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Jackpot! $1.4B Sands casino sale gets state approval, ushering in $190M of new development

Bethlehem hit the jackpot Wednesday when Pennsylvania gaming regulators approved the $1.4 billion sale of the Sands casino to an Alabama-based Indian tribe that plans to invest $190 million into the property immediately.

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11/19/2019

article Alabama man convicted in theft of nearly $200K from Wind Creek Casino
(Alabama) -- An Alabama man was convicted Thursday in the theft of nearly $200,000 from the Wind Creek Casino. Jory D'Michael Trayvunn Dumas, 28, of Montgomery, was...
article Man uses stolen wallet to apply for $59K in loans at Wind Creek hotel’s lobby computer, cops say
(Pennsylvania) -- Bethlehem police are looking for a man they say took a wallet and used the information to apply for almost $60,000 in loans. Last week police filed...
article Woman gets about five months in casino scheme
(South Dakota) -- A former casino employee has been sentenced to a little more than five months in prison after being caught exchanging players points for prescription...

11/18/2019

article Woman leaves 4-year-old girl in Wind Creek hotel room to gamble, cops say
(Pennsylvania) -- A New Jersey woman is accused of leaving a 4-year-old girl alone in a hotel room to gamble at the Wind Creek Casino in Bethlehem. Police were called at...
article Montgomery man convicted in Wind Creek Casino theft
(Alabama) -- A Montgomery man was convicted on Thursday for attempting to steal nearly $193,000 from the Wind Creek Montgomery casino. Jory D'Michael Trayvunn Dumas...

11/17/2019

article Ivey says she would ‘consider’ talking with Poarch Creeks about proposed gaming plan
(Alabama) -- Gov. Kay Ivey said she would look at talking with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians about proposed plan to expand gaming in Alabama during an interview...

11/16/2019

article Poarch Creek Indians CEO touts ‘$1 billion’ gaming package for Alabama
(Alabama) -- Alabama state coffers would get an estimated $350 million each year from revenues generated by gambling inside state casinos owned and operated by the...
article Poarch Creeks offer $225 million for gaming exclusivity
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians have offered to pay the state $225 million for the exclusive right to operate casino games in Alabama, the latest bid by...

11/15/2019

article Mom apologizes for leaving 3-year-old in Sands hotel room while she gambled
(Pennsylvania) -- While Nicole Allison Jones was gambling at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, her 3-year-old child was wandering the hotel halls. Jones had to be...
article Mother who left children to gamble at casino gets probation for “one of the dumbest” mistakes of her life
(Pennsylvania) -- A New York woman who left her two young children alone while she gambled at Wind Creek Bethlehem was sentenced Friday to 18 months of probation by a...

11/14/2019

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians looks to expand gambling, casinos into North Alabama
(Alabama) -- A Native American tribe wants to build two gaming resorts in northern Alabama. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI) currently operates three casinos in...
article Poarch Band of Creek Indians Propose New Gambling Plan in Alabama
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians released its comprehensive plan for gaming legislation in Alabama. The proposed plan would include a clean, traditional...

11/13/2019

article Ivey on Poarch Creek Indians gaming plan: ‘Start it in the Legislature’
(Alabama) -- Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey reiterated on Wednesday her longtime position that any movement toward legalization of a lottery will be up to the Legislature in...
article Poarch Band of Creek Indians propose compact that could pay billions to State of Alabama
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) on Tuesday officially rolled out “Winning for Alabama” — a public awareness campaign focused on...
article Poarch Creek Tribe Proposes to Expand Gambling in Alabama
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians launched a website to promote their “Winning For Alabama” proposal to expand gambling operations in Alabama....

11/12/2019

article COLUMN: Poarch Creeks’ initial gaming offer isn’t terrible, but lawmakers would be crazy to accept it
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians dropped their new gaming proposal on Monday — a plan that would allegedly bring in more than a billion dollars for...
article Tribe offers to buy exclusive rights to gambling in Alabama
(Alabama) -- On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians released its winning for Alabama plan, which, if accepted by the state, would give the tribe...
press release Poarch Band of Creek Indians Comprehensive Plan for Alabama Gaming to Bring in Immediate $Billion, $Millions More to Follow
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians today announced a public awareness campaign focused on communicating details of their comprehensive plan for gaming in...

11/9/2019

article STEVENS: In the Dark About Indian Gaming
(Alabama) -- Steve Flowers’ Oct. 30 column (“A light shines on the Poarch Creek gambling casino monopoly in the Heart of Dixie”) rehashes decades-old...

