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Scarlet Brigade to host Special 4th of July early session
3 more late night Strip Palooza specials at Pace Bingo
Napa Bingo Emporium sessions close for T & C fair
Prop. 13 overhaul puts California taxpayer protections at risk
Greece: Bookies offer various odds on referendum
Nevada gaming revenues hit $1 billion in May

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Scarlet Brigade to host Special 4th of July early session

      VACAVILLE—The volunteers at the Saturday night F.H.S. Scarlet Brigade Band Boosters Bingo have announced they will celebrate America’s Birthday with a special 4th of July session. Doors at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall will open up at 12 noon and bingo play will start at 3:00 p.m. with the Early Bird games. The Bonanza game will pay out $500.

      Players arriving prior to 3:00 p.m. will enjoy Warm-Up games that will pay out $200 to the lucky winners. There will be two X games played at 1:30 p.m. For those who wear red, white and blue colors, they will be entered into a special drawing.

      Over $3,500 in instant flashboard winners will be paid out when the doors open. The special 23-game program buy-in will start at $14 with the Bonus Ball just an extra dollar.

      Buy-In discount coupons will be accepted and everyone with a paid admission will receive a free patriotic dauber. Players will also enjoy the Half-Time Lucky Wheel spin with chances to win the progressive cash jackpot. The session is projected to conclude by 7 p.m. allowing plenty of time for guests go attend local fireworks shows.

      Regular Saturday night bingo sessions will be held at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall on July 11th with players arriving at the hall before 5 p.m. receiving a $5 buy-in discount. Late Night players will receive a pack of Quickie games with their admission purchase.

      On Saturday, July 18th, the Oops Sock cash will go to the lucky drawing winners at both the evening and late sessions. Players will also enjoy In the Monitor at the evening and Late Night sessions.

      End of the Month drawings for cash and free bingo will be held on Saturday, July 25th.

       The progressive Bullseye Bingo free game jackpot was at $500 at press time. When not won in 55 numbers or less, a consolation prize of $250 is guaranteed to be paid out and the progressive cash prize will be increased.

      The Saturday Scarlet Brigade Late Nite session follows each regular Saturday evening session. Players can purchase their buy-ins starting at 10:30 p.m. 12 regular games pay out $250 each to the winners and the three special Speed Quickie games also pay out $250 each to the winners.

      The Saturday Late Night session admission starts at only $19 for a 12-on paper game pack. The first extra six-on game pack is available for only $5 each with all other extra packs sold for just $1 each. Players can also join in and play the Bonus Ball games for just one dollar. During the session, several admission ticket drawings will be held for spins on the Lucky Wheel. At press time the progressive jackpot amount was at $800.

      Bingo players may also get a Vaca Valley Bingo Hall Frequent Player card. The Frequent Player cards are free and good at each session played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall. After bingo guests play ten sessions, at the 11th session, will receive a free Express II admission for the evening.

      The Vaca Valley Bingo hall is located at 190 Bella Vista Lane, at the I-80 and Davis Street exit and features separate glass enclosed smoking and non smoking rooms. For more information, call (707) 449-4646.

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3 more late night Strip Palooza specials at Pace Bingo

VACAVILLE—If you missed out on last month’s Late Night Strip Palooza special session at Pace Solano Bingo, you’ll have three chances in July to attend the fun sessions.

The volunteers at the popular Pace Solano Bingo, have announced they will host three more special late night Strip sessions now called Palooza Strip Nights. For July, the late night Strip game sessions will be held on Friday, July 3rd, Friday July 17th and Friday July 31st. The Strip games will pay out $1,000 each to the lucky winners. There will also be four paper games played during the session with each paying the winners $500.

Players attending the regular Friday night sessions, can purchase their admission package at anytime during the evening session. Players arriving for just the Late Night Strip Session may begin their admission purchase at 10:15 p.m. Play will get going at 11:00 p.m.

Admission has been set at $50 for two each 10 strip games. Players will also receive four paper game sheets for special games. Additional Strips game sheets will be sold for two for $5 and additional paper game sheets will also be sold separately.

The Pace Solano Bingo volunteers host five sessions each week at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall starting on Sunday with an evening session starting at 5:30 p.m. The Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening sessions start at 6:30 p.m. with the Early Bird games. Pace also hosts a popular Wednesday Matinee session starting with the Warm-Up games at 10:00 a.m. The regular games get underway at the Matinee session at 12 noon.

All regular games pay out at least $250 and some progressive games will pay up to $350. Two Getaway games are played at each of the evening sessions with payouts of $1,000 each to the lucky winners. There is lots of flashboard games played during the evening sessions that will pay out $200 up $1,199 and are available for sale on the floor.

