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Lytle Corruption Probe May Hurt I-Poker Effort

Dave Palermo is an award-winning metropolitan newspaper reporter. He has written about American Indian governments for more than 20 years, working as an advocate for several tribes and tribal associations. He also has co-authored books on gambling and gambling law. He can be reached at dgpalermo1@gmail.com.

(Blog) Dave Palermo: Lytle Corruption Probe May Hurt I-Poker Effort

An investigation into alleged corruption in the California gambling enforcement agency may hurt attempts to get legislative approval of online poker, industry regulators and lobbyists said.

“An accusation suggesting there is corruption within the regulatory environment could become a sticking point with respect to a desire to expand gambling in the state with I-poker,” said Richard Schuetz, a member of the state Gambling Control Commission.

"That's one of the biggest implications of this. It may impact the I-gaming debate,” Schuetz said of Attorney General Kamala Harris’ accusation that former enforcement chief Bob Lytle, now a consultant, was leaked investigatory information on a San Jose card room targeted in a $119m skimming investigation.

“One of the biggest issues with I-poker is regulations,” Schuetz said.

“I hope they get this cleared up because this could create noise for the whole I-poker effort,” lobbyist David Quintana said. “We’re talking about the regulatory body that is supposed to be overseeing I-poker.

“If the regulatory system is in question, that could cause some very critical votes to go south. This noise has got to be done away with.”

Andy Abboud, senior vice president for Nevada casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who is attempting to block Internet poker efforts in California and elsewhere, did not respond to requests for comment.

Fabian Nunez of Mercury political consultants, Adelson’s California lobbyist, also declined requests for comment.

Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto last month submitted the first Internet poker bill for consideration by California legislators in the 2015 session.

Gatto is digesting exclusive disclosures of the corruption probe by Gambling Compliance and will discuss the matter at a later date, John Ferrera, his chief of staff, said in an email.

Industry officials said they were concerned at the seriousness of the accusations against Lytle, who according to Harris’ complaint filed December 23 with the GCC, was leaked confidential information on the Casino M8trix card room in 2013 by a supervisory agent with the Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC).

“[Lytle’s] receipt of such information and documents potentially compromised the effectiveness, and undermined the integrity, of the bureau’s investigations,” Harris said in the accusation.

Lytle also is accused in the complaint of directing agents to “cut back ongoing investigatory activities” into M8trix in December, 2007, a month before he retired from the bureau and after he began negotiating a contract to work as a compliance officer for the casino.

“The state’s investigation went away,” recalls a San Jose municipal official who requested anonymity.

“This is worrisome. This is major. It’s hard for me to believe,” I. Nelson Rose, gambling industry author and Whittier Law School professor said of the allegations.

“This is serious,” Joseph Kelly, business law business law professor at SUNY College in Buffalo and co-editor of the Gaming Law Review, said of allegations that confidential information was leaked by the bureau.

Casino companies and individuals anticipate applications for licensure will be kept confidential, said Mark Lipparelli, consultant and former chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

“When people are filing for applications and providing information, it’s done under confidential terms,” Lipparelli said. “There’s a high expectation it will be treated as such.

“There’s always a sense among the industry that, ‘We’re turning our crown jewels over to an agency.’

“Any time there’s a question about that process it tends to spook everyone, as if, ‘Okay, do I need to be extra careful about what I’m providing to the regulators?’ Those are questions that will cause concerns.”

Bureau officials would not comment on what, if any, steps are being made to ensure the confidentiality of licensing documents in the wake of the Lytle accusation.

“We do not issue statements or comments on any pending investigations or allegations,” bureau spokeswoman Michelle Gregory said.

Lytle is accused in the accusation of violating information protection, revolving door and conflict of interest provisions in the state business and professions code, misdemeanors for which there are no specified penalties.

The Attorney General’s investigation, however, is confined to Lytle’s suitability for licensure as a key employee and owner/interest-holder in a gambling establishment. It is not a criminal investigation.

The accusation calls for a fine and revocation of Lytle’s key employee and ownership licenses for the Tavern at Stones Gambling Hall and Saloon at Stones Gambling Hall, both in Sacramento.

