8 facing theft, embezzlement charges over Hopland casino slot machines

There are 105 comments on the The Ukiah Daily Journal story from Aug 24, 2010, titled 8 facing theft, embezzlement charges over Hopland casino slot machines. In it, The Ukiah Daily Journal reports that:

Eight people face embezzlement and grand theft charges after allegedly participating over the last three years in a scheme to rig slot machines at the Sho-Ka-Wah Casino in Hopland, according to authorities.

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f-bomb

Lakeport, CA

#1 Aug 25, 2010
poor native americans....thats why this poor european american stopped going to the casinos I knew they could rig the machines.
With Open Eyes

Ukiah, CA

#3 Aug 25, 2010
f-bomb wrote:
poor native americans....thats why this poor european american stopped going to the casinos I knew they could rig the machines.
Your People brought the machines and all were not Native they were your kind dum ass.. Your kind started this crap on Native Lands... Go home..
Obvious

San Francisco, CA

#4 Aug 25, 2010
Corrupt Indians the new frontier.
yokel

Napa, CA

#5 Aug 25, 2010
I am outraged! It is the casino's job to rig machines for the benefit of the casino. Employees getting in on the action is just wrong!
Yeppers

Santa Rosa, CA

#6 Aug 25, 2010
With Open Eyes wrote:
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Your People brought the machines and all were not Native they were your kind dum ****.. Your kind started this crap on Native Lands... Go home..
We are all people here. If you dont want them on "your" lands then talk to your tribal community members and petition to have the casinos removed. I bet they dont and I bet you benefit in some way by the revenue the casino brings in. I personally think that these casinos are another way of labeling people and segregating based on the color of your skin. If we are going to have gambling here then it should be allowed everywhere and not just on "tribal lands". I dont think people should get something for the color of their skin or what their ancestors went through. Almost everyone's ancestors went through some kind of genocide. It is unfair to the other races that went through hard times (Jewish, Blacks, etc.)and it is racist in my eyes to keep segragated these people based on their history. Will we ever be truly colorblind (ALL of us - not just white people).
traveler

Redway, CA

#7 Aug 25, 2010
The current employees in charge also need to be looked at, and the are not native Americans.
Derrrr

San Francisco, CA

#8 Aug 25, 2010
OMG! Do not blame everyone for 8 peoples actions! To say things against Native Americans because of this incidentis just WRONG! If you do not like Casino's, don't go to them. Grow up, go back to Europe or where ever your ancestors came from! To "my thoughts" you are a racist *ig!
Debra Antone

Elk Grove, CA

#10 Aug 25, 2010
Hello!! This was happening since Sandy Sigala was in office. Why isn't she being investigated. It's about time all of this was brought to the surface. Many of the tribal members are suffering from this, especially the elders.
Yeppers

Healdsburg, CA

#11 Aug 25, 2010
Derrrr wrote:
OMG! Do not blame everyone for 8 peoples actions! To say things against Native Americans because of this incidentis just WRONG! If you do not like Casino's, don't go to them. Grow up, go back to Europe or where ever your ancestors came from! To "my thoughts" you are a racist *ig!
Please take your own advise. Dont blame ALL non-native american people for immigrating here (many of us werent from Europe at all).
riffraff

Ukiah, CA

#12 Aug 25, 2010
filthy place full of cigarette smoke. even the no-smoking area reeks. every surface is coated with a thick nicotene film.
Norcal121

Ukiah, CA

#13 Aug 25, 2010
Gaming lesson 101.. I can tell you I bet the machines were not rigged. First no one at Shokawah has the knowledge to try an rig the slot programming. I am pretty sure, I mean almost 10000% positive they manipulated jackpot payouts via the Oasis system, not actually by having jackpots on the machines. Simple jackpot over ride procedures and you print jackpot paperwork and pay the persons or your self if you create a fake player. There technically doesn't even have to been play or a player at the machine to do.. This is what happens when the management are lazy and the Gaming Commish are stupid and they let lame policies and procedures be in place and the Surveillance staff wasn't paying attention to their oasis computer and watching handpays and such...

