Will Tribal Gambling in Oklahoma Be Made Illegal in 2020?

For years, Oklahoma has boasted one of the largest Native American tribal casino markets in the world. A huge number of tribal casinos are operating here, yet they’re in danger of soon being banned. Many are now wondering whether or not tribal gambling in Oklahoma will be made illegal next year.

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Oklahoma’s governor is making it clear that he’s against the gambling industry. Today, we’re going to look at exactly why casino gambling could be made illegal here. We’ll also talk about the chances of this happening in 2020.

Let’s get into it!

Oklahoma Lawmakers Continue to Fight With Tribes

As we just mentioned, Oklahoma has a long and rich history of gambling regulation. In the 1980s, lawmakers here began allowing horse race gambling and Class II casino gambling options. It was a major step forward, as in the past, state officials banned almost all forms of traditional gambling.

Unfortunately, these officials seemed unwilling to legalize real casino gambling. Class III games, which include table games and slot machines, were banned for years. In 2000, lawmakers here finally entered into negotiations with tribes over this subject.

In 2004, Class III gambling was officially legalized in Oklahoma. This breathed new life in the state’s gambling industry. Almost immediately after this legalization, a huge number of tribes began immediately pushing to open new gambling venues. Online casinos in Oklahoma remain unregulated but are hugely popular.

The state began benefiting from this industry right away. Hundreds of millions of dollars started flowing into the state. These casinos attracted many visitors from nearby states such as Texas.

Unfortunately, Governor Kevin Stitt may end up killing the state’s gambling industry. Tribal gambling in Oklahoma could actually become illegal soon.

Kevin Stitt is Fighting Against Tribal Gambling in Oklahoma

Native American tribes in Oklahoma have been fighting with certain state lawmakers for months. It all stems from a disagreement with the state’s gambling compacts. Initially, the state granted tribes here a 15-year contract to offer Class III gambling options.

Under this contract, the tribes agreed to pay the state a certain amount of their revenue via taxes. The 15-year contracts are now expired, and Kevin Stitt believes that it’s time to renegotiate the terms of the agreement. The tribes in this state disagree.

It’s become a serious issue. Tribal leaders are under the impression that the 15-year agreement auto-renews. They are continuing to operate in the same way they have for the past decade and a half.

Stitt wants to see the tribes start paying more money to the state. Until this happens, he argues, these tribes are operating illegally. It’s a complicated issue with no real end in sight.

Not long ago, it appeared that the tribes and lawmakers were ready to negotiate. Unfortunately, these negotiations seem to have fallen through. Now, many of these tribes here are taking legal action against Governor Stitt.

Tribes Officially Sue Kevin Stitt Over Casino Dispute

Kevin Stitt isn’t backing down. He maintains that the state deserves more money from its legal casino gambling options. To their credit, the tribes aren’t backing down, either.

This week, the three most powerful tribes in the state officially filed a lawsuit against Governor Stitt. The Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Choctaw tribes are all taking legal action against the governor for not renewing the gambling compacts. The tribes all claim that they’ve met all the requirements to obtain new gambling licenses.

Chuck Hoskin, the Cherokee Nation Chief, commented on why these lawsuits are now taking place.

“For some time, we have tried to establish meaningful intergovernmental engagement regarding our gaming compacts, but you have continued to reject our compacts’ plain terms,” he said. “Recently, you have gone further, stating allegations against us and threats to our operations.”

Stitt is telling the media that he’s still open to negotiations. Until this takes place, he maintains that Class III gambling is illegal here.

Tribal gambling in Oklahoma is still available, despite its legality sitting in a grey area. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this situation over the next few months!

Canadian Casino is Being Sued for Allowing Man to Lose Too Much Money

Canada is home to a large and profitable casino industry. Most of the country’s provinces allow gambling establishments to operate. This week, a popular Canadian casino is being sued for allowing a man to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars.Canada's Flag

It’s a surprising thing to see. Casinos aren’t often challenged for allowing their patrons to lose. Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this is happening.

