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Choctaw Nation Brings More than $3.2 Billion Impact to Oklahoma in 2021

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Choctaw Nation Brings More than $3.2 Billion Impact to Oklahoma in 2021

 

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma announced today that the tribe had a significant $3,227,364,212 impact on the State of Oklahoma for 2021. Tribal officials made the announcement during an economic impact press conference for several tribal, state, county and local officials.

The economic impact report, prepared by Dr. Kyle Dean, Economist for the Center for Native American Studies at Oklahoma City University, show the Choctaw Nation is a driving force in southeastern Oklahoma, as well as the overall state. In 2021, the Tribe reported 20,142 Oklahoma jobs supported, representing $1 billion in wages and benefits paid to Oklahomans.

“With its remarkable $3.2 billion impact, the Choctaw Nation is one of the most significant contributors to economic prosperity in Oklahoma. Through innovative enterprises and steadfast commitment to community, the Nation not only fortifies its own future but also significantly contributes to the economic fabric of communities throughout southeastern Oklahoma and the state,” said Dr. Dean. “Continued partnerships between the Choctaw Nation and local communities are crucial for the survival and prosperity of rural areas in southeastern Oklahoma, serving as a cornerstone for sustainable development and mutual growth in the region.”

“The Choctaw Nation’s $3.2 billion (up from $2.5 billion in 2019) economic impact is helping improve lives across Oklahoma. These dollars extend beyond our tribal reservation to help educate students, fund infrastructure improvements, and provide needed healthcare coverage to the often underserved,” said Chief Gary Batton, Chief of the Choctaw Nation. “We are proud the Choctaw Nation is able to help fuel Oklahoma’s growth and economic prosperity.”

Education

Choctaw Nation has paid more than $335 million in exclusivity fees to the State according to the Gaming compact, including $34.2 million in 2021. These funds go directly to support public education statewide. The Choctaw Nation funded over $61 million (beyond exclusivity fees) for educational programs. In addition to providing statewide education support, the Choctaw Nation funded 10,410 college education scholarships to the tune of $10.8 million, provided summer school education to 5,573 tribal and non-tribal students in 48 schools, and paid for 708 elementary-age children to attend Choctaw Head Start and Choctaw Childcare programs.

Housing

The Choctaw Nation is building a pathway to safe and affordable housing. In 2021, the Choctaw Nation invested $14.2 million to build 92 new homes across the reservation as part of the Lease-to-Purchase (LEAP) homeownership program, independent elder, and affordable rental programs. A total of 481 storm shelters were installed in 2021 to protect the lives of tribal members.

Healthcare

Providing access to quality healthcare to tribal members is a primary focus for the Choctaw Nation which operates a full-service hospital in Talihina, Okla., eight health clinics, three behavioral health clinics, five specialty clinics and 14 wellness centers. In 2021, the Choctaw Nation spent $282 million to support healthcare for Oklahomans and had more than 1 million patient encounters.

Community

Through the Choctaw Community Partnership Fund and Choctaw Development Fund, the Choctaw Nation has provided $3,525,252 in contributions and community grants to cities, towns and counties to support economic development, infrastructure and sustainability.

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ZITRO SHOWCASED DIVERSE PRODUCT PORTFOLIO AT IGA 2024

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Zitro exhibited its new product lineup at the 2024 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention (IGA) held in Anaheim, California. Their commitment to the tribal gaming community was evident, drawing attendees eager to explore Zitro’s latest innovations: a diverse range of new games finely tuned for the U.S. market.

Operators had the opportunity to experience firsthand the quality, innovation, and unique personality that define Zitro. The showcase featured a selection of recently launched games and mechanics from G2E Las Vegas, including the player-favorite, Fu Pots, a title that has been delivering exceptional performance across the U.S. and global markets.  

