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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Mark Macarro of Pechanga Wants to DENY CA Racing Industry a Place at the Internet Gaming Table. Shouldn't BAD ACTOR's Like Pechanga, Pala and San Pasqual BE EXCLUDED?
Gaming website CalvinAyre.com has the full details of the The California State Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee hearing – titled The Legality of Internet Poker: How Prepared Is California to Regulate ItIt seems that the chairman of the the Pechanga Resort and Casino tribe, does NOT want racetracks to share in the bounty.
Mark Macarro, chairman of the anti-PokerStars Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, noted that tracks have “zero history” with poker of any kind and that allowing ADW sites to add a poker tab would represent an unwarranted expansion of gaming. Macarro said each branch of the state’s gaming entities should “stay in its own lane.”
Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro Says Gaming should be Indians ONLY
Macarro noted that there had been four legislative efforts to expand gaming since the 1995 law that authorized cardrooms and voters had rejected all four. In 2004, 85% voted against adding slots to cardrooms and tracks.
However, Macarro offered an olive branch by suggesting the state’s licensed online poker operators would be willing to divert an unspecified portion of revenue to the tracks. Macarro also suggested tracks could generate revenue by acting as affiliates for online poker operators.
During the Q&A that followed, the Stronach Group’s west coast chairman Keith Brackpool rejected revenue sharing, saying it wasn’t right that the state’s other gaming entities should determine “what morsel” of poker revenue tracks deserved. Brackpool also suggested there was no one currently in the internet poker “lane” and that all parties were “converging to the middle,’ which must be done “with great care and awareness.”
Should tribes continue to have a monopoly on the gaming industry in CA? Should certain tribes be excluded as BAD ACTORS, Pechanga, Pala, Enterprise, Redding, Chukchansi, San Pasqual included? Send in this OPEN LETTER to your Congress person to let them KNOW you know what these tribes have done.