Let’s get into it!

Canada’s Laws on Casino Gambling, Explained

As we’ve just mentioned, Canada has a large casino market. Much like the United States, Canada allows its provinces to set most of their own laws on gambling. Of course, the federal government has the ability to set broad laws that affect each province.

Today, most provinces allow casino gambling. This is especially true with the major provinces, including British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario. Some of the northern provinces simply don’t have specific laws on different forms of gambling.

In Ontario, both land-based and online casino games are perfectly legal. The government has firm control over which companies can offer gambling options. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is responsible for ensuring that these companies are doing everything above-board.

There are a huge number of casinos in Ontario right now. Some are small and offer just a few forms of wagering. Others are massive and provide slots, table games, and poker gambling.

Gambling is hugely popular in this territory. Unfortunately, not all locals enjoy the relaxed gaming regulations in the province. This week, a Canadian casino is being sued for allowing a man here to lose too much money.

A Canadian Casino is Being Sued By Compulsive Gambler

It’s common for individuals to lose money gambling inside casinos. Sometimes, these losses can be significant. Losing hundreds of thousands of dollars inside one of these venues, however, it a little extreme. That’s exactly what’s happened with one Ontario native, according to Fox News.

One man claims that he lost $260,000 while playing inside Caesars Windsor. He’s claiming that the money was lost during just two visits to the popular gambling establishment. Now, this Canadian casino is being sued for allowing it to happen.

The man, named Tarwinder Shokar, believes that the casino should have been aware of his issues. He claims that it’s the casino’s responsibility to protect patrons from themselves. Obviously, many are quickly dismissing his lawsuit.

It’s important to note that Mr. Shokar has criminal fraud convictions to his name. He’s asking for $500,000 from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. Defense lawyers for the government body responded to the lawsuit in a statement to the media this week.

“Each time he made a wager, he chose the amount of money he wanted to wager in full knowledge of the risks associated with that wager,” they said. 

The trial is unlikely to begin by the end of 2020 at the earliest. We’ll need to wait and see how it plays out.

Steve Wynn is Paying Millions in Settlement to Wynn Resorts

Wynn Resorts has been in a fierce legal battle with its former CEO over allegations of sexual misconduct. This week, it’s being reported that Steve Wynn is paying millions in a settlement with the company. It’s a tough blow for the casino mogul, who continues to deny all of the charges against him.

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It’s not a great spot that Wynn Resorts finds itself in, either. Now is the perfect time to look at what exactly is going on with this situation.

Allegations Against Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts

Steve Wynn was once considered one of the most powerful men in the gambling industry. He founded Wynn Resorts International, a massive casino company with properties located all over the world. Over the past two years, however, he’s been involved in various scandals that have severely damaged his reputation.

In January of 2018, several women came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Wynn. Several of these women were employees of Wynn Resorts. They claim that while CEO, Steve Wynn demanded nude massages and sex acts.

Immediately after these allegations came to light, Wynn and his team of lawyers began denying the accusations. Things didn’t improve, and by February he officially stepped down as CEO of the company.

Since this time, even more allegations have come up. Wynn responded by selling all of his shares in the company and remaining out of the public spotlight. Wynn Resorts, however, began demanding payment from Wynn for the damage he caused to the company.

Wynn and his former company have been fighting in court ever since. This week, news has come out that the old CEO has agreed to a settlement.

Steve Wynn is Paying Millions to Wynn Resorts

Shareholders of Wynn Resorts were obviously concerned with these allegations. Even with Mr. Wynn’s departure, the company found itself in the middle of a major controversy. A lawsuit against Steve Wynn was eventually made.

“By engaging in this conduct, whether consensual or not, Mr. Wynn disregarded Wynn Company’s policies and procedures,” the complaint said.

That’s certainly hard to argue. Wynn clearly broke several rules as CEO of the company and even attempted to cover his tracks with settlements.

