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Californian Cardrooms Reject Player Banked Rule Changes

California cardrooms reject proposed changes to the law that would bring a crimp in their lucrative’ player-banked’ games. This week, the California Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC) issued draught regulations requiring cardrooms to change how they perform so-called’ player-banked’ games, where a designated’ third-party proposal player’ plays the function of the house, accumulating losses and paying winnings to the other players.

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8/14/2020

article What Gambling Looks Like In The Age Of Coronavirus
(California) -- As we reported last weekend, a card room just outside the Bay Area has become the first in the state to reopen for gaming. Welcome to Stars Casino in...

8/12/2020

article Casino to Host ‘Dinner Under the Stars’
(California) -- Casino San Clemente is bringing back live music events—with strict social distancing modifications—by launching a new Saturday-night series...

8/10/2020

article Central California Casino Becomes State’s First Card Room To Reopen Outdoors
(California) -- A Central California casino is betting big on outdoor gambling. Stars Casino in the city of Tracy reopened this weekend, becoming the first card room in...
article Attorney General Becerra Announces Criminal Charges in Alleged Livermore Gambling Scheme
(California) -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently announced the arraignment and charges against Eric Nguyen and Khan “Tina” Tran, who were...

8/9/2020

article Distanced blackjack and poker? First California cardroom reopens
(California) -- Shaded from the blazing sun by canopies and refreshed by fans, gamblers on Sunday regained some sense of normalcy by returning to an outdoor cardroom in...

8/8/2020

article ‘Just Trying To Survive’: Tracy Casino Reopens Outdoors
(California) -- The luck of the draw is drawing people out to Stars Casino in Tracy after the casino moved operations outdoors following a voluntary shutdown amid the...

8/5/2020

article Rosamond casino lays off 20, closes amid pandemic restrictions
(California) -- An operator at Diamond Jim's Casino in Rosamond notified local officials last month it had to lay off 20 employees because of emergency restrictions...

8/4/2020

article Rosamond casino lays off 20, closes amid pandemic restrictions
(California) -- Diamond Jim's Casino in Rosamond notified local officials last month it had to lay off 20 employees because of emergency restrictions imposed during...
article Voters Asked To Raise Card Room Taxes And Add More Table Games
(California) -- When shuttered blackjack and poker tables finally reopen in San Jose, card rooms could face a tax increase city officials hope might help close a looming...

8/3/2020

article San Jose Wants Voters To Raise Card Room Taxes, Add More Table Games
(California) -- When shuttered blackjack and poker tables finally reopen in San Jose, card rooms could face a tax increase city officials hope might help close a looming...

8/2/2020

article San Jose wants voters to raise card room taxes, add more table games
(California) -- When shuttered blackjack and poker tables finally reopen in San Jose, card rooms could face a tax increase city officials hope might help close a looming...
article With new state restrictions, these Whatcom businesses are figuring out how to survive
(Washington) -- As Washington state attempts to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control, it’s becoming clear that Whatcom County local businesses are facing...

7/31/2020

article Black Pearl Casino in Spokane Valley planning to move card gaming into outdoor tents as new COVID-19 restrictions go into effect
(Washington) -- As new guidelines in Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan went into effect Thursday requiring indoor card rooms in the state to close, the...

7/30/2020

article Spokane Valley casino plans to set up outdoor tents amid COVID-19 restrictions
(Washington) -- Large casinos have been able to operate throughout Phase 2 in Washington, but a new set of guidelines in effect on Thursday, July 30, will force smaller...

7/21/2020

article Tribal casinos’ continued operation deemed ‘patently unfair’ by Fresno-area cardrooms
(California) -- Though many California businesses have been ordered to close again due to a spike in coronavirus cases, tribal facilities have remained open, sparking...

7/17/2020

article Cardrooms cry foul as California tribal casinos ignore Newsom’s pleas to shut down
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide shutdown of indoor entertainment venues in response to surging coronavirus cases — from restaurants and bars to...

7/10/2020

article Struggling Hawks Prairie Casino seeks a tax break from Lacey
(Washington) -- Hawks Prairie Casino, a non-tribal gambling destination in Lacey, is again looking for gambling tax relief from the city, according to a letter from the...

7/9/2020

article No full house: South Bay card room forced to close, again
(California) -- There aren’t too many card rooms in San Diego County, but those like Seven Mile Casino in Chula Vista are being forced to shut down once again....