Players will want to be on the lookout for some big changes coming for the Pace Bingo progressive cash drawings.

All Pace sessions are played at the Vaca Valley Bingo hall, 190 Bella Vista Road, just off the Davis Street exit from eastbound I-80. For more information call (707) 449-4646.

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Napa Bingo Emporium sessions close for T & C fair

      NAPA—The volunteers at all the charity groups hosting bingo at the Town & Country Bingo Emporium, will take their annual break during the 2015 Town and Country fair. The last chance to play bingo before the fair will be on Monday June 29th at the Napa Youth Foundation evening session. The first time to play bingo after the fair concludes will be on Friday, July 17th.

      The regular schedule of bingo includes four sessions played at the Napa Town & Country Bingo Emporium. On Saturdays, the Napa H.S. Band Boosters take over the Bingo Emporium opening the doors at 4:00 p.m. The Warm-up game is played starting at 6:15 p.m. All games with the exception of the Quickies, pay out $250 to the winners and there is lots of flashboard games played each Saturday evening.

      Regular admission is $40, but on the last Saturday of each month, players are allowed a $5 discount on the full admission package purchase. And don’t forget that the band boosters offer a discount of $5 at the last Saturday night session of each month.

      On Sunday, The Vintage H.S. Music Boosters host an early evening session starting at 5:15 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. All regular games pay out $250 to the lucky winners.

      On Friday evenings the evening session is hosted by the Napa Valley Soccer Club and they kick things off at 6:45 p.m. with the early games. The $40 admission buy-in includes up to five 6-on paper game packs, specials and a fully loaded electronic bingo machine.

      Each week, players participate in a Come Back drawing for a minimum of $100. Admission tickets from the previous week’s session are used to select the winner. The regular full admission is $40 and includes all you can play up to five 6-on paper game packs with a fully loaded electronic bingo machine and special game paper. Players enjoy lots of flashboard games that pay out $500 up to $1,199.

      On Monday evenings the volunteers at the Napa Youth Sports Bingo organization staff the evening bingo session starting at 6:45 with the Warm-Up game. Players have a chance to win a big cash prize if their admission ticket is drawing for the cash jackpot. Players also enjoy the Soccer Ball Drawing with a top prize of $300.

      Admission is $40 for a complete buy-in that includes up to five 6-on paper game packs, a fully loaded electronic bingo machine and specials. Players can join in and play the Hot Ball game for just $1. The Hot Ball jackpot of up to $250 is won when a player bingos on the evenings designated Hot Ball number.

      The Town and Country Bingo Emporium now features a totally non smoking facility. Hot Ball games are played at all sessions and each session features a $100 Come Back drawing weekly. Free coffee is always available for bingo players. For more information call (707) 252-5420.

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Mohegan Indians review selling marijuana as economic opportunity

UNCASVILLE, CT.—The Mohegan tribe is reviewing a Justice Department memo issued Thursday that apparently clears the way for federally recognized Native American tribes to grow and sell marijuana on their lands.

"On the point of marijuana as a potential economic opportunity, [Mohegan Tribal Council Chairman Kevin] Brown and the Mohegan Tribal Council have been very clear that they are looking at numerous opportunities to diversify into new emerging markets and products that promise to sustain their government for years to come," the Mohegan Tribe's chief of staff for external affairs, Charles F. Bunnell, said in a statement.

"They have been equally clear that these new opportunities not jeopardize the significant investments they have already made into a highly regulated industry," Bunnell said. "This new information is being reviewed in that context."

Both the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots have looked to diversify their revenues in the face of increasing competition in the gambling industry. Neighboring states have added or expanded slot machines and other gaming options in recent years. Massachusetts and New York are in the process of adding casinos. The new competition threatens future success at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino, owned and operated by the Mohegans and the Mashantucket Pequots, respectively.

Marijuana could be a competitive advantage for the tribes.

"It is very likely that several states in the Northeast will make marijuana legal for adults in the next few years," said Morgan Fox, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates for legalizing pot.

"Tribal leaders have an opportunity to beat them to the punch … in a way that will bring people in from the entire region, who may not want to travel as far as Colorado or the other states where marijuana is already legal," Fox said.

The Justice Department said it will not, generally, attempt to enforce federal marijuana laws on federally recognized tribes that choose to allow it, as long as they meet eight federal guidelines, including that marijuana not be sold to minors and not be transported to areas that prohibit it.

Both the Mohegan and Mashantucket tribes are sovereign nations recognized by the federal government and not generally subject to state laws. There are exceptions. Both tribes signed a compact with Connecticut, as required by the federal government, regarding their casinos. As a result, the gaming enterprises for each tribe are subject to some Connecticut laws, such as the times when alcohol can be served.

