After the phenomenal success that characterized the first 25 years of gambling under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, tribal casinos now face an uncertain future, a key official in the Obama administration said Wednesday.
The head of the American Gaming Association (AGA) on Tuesday reached out to Indian gaming officials, saying commercial and tribal casinos should work together in conveying a common message to strengthen the industry.
Congress will face a daunting task reviewing numerous applications from tribes seeking land for gaming and other purposes unless the authority of the Department of the Interior to take land into trust for tribes is restored, the Obama administration’s top Indian official told a U.S. House subcommittee on Tuesday.
Monmouth Park, a struggling racetrack in New Jersey, is ready to take the plunge on sports betting in September if new legislation is approved, while casinos in Atlantic City wait to see what happens at the track before entering the potentially lucrative market.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, in a unanimous 4-0 voice vote on Wednesday, rejected a request by new Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to suspend a casino licensing process until after a November referendum which could repeal the state’s law authorizing gambling.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie still has not decided whether to sign a sports-betting bill that passed the state legislature just three days after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review New Jersey’s challenge to a federal wagering ban.