7/7/2020

article Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino looking to hire 400 new employees
(California) -- Want to take a gamble on a new gig? Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino is now hiring! They’re looking for 400 new employees at their newest...

7/6/2020

article FOX 11 Job Finder: Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady Casino looking to hire 400 new employees.
(California) -- Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena is looking to hire 400 new employees. The casino plans to reopen in September.

7/3/2020

article California Gov. closes L.A. poker rooms again
(California) -- Commerce Casino, Bicycle Hotel & Casino, Hollywood Park Casino, Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Hustler Casino were all forced to close as Gov. Gavin Newsom...

7/2/2020

article 140 employees on furlough after Club One Casino in Fresno forced to shut down again
(California) -- Across the state, most casinos have temporarily been shut down after the governor ordered the closure of multiple indoor venues. Club One Casino has been...
article Hours after reopening, South Sacramento card room is shut down for third time
(California) -- After being open for just one day, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order on Wednesday shut down a South Sacramento card room for the third time due to the...

7/1/2020

article Restaurant dining rooms, wineries, card rooms to close for at least three weeks in 19 California counties
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday ordered tougher restrictions for much of the state, requiring 19 counties experiencing increased spread of coronavirus to...

6/26/2020

article Casino Insider: Hustler Casino in Gardena reopens
(California) -- Now that all of the tribal casinos in Southern California have reopened, we’re starting to see the reopening of card rooms. Hustler Casino in...

6/23/2020

article Sacramento card room closes 3 days after ‘soft’ reopening; an employee got coronavirus
(California) -- A Sacramento card room closed down last week after an employee tested positive for coronavirus, just three days after it had reopened from three months...

6/19/2020

article Hustler Casino, in Gardena, reopens with plexiglass and half capacity
(California) -- The cards were dealt, the chips were down and the cocktails were served once more. The Hustler Casino, in Gardena, opened Friday, June 19, for the first...

6/17/2020

article Napa Council approves the city's first card room in 15 years
(California) -- Residents will soon no longer have to travel beyond the Napa city limits to try their hand at poker, blackjack and other card games. Napa will have its...
article Larry Flynt’s Lady Luck California cardroom to reopen this summer
(California) -- Larry Flynt, founder of Hustler magazine, plans a late-summer reopening for his shuttered California cardroom. The Lady Luck Casino in Gardena,...
article 400 Jobs Heading to Los Angeles as Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino Announces the Need for Full and Part-Time Workers
(California) -- Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino has announced the need to fill over 400 positions at their casino in Gardena, California, located at 1045 Rosecrans...

6/16/2020

article Larry Flynt Wins a Hand on California Casino Regulations
(California) -- Extending Hustler founder Larry Flynt’s fight against a longstanding California organized crime rule, a federal judge on Monday allowed a deeper...

6/11/2020

article Golden West Casino reopening on Friday
(Colorado) -- Golden West Casino announced they will be reopening on Friday, June 12th. The casino said they have been working diligently over the past few months to...

6/9/2020

article Some California Casinos and Cardrooms Could Open by June 12
(California) -- The California Gambling Control Commission (Commission), with guidance from the Department of Health, has issued reopening guidelines for cardrooms and...

5/29/2020

article Card rooms in Rancho Cordova, Marysville to be sold as part of settlements with California AG
(California) -- Shut down by regulators since January over financial troubles, the owner of a Rancho Cordova card room has agreed to find a buyer for the club in a...

5/28/2020

article Attorney General Becerra Secures Settlements Against Card Rooms in Paso Robles, Rancho Cordova, and Marysville, Imposes Additional Oversight Conditions Pending Sale
(California) -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced settlements against Paso Robles Central Coast Casino, Magnolia House Casino in Rancho Cordova...

5/27/2020

article Co-owner of a California casino with Utah polygamous sect ties dies from COVID-19
(California) -- Joseph Ortell Kingston, whose ownership stake in a California casino was a point of contention with regulators there, died early Sunday at Murray’s...

5/26/2020

article Los Angeles Card Rooms Want in on Action as Tribal, Vegas Rivals Reopen
(California) -- The six Los Angeles-area card rooms presented county health officials with a 20-page document containing policies and procedures aimed at convincing...

5/24/2020

article Local Card Clubs Send Comprehensive Re-Opening Plan to Gov. Newsom
(California) -- In March of this year, the Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens , as well as all other casinos, closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the closure of the...

