Dan Gilbert‘s ThistleDown Racino has been losing business to Hard Rock Rocksino, so Gilbert is pushing back with $70 million in upgrades. “Our initial investment in ThistleDown has been a tremendous success and now we’re ready to introduce a new level of entertainment and dining options to this area,” said General Manager Rick Skinner, putting an upbeat spin on the move. The racino’s only been open two years, so the flurry of changes comes as a bit of a surprise.
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With Gov. Doug Ducey opposed, along with a state gaming agency that refuses to OK its casino, the Tohono O’odham Nation has to decide whether to insist upon a December opening or bow to the state’s objections. Despite having lost time and again in federal courts, Arizona state officials maintain that the Tohono O’odham committed “fraud and misrepresentation” to place a casino within a county island adjacent to Glendale. The tribe has allies in Glendale city council, which is counting on revenue sharing to shore up its sagging finances. “Please get out of the way and let us Continued >>
Indiana legislators are making it more difficult for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians to reach a compact with Gov. Mike Pence (R), according to the tribe, which charges lawmakers with meddling in the compacting process. The Pokagon Band, which owns several casinos in Michigan, wants to extend its reach into South Bend, where it would build a tribal village, complete with casino. Lawmakers are mulling a bill that would put an extensive regulatory framework into place. This inspired Chairman John P. Warren to declare, “A lot of that language in there is a violation of IGRA, that’s the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The management, the infrastructure. This legislation is actually inhibiting the governor from negotiating in good faith even before negotiations have begun.”
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