casino officials, slot machine manufacturers and state
regulators puzzled Wednesday over California Gov.-elect
Arnold Schwarzenegger's stance on Indian gambling -- and
the potential effect on the gambling industry in general.
see Schwarzenegger's election as an opportunity, some
see it as a threat," said Bill Bible, head of the
Nevada Resort Association, which represents many of the
state's casinos. "It depends on where your position
is in the industry." "I don't think anybody
knows," added Thomas Baker, head of slot-making giant
International Game Technology. "I think (the impact)
is yet to be determined."
Neilander, chairman of the state Gaming Control Board,
said he expects Schwarzenegger will start with an assessment
of Indian gambling in California and the numbers of slot
machines they should be allowed -- a process that wasn't
finished by recalled Gov. Gray Davis' administration by
a deadline last March. "He'll have to decide whether
to expand or contract (the slot numbers," Neilander
said. "And we'll have to wait and see what his position
is on the issue."
the Indian casinos expand, that could cause some economic
harm to smaller communities in Nevada," Neilander
said. "On the other hand, it could help slot machine
manufacturers." Nevada companies that have agreements
with tribes to operate casinos in California also could
campaign statements on gambling reflect a harsher stance
toward the tribes than that of Davis. In a late-September
ad, he accused the tribes of playing "money politics"
in Sacramento and making billions without paying their