“I look forward to a hearing,” Lytle told Gambling Compliance. “I look forward to proving that I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Harris’ accusation does not name the agent suspected of disclosing investigatory information to Lytle. But independent sources, official documents and hearing transcripts identify the person as James Parker, a former supervisory agent for Northern California.

Parker, according to CGCC hearing transcripts, resigned from the bureau and worked for Lytle Consulting for about two months on M8trix compliance issues.

Parker, who has not been identified as a target in the Lytle investigation, could not be reached for comment.

The licensing matter will be sent to an administrative law judge before being forwarded to the Gambling Control Commission for a final determination.

Commission chairman Richard Lopes, a former Department of Justice colleague of both Lytle and Parker, will have to disclose his relationship with the two men and, perhaps, may request to be recused from hearing the matter, industry attorneys said.

It is common for gambling regulators to have business or social relationships with license applicants.

Noting that the accusations against Lytle have not been proven, Schuetz said the investigation may hurt the public’s perception of gambling in California and elsewhere.

"It reduces the public's confidence in the ability of the state to regulate gaming,” he said.

“The legal gaming industry is as thoroughly regulated as any other business in the United States,” Rose said. “It always surprises me when you do get one of these scandals. They are rare.”

 “Fortunately, there haven’t been many gambling regulatory scandals in this country,” Kelly said. “The regulators have done a good job.”

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(California) -- Helen Galaris of Los Angeles has been visiting Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio on weekends for years. As a loyal customer, Galaris has a host who...
press release Bear River Casino Resort Closed Until Further Notice
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria will continue the temporary closure of Bear River Casino Resort beyond the previous April 10th...

4/2/2020

article Golden Gate Racing Suspended by Health Department
(California) -- In accordance with instructions received the morning of April 2 from the Alameda County Public Health Officer, Golden Gate Fields will temporarily close...

3/30/2020

article Jackson Rancheria Casino Extends Temporary Closure Amid Coronavirus, Cuts 275 Jobs
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is extending its temporary closure indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The casino suspended operations back...
article Valley View Casino & Hotel, Agua Caliente casinos extend coronavirus closure
(California) -- Valley View Casino & Hotel in Valley Center and the Agua Caliente casinos in the Coachella Valley both recently announced plans to extend their...
article Jackson Rancheria Casino Extends Temporary Closure Amid Coronavirus, Cuts 275 Jobs
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is extending its temporary closure indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The casino suspended operations back...

3/29/2020

article California lottery closes office after Sacramento employee tests positive for coronavirus
(California) -- The California State Lottery has closed its Sacramento office to employees after one of them tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a staff...

3/28/2020

press release Harrah’s Northern California extends team member pay through 16 April
(California) -- Harrah's Northern California Tribal and property leadership are notifying team members impacted by the temporary suspension in operations that they...

3/27/2020

article Dreaming of lottery riches? Virus could cut jackpots
(California) -- Hoping to escape all the coronavirus-caused economic uncertainty by winning a giant lottery jackpot? Think again. Those jackpots are going to shrink as...

3/25/2020

article Casinos closed by coronavirus donate perishable food
(California) -- Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio and Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, all temporarily closed...
article Riverside, San Bernardino county tribes donate thousands of pounds of food to nonprofits
(California) -- With their casinos closed, many local tribes have opted to donate their unused food to nonprofits that can distribute it to locals in need. Over the past...

3/24/2020

article Mono Wind is fifth tribal casino in Valley to close as a coronavirus precaution
(California) -- The last holdout among Indian casinos in the central San Joaquin Valley against closing as a coronavirus precaution has shut its doors until at least...
article Colusa Casino Resort closes amid coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintum Indians of the Colusa Indian Community and the Colusa Casino Resort executive leadership team announced on the evening of...
article How to play at Southern California casinos virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- If you’re bummed because you can’t visit the casinos — as those in Southern California have closed due to the novel coronavirus...

3/23/2020

article California Sports Betting Plans may Have to Wait due to the Coronavirus
(California) -- California was one of the first large states to employ a shelter-in-place order to combat the spread of the coronavirus with Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing...