This week, Wynn Resorts won its first court battle. Steve Wynn is paying millions in a settlement with the company. $20 million is being paid personally by the former CEO. Insurance carriers will be paying out an additional $21 million to the company.

Wynn Resorts has also agreed to change its corporate governance. The roles of chairman and CEO are going to be separated.

Company officials certainly have reason to celebrate the legal victory.

Wynn Resorts Continues to Look for Overseas Expansion

Even with the company’s recent controversy, Wynn Resorts remains one of the biggest and most profitable casino operators in the world. It owns several major venues in Las Vegas, some of which are said to be the best in the city. Recently, the company has focused hard on breaking into the newly-emerging Japanese casino industry.

Japan legalized casino gambling last year. The government officially approved three casino-resorts to open in the country. Unfortunately, it will be years before any of these gambling venues officially begin operating.

Despite the long wait, many of the world’s biggest casino companies are working on ways to obtain a license here. MGM Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and Wynn Resorts are just a few that have expressed a desire to operate in Japan. It’s still unclear which of these companies will obtain one of the available casino licenses.

Steve Wynn is paying millions to Wynn Resorts. This company will certainly help with more expansion plans overseas. Ultimately, though, Wynn Resorts continues to generate the majority of its revenue from the many hotel-casinos it owns around the world.

There’s a lot happening in the US casino industry right now. Stay tuned for more updates on Wynn Resorts’ situation over the next few months!

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Wynn Resorts

It hasn’t been an easy past few months for Wynn Resorts. Sexual misconduct allegations against the company’s former CEO and a lawsuit for cheating to receive a gambling license has dampened what should have been an extremely successful year for the company. Fortunately, a federal judge has dismissed the recent lawsuit against Wynn Resorts.Wynn Resorts Logo

This has to be a relief for officials within the major US casino company. Hopefully, it allows Wynn Resorts to focus more on international expansion.

Let’s look at why this company was involved in a lawsuit in the first place.

Sterling Suffolk Claims Wynn Resorts Cheated to Obtain Gambling License

Wynn Resorts is one of the most profitable gambling companies in the United States. Earlier this year, the company officially opened the Encore Boston Harbor Casino-Resort, located in Everett, Massachusetts. It proved to be immediately successful.

Unfortunately, Sterling Suffolk began alleging that the company obtained its gambling license illegally. This company, which is a partner of Mohegan Sun, filed a lawsuit against Wynn Resorts, claiming it used “unlawful methods” including kickbacks, political cronyism, and hiding allegations made against Steve Wynn.

Sterling claimed that the company corrupted the Massachusetts Gambling Commission. The company filed a lawsuit for over $1 billion in profits that Sterling would have made had they won the casino license. It was even alleged that the mayor of Everett received a concealed percentage in the casino’s ownership.

Interestingly, this casino was also alleged to be cheating players. Just a few weeks after opening, an individual filed a lawsuit that claims the Encore Boston Harbor withheld full slot payments to players. Eventually, this lawsuit was dropped.

Most felt that the charges had no real merit. A federal judge now seems to agree. This lawsuit is officially being dismissed.

Judge Officially Drops Lawsuit Against Wynn Resorts

It wasn’t easy for Wynn Resorts to construct the Encore Boston Harbor. The company found itself in the middle of an FBI investigation, which found that the land which the casino would be constructed on was partially owned by an individual with ties to organized crime. Eventually, this was all resolved.

This week, US District Judge Patti Saris officially dismissed the claims against the company. She states that parts of the claim can still be continued in state court. She clearly does not support a move to allow Sterling to amend their complaint in her court again.

“The Amended Complaint was filed after Defendants moved to dismiss the initial complaint, meaning SSR already has been given one chance to cure pleading deficiencies identified by Defendants. Further, the essential facts underlying SSR’s RICO claims have been known to the public for years as a result of contemporaneous reporting and the voluminous MGC investigation reports. Therefore, the Court finds that SSR has already had a fair opportunity to plead a viable set of claims but has failed to do so,” the judge’s statement reads. 