10/29/2019

article MORON ALERT: A light shines on the Poarch Creek gambling casino monopoly in the Heart of Dixie
(Alabama) -- Recently an organization was formed with the name, “Poarch Creek Accountability Now.” This nonprofit group is headed by former state Sen. Gerald...

10/26/2019

article Campaign Against Alabama Tribal Casino Operator Refuses to Disclose Donors
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI), a casino operator with three resorts in their home state of Alabama, is on the defensive against a nonprofit that...

10/25/2019

article BLOG: Light being shown on Poarch Creek gambling casino monopoly in the Heart of Dixie
(Alabama) -- Recently an organization was formed with the name, “Poarch Creek Accountability Now.” This nonprofit group is headed by former 40-year veteran...
article Political Advocacy Group Attacks Poarch Creek Indians
(Alabama) -- A new non-profit political advocacy group called Poarch Creek Accountability Now has been formed to ‘bring attention’ to an unfair playing field...
article Bethlehem man faces sentencing for sex assault in casino bathroom
(Pennsylvania) -- A Bethlehem man charged with sexually assaulting a woman in a bathroom at Wind Creek Bethlehem casino pleaded no contest Friday to a crime that will...

10/23/2019

article Ad criticizes Poarch Band of Creek Indians over tax issue
(Alabama) -- A television ad concerning the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, gaming, and a lottery is attracting a lot of attention. It's aimed at holding the group...
article Poarch Creek Indians’ Robbie McGhee: ‘We support a clean lottery bill’
(Alabama) -- This year’s legislative session saw another opportunity for Alabama to breakthrough and finally get a lottery come and go. The Senate passed a bill...
article Campaign critical of Alabama’s Poarch Creeks won’t reveal donors
(Alabama) -- A former state senator leading an advertising campaign critical of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians says the people paying for the ads want to remain...

10/22/2019

press release WCH adds Red Rake to its gaming portfolio
(Internet) -- Red Rake Gaming (Red Rake), has entered into its first agreement as a games supplier to the social casino industry which will see Wind Creek Hospitality (...

10/18/2019

article COLUMN: The ‘dark money group’ is right: Alabama gaming laws have provided the Poarch Creeks with an unfair advantage
(Alabama) -- There is a “dark money group” attacking the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. You probably heard that this week. A lot of media outlets are...

10/17/2019

article Secretive group takes aim at Poarch Band of Creek Indians' political contributions, investments
(Alabama) -- A dark money group led by a former Alabama state senator is targeting the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, who run casinos in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka.
article Shadowy Political Action Group Demands Poarch Creek Band Pay Taxes in Alabama
(Alabama) -- A political action campaign in Alabama wants the Poarch Creek Band of Mission Indians to pay taxes to the state. It is also demanding the powerful tribal...
article Poarch Creek Reaffirms It’s Alabama Dedication
(Alabama) -- In its home state of Alabama, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has demonstrated its contribution to economic development as it lauds regional achievements...
article Wind Creek Bethlehem Celebrates Re-Branding
(Pennsylvania) -- PCI Gaming Authority of Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH) celebrated Oct. 10 the rebranding of its newest casino, Wind Creek Bethlehem (WCB). The...

10/16/2019

article Poarch Creek reiterates commitment to Alabama
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has emphasised its commitment to economic development in its home state of Alabama, as it lauds local successes amid...

10/15/2019

article Nameless contributors push tribal casinos in AL to pay state taxes
(Alabama) -- Former state Senator Gerald Dial is leading a new dark money group aimed at holding the Poarch Band of Creek Indians accountable for how they spend their...
article New nonprofit wants to provide facts about Poarch Creek Indians
(Alabama) -- Providing the general public in Alabama and state lawmakers with an “accurate view of the Poarch Creek gaming operation.” That’s the...

10/14/2019

article PCI Gaming Authority completes rebranding of Wind Creek Bethlehem
(Pennsylvania) -- Five months on from purchasing its tenth casino for a total enterprise value of $1.3 billion, PCI Gaming Authority Wind Creek Hospitality has...
article Wind Creek Bethlehem Officially Opens
(Pennsylvania) -- Wind Creek Bethlehem, which was formerly branded as Sands Bethlehem, celebrated its grand opening on Thursday. The property is now owned by the PCI...
article Wind Creek, at grand opening, says it’s ready to dive into waterpark project on Steel site (PHOTOS)
(Pennsylvania) -- It may seem that Poarch, Alabama, is worlds away from Bethlehem. Home to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the community lies in the heart of the rural...