3/20/2020

article Most San Diego area casinos close in wake of COVID-19
(California) -- The slot machines and poker tables went silent at most of San Diego County’s casinos at noon Friday, the latest casualties in an escalating...
article San Diego Tribal Casinos To Close Starting At Noon Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
(California) -- Five tribal casinos in San Diego County will close starting at noon Friday amid concerns over the coronavirus and will remain closed through the end of...

3/19/2020

article Five San Diego Tribal Casinos Are Temporarily Closing, Citing Coronavirus
(California) -- Closure announcements from California tribal entities have been increasing in recent days, a ball that got rolling last Saturday when the operators...

3/18/2020

article Gold Country Casino temporarily suspending operations
(California) -- Gold Country Casino announced on its website Wednesday that it is “temporarily suspending operations until further notice” in response to the...
article Pala Casino, Spa & Resort and Cahuilla Casino temporarily close amid coronavirus concerns
(California) -- Pala Casino, Spa & Resort in northern San Diego County and Cahuilla Casino in Anza are the most recent casino properties to close their doors...
article Sherwood Valley Casino temporarily suspends operations to prevent spread of COVID-19
(California) -- Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians announced Wednesday that in an abundance of precaution they have made the difficult decision to suspend all...
article Tribal Casinos In San Diego County Shutting Down Temporarily Starting Friday
(California) -- Even though schools and businesses have mostly shut down to stop the spread of the coronavirus, several San Diego County casinos remained open Wednesday...
article Tribal leaders announce closures of San Diego County casinos amid coronavirus
(California) -- Wednesday afternoon, San Diego tribal leaders announced the closures of county casinos amid the coronavirus outbreak. Tribal government leaders of the...
press release Barona, Campo, Jamul, Sycuan, and Viejas Jointly Announce Casino Closures in Response to COVID-19
(California) -- Tribal government leaders of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Campo Kumeyaay Nation, Jamul Indian Village, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and...

3/17/2020

article Coronavirus concerns push Soboba, Agua Caliente and Valley View casinos to close temporarily
(California) -- Soboba Casino Resort near San Jacinto, the Agua Caliente casinos in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs and Valley View Casino and Hotel in San Diego County...
article Coronavirus: Agua Caliente, Fantasy Springs, Morongo latest Coachella Valley casinos to announce temporary closures
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Morongo Band of Mission Indians and Cabazon Band of Mission Indians on Tuesday became the latest tribes in...
article Elk Valley Casino Closes Temporarily Due to COVID-19
(California) -- In consideration of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and requests from both federal and state governments, the Elk Valley...
article Jackson Rancheria casino, hotel to close amid COVID-19 concerns
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians announced Tuesday they will close most of its facilities, including its casino, and one of its annual events...
article Paiute Palace Casino in Bishop closes through end of March
(California) -- Effective March 17 at noon, the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council is responding to the emergency situation of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has made the decision...
article Some North State casinos close, some remain open for business
(California) -- The casinos run by several North State tribes in California have been making decisions about their operations for gaming, food services, and other...
article Thunder Valley, Red Hawk Casinos Announce Temporary Closures Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
(California) -- Area casinos are now announcing they will be closing over coronavirus concerns. Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Placer County said on Monday they would...
article Which Southern California casinos are open and closed amid coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- As concerns have continued to grow and restrictions have continued to increase amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, many of Southern California’s...
article Why are the DMV and some casinos still open in San Diego County?
(California) -- Despite the numerous pandemic-related closures throughout San Diego County, several businesses and organizations remain open. Two in particular have...
article SCHEUTZ: Bad Regulations Can Leave a Scar
(California) -- A ridiculous requirement that applicants for gaming licenses must report all “scars” on their bodies to the regulatory authority is a great...

