling Bethlehem casino for $1.3 billion
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. plans to sell it's Bethlehem casino to Wind Creek Hospitality, an affiliate of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama,...
article Las Vegas Sands Sells Casino in Pennsylvania for $1.3 Billion
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. has sold its casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for $1.3 billion, almost a year after a potential deal with MGM Resorts...
article Sands Bethlehem casino to be sold to Alabama Indian tribe for $1.3 billion
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. has reached a definitive agreement to sell its Bethlehem casino to an Indian tribe from Alabama. It’s a move that would...
article Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania Sold to Alabama Tribe for $1.3 Billion
(Pennsylvania) -- Sands Bethlehem casino resort in Eastern Pennsylvania is set to be sold for $1.3 billion to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama. The tribe...
article Sands Selling Bethlehem Casino To Unlikely Buyer For $1.3 Billion
(Pennsylvania) -- This time last year, the word on the street was that MGM Resorts International planned on buying Sands Bethlehem Casino. Given how eager MGM was to get...
article Bethlehem mayor on casino sale: Las Vegas Sands will be missed
(Pennsylvania) -- Bob Donchez has never heard of the group that's buying the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, but knows the group that's selling it quite well. Las...
article Standard investigation to occur as Sands Casino set to be sold
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will launch a change of control investigation following the announcement of sale for the Sands Casino Resort...
article The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem: A brief history
(Pennsylvania) -- Nine million people visit the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in South Bethlehem every year, with its 3,000 slot machines, 230 table games, 300-room...
article What casino sale to Indian tribe means for Bethlehem Steel land (MAP)
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas Sands Corp. made a deal with Bethlehem nine years ago that involved something far more significant than any denomination of poker chips.
article Who's the Indian tribe buying the Sands Bethlehem casino?
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s more than a thousand-mile drive from South Bethlehem to Exit 54 on Interstate 65, just across the border from the Florida Panhandle’s...

3/1/2018

press release Poarch Creek Community Center Opens March 1st
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Alabama’s only federally recognized Indian Tribe, today officially opened its Poarch Creek Community Center (PCCC)....

2/23/2018

article REVIEW: Worth the trip to Wind Creek Atmore
(Alabama) -- Wind Creek Atmore, just one and a half hours away from Pensacola, is no mere casino. The spa alone makes this getaway locale worth the trip. I grabbed a...

2/21/2018

article Slots, dining and entertainment highlights of Wind Creek Casino
(Alabama) -- Feeling lucky or yearning to try to turn a few dollars into a few hundred or more? If so, Wetumpka, Ala., might be the place to be.

1/26/2018

article Wind Creek Casino donates more than $6K to local child advocacy center
(Alabama) -- A local organization for children victimized by abuse or neglect was given a donation of over $6,000, which the assistant director said would greatly help...

1/22/2018

article House passes bill to bring ‘much-needed certainty’ to Poarch Band of Creek Indians
(Alabama) -- Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, successfully shepherded a bill through the House of Representatives last week that resolves any potential legal...

1/15/2018

article House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- Another tribal homelands bill is taking a big step forward in the 115th Congress this week. The House is set to pass H.R.1532, the Poarch Band of...

12/12/2017

article Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Atmore Helps with the Magical Christmas Toy Drive
(Alabama) -- News 5’s Rose Ann Haven and Katarina Luketich went on a shopping spree with one of our Magical Christmas Toy Drive sponsors, Wind Creek Casino and...

12/1/2017

article Poarch Creek Indians acknowledge Heritage at the Annual Pow Wow
(Alabama) -- Thanksgiving Day and the day after, the Poarch Creek Indians held their annual Pow Wow in Atmore, Alabama at the Poarch Creek Reservation. Grand entrance...

11/28/2017

article Casino’s Christmas lights are on full display
(Alabama) -- Wind Creek Casino and Hotel Atmore is showing a new and bigger look for the holidays this year. The property has been decorated with lights and decorations...

11/22/2017

article PCI tribe hosts 47th annual Thanksgiving Pow Wow
(Alabama) -- The 47th Annual Poarch Creek Indian Thanksgiving Pow Wow will take place this Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, at the Poarch Creek Indian...

