Issue 199
July 5 - 11, 2004
Volume 4
page 2

Winnebagos will open new bingo casino in Emerson
As reported by The Sioux City Journal

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska had planned to open a new bingo-based casino in Emerson, Neb., today, but it is taking longer than expected to get the machines, computers and staff up and running, tribal chairman John Blackhawk said Thursday.

The tribe is opening the casino to position itself to quickly enter the Nebraska market with so-called Class III games such as slots, poker, roulette and other table games, if Nebraska voters approve a ballot initiative for that in November, Blackhawk said.

The tribe's WinnaVegas Casino is in Iowa.

Thursday's scheduled opening was too soon for everyone. The Nebraska Department of Revenue must first verify that the casino meets state requirements, but the tribe only notified the state on Wednesday that it planned to open the casino.

Terri Teuber, spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Johanns, said the state's only criteria are that the casino be on the reservation and within the scope of allowed gaming. The revenue department was working on verification Thursday, she said.

Blackhawk said the establishment will offer 39 bingo-based gaming machines, classified by the National Indian Gaming Commission as Class II, a level not requiring a state gaming compact. A compact will be required if voters approve Level III casino gaming.

"The (tribal) council wants to be ready to have something we're able to come on line with," Blackhawk said. "We have all the framework we've negotiated in Iowa, so we're well ahead. It will be a quick transition."

Blackhawk said the machines, which are electronically linked to bingo machines on Indian reservations across the country, about half fill the 2,000-square-foot space.

A former steakhouse, the casino will offer a bar and grill, but not a full-service restaurant. Everyone must be 21 or older to enter, said Danelle Smith, the Winnebago Tribe's attorney. Blackhawk said the casino will employ at least 12 people, and Smith said it could eventually provide 24 jobs. She could not say what the payroll might be.

"It's a pretty small operation over in Emerson," she said. "We'll see what kind of business we draw there and plan accordinginly."





Proposed casino in Auburn
As reported by TWEAN News

The Seneca Caygua tribe of Oklahoma has proposed building a high stakes bingo hall and entertainment center in Aurelius.

But after facing much opposition in Aurelius, the tribe may start to look for building locations elsewhere.

The Mayor of the city of Auburn wants to bring the plan to his city.

Mayor Tim Lattimore says the site once home to an old shoe factory in downtown Auburn could be just the place.

The people of Auburn have mixed feelings about the proposal.

The mayor of Auburn wants to go beyond just a bingo hall.

He's proposing a full scale casino to be built on the site.


Fox to Air Live Poker Game
As reported by The New York Post

NEW YORK - As reported by the New York Post: "FOX Sports Net will air the nation's first live telecast of a professional poker tournament next month.

"'The American Poker Championship Live From the Turning Stone Resort and Casino" will feature six players competing for as much as $1 million during the final round of a three-day no-limit hold 'em tournament at the Oneida Indian Nation-owned casino in upstate Verona.

"The telecast will air July 14 and is scheduled to last for four hours.

"It won't be perfectly live, either. It will air with a five-minute delay, because of concerns over cheating.

"…This will be the fourth poker program that Fox Sports has put on its schedule since poker shows became hot about two years ago."

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