3/16/2020

article Bear River Casino to Close
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria has decided to suspend operations at its Bear River Casino and Hotel, Thirsty Bear Lounge, River’s...
article Coronavirus concerns prompt Fantasy Springs, Morongo casinos to close; others shutter some amenities
(California) -- Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa announced on Monday, March 16, that they would temporarily close to help prevent the...
article Jackson Rancheria casino closing for 2 weeks as Thunder Valley cuts back over coronavirus
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is closing for two weeks because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, but the 1,175 workers at the casino will...
article Table Mountain, Eagle Mountain casinos announce temporary closures as coronavirus precaution
(California) -- Table Mountain Casino in Friant planned to close its doors in response to growing coronavirus concerns and calls by health officials to limit public...
article Why are some Southern California casinos still open during coronavirus pandemic?
(California) -- While a number of Southern California casinos have shut their doors to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, some were still open for gambling as of...
press release Bear River Casino to Suspend Operations Tomorrow a ‘Minimum of One Week’
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria is continually monitoring updates on COVID- 19 from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The World...

3/15/2020

article Coronavirus pandemic shutters more Southern California casinos temporarily
(California) -- As screens turned dark around them as the clock inched closer to 5 p.m., people still spun the reels on still-operational slot machines at San Manuel...
article Pechanga, San Manuel casinos to close until April
(California) -- Pechanga Resort Casino and San Manuel Casino said Saturday they will both close temporarily in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The two Southern...
article San Manuel, Pechanga casinos to close temporarily amid coronavirus fears
(California) -- San Manuel Casino in Highland and Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula announced Saturday, March 14, that they would temporarily suspend operations through...
article Northern California casino closes to stem coronavirus. Newsom working with tribal leaders
(California) -- Cache Creek Casino Resort announced Sunday evening it’s closing temporarily in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Cache Creek’s...

3/14/2020

article California casinos asked to make changes as some card rooms close due to coronavirus outbreak
(California) -- The action was intense Friday at a Baccarat table inside the Red Hawk Casino as eight players, most of them elderly, sat elbow to elbow placing bets...

3/2/2020

article Calif. Need Not Shield Tribal Card Games, 9th Circ. Told [sub req]
(California) -- California asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reject three tribes' bid to revive their suit contending the state is wrongly allowing nontribal card...

2/25/2020

article HAWAIIAN GARDENS: California AG Becerra Took Over $500,000 From Tribal Casinos, Now His Agency is Paying Them Back
(California) -- In June 2019, Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News exclusively reported on several large California Tribal Casinos giving nearly $300,000 to...
article 4 things that may be coming to a casino near you, including beer
(California) -- Over the span of only a couple decades Southern California’s casinos have grown from small-scale gaming operations to full-fledged resorts boasting...
article California Lottery officials shortchanged schools by millions, state audit says
(California) -- The management of the California Lottery was sharply criticized Tuesday by state officials, who released a scathing audit alleging that the agency...

2/13/2020

article Yes, that casino you saw in that movie or Netflix comedy is in Southern California
(California) -- Some of Southern California’s casinos have reached iconic status with their giant hotel towers, expansive gaming floors and Vegas-style decor, so...
article City Attorney Is Investigating Private Companies That Allegedly 'Funneled' Money to DPW Holiday Parties
(California) -- Subpoenas issued Wednesday by the City Attorney's Office for records and emails from eight private companies and non-profits appear to relate in part...

2/11/2020

press release Largest California Tribal Gaming Association Announces Support for Sports Betting Initiative at the 25th Western Indian Gaming Conference
(California) -- Celebrating a quarter century, more than 450 tribal leaders, regulators, industry professionals and policy experts, gathered at the 25th annual Western...

1/27/2020

article LAFCo approves annexing Middletown Rancheria land into Callayomi County Water District
(California) -- The Lake Local Area Formation Commission has approved a proposal to annex Middletown Rancheria land into the Callayomi County Water District in order to...

1/19/2020

article SCHUETZ: The California Legislature: A Parliament of Whores
(California) -- Kyle Kirkland is a card room owner in California, and also serves as the president of the California Gaming Association, a group that represents card...

1/18/2020

article From decor to dining, here’s what Southern California’s casinos are doing for Lunar New Year
(California) -- Lunar New Year is often celebrated with games of chance not only because it’s considered an auspicious time by people who celebrate it, but also...