11/15/2017

article Center Stage, Houston County attorneys want effort to close bingo operation ceased
(Alabama) -- The operator of Center Stage Alabama and the Houston County Commission want a lawsuit seeking to close the bingo operation near Dothan dismissed. Both are...

11/13/2017

article Lawmakers easily approve tribal land bill as Supreme Court weighs major case
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to protect the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and its gaming enterprise from litigation is moving forward in Congress while the U.S. Supreme...

10/30/2017

article Wind Creek not included in AG's suit against Alabama gambling
(Alabama) -- A north Alabama business must close until a judge rules on a lawsuit claiming it operates illegal gambling machines, a decision the state cited as a move...

10/27/2017

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians moves to expand gaming realm
(Alabama) -- Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians has again moved to expand its gaming realm beyond the tribe's Alabama homelands. Wind Creek Hospitality,...

10/24/2017

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians acquires two gaming properties on Caribbean islands
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians continues to expand its gaming empire beyond the tribe's homelands in Alabama. Wind Creek Hospitality, the tribe's...

10/20/2017

article Wind Creek Hospitality purchases Caribbean Casino Resorts
(Aruba) -- PCI Gaming Authority d/b/a Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH), an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced that a subsidiary of WCH has acquired the...

10/18/2017

article Wind Creek Hospitality Purchases Caribbean Casino Resorts
(Caribbean) -- The resorts are situated in downtown Oranjestad, the capital city of Aruba, and adjacent to the port and downtown Willemstad, the capital city of Curacao...

10/11/2017

article OP/ED: Gambling is Alabama's zombie
(Alabama) -- Gambling is like a zombie in many ways. It has been put to death several times, but refuses to stay dead. It is ugly. It stinks and it rises only to hurt or...

10/3/2017

article Gambler Denied $1.37 Million Jackpot, Can’t Sue Tribal Casino Due to Sovereign Immunity
(Alabama) -- An Alabama gambler’s seven-year quest to claim an illusory $1.37 million jackpot from the Poarch Creek Indians was brought to an abrupt halt on Friday...
article Malfunctioning slot machines continue to cause frustration and skepticism
(Alabama) -- In 2011, an Alabama man, Jerry Rape won a $1.4 million jackpot on an electronic slot machine at the Wind Creek Casino in Montgomery, which is owned and...
article Gambler hits $1.4M jackpot, Casino says machine malfunctioned
(Alabama) -- He became a millionaire overnight but the reality is something else. Jerry Rape was in a casino and trying his luck on an electronic bingo machine at Wind...

10/2/2017

article Ala. Justices Nix Suit Over Unpaid Jackpot At Tribal Casino (sub req)
(Alabama) -- An Alabama man lost his bid in the state’s highest court Friday to reignite a lawsuit against a Native American tribe over an unpaid $1.4 million...
article Court: Man can't sue over unpaid jackpot at Alabama casino
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday blocked a complaint over an unpaid, $1.4 million jackpot at an Indian tribe's casino but allowed two suits against...

9/30/2017

article Court: Man can't sue over unpaid jackpot at Alabama casino
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Supreme Court says a man can't sue over an unpaid, $1.4 million jackpot at an Indian casino. The justices ruled Friday that a judge was...

9/29/2017

article Alabama Supreme Court rules against Poarch Creeks in two cases
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Supreme Court today reversed decisions by two lower courts that had granted claims of sovereign immunity by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and...
article Court: Man can't sue over unpaid jackpot at Alabama casino
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday blocked a complaint over an unpaid, $1.4 million jackpot at an Indian tribe's casino but allowed two suits against...

9/21/2017

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians continue efforts to clarify tribal status
(Alabama) -- The interpretation of a single word appears to be a persistent concern for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI), which has made a significant effort in...

9/2/2017

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians cheated out of more than $500K in casino scam
(Alabama) -- A former employee of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and her mother admitted they cheated one of the tribe's casinos out of more than $500,000.
article Poarch Band of Creek Indians cheated out of more than $500K in casino scam
(Alabama) -- A former employee of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and her mother admitted they cheated one of the tribe's casinos out of more than $500,000....

8/30/2017

article Former casino worker, mother sentenced
(Alabama) -- A former employee of Wind Creek Casino and her mother, both of whom entered a guilty plea in federal court to charges they conspired to embezzle more than...

