FROM GT STAFF / WIRE REPORTS
Stations Casinos, employing a strategy from Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, have hit Reno recruiting workers for the planned $215 million Thunder Valley Casino outside Sacramento.
"Where else are you going to find a pre-trained work force," said Victor Rocha, publisher of Pechanga.Net, a Web-based national news service that focuses on Native American tribal gaming. "The community gets upset, but it’s fair game."
Rocha added that as long as Indian gaming increases in California and Arizona, locales such as Reno and Las Vegas can expect more of the same push for experienced casino workers.
"We’re opening this casino and we want to staff this project with the very best in the field," said Leslie Pittman, vice president of corporate and government relations for Stations. "We know Reno has a very talented and well-trained workforce. Really, we are just offering an opportunity."
Pittman is representing Stations during the four-day Thunder Valley Casino dealer informational meetings taking place through Thursday at the Reno Holiday Inn.
Davis irks tribes
The decision of California Gov. Gray Davis to order 28 state Indian tribes to playing gambling fees to the state Gambling Control Commission drew criticism from the tribes.
"We were surprised by this," said Jacob Coin, executive director of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association told the Sacramento Bee. "We think this is clearly a matter for the governor and state legislature to decide, not the governor alone."
The executive order also authorizes the Commission to audit the tribes. Gambling fees have previously been paid to the state treasurer.
Some tribal leaders said the governor is overstepping his authority at a time when he is hoping casino tribes will agree to pay a larger share of their revenues to the cash-strapped state.
Under terms of the compact, the 28 tribes are required to pay between 7 and 13 percent of their slot machine revenues into a state pot called the Special Distribution Fund. The fund is used for programs such as problem gambling and local government costs associated with Indian casinos.
Scottsdale suits Atronic
Atronic raised its game-making stakes Monday after breaking ground on a new plant in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The site allows the slot industry’s third largest company to triple its capacity for making video slot machines that are shipped worldwide.
Atronic’s in-state presence includes Arizona Magic, a new system that links 73 slots in 13 casinos to create large jackpots.