5/23/2020

article Card clubs offer reopening plan as tribal and Vegas casinos get back in the game
(California) -- With Las Vegas casinos expected to open next month and a handful of tribal casinos in California already taking bets, Los Angeles County’s card...

5/22/2020

article The Smallest City In LA Has Lost Its Volcano, Its Casino, And Most Of Its Money
(California) -- Occupying less than one square mile of land just east of the 605 Freeway at Carson Street, Hawaiian Gardens is the smallest city in Los Angeles County....
article Reopened Grass Valley cardroom closed by California
(California) -- Towers Casino, a Grass Valley cardroom that reopened Monday against state guidelines, was ordered closed the following day by the state Department of...

5/20/2020

article California card room reopened from coronavirus shutdown early. DOJ raided it the next day
(California) -- All bets are off at one Northern California card room, whose attempt to open prior to the state lifting coronavirus-related restrictions on gambling...
article Grass Valley Card Room Raided, Closed After Defying State COVID-19 Order
(California) -- A Northern California gambling operation is once again closed after rolling the dice and trying to reopen earlier this week in defiance of Governor Gavin...

5/19/2020

article DRINKING ALLOWED: Grass Valley Casino Reopens In Apparent Defiance Of State COVID-19 Orders
(California) -- Owners of Towers Casino and Card Room on Bank Street in Grass Valley have apparently had enough of the COVID-19 stay at home issued by Governor Gavin...

5/18/2020

article California Card Rooms Prepare Reopening Safeguards, Tensions Mount Between Casinos and Governor
(California) -- California card room executives are eager to see the venues reopen soon after months of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic and are working on...

5/6/2020

article Orange City gambling house wants more seats
(Florida) -- Operators of the Orange City card room have asked the city government for permission to allow bigger crowds of fortune seekers, but when city officials will...

4/14/2020

article Games of chance get second chance as Spokane Valley council delays gambling-tax collection
(Washington) -- Spokane Valley businesses that offer card tables, pull tabs, bingo and other gaming will have some relief after the Spokane Valley City Council...

4/11/2020

article SBA Cannot Loan to Casinos, The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens is Trying to Change That
(California) -- The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens, which voluntarily shut down in March, provides 70% of the revenue to this tiny city in Southwest Los Angeles...

4/10/2020

article LA-area card casinos, cities seek assistance as coronavirus shutdown threatens jobs
(California) -- Shuttered Los Angeles-area card casinos and cities that rely on the revenues they generate are appealing for state and federal assistance as the...

4/1/2020

article ‘They’re all tainted by it.’ Federal corruption cases deal new blow to trust in City Hall
(California) -- Even amid a global health crisis, the sordid revelations about Los Angeles City Hall have managed to astonish. One Los Angeles city councilman, now out...

3/25/2020

article Commerce Casino Will Pay Employees Amid Closure
(California) -- The Commerce Hotel & Casino board announced Wednesday it will pay all employees and maintain their health benefits throughout the casino’s...

3/15/2020

article 5 LA County casinos close amid coronavirus concerns
(California) -- Los Angeles County card rooms and casinos became the latest businesses to announce closures due to the coronavirus outbreak on Saturday, March 14. The...
article Commerce Casino employee presumed positive for coronavirus as some California card rooms close
(California) -- The action was intense Friday at a baccarat table inside the Red Hawk Casino as eight players, most of them elderly, sat elbow to elbow placing bets...

3/9/2020

article Tribes Can't Force Card Room Crackdown, 9th Circ. Told [sub req]
(California) -- The California Gaming Association has told the Ninth Circuit that a lower court correctly tossed three tribes’ claims that the state hasn’t...

3/4/2020

article LASD Investigating Stabbing After Victim Seeks Aid At Compton Casino
(California) -- Authorities were investigating a stabbing in Compton Wednesday night after the victim sought aid at a local casino. Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies...

3/2/2020

article Documents spell out casino’s ties to Utah polygamous sect as California seeks to deny it a gambling license
(California) -- California’s attorney general wants to deny a gambling license to a casino in the Golden State, partly because the owners have not explained loans...

2/24/2020

article BOOK REVIEW: An Oil Boom, a Missing Body and a Native Woman’s Quest to Find It
(New York) -- The Fort Berthold Reservation covers nearly a million acres of rolling hills and prairie in North Dakota and is home to the “Three Affiliated Tribes...