10/11/2019

article At grand opening, Wind Creek pledges to reinvest in Bethlehem property. In fact, hotel construction could start in early 2020
(Pennsylvania) -- Wind Creek Hospitality President and CEO Jay Dorris remembers walking the floor of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem about three years ago, glancing down...
article Wind Creek Bethlehem Confirms Waterpark at Adjacent Historic Machine Shop During Casino Grand Reopening
(Pennsylvania) -- Wind Creek Bethlehem held its grand opening this week to celebrate its rebranding from Sands. While it was a star-studded event, with Emeril Lagasse...
press release Wind Creek Bethlehem celebrates rebranding
(Pennsylvania) -- Yesterday PCI Gaming Authority Wind Creek Hospitality, celebrates the rebranding of its newest casino, Wind Creek Bethlehem. The celebration comes five...

10/10/2019

article Chicago suburb agrees to allow casino in its backyard
(Illinois) -- After Union Gaming shot down five possible casino locations in and around Chicago, Illinois, the Windy City still had some other options. With no viable...

10/8/2019

article Homewood officials back Halsted Street casino plan, citing jobs and economic benefits
(Illinois) -- Homewood officials are backing efforts for a casino that would be built partly in that suburb and in neighboring East Hazel Crest, with some residents...

10/7/2019

article Casino proposal for East Hazel Crest and Homewood
(Illinois) -- Wind Creek Hospitality officials, a company that operates casinos on behalf of a Native American tribe in Alabama, said Wednesday they will seek a license...
article Homewood Village Board Approves Plans For South Suburban Casino
(Illinois) -- Homewood's village board voted on Monday night to approve a proposal for a nearly 64,000-square-foot casino with a hotel. The proposed location, which...

10/5/2019

article ICYMI: Poarch Band of Creek Indians seeks commercial casino in Illinois
(Illinois) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced plans to pursue a commercial casino in Illinois, joining at least two other tribal nations already in the game....

10/4/2019

article Poarch Band of Creek Indians seeks commercial casino in Illinois
(Illinois) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced plans to pursue a commercial casino in Illinois, joining at least two other tribal nations already in the game....
press release Wind Creek casino plan includes hotel, entertainment center
(Illinois) -- A casino complex announced Wednesday by Wind Creek Illinois LLC would include a hotel, entertainment center, three restaurants, two bars and a skyline...
article Poarch Band of Creek Indians donates $35,000 to MCSO
(Alabama) -- In support of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), the Poarch Band of Creek Indians donated $35,000 to assist with the purchase bullet-proof...

10/3/2019

article Casino proposed for 24-acre site on I-80 in south suburbs
(Illinois) -- Officials of a company that operates casinos on behalf of a Native American tribe in Alabama said Wednesday they will seek a license to open a casino in...
article Developer places opening bet in south suburban casino race
(Illinois) -- An Alabama growth team has put the first chips down on the desk in the initially bid to land a casino in Chicago’s south suburbs, even though a...
article Months after acquiring Sands Bethlehem, Wind Creek sets sights on casino outside Chicago
(Illinois) -- A little over four months ago, Wind Creek Hospitality closed on its $1.3 billion acquisition of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, officially adding one of the...

10/2/2019

article Casino proposed for site on I-80 in south suburbs
(Illinois) -- Officials of a company that operates casinos on behalf of a Native American tribe in Alabama said Wednesday they will seek a license to open a casino in...

9/28/2019

article $500K grant from gambling revenue is helping solve Lehigh Valley crimes
(Pennsylvania) -- A grant of $501,500 is going toward for software support, maintenance and development for computer-aided crime investigations in the Lehigh Valley....

9/12/2019

press release Wind Creek Hospitality Welcomes New Executive Officers
(Alabama) -- Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH) has welcomed two new executive members into their family, Venus McGhee Prince and Ken Rohman.

9/4/2019

article Without $5.9M casino sale windfall, Bethlehem looks to rainy day fund for $3.9M of projects
(Pennsylvania) -- Bethlehem officials hoped the sale of the Sands casino would net them a $5.9 million cash windfall to help knock lingering major repairs off the city...
article Dog left in car for 14 hours in Wind Creek casino parking lot, cops say
(Pennsylvania) -- A man is facing an animal neglect charge after allegedly leaving a dog alone in a car for 14 hours in the Wind Creek Bethlehem casino parking lot.

