The MGCB & Detroit joined into a Coup.

Monday the Detroit News came out with three articles on Greektown all written by Jaclyn Trop.

Greektown execs plan upscale overhaul

Management issues, distance contributed to Greektown’s fall

Excerpt:

“We didn’t understand how heavily regulated it would be,” said Keith Massaway, a member of the tribe’s board of directors.

The city and the state of Michigan taxed the three Detroit casinos at 24 percent.

City government officials repeatedly changed the requirements and plans for the casinos, which opened in temporary locations with plans to build permanent casino-hotel complexes along the Detroit Riverfront. The tribe said it spent $40 million on waterfront property it never used. The tribe had to comply with the costly mandates.

Greektown Casino’s failure haunts Chippewa Indians With a top small header for good measure in red.

Tribe’s gamble doesn’t pay off

And one more connected to these from Oct. 13 also written by Jaclyn Trop.

Detroit casinos outgain national rivals

What? Has Detroit gotten their PR Rep to contact the news and quiet some facts to Detroit robbing this Tribe of Greektown?

Why did The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians really lose the Greektown Casino? And how does this all tie into Pinnacle Race Course. Written by me based on a SOO Evening News site article

Sault Tribe loses grip on Greektown Casino

Some key facts from that Blog haven’t changed from this story.

“In a significant and dangerous departure from past practice, the Michigan Gaming Control Board has chosen to turn a blind eye to its own rules and abandon how it has traditionally granted regulatory clearance for people who seek an ownership stake in a Detroit casino,” said Director Lana Causley. “By approving a transfer of ownership to people who have not yet passed the background checks the MGCB has demanded and performed of all previous owners, the MGCB has set a dangerous precedent and potentially harmed the integrity of commercial gaming in Michigan.”

“It’s not fair to us,” said tribal member Denise Chase, according to Detroit News accounts. “You investigated us for two years.” Causley expanded on that argument in her statement. “Today’s decision unjustly applies a double standard that benefits private hedge funds and out-of-state investors, and compromises the MGCB’s own mission statement to ‘protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan’,” she said.

That is right, it does.

And here is the same key part of this whole argument as I pointed from bull that came from Richard Kalm on a Detroit Free Press article on Pinnacle Race Course and Horse Racing.

More Lies From Richard Kalm of the Michigan Gaming Control Board

Where I also reiterated to The MGCB Mission Statement.

Hell take your pick. http://www.freep.com/article/20101105/NEWS06/11050429/1001/News/New-casino-opening-catches-many-off-guard

Kalm’s Words.

“This has not been the traditional way for approval, and they have a legal theory they are leaning on,” said Rick Kalm, executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board. If the theory that a casino can be opened without the normal approval process holds up, “the impact would be huge. There are so many groups vying to expand casino gaming.”

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently purchased land near Pinnacle Race Course in Huron Township in western Wayne County. Gaming facilities there or in Port Huron would compete directly for local customers with Detroit’s three casinos, which count on exclusivity to fuel their business. The Detroit casinos are an important source of revenue for the City of Detroit.

Read more: RICHARD KALM OF THE MGCB JUST SAID A MOUTHFUL. New casino opening catches many off guard.

But from Management issues, distance contributed to Greektown’s fall article.

I found this statement very interesting.

“We didn’t understand how heavily regulated it would be,” said Keith Massaway, a member of the tribe’s board of directors.

The city and the state of Michigan taxed the three Detroit casinos at 24 percent.

City government officials repeatedly changed the requirements and plans for the casinos, which opened in temporary locations with plans to build permanent casino-hotel complexes along the Detroit Riverfront. The tribe said it spent $40 million on waterfront property it never used. The tribe had to comply with the costly mandates.

***********

You weren’t suppose to understand it Mr. Massaway. Who ended up with Greektown? And what piece of that Detroit Government official ended up on the board? Freman Hendrix, a former deputy Mayor and up until this last Sept. a part of Detroit’s Charter Revision Commission.

And Jaclyn Trop chooses the words. Tribe’s gamble doesn’t pay off.

It wasn’t suppose to pay off. In fact Detroit made sure it wouldn’t pay off. That’s why they kept changing the requirements as you said repeatedly. Somebody made it crystal clear to Detroit that this tribe was at a disadvantage business wise compared with MGM and Mandalay’s experience. They knew it. The MGCB knew it as well. Detroit got Greektown the same way they stole everything else in Detroit. And it took a very inexperienced ( as in Casino’s, Race Tracks and Gaming ) ex-mayor of a small city, Garden City to get that 4th vote to seal the deal. And who appointed him?

But also something else struck me with Keith Massaway’s statement: “We didn’t understand how heavily regulated it would be”

But it seems just in one area. Detroit. A former MGCB Regulation officer Patrick Devlin was suspended then fired after he filed a lawsuit on Michigan’s Attorney General Mike Cox because he thought that most of the Tribunal Casino’s elsewhere in the State were being given a pass on Liquor Licensing issues. He then filed a suit on MGCB Executive Director: Richard Kalm.

So maybe that is what threw off this Tribe. Only in DETROIT was it heavily regulated. They have the  five-Casino Kewadin chain and  have successfully ran them in the State with no problems. But they enter Detroit and seemed doomed to fail. But was it all their own doing like this Det.News article reads? I think there’s more than they know. Greektown has always had as many patrons as MGM and Motor City. It makes no sense that Greektown should of failed. I don’t buy it and neither do many others. And back to:

City government officials repeatedly changed the requirements and plans for the casinos, which opened in temporary locations with plans to build permanent casino-hotel complexes along the Detroit Riverfront. The tribe said it spent $40 million on waterfront property it never used. The tribe had to comply with the costly mandates.