1/17/2020

article California Bureau of Gambling Control Releases Updated Proposals on House-Banked Casino Games
(California) -- After over one year of talks and deliberations, the major California gaming regulator California Bureau of Gambling Control has released a new collection...

1/8/2020

article Senator Dodd Introduces California Racing Safety Bill
(California) -- California Sen. Bill Dodd introduced legislation in the state Jan. 7 aimed at improving horse racing safety and building on last year's reforms. Dodd...

1/7/2020

article Tribes Say Calif. Stuck In 'Catch-22' In Card Game Rights Suit [sub req]
(California) -- Two tribes urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to revive a suit claiming California is wrongly allowing nontribal cardrooms to offer blackjack, baccarat...

1/3/2020

article Tribes Ask 9th Circ. To Review Card Game Exclusivity [sub req]
(California) -- Three tribes have asked the Ninth Circuit to revive their suit accusing California of failing to enforce a ban on "banking and percentage" card...

12/30/2019

article What’s coming to casinos in 2020: New restaurants, hotels and more
(California) -- In 2020, expect more growth and development at Southern California casinos. Expect lavish new hotels, more gaming space and additional restaurants. Some...

12/28/2019

article Police shut down suspected illegal casino in Bakersfield
(California) -- About 12:40 a.m. Friday, Bakersfield Police Department officers were conducting a patrol check at 203 East California Ave. Investigating officers found a...

12/19/2019

press release STATEMENT: CNIGA Chairman James Siva on Card Club Claims
(California) -- “The card clubs are engaged in a desperate attempt to mislead regulators and the public. We commend the Attorney General and the Bureau of Gambling...
article Down and Out on California’s Reservations
(California) -- “The location of Fort Bidwell is pretty landlocked,” says Kevin Dean Townsend, chair of the Gidutikad Band of Northern Paiute, also known as...

12/16/2019

article CNIGA Leadership Passes the Baton
(California) -- It was a changing of the guard at the annual meeting of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA). At the meeting, held in Valley Center,...

12/13/2019

article Casino Insider: Ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve
(California) -- If you haven’t started making your plans on how to celebrate the arrival of 2020, we’ve compiled what Southern California’s casinos are...

12/8/2019

article California Nations Indian Gaming Association bids farewell to leadership
(California) -- The California Nations Indian Gaming Association held a farewell for some of its long-serving executive committee members and staff on Wednesday. Among...

12/7/2019

article Tribal casinos make bold play to control sports betting in California — and legislators are not happy
(California) -- Betting that California is moving toward legalizing sports wagers, American Indian tribes are looking to dominate the action. A powerful coalition of...
article Casino Insider: Where to eat at Southern California casinos for Christmas
(California) -- It seems like Thanksgiving was just last week (and it was), but now the area’s casinos are looking ahead to Christmas. Here’s what they...

12/5/2019

press release CNIGA Elects New Chairman and Executive Board Members, Pechanga Re-Joins Organization
(California) -- At the organization’s annual meeting, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) elected James Siva as the new chairman and Mike...

12/4/2019

article New Year Same CA Sports Betting Bill, To Be Heard In January
(California) -- California lawmakers are expecting to begin sports betting hearings on January 15, 2020. State Senator Bill Dodd filed CA ACA 16 to be heard next year....
article Rincon’s Steve Stallings ends presidency of CNIGA
(California) -- Steve Stallings, a council member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, this week ended his second and final term as chairman of the California Nations...

12/1/2019

article Casino steakhouse wine lists put cheer in holiday season
(California) -- Is it a coincidence that red and white are two of the colors associated with the holidays? We think not. Whether you pop open some blanc de blanc bubbly...
article Here’s the deal on the San Diego-area’s 10 casinos
(California) -- If you’re looking to gamble, eat, play golf, hit the pool or stay at one of the San Diego-region’s casinos, here’s our guide to what...
article What’s new at San Diego-area casinos: national kudos, exec plucked from Vegas, cheap gas and more lobster
(California) -- Barona named top casino outside of Las Vegas, Pechanga adds lobster buffet on Fridays, Sycuan gets a new GM from Venetian and Palazzo, and debuts ‘...
article Casinos give back through charitable donations
(California) -- From one-time cash gifts to years-long partnerships with charities, community event sponsorships, to in-kind donations and employee volunteer teams, San...

