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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) -- An act to add Section 19619.8 to, and to add and repeal Chapter 5.2 (commencing with Section 19990.101) of Division 8 of, the Business and Professions...
article New Bill To Regulate Online Poker Puts California Back On The Roster For 2017
(California) -- Online poker legislation has become a perennial event in California, with efforts stretching back some 10 years. Despite a decade of debate, the state...

2/18/2017

article Calif., Tribes Look To End Gambling Pact End Date Suit [sub req]
(California) -- Two California tribes and the state argued in federal court Thursday over whether a contract provision establishing expiration dates for the tribes'...

2/13/2017

article Online Poker Futility Serves As A Lesson To California Tribes On Embracing Technology In A Changing Industry
(California) -- Failure to legalize online poker in California should serve as a lesson for American Indian tribes challenged by the internet and new technology, growing...

2/3/2017

press release Three California Casinos Awarded Annual Responsible Gaming Certifications
(California) -- The California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) has awarded annual responsible gaming silver certifications to three California casinos: the Viejas...

2/1/2017

article Former California Gaming Regulator Rocks the Boat with Controversial Career Choice
(California) -- A former California Gambling Control commissioner is making waves by launching a gambling consulting business just four days after quitting the state...

1/31/2017

article Decision by former California gambling commissioner draws criticism
(California) -- In California, the decision by the former head of the state’s gambling regulator to open an independent consulting business only four days after her term...
article MORON ALERT: State gambling commissioner quits; days later opens gaming consulting business
(California) -- A former state gambling commissioner who retired in December after six years regulating California’s gaming industry opened a gaming consulting business...

1/30/2017

article Online poker in California – a sense of déjà vu?
(California) -- Those who have followed the efforts to see online poker legalised in California, ongoing since 2008, could be forgiven for having felt a sense of déjà vu...

1/28/2017

press release Agenda Set for Western Indian Gaming Conference
(California) -- The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) announces the 22nd annual Western Indian Gaming Conference (WIGC) February 7th -9th at the...

1/15/2017

article Thunder Valley’s Dawn Clayton leads $35 million expansion
(California) -- In a pinch, Dawn Clayton, 53, the top executive at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort in Lincoln, could go out on the casino floor and deal poker,...

1/7/2017

article California casino gambling license in jeopardy
(California) -- In southern California, The Gardens Casino is reportedly in jeopardy of losing its gambling license following accusations from state officials that it...

1/3/2017

article Court rulings target Indian casinos
(California) -- Two recent conflicting California court of appeal cases could affect the prospects for the proposed Indian gaming casino in Lenwood if it ever clears the...

12/27/2016

article Top 10 Gambling Stories of 2016: North America - Part 1
(North America) -- 2016 may appear like a slow year in gambling news on the surface but there are some events that are so significant that when looked back on in the...

12/13/2016

article Ultimate casino guide: San Diego County bets big and hits the jackpot
(California) -- Casino fans, it’s your lucky day — San Diego’s gaming industry has never been more dynamic. The October opening of Hollywood Casino...

12/9/2016

article California iPoker Prospects Dim for 2017
(California) -- The state of California has been trying to move forward with online poker legislation for several years now, and despite hopes of success being raised in...

12/8/2016

article PALERMO: Push For California Online Poker In 2017 May Be Doomed Before It Even Begins
(California) -- A dozen politically powerful American Indian tribes are not likely to reach the consensus needed to move an online poker bill in the 2017 California...

12/6/2016

article Suitability Issue Likely To Remain Stumbling Block For California Online Poker In 2017
(California) -- For the 10th consecutive year, the California legislature is expected to explore legalizing online poker. But will 2017 be any different than the failed...
article BIA provisionally approves five California gaming compacts
(California) -- Although not tacitly approved by agency action, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has let five California tribal/state gaming compacts take effect with...
article California Tribal Gaming Generates $7.8B In Economic Activity, Group Says
(California) -- Tribal casinos across the state of California generate $7.8 billion in economic output a year, according to findings announced Monday from the California...

12/5/2016

article Class III gaming compacts for five tribes in California take effect
(California) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs has allowed Class III gaming compacts for five tribes in California to take effect. Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act,...

11/30/2016

article Calif. Tribes Say Gambling Pact End Dates Violate IGRA [sub req]
(California) -- Two California tribes again urged a federal judge Monday to give them a quick win in their bid to void a contract provision providing an expiration date...

