When he did arrive on stage—a few minutes late—the 2,001-member audience rose and gave the comic a hearty round of applause. And the comic launched right into his act.
First up, Leno complimented the room, “This is really a beautiful facility,” he said. “This is actually the first casino that has actual Indians that I've played,” he continued. “I played Foxwoods recently, it's run by a member of the Gambino tribe.”
Sure, it was "just a joke." It's a phenomenon known as "kidding on the square." Leno is "joking" about what many people believe: that most gaming tribes are fraudulent.
Again, note the feedback loop between this posting, Chief Ron Lies About Gaming, and Calif. Tribes Are "Highly Questionable"? One reinforces the other, strengthening the message they send to the public. Namely, that Indians are cheaters and liars. They used to skulk behind trees and rocks; now they skulk behind slot machines and roulette wheels.