If, however, any marijuana business were to be independent of the gambling operations, the tribes could proceed to grow and sell marijuana as long as they abide by the Justice Department's guidelines.

There's another catch.

The Mohegan and Mashantucket tribes entered into agreements with the state this year certifying tribal police and making them responsible for enforcing state laws within their territories, said Mike Lawlor, undersecretary for Criminal Justice Policy and Planning in the state Office of Policy and Management.

Before the agreement was signed, tribal officers could only arrest tribal members. Additionally, the tribes were paying to have state police present on their property to enforce Connecticut laws, Lawlor said.

"So, the laws that govern Connecticut, the criminal laws, govern the tribal reservation and the tribal police departments are obligated to enforce those laws, and that would certainly include marijuana," Lawlor said.

If a tribe wanted to grow marijuana, the tribe could terminate its agreement with the state, Lawlor said.

The Justice Department's position raises concerns, said Cromwell police Chief Anthony Salvatore, legislative chairman for the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association.

"The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association is concerned regarding this latest development and sees the potential of a number of issues that need to be clarified first," Salvatore said.

For example, it's unclear what role tribal officers would have if a tribe were to pursue marijuana as a business opportunity, Salvatore said. Secondly, how would this affect Connecticut's medical marijuana dispensaries and producers, he said. And many other concerns stem from there, including how state police might uphold laws on tribal lands, Salvatore said.

William Satti, a spokesman for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, said the council has not reviewed or considered the issue. The Mashantucket Pequots own and operate Foxwoods Resort Casino.

The Department of Justice did not respond to a request Thursday for clarification on how tribes will be allowed to grow and sell marijuana on a case-by-case basis.

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Prop. 13 overhaul puts California taxpayer protections at risk

From the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association—Supporters of an effort to gut Prop. 13’s taxpayer protections have introduced (6/10/15) a constitutional amendment to increase property taxes on California businesses. Under the guise of “reforming Prop. 13,” SCA 5 will create a split-roll property tax that will cost small businesses and taxpayers billions of dollars and worsen the state’s business climate. While citing the need to adjust Prop. 13’s “structural flaws,” supporters of SCA 5 actually worked last year to defeat a bill in the Legislature that would have closed the very loopholes they claim SCA 5 would address. The bill, AB 2372 (Bocanegra), was strongly supported by the business community.

Last week, the California Business Roundtable, which has previously stated it would aggressively fight any effort to implement a split-roll property tax, released a statewide survey showing strong, continuing voter support for Prop. 13.

Roundtable President Robert C. Lapsley joined taxpayer advocate and president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Jon Coupal in authoring a recent guest opinion piece in the Los Angeles Daily News cautioning against a split-roll tax like that advocated by supporters of SCA 5. Excerpts from, their opinion piece follow:

Los Angeles Daily News: Prop. 13 overhaul puts California taxpayer protections at risk

… Thanks to hard-working California taxpayers from all income levels, our current state budget is in the black with an annual surplus of almost $2 billion. An additional $20 billion in new taxes will negatively impact our current recovery for small businesses, jobs and our overall economic competitiveness.

One initiative that is currently being pursued will strike at the heart Proposition 13, one of our most important tax protections for homeowners and businesses.

That initiative is called split roll — a $6 billion to $10 billion tax increase that would result from changing Proposition 13 so that commercial property is reassessed every year, affecting the rent payments of every small and minority-owned business and non-profit foundation in California.

These groups argue that Proposition 13 should be changed because a few clever investors use tax lawyers to pursue loopholes to avoid reassessments in large, complex property transactions.

Since this was not the intent of Proposition 13, we joined together and sponsored a reform bill last year to prevent any potential abuses in these transactions. AB 2372 was authored by the chair of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee, Raul Bocanegra, and San Francisco-area Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and supported by a broad coalition of business and taxpayer organizations. Most importantly, we also had the support of the California Tax Reform Association (who is pursuing the split roll initiative) as it passed overwhelmingly off the Assembly floor.

Numerous studies have shown just how bad higher commercial property taxes would be for California. Studies by former Legislative Analyst William Hamm and Dr. Steven Frates, president of the Center for Government Analysis, show a loss of 400,000 jobs and real hardships imposed on the monthly rents paid by California’s small, minority- and women-owned businesses.

If our state budgets already have a $2 billion surplus then why would you raise taxes again?

The predictability of property taxes under Proposition 13 is one of the best advantages homeowners and businesses have in high-tax California. Now is not the time for a massive and arbitrary increase in property taxes unless our goal is to drive more companies and jobs to leave.