2/7/2020

article Artichoke Joe’s CEO Dennis Sammut dead at 77; remembered for philanthropy
(California) -- Dennis Sammut, who owned Artichoke Joe’s casino and established himself as an outsize presence in the San Bruno community through his...

1/27/2020

article Hawaiian Gardens, California: The Money Laundering Capital of the World
(California) -- In the ongoing saga of card-room corruption in California, one facility stands head and shoulders above the rest: Hawaiian Gardens Casino (l.), located...

1/15/2020

article Diamond Jim’s Casino closed due to rat droppings
(California) -- Diamond Jim’s Casino has been closed by county health officials. According to a Kern County Public Health Services Department report, inspectors...

1/8/2020

article California officials order shutdown of Rancho Cordova card room
(California) -- Attorney General Xavier Becerra has issued an emergency shutdown order against Magnolia House Casino, a card room on Folsom Boulevard, just south of...

1/7/2020

article California Card Room Ordered to Close, Insufficient Liquidity to Cover Players
(California) -- California’s Bureau of Gambling Control (CBGC) ordered the emergency shutdown of the Magnolia House Casino in Rancho Cordova on Monday after it was...

1/6/2020

article California shuts down Sacramento-area card room with emergency order. Here’s why
(California) -- California officials said Monday they’ve ordered the shutdown of a Rancho Cordova card room, saying it was “seriously underfunded” and...
article State shuts down Rancho Cordova card room, calling license into question
(California) -- For the second time in six years, the California Bureau of Gambling Control issued an emergency order shutting down a Sacramento-area card room after...

12/23/2019

article California Card Rooms: New Rules Will ‘Kill Us’
(California) -- New cardroom rules proposed by the California Bureau of Gambling Control last week have venues like the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens (l.)...

12/20/2019

article Mayor Soria Fights Cardroom Rules in Bid to Protect Commerce Casino
(California) -- Mayor John Soria is leading the charge to protect his city’s namesake casino by prodding California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. He’s...

12/19/2019

article New state gambling rules would put card rooms 'out of business,' advocates fear
(California) -- Hundreds of protesters demonstrated Wednesday in opposition to new rules proposed by the California Bureau of Gambling Control that would require players...

12/16/2019

article Maverick adds Denver gaming to its portfolio with CC Gaming deal
(Colorado) -- Regional gaming asset firm Maverick Gaming LLC has confirmed the closure on its purchase of CC Gaming LLC’s gaming and non-gaming assets, including Z...
article Maverick Gaming completes acquisition of three CC Gaming casinos in Colorado
(Colorado) -- Las Vegas-based Maverick Gaming closed on its purchase of CC Gaming to acquire its gaming and non-gaming assets in Denver (Colorado), which include Z...

12/14/2019

article Maverick Gaming enters third state after closing purchase of three Denver-area casinos
(Colorado) -- Maverick Gaming finalized its acquisition of Colorado casino company CC Gaming, giving the Las Vegas-based operator ownership of three casinos in the...

12/9/2019

article California releases updated ‘house-banked’ game proposals
(California) -- After over a hear of deliberations and the California Bureau of Gambling Control has reportedly released a new set of proposals that would govern how...
article California: "new gambling regulations would kill card rooms," trade group says
(California) -- After a year of hearings on card rooms held by the state’s gambling control commission, the California Bureau of Gambling Control has proposed new...
article California's 2nd-largest card room fined nearly $6M for misleading regulators
(California) -- California’s second-largest card room is paying state and federal regulators nearly $6 million for misleading gambling regulators and failing to do...

12/8/2019

article Californian Cardrooms Reject Player Banked Rule Changes
(California) -- California cardrooms reject proposed changes to the law that would bring a crimp in their lucrative’ player-banked’ games. This week, the...

12/7/2019

article Hawaiian Gardens Casino hit with $3.15m fine for misleading regulators
(California) -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has issued a settlement of $3.15m against Hawaiian Gardens Casino. The state’s second largest card room...
article California Cardrooms Protest Against New Regulations
(California) -- Cardrooms in California are protesting against proposed changes in the rules that would affect their “player-banked” games. The California...
article New Regulations Aimed at California Cardrooms Called ‘Appalling’ by Gaming Association
(California) -- The California Bureau of Gambling Control (CBGC) is looking to implement new rules that could make standard table games burdensome to play at non-tribal...