This doesn’t mean Wynn Resorts is completely out of the water. The company is still facing two additional lawsuits. These cases are still pending in MA state court. We’ll need to wait and see how everything plays out.

Steve Wynn Continues to Deny Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Steve Wynn was once considered to be one of the most powerful men in the gambling industry. In 2018, his time at the top of his industry ended. The Wall Street Journal published a story that alleges he was involved in several cases of sexual misconduct throughout his career.

Over the past several months, more allegations against Mr. Wynn have come out. In February of 2019, he officially stepped down as CEO of Wynn Resorts. Since this time, he’s avoided the public spotlight.

Steve Wynn continues to deny all of the allegations against him. He is also fighting against the NV Gaming Control Board’s attempts to push him out of the gambling industry. The former casino mogul claims that any additional punishments are unnecessary, as he already left his company.

This situation, along with the lawsuit against Wynn Resorts, has made 2019 less than ideal for the Las Vegas-based casino company. If all goes to plan, officials within the company can begin pushing to obtain a casino license in Japan.

Stay tuned for more US casino news over the next few months!

OJ Simpson is Filing a Defamation Lawsuit Against LV Hotel-Casino

Not long ago, OJ Simpson stepped back into the public spotlight by creating his own Twitter account. He’s making headlines once again this week by going after one of Las Vegas’ most popular hotel-casinos. Today, we’re going to look at exactly why Simpson is filing a defamation lawsuit against the Cosmopolitan Casino-Resort.

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Simpson is no stranger to high-profile lawsuits. It’s interesting to now see the controversial former athlete seeking damages for defamation. Here’s what we know about this situation.

The Cosmopolitan’s Allegations Against Simpson

Back in July of 2017, OJ Simpson was granted parole after spending nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping. In October of that year, he was officially released. Just one month later, he was kicked out of the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Officials within the Cosmopolitan claim that Simpson was “drunk and unruly” at a hotel bar. TMZ quickly posted a picture of him being escorted out of the hotel surrounded by security.

Not long after this news broke, Simpson and his lawyers quickly denied the allegations. Malcolm Lavergne, OJ’s lawyer, commented on the hotel’s claims to the media.

“The casino itself, they won’t comment on why they banned Mr. Simpson which I projected that they would do, but they were just saying these were wild reports. So everything other than Mr. Simpson being trespassed from property are just false. They just exercised their right to ban him,” Lavergne said.

Eventually, this story was forgotten about. Simpson seemed to have disappeared from the public spotlight. This week, OJ Simpson decided to officially file a lawsuit over this whole situation.

OJ Simpson is Now Filing a Lawsuit Against the Cosmopolitan

As we mentioned earlier, the Cosmopolitan is one of the most popular and lucrative hotel-casinos in Las Vegas. It’s home to many incredible bars that Simpson was known to frequent. Claims that OJ was drunk and unruly are completely untrue, according to a new lawsuit.

OJ Simpson has now filed a defamation lawsuit against Nevada Property 1 LLC, which owns the Cosmopolitan. He’s claiming that he was never given a reason for being kicked out of the venue. He’s denying the allegations that any hotel property was destroyed.

“To date, the Cosmopolitan has never issued any public rationale or reasoning for trespassing Simpson from the property, other than claiming it was ‘private’ property the night of the issuance of the trespass notice,” Simpson’s complains says. 

The former athlete is now asking for $30,000 in compensation. He’s also requested unspecified punitive damages and attorney’s fees.

We’ll need to wait and see how this lawsuit plays out over the next few months.

Cosmopolitan Owners Continue to Purchase LV Property

The Cosmopolitan is the most expensive hotel-casino ever constructed in Las Vegas. It first opened in 2010 and has gained a reputation as one of the hippest, most popular venues in the city. Over the years, ownership of this property has switched hands.

In 2014, The Cosmopolitan was officially sold to the Blackstone Group for $1.73 billion. Recently, this company has acquired several major Las Vegas Strip properties.

