The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians owns and operates the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Photo courtesy Santa Ynez Band

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians updates gaming agreement

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is waiting on federal approval for its new Class III gaming compact.

The tribe updated the agreement to authorize off-track betting at the Chumash Casino Resort in southern California. Such wagers won't be offered at the moment, however.

“We have no immediate plans to implement OTB, but we are looking at ways we can integrate it into our gaming floor if we choose to offer it as an amenity for guests in the future,” Chairman Kenneth Kahn said in a press release.

The tribe and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the compact on August 2. Kahn asked lawmakers to approve it at a committee hearing on August 22 and it was ratified by both chambers of the California Legislature the following week.

The compact can now be sent to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for review. After the BIA makes a decision, a notice of the agreement will be published in the Federal Register.

Read More on the Story
Governor signs bill allowing off-track wagering at Chumash Casino (The Santa Maria Times September 27, 2018)
Chumash Casino may soon be allowed to offer off-track wagering (KSBY September 28, 2018)

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