12/6/2019

article California cardrooms protest plan to change player-banked rules
(California) -- California cardrooms are pushing back against proposed rule changes that would put a crimp in their lucrative ‘player-banked’ games. This...
article New state gambling rules would 'kill' card rooms, some worry
(California) -- The state Bureau of Gambling Control has proposed new rules for California’s 72 card rooms that operators of the establishments say could make...
article California’s 2nd largest card room pays $6 million in fines
(California) -- California’s second-largest card room is paying state and federal regulators nearly $6 million for misleading gambling regulators and failing to do...

12/5/2019

article Hawaiian Gardens Casino Fined $6M for Misleading Regulators, Failing to Deter Money Laundering
(California) -- California’s second-largest card room is paying state and federal regulators nearly $6 million for misleading gambling regulators and failing to do...
article Hawaiian Gardens casino to pay California $3.15 million, admits misleading regulators
(California) -- The Gardens Casino, a card room that underpins the one-square-mile city of Hawaiian Gardens, has agreed to pay $3.15 million to settle allegations...

11/26/2019

article Washington State casino handed massive bill over investigation
(Washington) -- Macau Casino LLC in Washington State has agreed, most likely very reluctantly, to cover the cost of an investigation conducted by state authorities into...

11/25/2019

article Washington State’s Macau Casino to Compensate Gambling Commission for $1.25M Investigation
(Washington) -- Washington State’s Macau Casino will pay $1.25 million to officials under a recent agreement with the Gambling Commission to cover inquiry costs....

11/13/2019

article California Cardrooms Are Important Contributors to Local, State Economies, Says Industry Group
(California) -- California’s 72 cardrooms aren’t traditional casinos and often draw the ire of tribal operators, but the venues are important drivers of...

11/8/2019

press release New Report Finds California Cardroom Industry Generates Over 32,000 Jobs and Nearly $5.6 Billion in Annual Impact on State's Economy
(California) -- A new economic impact analysis report released today found the total annual economic impact of California's cardroom industry to be $5.6 billion...

10/28/2019

article Nederland City Council votes against poker club
(California) -- The Nederland City Council voted unanimously Monday not to approve a specific-use permit for a private poker club. The club was proposed by Lane...

10/3/2019

article SCANDAL: Citrus Heights casino investigates cheating allegations
(California) -- A popular Northern California casino is investigating cheating allegations. Stones Gambling Hall temporarily shut down all live poker broadcasts as they...
article SCANDAL: Stones Live Poker also halts use of RFID technology
(California) -- One day after suspending all broadcasts of the Stone Live Poker stream, the Stones Gambling Hall has posted a series of tweets explaining their latest...

10/2/2019

article Maverick Continues Shopping Spree, Scoops up Three Colorado Casinos in Deal With CC Gaming
(Colorado) -- Maverick Gaming LLC, a closely held regional company, is continuing its recent slew of purchases by acquiring CC Gaming LLC, Colorado’s largest...
article Maverick Gaming closes on WA card rooms
(Washington) -- Maverick Gaming has closed on the purchase of five card rooms in the US state of Washington.The locations are: the Macau Casino in Lakewood, the Macau...
article Maverick Gaming completes purchase of five Washington card rooms
(Washington) -- Las Vegas-based Maverick Gaming completed a previously announced transaction Wednesday to acquire five card room casinos in Washington.

9/21/2019

article Napa city planners endorse card room and restaurant at Compadres building
(California) -- The team attempting to bring card games into the city of Napa for the first time in nearly 15 years has cleared its first hurdle. Developers of Ace...

9/20/2019

article California balks at considering permanent license for casino with ties to Utah polygamous sect
(California) -- California’s gambling regulators are again asking for more information about the finances of two men operating a casino there, including who else...

9/12/2019

article Clovis rolls the dice, sticks with current revenue deal with 500 Club cardroom
(California) -- The Clovis City Council decided a sure thing is the best bet when it comes to negotiating with owners of the city’s only card room.

9/5/2019

article SIGA employees roll up sleeves to help make difference in communities
(Saskatchewan) -- Employees from Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) were lending a helping hand on Thursday. It was all part of the non-profit organization...

9/3/2019

article Maverick Gaming Increases Its Footprint in Washington by Adding Six More Card Rooms
(Washington) -- The Las Vegas-based operator has begun acquisitions of six additional card rooms in Washington, bringing up the total number of its card rooms in that...