11/25/2019

article What Happens Next For Sports Betting Proposal In California?
(California) -- It’s been nearly two weeks since many of California’s tribes banded together and filed a proposal for a referendum to legalize sports betting...

11/23/2019

article ICYMI: Casino Insider: Why casinos are getting into the mobile app business
(California) -- Smartphones are ubiquitous. Practically everyone has them and uses them (you may even be reading this newsletter from your mobile device), so it makes...

11/21/2019

article State board offers more proposals to improve horse racing safety
(California) -- In a move designed to answer Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call for change, the California Horse Racing Board announced Thursday a series of proposals in an...

11/8/2019

article Tense Council session covers Molate judgment updates, district election hearing
(California) -- Tuesday’s City Council meeting ­­– called “long and raucous” in an email missive by Mayor Tom Butt — mimicked a...

11/5/2019

article Calif. Held Tribal Gambling Talks In Good Faith, 9th Circ. Told [sub req]
(California) -- California urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold the dismissal of a tribe's suit accusing the state of violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by...
article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Problems And Solutions For Legalizing California Sports Betting
(California) -- A path to legal sports betting is developing in California, but there are two issues that must be resolved before the legislature will enact legislation...

11/4/2019

article California Legislators Eye 2020 Ballot for Sports Betting
(California) -- With the 2020 election only a year away, legislators in California are eyeing the ballot as a deadline for approval for sports betting in the state from...

11/2/2019

article Crews battle brush fire near casino
(California) -- Firefighters were battling a brush fire near the Golden Acorn Casino Saturday. The blaze was around 10 to 20 acres by 6 a.m., according to Cal Fire. It...

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7/10/2017

Dave Palermo: Tribal Anger Grows Over Card Room Games
(California) -- American Indian tribes operating casinos are demanding that California gambling regulators limit contractual agreements between card rooms and firms...

7/4/2017

Dave Palermo: DOJ Suspends Card Room Rotation Rule
(California) -- California gambling regulators are at least temporarily suspending a controversial card room rule that the player-dealer position in high stakes versions...

6/26/2017

Dave Palermo: Gathering Tribes to Discuss Dispute with Card Rooms, Regulators
(California) -- The questionable legality of banked games operated by California card rooms and the apparent inability of state regulators to monitor and police the...

8/17/2016

Dave Palermo: Lytle’s Letter Will Linger Over a Troubled Gambling Regulatory System
(California) -- Card room consulting and ownership licenses held by California’s onetime chief gambling enforcement officer were revoked in a stipulated agreement...

7/5/2016

Dave Palermo: Tribes Angry at New Card Club Rules
(California) -- New rules for banked table games at California card rooms will not prevent what American Indian tribes contend are illegal games that violate their...

5/14/2016

Dave Palermo: Lytle Admits to Wrongdoing, Relinquishes Card Room Licenses
(California) -- California’s former gambling enforcement chief has agreed to revocation of his licenses as a card room owner and consultant following his admission...

4/24/2016

Dave Palermo: California Tribes Working with Interior to Recover Native Lands
(USA) -- California’s American Indian tribes are reacquiring and placing in federal trust ancestral lands lost since European settlement, a trend crucial to...

1/13/2016

Dave Palermo: Tribes Looking for Unity on DFS, I-Poker
(California) -- Momentum to get a Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) bill out of the California Legislature is bullying efforts to legalize Internet poker, much to the dismay of...

9/8/2015

Dave Palermo: A New Era Emerging in Tribal/Labor Relations
(California) -- The united stand California’s American Indians took against organized labor intrusion into tribal governance 15 years ago is rapidly dissipating as...

7/27/2015

Dave Palermo: GOP Using GAO Audit to Criticize Tribal Casino Regulations
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican senators are using a General Accountability Office audit of the National Indian Gaming Commission to booster their belief the American...