8/24/2019

article Wind Creek revenues hold about steady for 1st 2 months, compared to Sands days
(Pennsylvania) -- Wind Creek Hospitality got state regulators’ approval May 29 to purchase the casino in property in Bethlehem, and closed two days later on the $1...

8/7/2019

article Jamey Johnson set to Kick-off Poarch Band of Creek Indians Alabama 200 Native Concert Series in Montgomery
(Alabama) -- Alabama born artist Jamey Johnson, with special guest Whatley & Co., is coming home to Alabama to kick-off the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Alabama...

7/25/2019

article ECHA, PCI agree to land swap for hospital property
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Creek Indians and the Escambia County Healthcare Authority (ECHA) agreed to a land swap for the 10-acre piece of property across from the Wind...

7/21/2019

article Expansion Planned As Sands Bethlehem Renamed By New Owners
(Pennsylvania) -- After acquiring the Sands Bethlehem from Las Vegas Sands in late May, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians this week changed the name of the popular...

7/17/2019

article Sands Bethlehem Officially Changes Name to Wind Creek Bethlehem to Reflect New Ownership
(Pennsylvania) -- The Sands Bethlehem is now the Wind Creek Bethlehem, this week officially adopting the name of its new owner, Wind Creek Hospitality. Wind Creek is the...

7/16/2019

article Sands Casino renamed by Poarch Creek, now known as Wind Creek Bethlehem
(Pennsylvania) -- The Sands Casino Resort and Event Center have been renamed by their Alabama-based owners. The properties have been rebranded as Wind Creek Bethlehem...

7/15/2019

article Sands Bethlehem Event Center formally takes on new Wind Creek casino owner’s name
(Pennsylvania) -- In a move that shouldn’t be surprising, Sands Bethlehem Event Center announced Monday that it now will now be known as Wind Creek Event Center,...

7/8/2019

press release Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling 6th Annual All State Conference
(Alabama) -- The Alabama Council on Compulsive Gambling is holding their 6th Annual All State Conference in Problem Gambling on July 11th and 12th at the Windcreek Hotel...

7/4/2019

article Sands Bethlehem not producing financial gains Pennsylvania expected
(Pennsylvania) -- Las Vegas Sands (LVS) recently – and finally – was able to unload Pennsylvania’s Sands Bethlehem on a new owner. The Poarch Band of...

7/3/2019

article Does South Bethlehem need another parking garage? Mayor and parking authority think so, but others fear risk to taxpayers
(Pennsylvania) -- A 470-spot garage long envisioned in south Bethlehem could be under construction by the end of the year. And revenue from parking operations is strong...
article Here’s Bethlehem’s actual Wind Creek/Sands casino tax windfall
(Pennsylvania) -- Bethlehem and the Bethlehem Area School District each will get $317,000 in deed transfer taxes from the recent $1.3 billion sale of the Sands casino to...

7/2/2019

article Bethlehem hoped for $6.5M in Wind Creek’s Sands buy. Instead it’ll get $317,000.
(Pennsylvania) -- The city of Bethlehem and the Bethlehem Area School District will each see $317,000 in deed transfer tax revenue from the $1.4 billion sale of the...

6/26/2019

press release The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Acquires Integrated Federal Solutions
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PBCI) announced today it purchased Integrated Federal Solutions (IFS), a Reston, VA based company. IFS will remain a...

6/25/2019

press release Poarch Band of Creek Indians Celebrates Alabama 200 with Concert Featuring Mac McAnally & John Paul White
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is proud to announce Alabama born artists, Mac McAnally with special guest John Paul White, will perform at the Alabama...

6/24/2019

article Justices Won't Hear Tribe's Appeal Over Drunken-Driving Row [sub req]
(Alabama) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a petition by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and its casino over tribal immunity related to a drunken-...

6/11/2019

article U.S. Supreme Court likely to overturn “flatly inconsistent” Alabama Supreme Court ruling in Poarch Creek immunity case
(Alabama) -- The U.S. solicitor general has recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court overturn an Alabama Supreme Court ruling in a case that challenged the reaches of...

6/10/2019

article A major Bethlehem landmark is undergoing a big change
(Pennsylvania) -- The new owner of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem is wasting no time putting its mark on the property. Wind Creek Hospitality kicked off its...