8/27/2019

article Maverick Gaming Acquires Several Casinos
(Washington) -- Maverick Gaming, LLC, a Las Vegas, Nevada-based company operating several casinos, has acquired several casinos in the Washington and Nevada areas since...

8/21/2019

article Las Vegas firm builds big stake in Washington card rooms, including one in Lakewood
(Las Vegas) -- A Las Vegas company is buying five more house-banked card rooms in Washington state, including the Macau Casino in Lakewood. Maverick Gaming LLC did not...
article Las Vegas firm builds big stake in Washington card rooms, including one in Lakewood
(Las Vegas) -- A Las Vegas company is buying five more house-banked card rooms in Washington state, including the Macau Casino in Lakewood.

7/17/2019

article At Least 12 Injured In A Casino Roof Collapse
(California) -- At least 12 people have been injured after the roof of Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena, California, collapsed while they were at the...

7/16/2019

article Lucky Lady Patron Details Moments Leading Up to When Gardena Casino’s Roof Caved In
(California) -- A man who was gambling at the Lucky Lady in Gardena when part of the roof caved in on Monday said he heard a loud noise at the casino just a few days...

7/15/2019

article 11 hurt after a roof collapses at Gardena casino
(California) -- Officials are investigating after a roof collapsed at a Gardena casino Monday morning, injuring 11 people, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said....
article Minor Injuries After Roof Collapse at California Casino
(California) -- Authorities say mostly minor injuries are reported after a roof collapsed in the lobby of a Los Angeles area casino. LA County Fire Department spokesman...
article Minor Injuries Reported After Roof Collapses at Larry Flynt Casino
(California) -- A roof collapsed Monday at Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena, leaving nearly a dozen people with minor injuries.
article Multiple People Hurt After Roof Partially Collapses at Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena: LACFD
(California) -- Multiple people have been injured after a partial roof collapse at Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena on Monday morning, authorities said....
article Roof collapses at Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena, injuring 11
(California) -- A collapsing roof at a Larry Flynt casino in Gardena sent patrons scattering Monday morning, with at least 11 people getting injured, officials said, but...

7/10/2019

article Car dealership owner proposes gaming
(California) -- Long-time car dealership owner Dwight Nelson has an idea he thinks will not only add an estimated 100 new jobs to Selma, but could also bring in...

7/7/2019

article Maverick Gaming increasing its presence in Washington state, acquiring 13th card room
(Washington) -- Las Vegas-based Maverick Gaming continued its casino buying spree in Washington last week and hinted at other pending deals in the northwest state. The...

6/15/2019

article State auditor finds long delays in licenses, permits by gambling agencies cause problems to gaming industry, casino owners
(California) -- After a six-month investigation, the state auditor concluded that inefficiency in the Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC) and the California Gambling...

5/16/2019

article Elks Tower owner sues gambling commission over denied license
(California) -- The owner of the Elks Tower in downtown Sacramento is suing the state’s gambling regulator, after it repeatedly refused to grant him permission to...
article Plans for restaurant and casino along Cowlitz come closer to fruition
(Washington) -- More than a year after Ubet Casino in Longview closed, former owner Regina Bakunowicz says she’s close to opening a new Italian restaurant and card...

4/27/2019

article A family connected to a Utah polygamous sect owns a California casino, and regulators may end up shutting it down
(California) -- Of all the businesses owned by Utah’s Kingston family, perhaps none receive the government scrutiny of the Lake Elsinore Casino in Southern...

4/20/2019

article Lucky 21 employees out 3 weeks’ pay
(Washington) -- The April 8 closure of the Lucky 21 Casino in Woodland — also known as the Oak Tree Casino — left most of the business’s 115 employees...

4/15/2019

article Lucky 21 Casino closes overnight, 115 employees lose their job
(Washington) -- Woodland’s Lucky 21 Casino is no more with more than 100 employees out of work. The abrupt closure happened at 6 a.m. April 8 and was a surprise to...

4/11/2019

article Rancho card room expansion approved by Gambling Commission, Sacramento casino denied again
(California) -- California’s gambling regulator has approved an expansion of a card room in Rancho Cordova, and reconfirmed its denial of a high-end downtown...