Who would like to debate that lol
f-bomb

Lakeport, CA

#14 Aug 25, 2010
With Open Eyes wrote:
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Your People brought the machines and all were not Native they were your kind dum ****.. Your kind started this crap on Native Lands... Go home..
Iam home I stole it fair and square
Tribal Member

Courtland, CA

#15 Aug 25, 2010
Yeah it has to do with poor management! I myself believe Tracy Anderson (Marketing Manager) and Doyle Smotherman (Slots Manager) need to be fired!! They are incompetent and are collecting a paycheck for nothing! They DO NOT generate any revenue for our Casino and will continue not to...what benefit do they bring to the table.

Not all Casino are like this, there are many tribes that provide for they're members. Have staff that qualify for positions they are applying for, not like Shokawah's HR Manager Donetta who is a joke to Human Resources who only hires her own relatives!
Jack

Independence, KS

#16 Aug 25, 2010
Wow thanks for the report. I'm a bit surprised http://www.hotslot.org does not have this published yet.
Another tribal member

Stillwater, OK

#17 Aug 25, 2010
This is what happens when you put uneducated, unqualaified people in high positions. Im sorry to say it, but shokawah is a joke, and so is the gaming commission, obviously! This puts shame to the people who fought congress to have this casino!!
Koalabear2525

United States

#18 Aug 25, 2010
when did this happen ? why take so long ?

Since: Aug 10

Jackson St Forest, CA

#19 Aug 26, 2010
Tribal Member wrote:
Yeah it has to do with poor management! I myself believe Tracy Anderson (Marketing Manager) and Doyle Smotherman (Slots Manager) need to be fired!! They are incompetent and are collecting a paycheck for nothing! They DO NOT generate any revenue for our Casino and will continue not to...what benefit do they bring to the table.
Not all Casino are like this, there are many tribes that provide for they're members. Have staff that qualify for positions they are applying for, not like Shokawah's HR Manager Donetta who is a joke to Human Resources who only hires her own relatives!
Well tribal member it is #1 rule in indian gaming that native americans have preference over anyone else, so if the Marketing Manager is incompetent then maybe it's time to start hiring "The dumb white guy" who isn't as dumb as you all think.

Since: Aug 10

Jackson St Forest, CA

#20 Aug 26, 2010
Another tribal member wrote:
This is what happens when you put uneducated, unqualaified people in high positions. Im sorry to say it, but shokawah is a joke, and so is the gaming commission, obviously! This puts shame to the people who fought congress to have this casino!!
How many employees in upper management and on the gaming commision are native american? And you expect them to work for thier paycheck? Sounds like someone is asleep at the wheel.
WILLITS WOMAN

Jackson St Forest, CA

#21 Aug 26, 2010
ALL casinos are rigged! The house is rigged to win 99 out of 100 times. I don't play their games unless I'm playing with their money. There'r not getting any of my hard earned money. Why do you think they did what they did, to get some their money back. HA HA The jokes on them, now they will do double duty.

Since: Aug 10

Jackson St Forest, CA

#22 Aug 26, 2010
Norcal121 wrote:
Gaming lesson 101.. I can tell you I bet the machines were not rigged. First no one at Shokawah has the knowledge to try an rig the slot programming. I am pretty sure, I mean almost 10000% positive they manipulated jackpot payouts via the Oasis system, not actually by having jackpots on the machines. Simple jackpot over ride procedures and you print jackpot paperwork and pay the persons or your self if you create a fake player. There technically doesn't even have to been play or a player at the machine to do.. This is what happens when the management are lazy and the Gaming Commish are stupid and they let lame policies and procedures be in place and the Surveillance staff wasn't paying attention to their oasis computer and watching handpays and such...

Who would like to debate that lol
Well then lets talk Oasis, sounds like your refering to what all players no as Free Play, which is placed on your club card as a method of reward for how much a player has played. If money was placed on cards for the player to play free with, than there was defenitly multiple people asleep on the job. Shame on them this wasn't the first time this has happened at a local casino and I would bet it won't be the last? Better background ivestigations from the gaming commission would be a great place to start, with regard to eliminating this type of thing from happening again. Which begs the question of, why are the gamming commisioners usually the highest paid employees in gaming operations?

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