10/29/2016

article Isadore Hall, California Gaming Lawmaker, Locks Horns with Opponent in Ugly Congressional Race
(California) -- California State Assemblyman Isadore Hall’s (D-35th) bid for Congress has descended into a mud-slinging match with his opponent Nanette Barragan....

10/26/2016

article California Nations Indian Gaming Association names new executive director
(California) -- The California Nations Indian Gaming Association has a new executive director. Susan Jensen, a long-time employee of the organization, is taking over the...

10/18/2016

article Governor (Still) Not A Public Agency Subject To CEQA, Holds Third District In Indian Gaming Case
(California) -- The Federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (“IGRA”; 25 U.S.C. § 2701 et seq.) allows gaming on Indian lands acquired by the Secretary of...

9/21/2016

article Tribal Relationships in California Cloud iPoker Issue
(California) -- The bill that would have legalized online poker in California is dead. But the issue is far from dead and the rivalries and politics that surround the...
article California to return $36.2 million to Pauma Band after decade-long casino fight
(California) -- Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill appropriating funds for a $36.2 million payment to the Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians after a court found...

9/15/2016

article State, Inland Native American tribes OK gaming, education pacts
(California) -- New tribal compacts, including two that create an education and scholarship fund for Native American youth, were ratified by Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed...

9/14/2016

article California to return $36.2 million to San Diego County tribe
(California) -- In California, the Pauma Band Of Luiseno Mission Indians Of The Pauma And Yuima Reservation is set to receive more than $36 million in cash after the...

9/13/2016

article Governor Brown Signs Tribal Compact Legislation
(California) -- Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed legislation ratifying tribal-state gaming compacts between the State of California and the Barona Band of...

9/12/2016

article Brown Signs New Gaming Compact with Barona
(California) -- Gov. Jerry Brown Monday signed a bill ratifying a new gaming compact between the state of California and the Barona Band of Mission Indians, which runs a...

9/11/2016

article US Online Gambling Outlook for 2017
(California) -- California iPoker 2016 – RIP. Yet another year passes without regulated online poker in the largest market in the country. With the exception of...

9/9/2016

article OP/ED: Online poker may never be approved in California unless all benefit
(California) -- There was some hope that a California poker bill would finally pass after Assemblyman Adam Gray introduced AB2863 in February of this year. The bill...
article California pays tribe $36 million to settle years-old fight
(California) -- California will pay a Southern California Indian tribe more than $36 million after losing a lengthy legal battle. Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he...
article LEGAL ANALYSIS: 4 Takeaways From DOI's Win In Calif. Tribal Casino Row [sub req]
(California) -- A federal court's recent rejection of a challenge to a casino the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians plans to build in Northern California endorsed...

9/7/2016

article PALERMO: California Tribes And Online Poker: A Complex Relationship That Will Continue To Complicate Legislative Efforts
(California) -- Last month, Amaya / PokerStars and its American Indian casino and card room partners weighed in on online poker just as the California Legislature...

9/6/2016

article BLOG: Progress Made On Online Poker In 2016 Might Not Carry Over To Next Year In California
(California) -- Despite progress on several key issues, an online poker bill has once again failed to make it out of the California legislature. A solution to the...

9/5/2016

article Calif. Online Poker Legislation Saga Ends for 2016
(California) -- In nearly eight years of efforts, California legislators made the most significant progress toward legalizing online poker in 2016. But the coalition led...

9/4/2016

article California Will Not Legalize Online Poker In 2016
(California) -- Online poker players in California were looking forward to the online poker ban being lifted in 2016 after there was significant progress made this year...

9/3/2016

article Two major road projects near completion
(California) -- After many years of planning and two years of construction, two major county road improvement projects, one in Escondido, the other in Ramona, are nearly...

9/2/2016

article Dreams of a California Online Poker Bill Passing in 2016 in Are Dead
(California) -- Efforts to legalize and regulate online poker in California for 2016 officially died Wednesday with the end of the state's legislative session. While...
article iPoker legislation continues to stall in California due to tribal conflicts
(California) -- The state of California continues to have issues in regards to efforts being made to legalize online poker based on disagreements between tribes....