6/7/2019

article Alleged Mistreatment of Muscogee Sacred Site Leads To More Alabama Litigation Over Wind Creek Casino
(Alabama) -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is reviving its lawsuit against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians over the alleged desecration of a sacred Muscogee site now used...
article Oklahoma Creek tribe renews lawsuit against Alabama tribe over Wetumpka casino
(Alabama) -- An Oklahoma Creek tribe on Wednesday filed a federal court motion to a renew a lawsuit against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians over allegations that the...

6/6/2019

article Creek Renews Suit Over Alabama Casino
(Alabama) -- The Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma on Wednesday renewed its lawsuit against an Alabama Creek tribe for building a casino on what they say is sacred...
article Muscogee tribe refiles lawsuit against the Poarch Creek Indians over a Wetumpka burial site
(Alabama) -- The Muscogee Nation tribe has renewed its federal lawsuit against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, alleging that the construction of a casino in Wetumpka...

6/5/2019

article Creek Nation alleges Alabama tribe, U.S. government violated law by removing ancestral remains
(Alabama) -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is once again pursuing legal action against an Alabama tribe, claiming it has desecrated a pre-removal burial ground. On...
article Muscogee Nation renews lawsuit against Poarch Creeks over Alabama casino
(Alabama) -- The Muscogee Nation in Oklahoma, which includes descendants of Creek Indians who lived in Alabama, today sought to renew a federal lawsuit against the...
article Poarch Band of Creek Indians respond to ‘unwarranted’ Muscogee lawsuit — ‘It deeply saddens us’
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) on Wednesday responded to an “unwarranted” lawsuit that was filed by the Oklahoma-based Muscogee (Creek)...
article A bad beat for Bethlehem: Tax on Sands casino sale far less than dreamed of
(Pennsylvania) -- Seeing a price tag of $1.3 billion when the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem sale was announced in March 2018, Bethlehem’s eyes lit up like a...
article Q&A: Lawyer discusses complicated Sands Bethlehem deals — from getting city approval in face of public opposition, to sale to Wind Creek
(Pennsylvania) -- Scott Kramer, a partner with Duane Morris LLP, has worked with Las Vegas Sands Corp. in Pennsylvania for quite some time. He remembers the jam-packed...
article Solicitor general files invitation briefs
(USA) -- U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco recently filed a bevy of briefs in response to the Supreme Court’s “invitations” to provide the justices...

6/4/2019

article Wind Creek Hospitality finalizes $1.3 billion acquisition of Sands Bethlehem property
(Pennsylvania) -- After on May 29, 2019, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board signed off on the transfer ownership, the $1.3 billion purchase of Sands Casino Resort in...

6/3/2019

article It’s official. There’s a new casino operator in town
(Pennsylvania) -- Forget the Sands. Bethlehem’s casino has a new owner and a new name: Wind Creek Bethlehem. Wind Creek Hospitality closed on its $1.4 billion...
press release Wind Creek Hospitality Closes on Sands Bethlehem Purchase
(Pennsylvania) -- PCI Gaming Authority D/B/A Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH), an authority of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, has finalized the purchase of the Sands...

6/2/2019

article Could Wind Creek’s expansion plan spell trouble for Hotel Bethlehem’s expansion?
(Pennsylvania) -- Once Wind Creek Bethlehem takes ownership of the Sands casino, the gaming arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans to pour $190 million into the...
article How a Republican’s dark money scam created Alabama’s hard-right legislature — and the abortion ban
(Alabama) -- As the 2010 elections neared, Mike Hubbard had a huge dream and an even bigger dilemma. The chairman of Alabama’s Republican Party wanted to end the...

6/1/2019

article Poarch Creek Indians deny ‘completely erroneous’ story about being under federal investigation
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI) have forcefully denied what they call “baseless attacks” in two recent reports, now saying they are...
article Poarch Creek Indian Tribal Council Election Results Announced
(Alabama) -- Results of the 2019 Poarch Creek Indian Tribal Council election held Saturday have been announced. Charlotte Meckel won the secretary position with 703 vote...

5/31/2019

article Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board approves sale of Sands Bethlehem
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) recently approved a transaction under which PCI Gaming Authority d/b/a Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH), an...
article The deal is complete: Sands Bethlehem casino is now owned by Wind Creek Hospitality
(Pennsylvania) -- Way back on March 8, 2018, a day when the Lehigh Valley was blanketed with a few inches of snow from a storm a day earlier, Las Vegas Sands Corp....

