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With legalized sports betting coming to Arizona, concerns about gambling addiction increase

The ability to attend a sporting event, place a bet on a team and possibly return home a winner will soon be a reality in Arizona but questions remain whether increased accessibility will increase cases of gambling addiction.... Read more»

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Tohono O’odham Nation keeping COVID-19 at bay

Although the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona has been ravaged by COVID-19 — at one point serving as the world epicenter of infections — the Tohono O’odham Nation has not been hit as hard. Thanks to income from four casinos, including two near Tucson’s million residents and one in the Phoenix Valley surrounded by more than 4 million people, the tribe offers health care to all members. There are four clinics spread across the nation’s 11 districts.... Read more»

Court rejects latest challenge to Tohono O’odham’s Glendale casino

A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected the latest in a long line of challenges to the Tohono O’odham casino that opened in Glendale in December.... Read more»

Report: Arizona casino revenues grew for fourth year, mirroring nation

Revenues from Arizona casinos inched up to $1.82 billion in 2014 for a fourth straight year of growth, both trends that mirrored tribal casinos nationwide. Chief among projects completed last year was the opening of the long-delayed Desert Diamond Casino on disputed Tohono O’odham land in Glendale.... Read more»

Some Az tribal casinos put bets on risky demographic: Millennials

The same attractions that once lured generations into gaming no longer work for a younger crowd. Slot machines – even casinos as a whole – aren’t enticing enough for the 18- to 34-year-old age group known as millennials. Some casinos have changed their game plan: They treat their businesses as entertainment hubs instead of gaming centers.... Read more»

Court sides with Tohono O’odham - again - in Glendale casino fight

A federal appeals court Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling that prevented the city of Glendale from annexing land in an effort to block a planned Tohono O’odham casino there.... Read more»

Trump and Fiorina double down on false claims

Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump were challenged on false claims they made during the second Republican debate, and both doubled down with more misinformation.... Read more»

State gambling revenues take hit from millennials' habits

Casinos across the nation are suffering from a generation gap, especially at the slot machines, as young people seek more exotic electronic games like the ones they can play on smartphones from anywhere.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

$8.5 billion in gaming later, how are tribes doing?

Ned Norris, Jr., isn't the tribal chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation anymore and it happened this week. What's that? First you heard of it? In ignoring what's going on on the rez, the media's missing a story for the ages.... Read more»3

House, Senate panels forward bills to halt T-O casino in Glendale

Bills that would halt construction on a Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale passed committees in both the House and the Senate on Wednesday. The Keep the Promise Act of 2015 – introduced by U.S. Sen. John McCain and U.S. Rep. Trent Franks – would “prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian land in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts” in 2027.... Read more»2

Leaders from tribe, Glendale break ground on $400M casino resort

Leaders of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Glendale broke ground Thursday on a $400 million casino resort that has been the subject of lawsuits and legislation to block it.... Read more»

Az tribal casino revenues grew faster than national rate in 2012

Indian gaming revenue in Arizona grew by 3 percent in 2012, even though no new facilities came online and the number of games in the state actually declined that year.... Read more»

Casinos & offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

Lindsey Graham, Sheldon Adelson and a colorful cast of characters jockey over regulation. ... Read more»

House committee OKs bill to block O'odham casino in Glendale

A U.S. House committee gave overwhelming approval Wednesday to a bill that would block development of a Tohono O’odham casino on land the tribe bought inside Glendale. The bill would reverse years of failed legal challenges to the project, which opponents say violates a 2002 agreement among tribes not to build new casinos in the metropolitan Phoenix area.... Read more»14

As economy bounced back, so did Indian casino revenues

Revenue from tribal gaming in Arizona grew at more than twice the national rate in 2011, rising for a second year as the economy inched out of recession, a new report says.... Read more»

Investment managers top list of super PAC donors

Despite his vast wealth, Sheldon Adelson was not exactly a household name when the Republican presidential primary campaign got under way. But the casino magnate’s multimillion-dollar contributions to a pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC ended that.... Read more»

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