Spent $40 Million on property it never used? More than costly mandates. I call it being robbed blind.This should have been investigated.

And in both of my last two blogs from Kalm’s hypocritical own words I had to resort to this MGCB

MISSION STATEMENT  just like Denise Chase.

“The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall insure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan.” 

INTERESTS OF THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN??? I DON’T THINK SO.

Kalm the HYPOCRITE:

My overall vision for gaming regulation in Michigan is quite simple, to maintain and ensure the integrity of Casino Gaming and Horse Racing, and balance regulation with a business friendly approach to vendors, suppliers, tracks and casinos. As a former law enforcement officer, I am very honored to head an agency that has some of the toughest gaming regulations in the country. My goal is to strive to be the finest gaming control operation in the US, which will assure the people of the State of Michigan that the commercial casino industry and horse racing is honest and fair. I am committed to protecting this source of revenue for the State of Michigan and maintaining the highest integrity of gaming throughout this State.

Wrong.

*********** ALL ABOUT DETROIT ***************

These people sabotaged you in Detroit and all these bombardments of articles now are to somehow show how inept The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians are. The point being if they couldn’t manage Greektown in Detroit. How will they successfully manage anything in Huron Township. All of this is to make you look as bad as possible. Only Huron Township isn’t Detroit. They don’t have all of their city government officials standing in a steady constant line on their way to prison like Detroit. And that is what everyone is so scared of. That you may get a FAIR SHAKE in Huron Township.

They want Horse Racing out of this State. And they don’t want any Tribe planting another seed so close to DETROIT. Well that’s just too damn bad. After all like Richard Kalm has stated.

“The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians recently purchased land near Pinnacle Race Course in Huron Township in western Wayne County. Gaming facilities there or in Port Huron would compete directly for local customers with Detroit’s three casinos which count on exclusivity to fuel their business”.

TOUGH

Which brings it down to a Fourth Article that was linked to the others.

Detroit casinos outgain national rivals and take in a very specific point in the article.

Last Updated: October 13. 2010 1:00AM

Gaming halls see revenues rise 2.7% in first three quarters

Jaclyn Trop / The Detroit News

Detroit’s three casinos have posted strong gains compared with gaming halls nationwide through the first nine months of this year, continuing their financial improvement after suffering their first revenue drop last year.

MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino and Greektown Casino saw September revenues jump 5.6 percent. Revenue through the first three quarters of the year increased 2.7 percent from the same period a year ago.

The casinos have shown year-over-year improvement for seven months out of nine, compared with an average of three positive months for casinos across the country, said Frank Fantini, editor and publisher of Fantini’s Gaming Report in Dover, Del.

“Detroit more than other casino markets seems to be insulated from competition,” Fantini said.

Casinos in nearby states like Iowa and Indiana saw slight gains of less than 1 percent, while those in Illinois declined more than 4 percent. Casinos in Illinois are taxed at higher rates, which shrinks their promotional budgets and lets them lose players to neighboring states, including Missouri, Fantini said.

Detroit’s casinos are not likely to face an outside threat until 2012 or 2013 when Toledo is expected to open a casino, he added.

For September, Detroit’s largest casino reaped the biggest gain compared with a year ago. MGM Grand, which has 43 percent of the market, saw revenues rise 11 percent to $46.5 million.

MotorCity, with 31 percent of the market, experienced a 3.9 percent bump to $34.8 million.

Revenues at Greektown fell 0.3 percent to $28.1 million.

An MGM Grand spokesman said the casinos may have seen large gains this month because September 2009 was relatively weak.

Executives from MotorCity and Greektown couldn’t be reached for comment
End

And Frank Fantini stated this it very Accurately and Precise.  

“Detroit more than other casino markets seems to be insulated from competition,”

Man is this an understatement. Insulated? How about Corrupt.

He added Detroit’s casinos are not likely to face an outside threat until 2012 or 2013 when Toledo is expected to open a casino. That is unless Huron Township beats Toledo to it.

A BLIND MAN CAN SEE ALL THIS.

This Tribe and all these all of a sudden articles, Pinnacle Race Course and the fact that they purchased some land there.

A lot of Businesses go bust, but never has so much focus been written on one particular group. And Why?

And this Tribe’s still lack of experience on why all the interest. It sounds like a soap opera to draw them in so they can say something wrong that can be scrutinized at a later time.

Also why no mention of any details about the former Chairman of this Tribe Benard Bouschor and the law firm that robbed them blind as well. Mller, Canfeild,Paddock and Stone P.L.C. I mean if your going to do a story why not do a thorough one. This Tribe seemed to encounter a lot of entity’s helping to drive them into the ground. Just like a Thoroughbred track here.

All I know is, Goodbye Governor Granhom and don’t let the door slam you on the way out. Hope Rick Snyder is a lot more FAIR. But as far away as possible from The MGCB Mission Statement of Fair since it is so far from any truth. Re-instate The Office of Racing commissioner and put Horse Racing back where it belongs, under Agriculture – 76 years.

And to Huron Township, get some smarts.

America was built on the Freedom of ALL to have their own businesses. And it is against the Constitution for Government to conspire to only help one area to prosper.

Greektown execs plan upscale overhaul, and the point of the previous owners demise in two separate articles was? 

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians didn’t fail, they just didn’t know they were up against a Coup. As it would seem Pinnacle Race Course has joined them.

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