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Greece: Bookies offer various odds on referendum

GREECE—Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras played his surprise card, last Friday, by announcing he would take the decision on the conditions of a renegotiated bailout deal, with Greece's creditors, to a referendum.

The referendum is scheduled to be held next Sunday July 5, 2015.

Meanwhile banks were closed today and Capital Controls have been put in place on the country.

Bookies have stepped up and are offering a variety of odds on the outcome of this economic crisis, which threatens the Eurozone and has gripped the media for the past two weeks.

Paddy Power are offering odds on the outcome of the referendum, the turnout percentage for the referendum, when will the Greek banks reopen and bets on whether the Prime Minister or Finance Minister still be in their jobs by certain dates.

Under the terms of Greek's proposal to its creditors, a gambling tax on VLTs was one of its proposed fiscal measures.

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Nevada gaming revenues hit $1 billion in May

Gaming revenue statewide topped the $1 billion mark in May — Nevada’s first billion-dollar month since December 2013 — thanks to regular table game players and slot machine customers attracted to the Strip by a slew of special events during the month.

Statewide, casinos collected $1.003 billion from gamblers, a 3.3 percent increase over May 2014. On the Strip, casinos collected almost $601.2 million during the month, an increase of 1.4 percent.

The figures were released Friday by the Gaming Control Board.

Analysts dismissed the percentage increase, saying the state and the Strip were up against a tough comparison. In May 2014, gaming revenue jumped 8.2 percent statewide and 17.3 percent on the Strip.

“The results were much stronger than the headline number would suggest given an extremely tough hold related comparison in Strip baccarat,” Well Fargo Securities gaming analyst Cameron McKnight told investors. “We were encouraged by strong slot and non-baccarat table growth.”

The various special events contributed to a record 3.74 million tourists coming to Las Vegas in May, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The previous single-month record was 3.688 million visitors in March 2014.

The gaming revenue increase on the Strip was the result of table games and slot machine activity, not high-end baccarat revenue. Table games excluding baccarat saw revenue grow 22.9 percent to $191.1 million and wagering increased 22.7 percent. Slot machine revenue increased 11.9 percent to $272.5 million, while the amount wagered on games grew 6.2 percent.

Control Board Senior Research Analyst Michael Lawton said slot machine volume has increased in 10 of the last 12 months.

“That’s the long-term trend we’ve been waiting to see,” Lawton said.

Brent Pirosch, the director of gaming consulting for CBRE in Las Vegas, said the Strip hadn’t reached the $600 million threshold since December 2013.

“This was also the biggest May performance since the halcyon days of 2006 and 2007, and, outside those heady years, this May generally compares well above any other May in Strip history,” he said.

As for baccarat, revenue from the game declined 36.1 percent in May to $109.8 million and wagering fell 7.4 percent to $956.6 million. A year ago, baccarat revenue on the Strip increased more than 85 percent.

Several analysts said the soft baccarat numbers might be attributed to the decline in high-end baccarat play in Macau.

Since last year, the Chinese government has been cracking down on corruption by junket operators who bring high-end customers to Macau’s casinos. Although the junket operators have zero influence on the Strip, analysts there may be small out being witnessed in Las Vegas.

“The high-end baccarat comparison was very challenging,” McKnight said. “All in, we think the results were encouraging given the growth in slots and non-baccarat tables.”

Meanwhile, the championship fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Las Vegas on May 2, plus the two-weekend Rock in Rio concert series, brought thousands of visitors to the market. An Ultimate Fighting Championship card took place in late May at the MGM Grand.

“We believe the second quarter is off to an encouraging start for Strip operators, particularly those less dependent on the high-end internationally-sourced baccarat segment,” said Stifel Nicolaus Capital Markets gaming analyst Steven Wieczynski.

“Additionally, we would note strength in traditionally domestically-sourced games often produces healthier returns across the various non-gaming segments, including lodging and food and beverage, which should benefit Strip operators’ second quarter results,” he added.

For the first five months of the year, gaming revenue is up 2.3 statewide and 1.6 percent on the Strip. Only one market, the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, is down for the calendar year.

Visitor volume in Las Vegas increased 4.8 percent in May. For the first five months of the year, more than 17.4 million visitors have a come to Las Vegas, an increase of 1.3 percent over the 2014.

Citywide hotel occupancy in May reached 91.2 percent and the average daily room rate was $130 a night, up 2.1 percent.

Three Clark County markets — downtown, North Las Vegas and the Boulder Strip — all experienced double-digit gaming revenue increases during May.

Gaming taxes collected by the state in June that were generated in May grew 14.3 percent from a year ago to $62.8 million.

For the fiscal year, gaming tax collections are up 2 percent.

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