9/1/2016

article California missed an opportunity by not passing online gaming bill, says Cantor Fitzgerald
(California) -- Cantor Fitzgerald Canada analyst Ralph Garcea sees value in the Canadian online gaming sector, whose footprint has fast become worldwide in scope. The...
article Latest California i-poker attempt bites the dust
(California) -- The culmination of California’s legislative session on Wednesday has put the kibosh on any hopes that the state will introduce online poker...
article When Will Online Poker Be Legal In California? Latest Bill Dies In State Assembly
(California) -- The latest in a long line of attempts to legalize online poker in California died in the state’s Assembly Wednesday as competing groups within the...
article Where Does California Online Poker Go From Here After A Promising And Disappointing 2016?
(California) -- California online poker’s chances for 2016 officially ended on Wednesday, when the legislature did not act on a regulatory bill before adjourning....
article Normandie Casino owners hit with more than million dollar fine for protecting higher roller customers
(California) -- Former operators of the Normandie Casino in Gardena, California have been hit with more than a million dollar penalty after the casino admitted to...

8/31/2016

article Another Year, Another California Online Poker Failure
(California) -- California online poker legislation, lately floating around as AB 2863, is virtually dead. Despite all efforts, concessions, and discussions in 2016, it...
article Internet poker bill dies amid bickering between competing gambling interests
(California) -- After 10 bills over eight years failed to legalize Internet poker in California, the latest plan also died Wednesday in the Legislature amid continued...
article Schwarzenegger-era bullying pays big for Pauma tribe
(California) -- The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered the state of California to pay $36.3 million to the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians for fraudulently...

8/30/2016

article California Online Poker Efforts Hit The Muck Once Again
(California) -- Momentum to get online poker legalized and regulated within the state of California has fallen by the wayside thanks to the legislative session ending...
article Online poker bill killed in California
(California) -- One day from now, the state legislature will hold its last session with the ability to pass bills before adjourning for 2016. With just 24 hours...

8/29/2016

article California Online Poker Bill Dead in Sacramento
(California) -- California online poker has been rejected yet again. Two days from now, the state legislature will hold its last session with the ability to pass bills...

8/26/2016

article For California Online Poker, It’s Starting To Look Like ‘Wait Until Next Year’
(California) -- Once upon a time, the chances of California online poker legislation getting to the finish line in 2016 seemed good. Or at least far better than they had...

8/25/2016

article GRAY: Online gambling is going on, and we need protection for consumers
(California) -- Re “Gray’s internet poker bill is a losing hand” (Page 3B, Aug. 24): Your editorial on AB 2863, my internet poker legislation, missed...
article California to pay $36.2 million because of a Schwarzenegger negotiated casino deal
(California) -- A casino deal that was negotiated by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will cost California $36.2 million after the state lost a legal battle from a...

8/24/2016

article California Online Poker Push for 2016 Goes Out with a Whimper
(California) -- A California online poker bill, AB 2863, appears to be dead for the year. With just one week to go till the end of the Golden State’s legislative...
article California poker bill will likely fold again—for now
(California) -- Despite making solid headway in the past several months, it appears that California’s online poker legislation is on its way back to the shelf this...
article Key Tribes Enter Online Poker Partnership Talks Ahead Of Legislation In California
(California) -- Online Poker Report has learned that 888 has engaged in online poker partnership talks with at least two key California tribes, the Pechanga Band of...
article No California iPoker Bill Again This Year?
(California) -- Another legislative term appears on the verge of ending with no bill passing that would legalize online poker in the Golden State. Senate Pro Tem Kevin...
article Pauma Band might finally see $33.6M payment from gaming case
(California) -- The state of California owes $33.6 million to the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians as part of a Class III gaming compact dispute but the tribe still hasn...

8/23/2016

article California Online Poker Bill Appears Dead for 2016
(California) -- In some of the least surprising news ever, it appears that online poker legislation will not be going anywhere in California this year. There actually...
article A Schwarzenegger-era casino deal will cost state $36.3 million
(California) -- California will pay $36.3 million after losing a years-long legal fight with a Southern California tribe over a casino deal negotiated by Gov. Arnold...

8/22/2016

article EDITORIAL: Adam Gray’s internet poker bill is a losing hand
(California) -- Assemblyman Adam Gray needs to know when to fold them. For years, the Merced Democrat has been working on legislation that would legalize internet poker...
article Tables Turned In California: PokerStars Coalition Tagged With Obstructionist Label
(California) -- The groups supporting and opposing Assemblyman Adam Gray’s online poker bill, AB 2863, have undergone a role reversal after new amendments were...
article Why local California tribes are on both sides of internet poker bill
(California) -- A bill that would establish a regulatory framework for legal internet poker in California was recently amended to address longstanding concerns of local...