6/29/2015

Dave Palermo: Tribes Cite ‘Illegal’ Card Room Games in Questioning State Regulatory Resources
(California) -- The inability of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to prevent what he called “illegal” activity in California card rooms indicate the agency...

5/30/2015

Dave Palermo: California Needs ‘Hard Look’ at Gambling Regulations, Lopes Says
(California) -- California’s top gambling industry regulator, in announcing his retirement Thursday, said the state should “take a hard look” at its...

3/4/2015

Dave Palermo: Lopes, Littleton Recuse Themselves from Lytle Licensing Case
(California) -- The California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC) chairman has recused himself from deliberating the licensing of former industry enforcement director...

3/1/2015

Dave Palermo: I-Poker Prospects Looks Dim Despite Gray/Hall Alliance
(California) -- Despite optimism generated by companion Senate/Assembly bills seeking Internet poker in California, it remains unlikely legislation will make it out of...

2/15/2015

Dave Palermo: Tribal Moves on Tracks, ‘Bad Actors’ Does Not Bode Well for Online Poker
(California) -- The decision last week by three California tribes to embrace licensing racing associations and softening “bad actor” language in proposed...

2/13/2015

Dave Palermo: Three More Tribes Embrace Tracks on Internet Poker
(California) -- Three politically powerful California tribes and 24 card rooms are recommending to state Assembly sponsors of Internet poker bills that “bad actor...

2/8/2015

Dave Palermo: Tribes Divided into Three Groups on Internet Poker in California
(California) -- What was described last year as a coalition of a dozen American Indian tribes united on legislative language to enact an Internet poker bill in...

1/27/2015

Dave Palermo: ‘Let’s Revisit Bifurcated Regulatory System,’ Gatto says
(California) -- The effectiveness of California’s politically bifurcated gambling regulatory system and its enforcement arm under the state Attorney General should...

1/22/2015

Dave Palermo: New California Draft Poker Bill Includes Race Tracks
(California) -- A second draft bill to legalize Internet poker in California that would include the pari-mutuel racing industry along with American Indian tribes and...

1/20/2015

Dave Palermo: Potential Conflict In AG’s Lytle Licensing Investigation
(California) -- California gambling regulatory officials who will rule on the licensing of a former casino enforcement chief accused of jeopardizing a $119 million card...

1/15/2015

Dave Palermo: Lytle Corruption Probe May Hurt I-Poker Effort
(California) -- An investigation into alleged corruption in the California gambling enforcement agency may hurt attempts to get legislative approval of online poker,...

10/6/2014

Dave Palermo: GAO Casino Audit Concerns Tribal Regulators
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal audit of American Indian casinos is generating concern among tribal officials who fear the report will suggest a need for broader...

3/2/2014

Dave Palermo: Online Gambling Imminent, But Concerns Remain
(California) -- With the Internet poker debate moving to the Assembly side of the California Legislature, American Indian leaders and lobbyists are expressing renewed...

2/23/2014

Dave Palermo: Progress on Land/Trust in California, But There’s a Ways to Go
(California) -- American Indian tribes are being told California Gov. Jerry Brown will monitor what has been a series of letters from Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris...

9/15/2013

Dave Palermo: NIGC opinion crucial to Bay Mills case
(Washington D.C.) -- A 2010 opinion by the federal Indian gambling regulatory agency that it has no jurisdiction over a tiny, Vanderbilt, Mich., casino could lead to a...

8/27/2013

Dave Palermo: Lytton Band of Pomo Indians Leave The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA)
(California) -- The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, operators of San Pablo Lytton Casino, a non-compacted, Class II casino near San Francisco, is no longer a member of the...

8/25/2013

Dave Palermo: Tribes close, yet so far on Internet consensus
(California) -- Amended Internet poker legislation sponsored by California Senator Lou Correa and backed by a coalition of American Indian tribes under the leadership of...

8/11/2013

Dave Palermo: Tribes angry at California AG’s land/trust letters to Interior
(California) -- American Indians are outraged at the California Attorney General’s stepped-up opposition to tribal efforts to place land in trust for casinos, fire...

