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Tribe’s federal recognition could spell bad news for MGM

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The politics involved in casino gambling never ceases to amaze us. As online casino providers, we operate under the law in which we’re regulated. We serve players all over the world where playing casino games is legal, but we aren’t influenced by any particular government in one country over another. We do what’s right for players and the industry, which is what most of our competition also does.

So when we come across a story like what’s happening in Virginia, we’re somewhat blown away. This case has nothing to do with online casino games, for the record, so we have no vested interested in this story.


So here’s the deal. There’s a famous tribe in Virginia called the Pamunkey Indian tribe. They’re known as the tribe that greeted America’s first English settlers. And they claim Pocahontas as an ancestor. But there’s a catch. They’re not actually federally recognized.

They’re waiting on a decision (likely to be made in days) by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs to determine whether they’ll be the first tribe in Virginia to receive such designation. If they do, they’ll be eligible to receive federal money or education, housing, and healthcare. They’ll also be able to get into the gambling business and operate a casino.

No big deal, right? It happens all over America. Many tribes have compacts with the state to operate gaming facilities. But in this case, there’s some major opposition.

If we were talking about opposition from people in Virginia who don’t want gambling, that’d be one thing. If we’re talking about groups who are sensitive to the dangers of problem gambling, we get that. But we’re not talking about any of that.


We’re talking about competition. We’re talking about MGM. They’re building a $1.2 gambling property in Maryland, right on North Virginia’s front door. They submitted an official opposition document to the bureau last year in the form of a 39-page document.

Some argue that this has nothing to do with politics and trying to limit competition. They argue that the tribe in question prohibits intermarriage with anyone except those with white or Indian blood. However, the tribe dismisses those charges arguing that they are baseless. They point to cases of intermarriage as proof that those laws aren’t enforced.

We’ll keep you posted on what transpires. As an online casino that embraces competition and truly believe that it helps us up our game and offer players more, we’re hoping for a fair outcome.

Andy Cunoi

Andy is a common guy with an uncommon passion for blackjack. Currently he lives in San Francisco, California. Andy enjoys writing about gambling. Loves a simple life and his writing reflects that. He also enjoys music festivals a lot.