When the third annual Global Gaming Expo kicks off this week in Las Vegas, there may not be anyone from the business left in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Gaming Association will be well represented, sending a 10-person delegation, according to the Biloxi Sun Herald. The group includes representatives from most of the Gulf Coast casinos.
Tim Hinkley, president of the Biloxi-based Isle of Capri Casinos Inc., will participate in panel discussions during the three-day gaming extravaganza which concludes Thursday.
Other Mississippi officials due to speak include Beverly Martin, executive director of the Gulf Coast Gaming Association and D.C. Ladner, who handles slot machine testing for the Mississippi Gaming Commission.
Last year, 620 companies exhibited their products at the show. The Las Vegas Convention Center is again the host site.
Supreme act in Wisc
The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed last Friday to hear two lawsuits that could decide the governor’s authority to sign gaming compacts with American Indian tribes.
The St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported that the Court’s decision to rule on the suits would also determine whether the state constitution could outlaw casino gaming altogether.
Assembly Speaker John Gard, part of the Republican group of lawmakers who filed one of the lawsuits, said the decisions would be the most important on American Indian gaming in Wisconsin for years to come. Gard wants to renegotiate the compacts that are "more fair and constitutional."
The other lawsuit involves Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha, which sought to stop the renewal of gaming compacts that allow 11 tribes to operate the 17 state casinos.
Sports ads arouse Memphis
Advertisements of sports betting locales on Memphis radio stations have drawn the wrath of the NCAA and NBA.
Sports gambling is illegal in Tennessee, but the online gaming sites are typically run from nations like Curacao, The Netherlands Antilles and Costa Rica. Sports gambling is legal at those locales.
Dave Greene, the general manager of WHBQ, said the station is careful not to run the ads during Ole Miss games, Memphis Grizzlies broadcasts or high school contests.
Terry Wood, senior vice president for WMC radio, predicted the ads were here to stay.
"We are a revenue-driven business," Wood said. "They can’t dictate what we can do."
Kansas Gov says ”˜unite’
Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius told a group of Dodge City business leaders last Friday that gambling supporters would have a better chance of getting a new gaming bill passed if they would unite behind a single plan.
"I think that a gaming bill has passed one or the other house of the Legislature for the last 10 years," Sebelius said. "What has often happened is gaming proponents have become divided about which of the bills they support."
The governor told the Topeka Capital-Journal that she appointed a task force comprised of gambling supporters from across the state to come up with a consensus proposal that she can take to the Legislature when it convenes in January.
Voters back Senecas
Members of the Seneca Nation of Indians overwhelmingly approved the construction of a Class III casino at the tribes’ Allegany reservation in upstate New York.
Tribal clerk Sheila Kettle told IndianCountry.com that 811, of the 1,137 members who voted, approved of the construction. There were 459 no votes.
In May 2002, Seneca voters narrowly approved the gaming compact that led to the tribe’s first gaming venture, the Seneca-Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls.
Under its compact, the 7,100-member Seneca Nation is authorized to open three casinos in western New York.ALSO: New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey wants to control the state agency that oversees some $1 billion in casino redevelopment money.