8/16/2017

article Trio embezzled $750K – Probation for former seniors director; casino employee, mother await sentencing
(Alabama) -- Three Atmore women recently entered guilty pleas in two separate federal court cases to charges they collectively embezzled more than $750,000 from the...

7/20/2017

article New Gulf Coast amusement park opening in Alabama
(Alabama) -- An Indian tribe best known for its Alabama casinos is opening the largest amusement park on the northern Gulf Coast as it diversifies its businesses from...

6/30/2017

article Here’s what you need to know about the Gulf Coast amusement park opening in July
(Mississippi) -- Forget driving eight hours to Orlando, a new amusement park is opening in July within a two-hour drive from South Mississippi. The Park at OWA in Foley...

6/22/2017

article State Says Slot Ruling Should Stand At Poarch Creek Facility
(Alabama) -- Attorneys for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation asked the state Supreme Court on Monday to let stand a major ruling that...

6/7/2017

article Incumbents win PCI election
(Alabama) -- Three incumbents were successful in their bid for re-election on the Poarch Creek Tribal Council. Tribal Chairman Stephanie Bryan and At Large members...

5/10/2017

article OP/ED: Poarch Creek Indians’ gaming plan brilliant, but illegal
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in Alabama. The Tribe operates as a sovereign nation with its own system of...

5/4/2017

article $240 million Poarch Creek amusement park, resort taking shape near Alabama Gulf Coast
(Alabama) -- Families driving to the Alabama Gulf Coast on their vacations this year will notice a new landmark at the corner of County Road 20 and the Foley Beach...
article Alabama amusement park set to open mid-July as hiring begins to add 400 seasonal workers
(Alabama) -- A new amusement park in coastal Alabama is pushing toward a mid-July opening and expects to hire 400 seasonal workers through upcoming weeks.
article Foley amusement park to hold auditions for seasonal employees
(Alabama) -- The thrilling OWA amusement park wants you to audition to be a part of the team. Seasonal recruitment for The Park at OWA begins Monday, May 8 at an...
article OWA now looking for seasonal employees
(Alabama) -- For the past six months, we’ve seen the southern destination in Foley, known as OWA, come to life. And since we’re getting closer and closer to...
article OWA to begin challenging hiring process for new employees
(Alabama) -- One of the largest amusement and entertainment parks in the area is ready to begin hiring seasonal employees. Today the folks at OWA in Foley announced the...

4/25/2017

article Margaritaville Resort Casino deal called off in Louisiana
(Louisiana) -- A dispute over licensing obligations has put an end to the pending sale of the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Louisiana to the Poarch Band of Creek...
article Merger talks end between Margaritaville Casino and Alabama Indian tribe
(Louisiana) -- The pending merger of Margaritaville Resort and Casino and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, an Alabama Indian tribe, has ended. The press were informed...

4/24/2017

article Margaritaville announces termination of sale to Alabama Indian tribe
(Louisiana) -- Margaritaville has announced that they are ending their pending merger to an Alabama Indian tribe. In a press release issued on Monday, the casino and...
article Margaritaville Casino ends merger with Alabama's Poarch Band of Creek Indians
(Louisiana) -- The pending sale of Margaritaville Resort-Casino to an Alabama Indian tribe has ended. The mutual decision, announced Monday morning via a news release,...
article Margaritaville Casino Resort merger nixed
(Louisiana) -- The Margaritaville Resort Casino has ended its proposed merger with an Alabama Native American tribe, the company announced Monday. Bossier Casino Venture...
article Margaritaville/Wind Creek deal falls through
(Louisiana) -- Margaritaville Resort Casino will remain as is, following the termination of plans for a merger with Wind Creek Hospitality. According to a press release...
article Wind Creek won't wash over Margaritaville: Louisiana casino deal called off
(Louisiana) -- It started with "an offer we couldn't refuse," but a deal that would have seen Alabama's Poarch Band of Creek Indians taking over a...

4/20/2017

article Poarch Creek Indians launch company in Huntsville to serve US military
(Alabama) -- The only federally recognized Indian Tribe in Alabama unveiled an office this morning for its new aviation company in Huntsville. The Poarch Band of Creek...

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