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Sycuan's bingo machines investigated

May 30, 2008

EL CAJON, CA - Sycuan Casino has modified some of their bingo-based slot machines to play faster with just one press of a button. This change has attracted the attention of regulators who think these could be slot machines in disguise.

The issue could affect how much money the casino pays the state and may count towards the casino's allocation of Las Vegas-style slot machines.

The casino has about 300 of these bingo-based slot machines. These are Class II gaming machines which do not require licenses or payments to the state and are not included in the cap of 2,000 Las Vegas-style slot machines, which are Class II machines.

Sycuan Band members say the modified games are still bingo machines and should not count toward their 2,000 slots. Adam Day, assistant tribal manager, said "It's a bingo machine. It's very clearly a bingo machine."

However, officials with the state Gambling Control Commission and the National Indian Gaming Commission will investigate and decide whether the Sycuan have violated their 1999 compact.

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