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California slots expansion begins

28 March 2008

CALIFORNIA -- As reported by the Press-Enterprise: "Less than two months after California voters approved gambling expansion deals, Inland tribal casinos have installed thousands of new slot machines and are preparing to add more.

"Californians voted in early February to let four Southern California Indian casinos add a combined total of 17,000 slot machines in exchange for sharing some of the revenue with the state. Each of the tribes was allowed to operate 2,000 slot machines under the previous agreements.

"An additional tribe, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, received permission earlier this year to add 5,500 new slot machines but did not have to get voter approval. The tribe already is advertising that it has 3,500 machines in place -- up from 2,000.

"...The Pechanga Resort & Casino near Temecula previously operated the maximum number of machines -- 2,000 -- and additional video-bingo machines that were similar to slot machines.

"...The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which signed a deal for 3,000 new machines, also is adding machines to its two casinos..."

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