Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bill Making Its Way Through House to Ban New Jersey Online Gambling

I wonder how much lobbying dollars it will cost to kill this bill...

Proposed ban on N.J. online gambling still brewing in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Proposed federal legislation that would outlaw online gambling in New Jersey and the two other states that allow it got a second hearing Wednesday.

The bill's chief sponsor, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) expressed concern that residents of states that outlaw gambling, either in casinos or online, would be able to play anyway.

"It's naive at best to think you can put a wall on the Internet," said Chaffetz, chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which conducted the hearing. Chaffetz also presided over a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the bill in March.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Kevin Washburn Stepping Down

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs (AS-IA) has decided he has had enough.

Head of US Bureau of Indian Affairs announces resignation

By Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs announced Thursday that he is resigning and will return to New Mexico as a law professor.

Kevin Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, has been on leave from the University of New Mexico since he was selected in 2012 to oversee Indian Affairs for the federal government. He said issues confronting Indian Country, such as youth suicides, have weighed heavily on him, and he wants to dedicate more time to family.

"The responsibilities are just immense, and the challenges are great," he told The Associated Press. "Frankly, it's taken a couple of centuries for the problems to get this bad, and it will take a long time to solve them." [Emph. Added]

Washburn described as recent successes settlements over the bureau's mismanagement of royalties for natural resources on reservations, the reform of leasing regulations, better coordination with tribes and a push for tribes to take over education of their children.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Very Merry Christmas From Pala Interactive Announces $25,000 Holiday Celebration

New Jersey Players Can Win Major Prizes This Holiday Season on

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- This December, is spreading the holiday cheer by giving New Jersey players the chance to win big. Today, the Company announced that it will be hosting "The $25,000 Holiday Celebration" to give players the chance to win $25,000 in prizes and bonuses including popular electronics such as Apple and Microsoft tablets, a HDTV, an Apple Watch, shopping gift cards and an Atlantic City hotel package, among many others. In addition to sought-after holiday prizes, all players will have an opportunity to earn a share in a $10,000 Bonus Cash prize pool.
"The $25,000 Holiday Celebration" will run from December 1st, 2015 through December 31st, 2015. All winners will be announced on within 72 hours of each promotion day.
"With $25,000 in prizes and bonuses available, will be the place to play and win this December," said Jeremy Clemons, Chief Marketing Officer at Pala Interactive. "The Holiday Celebration is a terrific opportunity to thank the players that make their New Jersey home for online casino action and allows a tremendous opportunity to introduce new players to our online and mobile offering, which features more than 155 casino games including 126 slot titles." 
To participate in "$25,000 Holiday Celebration," players that deposit at least $25 dollars and wager of at least $100 will be entered into a random drawing for that day's featured Holiday prize.  Also, players that qualify for the featured Holiday prize at least 12 days during the December promotion will earn a guaranteed share in a $10,000 Casino Bonus prize pool.
Additionally, will offer new customers a $20 "Welcome Bonus," a "Double Your 1st Deposit Bonus" up to $100 and provide players to take a free daily slot spin for the chance to win $1,000,000.
For more information on rules and an alternative method of entry, as well as the full list of games and prizes, please visit
About Pala Interactive, LLC Pala Interactive, LLC in an online real money and social gaming operator that was founded in 2013 in anticipation of upcoming U.S. state legislation permitting  real-money internet wagering.  Focused on delivering an excellent user experience to consumers through its proprietary platform, Pala Interactive plans to be a material market participant in the U.S. regulated online gaming market.  The Company's majority shareholder is the Pala Band of Mission Indians, which owns and operates the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California.  
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Pala's Robert Smith Building $5.6 Million Dollar RV Resort

Pala starts construction on 10-acre RV resort near casino

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Pala Casino Spa and Resort has started construction of a $5.6 million, 10-acre RV resort that will be adjacent to the hotel-casino on Highway 76 in Pala. The RV resort is scheduled to be open to the public in late May 2016.

The RV resort will offer 100 full-service sites. Twenty, 30 and 50 amps of electrical service will be available for RVs and trailers from 55 to 70 feet. Seventy-seven will be 20' x 55' back-in sites; six will be 20' x 60' luxury sites equipped with barbecue grills and 17 will be 20' x 70' premium pull-through sites. All will have a grassy area with a picnic table, electrical, water and sewer hookups and free wi-fi and cable television service.

The RV resort will feature a luxury resort clubhouse with a heated swimming pool and two spas. Indoor amenities will feature a billiard table, card tables, three flat-screen televisions and a laundromat. Outdoors, RVers will have access to five barbecue grills, two table-tennis games, two horseshoe pits and a fenced doggy park. A separate building also will house two restrooms and shower facilities. Visitors will be provided a key card to access the swimming pool, laundromat and restrooms/showers.

The Pala Mini-Mart will be conveniently located across the parking lot and offers a wide selection of wine, beer, beverages, tobacco products, snacks and fresh produce. The Mini-Mart's Deli & More offers a variety of fresh meats, "made-to-order" sandwiches and fresh pizzas. The Pala gas station provides all grades of fuel, including diesel, and dedicated propane fuel.

The RV resort will provide 24-hour shuttle service to Pala's hotel and casino and a 10% discount to RV groups of 10 or more.

"This new state-of-the-art RV Resort continues our commitment to our guests to provide the best gaming and entertainment experience, and the best service, in Southern California," said Robert Smith, chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. "We look forward to its grand opening."