4/8/2019

article Building a $1-million poker game for ‘Live at the Bike'
(California) -- One Friday this past December, behind the glass doors of a studio inside the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens, a well-mannered but strategically...
article Building a $1-million poker game for ‘Live at the Bike’
(California) -- One Friday this past December, behind the glass doors of a studio inside the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens, a well-mannered but strategically...
article Oak Tree casino in Woodland closes
(Washington) -- The Oak Tree Casino in Woodland — also known as the Lucky 21 Casino — has closed, this time for good. The doors of the casino and restaurant...

4/6/2019

article Lucky Lady owner enters plea in card room probe
(California) -- The longtime owner of San Diego’s last remaining card room struck a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that says the illegal sports gambling...

3/21/2019

article California card rooms seek to intervene in lawsuit they call 'existential' threat (sub req)
(California) -- An association of California card rooms wants to intervene in a lawsuit by tribal casino owners that accuses the state of failing to enforce rules on...

3/1/2019

article Parkwest Casino Lotus Retail Plaza Purchase
(California) -- The owners of a casino in South Sacramento have bought a neighboring retail center on Stockton Boulevard near Lemon Hill Avenue for about $3.7 million,...

2/20/2019

article Where Are the Best Casinos to Visit When in Los Angeles?
(California) -- In Los Angeles, California, everything is done with a little extra flair. In a crazy twist of fate, that doesn’t really apply to the casino gaming...

2/5/2019

article Elks Tower card room license denied by gambling commission
(California) -- The California Gambling Control Commission has denied a license to Elks Tower owner Steve Ayers to open a high-end card room in the historic building at...

1/24/2019

article Black Pearl request for lower card game tax in Spokane Valley at a standstill
(Washington) -- A request from Black Pearl Casino and Poker Room to reduce Spokane Valley’s gambling tax rate for card games appears to be at a standstill with...

1/16/2019

article Eviction notice ignored at Cheers Poker Room and Casino
(New Hampshire) -- An eviction notice taped to the door of Cheers Poker Room and Casino demanded that the place be cleared out by 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The business owner,...

12/21/2018

article How Club One’s expansion is following Vegas’s lead
(California) -- If you believe plans to move Fresno’s Club One Casino to a larger downtown location are being driven by an intent to make more space for gambling,...

12/18/2018

article BLOG: Online Gambling Situation in LA
(California) -- America has many popular tourist destinations, among which Los Angeles (LA) is distinguished by a special style and color. According to official Wiki...

12/9/2018

article At age 30, The Last Frontier makes sure this isn’t the last stand
(Washington) -- Matt Hess took a three-month class to learn how to become a table games dealer about 20 years ago at The Last Frontier Casino and decided he’d...

12/7/2018

article Club One Casino seeks new downtown home in old Gottschalks store
(California) -- The former Gottschalks Department store on Fulton Street in downtown Fresno has sat mostly unused and abandoned for more than 30 years, bit could be...
article New Club One Casino cost pegged at $13-$15 million
(California) -- The owner of Downtown Fresno’s Club One Casino said work will begin right away to design a new casino after the city council voted Thursday to sell...

12/6/2018

article Fresno approves sale of spiral garage, former Gottschalks building to Club One Casino
(California) -- The Fresno City Council on Thursday voted to sell the city’s spiral parking garage and city-owned portion of the former Gottschalks building to...
article After a Year Away, Bay 101 Shooting Star Returns with New Look
(California) -- “I have always said San Jose has the greatest poker fans in the world.” Matt Savage has called San Jose’s Bay 101 Casino home since he...

12/5/2018

article California card club owners fear new gambling regulations could force them to fold on blackjack-type games
(California) -- A single mother, Carolyn Uzeta worked her way up over 18 years from cocktail waitress at the Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens to the card club’s...

11/30/2018

article PALERMO: You Broke It, You Bought It
(California) -- A promised crackdown on illegal games in California card rooms and a state-mandated audit of spending by the Gambling Control Commission (GCC) and Bureau...

11/26/2018

article California Tribes Get Their Hands Dirty, File Lawsuit Against Card Clubs
(California) -- California gaming tribes and the state’s licensed card rooms are embroiled in a longstanding feud over the so-called “California”...
article Tribes Come Down On California Cardrooms
(California) -- The dispute over banked games in California cardrooms finally came to a head last week when two tribes filed lawsuits against the cardroom owners for...

11/24/2018

article Fed up tribes sue card rooms, seek to halt offering some games they contend are illegal
(California) -- Two Native American tribes that operate reservation casinos are suing a dozen card rooms from Chula Vista to the Bay Area, contending they are breaking...