7/29/2013

Dave Palermo: Interior moves to fix a ‘broken’ federal recognition system
(Washington D.C.) -- A “discussion draft” of new rules intended to fix a broken system of federal recognition of American Indian tribes is the topic of a...

4/15/2013

Dave Palermo: Will the Internet be the ‘new Cabazon?’
(USA) --   Neil Cornelius, GM for the Osage casinos in Oklahoma, was walking to a gambling seminar in Las Vegas recently when a trade industry reporter asked him...

4/1/2013

Dave Palermo: Myriad problems with Carcieri decision
(Washington D.C.) -- The 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling limiting the Department of Interior’s ability to place land in trust for American Indians not “under...

3/25/2013

Dave Palermo: Tribal recognition change is in the winds
(Washington D.C.) -- Draft regulations aimed at reforming the federal administrative process for recognizing American Indian tribes will be available for review by...

3/18/2013

Dave Palermo: Fixing a broken system of tribal recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- Nor Rel Muk WintuIndians indigenous to the Klamath Mountains in Northern California have a lot in common with the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape people,...

3/11/2013

Dave Palermo: Gambling and Tribal Recognition Policy
(Washington D.C.) -- Considering that gambling has pretty much hijacked every aspect of federal American Indian policy, it comes as no surprise it would have a major...

3/4/2013

Dave Palermo: Tribes have cleaned up a “sin” industry
(Nevada) -- One of the last of more than 20 years of conversations I had with the late University of Nevada gambling scholar Bill Eadington had to do with the fact...

1/4/2013

Dave Palermo: Tribes, IRS Making Progress on Tax Issues
(Washington D.C.) -- It was during a September hearing of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs that Rep. Don Young, D-Alaska, grew a bit impatient...

11/5/2012

Dave Palermo: Self-governance guides BIA appointee Kevin Washburn
(Washington D.C.) -- Kevin Washburn is the son of Shirley Stark, an Oklahoma Chickasaw woman and tribal elder, a single parent and retired public health professional who...

9/30/2012

Dave Palermo: A tribal perspective on problem gambling
(USA) -- Clinicians will tell you that problem and pathological gamblers are largely co-morbid, meaning they have compulsive behavioral problems beyond an inability to...

9/23/2012

Dave Palermo: Gambling is the elephant in the Carcieri debate
(Washington D.C.) -- The devastating impact recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have had on the ability of the federal government to place land in trust for American...

9/17/2012

Dave Palermo: Reid/Kyl might be ‘pretty good for tribes.’
(Washington D.C.) -- A summary of Internet poker legislation proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and John Kyl (R-Ariz.) leaked to the press last week...

9/10/2012

Dave Palermo: Legal sports wagering in California an interesting proposition
(California) -- Should Congress or the U.S. Supreme Court reverse federal law prohibiting sports wagering, there appears to be a difference in opinion as to who might...

9/3/2012

Dave Palermo: Much interest, little consensus on Internet at Shakopee meeting
(Minnesota) -- The fact more than 200 tribal leaders, lawyers, lobbyists and vendors gathered Aug. 22 at Mystic Lakes, Minn., to discuss Internet gambling speaks volumes...

8/29/2012

Dave Palermo: No leadership from tribal federal regulatory on Internet gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- A failure by the top federal regulator for American Indian casinos to take a leadership role on Internet wagering annoys tribal leaders who fear...

8/27/2012

Dave Palermo: AKAKA FIX: Mixing the Internet with a Carcieri fix can be tricky
(Washington D.C.) -- Widespread speculation among Capitol Hill insiders is that Sen. Daniel Akaka, (D-Hawaii), is hoping to use draft Internet legislation as leverage to...

8/21/2012

Dave Palermo: Myth of the rich Indian is just that: a myth
(Washington D.C.) -- News from federal regulators that American Indian casino revenues rose 3 percent in 2011 pointed out once again that despite the “myth of the...

8/19/2012

Dave Palermo: Patchak is the latest in a troublesome trend
(Washington D.C.) -- The June U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving Michigan landowner David Patchak and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Potawatomi, owners of the Gun...

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