5/30/2019

article 10 things to know about Wind Creek’s plans for Sands Bethlehem
(Pennsylvania) -- It’s been just over 10 years since Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem opened May 22, 2009, a day when patrons arrived in the early morning hours to be...
article Alabama’s Wind Creek Hospitality approved for ‘landmark’ casino in Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania) -- Wind Creek Hospitality (WCH), the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ gaming authority, is set to close on a $1.3 billion purchase of the Sands Casino...
article Poll: Will Wind Creek’s casino rebranding and expansion be good for Bethlehem?
(Pennsylvania) -- The new owner of the Sands Casino in Bethlehem says it has big plans for the property, including an immediate infusion of $190 million.
article WCH acquires Bethlehem casino
(Pennsylvania) -- The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved Wind Creek Hospitality’s (WCH) acquisition of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Penn....

5/29/2019

article $1.3 Billion Pennsylvania Casino Sale To Poarch Creek Indians Approved
(Pennsylvania) -- The $1.3 billion Poarch Creek Indians’ purchase of a Pennsylvania casino has received regulatory approval. PCI Gaming Authority d/b/a Wind Creek...
article Jackpot! $1.4B Sands casino sale gets state approval, ushering in $190M of new development
(Pennsylvania) -- Bethlehem hit the jackpot Wednesday when Pennsylvania gaming regulators approved the $1.4 billion sale of the Sands casino to an Alabama-based Indian...
article Pa. regulators unanimously OK $1.3B sale of Sands Casino
(Pennsylvania) -- After a presentation in which Wind Creek Hospitality pitched itself as a growing, but fiscally stable company that is highly active in the communities...
article Poarch Creek purchase of Pennsylvania casino approved
(Pennsylvania) -- Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians has gained regulatory approval to expand its casino holdings with the acquisition of the Sands Casino...
article Wind Creek Hospitality given go-ahead to move forward with purchase of Sands Bethlehem
(Pennsylvania) -- Wind Creek Hospitality has received the go-ahead to move forward with the process of purchasing Sands Bethlehem. The state Gaming Control Board...
article With state’s approval, Wind Creek Bethlehem plans to become ‘No. 1 resort destination in the Northeast’
(Pennsylvania) -- More than 14 months after the deal was announced, the $1.3 billion sale of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to an affiliate of an Alabama Indian tribe is...
article Poarch Creek ‘don’t want competition,’ Oliver says
(Alabama) -- While he isn’t a fan of gambling, state Rep. Ed Oliver (R-Dadeville) said the Poarch Creek Indians’ political influence must be vanquished for the Alabama...

5/28/2019

article It’s finally happening. The Sands casino sale is up for approval
(Pennsylvania) -- Wednesday afternoon Las Vegas Sand Corp. is making its pitch to state regulators asking for approval to sell its Bethlehem casino for $1.3 billion to...
article Sands Bethlehem casino sale up for state approval today
(Pennsylvania) -- Today’s the day. The $1.3 billion sale of Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem could get the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s blessing at a...
article Counteroffer: A gaming plan the dog track owners would likely accept
(Alabama) -- Last week, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians laid out its starting point for any negotiations concerning a lottery and gambling legislation. Arthur...

5/27/2019

article Mama June's Sister 'Doe Doe' Prays She 'Comes Back Home' Amid Drug and Health Issues
(Alabama) -- Amid Mama June Shannon's struggles, family members remain hopeful that she'll return home. It was recently revealed on an episode of Mama June: From...

5/24/2019

article Alabama Lottery Stalls Before House Can Even Vote on Bill
(Alabama) -- Attempting to legalize lottery gaming in Alabama has become an annual sport. Each year, a bill is proposed and each year, there’s a general agreement...

5/23/2019

article Wind Creek offers updated plans as closing of casino sale approaches
(Pennsylvania) -- It has been more than a year since Las Vegas Sands Corp. announced a plan to sell its Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for $1.3 billion to Wind Creek...

5/22/2019

article OP/ED: Forget a paper lottery, the Poarch Creeks have a much bigger proposal for gambling in Alabama
(Alabama) -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has an idea for gambling in Alabama. A big idea. One much bigger than a simple paper lottery. One bigger than a handful of...
article Poarch Creek Tribe only want paper games in Alabama
(Alabama) -- The future of an Alabama lottery is uncertain. The Alabama house didn’t vote on a lottery bill on Tuesday, failing on a procedural motion 53 to 36.

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...

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