Adding to their impressive display, Zitro also introduced brand new games such as Drum Dynasty, featured on the Allure Glare cabinet, which promises thrilling gameplay with its unique Bonus Mighty and Bonus Power that enhance Link symbol prizes. Night Link, showcased on the Illusion Glare cabinet, offers a captivating combination of three functionalities – Boomerang, Storm, and Collect – that can unlock up to 8 different bonus links. Finally, the premium Altius Glare platform housed Epic Empires, featuring a brand-new 3-Level Link Evolution Bonus.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with the tribal gaming community at this year’s IGA show”, said Derik Mooberry, CEO at Zitro USA. “Our commitment to innovation was on full display, and the energy and interest surrounding our product lineup solidified Zitro’s position as a trusted partner in the U.S. market. This is just the beginning, as we remain dedicated to developing cutting-edge products that meet the demands of both players and casinos”.

 

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California Gambling Control Commission Approves Key Licensing Decisions Amid Regulatory Updates

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The California Gambling Control Commission held a significant meeting on April 18, 2024, to discuss and decide on various licensing and compliance matters crucial for the operation and regulation of the state’s gambling entities. The California Gambling Control Commission’s agenda was packed with key issues ranging from the renewal of cardroom licenses to the approval of tribal gaming key employees.

A notable decision from the meeting was the approval of the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund Final Report, allowing for the distribution of quarterly license revenue to eligible recipient Indian tribes. This move underscores the California Gambling Control Commission’s ongoing commitment to supporting tribal communities through structured revenue sharing, even as some financial shortfalls were acknowledged.

The California Gambling Control Commission also reviewed several renewal applications for cardroom owner licenses. Noteworthy renewals included Bankers Casino under Old Town Investments Incorporated, Blacksheep Casino Company and Bruce’s Bar and Casino, which were approved with specific conditions related to operational compliance and security protocols.

Another critical area of focus was the licensing of key employees at tribal casinos. Several applications for initial and renewal of key employee licenses were approved, reflecting the California Gambling Control Commission’s stringent oversight in ensuring that individuals in significant casino roles meet the regulatory requirements. These decisions are essential for maintaining the integrity and security of gaming operations within the state.

Additionally, the meeting addressed the renewal and approval of third-party proposition player services, which are vital for cardrooms that do not bank their games. The California Gambling Control Commission approved several of these licenses, highlighting its role in facilitating responsible gambling while ensuring compliance with state laws.

The California Gambling Control Commission’s actions during the April meeting highlight the complex regulatory environment governing the state’s gambling industry and its proactive approach in adapting to new challenges and ensuring fair and safe gambling practices.

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Florida Panthers Announce Multi-Year Partnership with Hard Rock Bet

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Florida Panthers Announce Multi-Year Partnership with Hard Rock Bet

 

The Florida Panthers announced that the club has agreed to a multi-year partnership with Hard Rock Digital to engage fans on its Hard Rock Bet sports betting platform and in-person at Amerant Bank Arena. This marks the first partnership in this category for the Panthers.

“We are thrilled to enter into an exciting new partnership with Hard Rock Bet,” said Florida Panthers Chief Revenue Officer Shawn Thornton. “Through this partnership, we will increase fan engagement and excitement around the game of hockey in South Florida and beyond by adding an entirely new element to the game.”

The partnership will officially begin at tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators with on-site activations, digitally enhanced dasher boards, marquee signage, and digital branding. Starting with the 2024-25 season, additional enhancements will be unveiled to further engage fans on-site and online.

“We’re excited to join Panthers Territory and partner with the club to bring hockey fans closer to the action,” said Nick Menas, Hard Rock Digital’s Managing Director, Corporate Strategy. “With thousands of bets available on sports from around the world and live streaming of NHL games nightly on the Hard Rock Bet app, we’re thrilled to entertain hockey fans like no one else can.”

Hard Rock Bet is Florida’s only legal sportsbook and has thousands of ways to engage with hockey action – including pre-game and live wagering, plus Same Game Parlays – and over 20 other sports from around the world. The Hard Rock Bet app is available for download in the App Store and Play Store, and a web sportsbook experience can be accessed at HardRock.bet. As a sign-up bonus, new online players will receive up to $100 back in Bonus Bets if their first bet doesn’t win. In-person sports betting is also available at Seminole Hard Rock Casinos and Seminole Casinos in Florida.

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