Just last month, MGM Resorts International sold the Bellagio Hotel & Casino to the Blackstone Group for $4.2 billion. It was the largest property sale in Las Vegas history.

Soon, this company could also purchase the world-famous MGM Grand. Reports indicate that MGM Resorts is planning to sell this venue in order to invest more money overseas.

It’s a fascinating time in Las Vegas. Never before have so many major hotel-casinos gone for sale.

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

MGM Lawsuit Against CT Tribes Could Soon Be Dismissed

MGM Resorts International is currently in a heated legal fight with several Native American Tribes in Connecticut. The major casino company believes these tribes are close to holding a monopoly over the state’s casino market. This week, the US Interior Department asked for the MGM lawsuit against CT tribes to be dismissed.

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Today, we’re going to look at why exactly this lawsuit is taking place. We’re also going to talk about the Interior Department’s new opinion of this legal battle. Let’s get into it.

Connecticut’s Laws on Casino Gambling

Connecticut is a small state and one that’s not typically thought of as a major gambling destination. Interestingly, some of the biggest casino-resorts in the world are based here. These casinos are hugely popular and help to bring the state millions of dollars in revenue every year.

For many years, very few wagering options were available in this state. In 1983, lawmakers here approved a state lottery. Charity gambling was also legalized. Special rules were also made on bingo gambling. This game could be wagered on for $1 as long as the maximum prize does not exceed $5.

In 1988, the US government approved the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. This allows Native American Tribes to operate casinos on sovereign land. Two years prior to this law, the Mashantucket Pequot tribe opened a bingo hall on their land. By 1993, this gambling venue had slots and table games available to patrons.

Connecticut is now home to two major casino-resorts. Both are among the biggest in the world.

There are no laws in this state that explicitly ban online casino gambling. Many different online casinos in CT are now available, most of which offer a wide range of different gambling options.

MGM Lawsuit Against CT Tribes, Explained

MGM Resorts International owns many casinos all over the country. One of their top gambling destinations is in Springfield, Massachusetts. This company has recently taken legal action against the US Interior Department, the group who they believe is violating federal law and giving the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans an “unlawful state-conferred monopoly” on casino gambling in Connecticut.

Initially, MGM accused Connecticut of constitutional violations. The company felt the state’s no-bid approval of an East Windsor casino was made to purposely compete with MGM Springfield. The MGM lawsuit against CT tribes is now aimed at stopping the state from approving any additional casinos in the future.

“The amendments are not limited to an East Windsor casino: they facilitate commercial, off-reservation gaming by the tribal joint venture anywhere in Connecticut, and state legislators have recently proposed granting the joint venture an exclusive, no-bid license to operate a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut,” the suit says. “The amendments thus confer a statewide, perpetual competitive advantage on the joint venture.”

Many individuals in Connecticut began pushing against this lawsuit. Several groups believe that MGM is simply trying to bully the state into submission.

This week, the US Interior Department officially requested for this lawsuit to be dismissed.

Interior Department Fights Against MGM Lawsuit

Officials in Connecticut were not going to bend to MGM’s will without putting up a fight. Andrew Doba, a spokesperson for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations partnership behind the East Windsor plan, commented on the lawsuit to the media last month.

“The choice for Connecticut policymakers can’t get any clearer,” Doba said. “We can either let a Las Vegas company that generates not one dime of revenue for the state push us around, or we can stand strong with the tribes and an industry that’s generated more than $8 billion in tax revenue and currently employs 18,000 people.”

The US Interior Department has now requested for the MGM lawsuit against CT tribes to be dismissed. The government body claims MGM is using “inapplicable legal requirements.” We’ll need to wait and see if a federal judge approves the Interior Department’s case dismissal.

The MGM lawsuit against CT tribes isn’t the only legal case this company is involved in. Recently, MGM Resorts agreed to a settlement with victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Stay tuned for more Connecticut gambling news over the next few months!