8/21/2016

article Plans For Monday Vote On California Online Poker May Be Shelved As Opposition To AB 2863 Mounts
(California) -- The politically powerful Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and Lytton Band of Pomo Indians are lobbying against the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act...

8/20/2016

article PALERMO: Plans For Monday Vote On California Online Poker May Be Shelved As Opposition To AB 2863 Mounts
(California) -- The politically powerful Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and Lytton Band of Pomo Indians are lobbying against the Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act...
article Amendments to California iPoker bill result in backlash from PPA and PokerStars coalition
(California) -- Last minute amendments have been made to online poker legislation currently on the table in the state of California that the Poker Players Alliance and...
article California Daily Fantasy Sports Bill Lies Dormant With Little Time Left
(California) -- When it comes to online gambling, the California legislature has proven it doesn’t do anything fast. Legislation to legalize and regulate online...

8/19/2016

article Amaya Suggests California Litigation if "Bad Actor" AB 2863 Version Passes
(California) -- California’s AB 2863 online-poker bill will indeed include a bad-actor provision designed to bar PokerStars from participating as the bill comes up...
article PokerStars, California Partners Voice Opposition To New Online Poker Amendments
(California) -- The California Assembly approved a 23-page amendment package to online poker legislation on Thursday. But the amendments weren’t popular with...
article PPA, PokerStars Opposing California Web Poker Bill
(California) -- Last-minute tweaks to California’s long-debated online poker legislation have ushered in a reversal of sorts on the issue. Once supporters of the...
article Casino politics: Condit's firm is lobbying for tribe in front of panel his son-in-law chairs
(California) -- A casino operator has hired former Rep. Gary Condit's firm to lobby the state Legislature at a time when the legislative panel overseeing gambling...
article FRIED: The Battle Over Online Poker In California And The Impact Of UIGEA
(California) -- There are many people, including me, who want to see online poker legalized in California. Some wish the possible remaining stumbling block would just go...
article New Hollywood Park Casino hopes to lure more than gamblers
(California) -- Stylish and sleek, with a pinch of a luxury Viva Las Vegas-like appeal, representatives of the Hollywood Park Casino believe their new venue will win...

8/18/2016

article Internet poker bill amended to appease local tribes, vote expected soon
(California) -- A bill that would establish a regulatory framework for legal internet poker in California was amended last week to address some of the longstanding...
article LETTER: PokerStars Coalition Opposes AB2863
(California) -- On behalf of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, California’s three largest card clubs – Commerce Casino...
article PokerStars Facing Five-Year Ban with Amended California Bill; Monday Vote Possible
(California) -- California lawmakers are targeting a Monday vote for an amended online poker bill in California, one that would see PokerStars and other so-called "...
article ‘Bad actor’ PokerStars faces five-year California ban
(California) -- PokerStars is set to be banned from California for a further five years beyond the legalisation of online poker under an amended bill that could be voted...
article BLOG: Last-Ditch Effort To Legalize Online Poker In California Materializes
(California) -- California Assemblymember Adam Gray revealed the latest tweaks to his online poker bill on Wednesday. The latest batch of amendments are designed to...
press release PPA: Proposed iPoker Bill Amendments are a Bad Bet for Poker Players
(Washington D.C.) -- John A. Pappas, executive director for the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with 1.2 million members...

8/17/2016

article 11th Hour California Online Poker Amendments Put PokerStars In Penalty Box, Prospects For Passage Unclear
(California) -- Amendments to an online poker bill that would put Amaya/PokerStars on the shelf for at least five years was released late Wednesday by California...
article California internet poker bill undergoes last-minute changes ahead of showdown vote
(California) -- A long-delayed bill that would legalize Internet poker in California is being amended to address concerns by a group of Native American casino operators...
blog 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...

8/14/2016

article Expansion plans underway for Cache Creek Casino Resort
(California) -- Plans by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to expand the hotel at its Cache Creek Casino Resort are underway. A Supplemental Notice of Preparation (NOP) of...

8/13/2016

article PALERMO: Five-Year Shelf On So-Called ‘Bad Actor’ Issue Crucial To California Online Poker Bill
(California) -- Amaya/PokerStars and its business partners are digging in their heels against demands iPoker legislation in California be amended to prevent PokerStars...

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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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