11/21/2018

article Indian gaming operators vs card rooms, Battlefield: California Court
(California) -- It’s already yesterday’s news by the time you hear about a lawsuit in America. Many don’t believe, how legally active the country is,...

11/20/2018

article Spokane Valley card room wants lower taxes to compete with rates paid in Spokane
(Washington) -- Spokane Valley reduced its gambling tax rate from 10 percent to 6 percent three years ago to help businesses like the Black Pearl Casino and Poker Room...

11/19/2018

article California Tribes Sue Card Clubs Over ‘Illegal’ House-Banked Games
(California) -- California’s Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and Santa Ynez Band of Cumash Indians have launched legal action against many of the state’s card...
article Chumash, Luiseño tribes sue cardrooms for allegedly violating state law
(California) -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians announced Friday they filed a lawsuit against several Southern California...
press release CNIGA Executive Director Susan Jensen Statement on Lawsuit Against Card Clubs Engaging in Illegal Activity
(California) -- “Last Friday, two CNIGA member tribes, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, filed a lawsuit against...

11/18/2018

article California tribes sue card rooms over ‘player-banked’ games
(California) -- Two prominent California tribal casino operators are suing commercial card rooms over the latter’s use of ‘player-banked’ games that...

11/17/2018

article SoCal Cardrooms Slapped with Lawsuit by Luiseno, Chumash Indians
(California) -- The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians announced Friday that they have filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court...

11/10/2018

article Neighborhood Spotlight: Casino-dominated Hawaiian Gardens offers good odds on finding affordable housing
(California) -- Belying its exotic moniker, the site that became Hawaiian Gardens was originally a marsh that local farmers called “the Delta,” according to...

11/6/2018

article Some Lucky Lady Casino patrons, staff may have been exposed to TB
(California) -- People who visited the Lucky Lady Casino in San Diego on weekends over a six-month period ending in late September may have been exposed to tuberculosis...

10/30/2018

article 'At this point, we're suing': Tribes upset with handling of non-Indian gaming facilities
(California) -- Tribes are threatening to sue the state of California for failing to crack down on non-Indian card rooms, Dave Palermo reports. Writing for CDC Gaming...

10/29/2018

article California Tribes Threaten to Sue State Over Banked Games Despite Regulator Assurances
(California) -- California tribal gaming operators are treating with caution a declaration by regulators that they will wipe out controversial banked card games...
article PALERMO: California gambling regulators pledge crackdown on card rooms, but tribes remain angry
(California) -- California gambling regulators say they will crack down on card room operators that American Indian tribes claim are violating state laws and a...

10/10/2018

article Game’s up as cops deal city card clubs a bad hand
(India) -- The big card players of the city are hopping mad. Club owners are crying foul and the begums and ranis, who host the many kitty parties, are livid that the...

9/29/2018

article Event center in Spokane Valley adding casino
(Washington) -- The Players and Spectators Event Center in Spokane Valley is planning to add a casino. JD’s Dragon Inc. filed permits with the city to change the...

9/11/2018

article Casino thief who put Louis Vitton purse in trash bag claims he was playing ‘janitor’
(Washington) -- A man caught on video stealing a Louis Vitton purse and cash from a Lakewood casino lounge told police he was acting as a janitor.

9/1/2018

article A 24-hour Napa cardroom proposed for Compadres site on Lincoln Avenue
(California) -- Could a little bit of Las Vegas be coming to Napa? A cardroom, offering games such as poker and blackjack, has been proposed as the next tenant of the...

8/19/2018

article Peter Hengsakul Leads after WPT500 Los Angeles Days 1A and 1B
(California) -- The WPT500 Los Angeles kicked off Saturday at the host venue, The Bicycle Casino, with two starting flights. As many as 331 entries registered into the $...

5/25/2018

press release Card Player Poker Tour Heads To Ocean's 11 Casino In July For Quantum Reload Main Event
(California) -- This July, the Card Player Poker Tour will return to Ocean’s 11 Casino near San Diego for a $250 buy-in Quantum Reload main event. This will be the...

5/14/2018

article Plans for restaurant and casino along Cowlitz hitting some snags
(Washington) -- Six months after Ubet Casino in Longview closed and owner Regina Bakunowicz announced plans to reopen in a former restaurant along the Cowlitz River, the...

5/7/2018

article FinCEN Extends $3 Million Carrot to Card Club and Casino: Reduce Assessed Civil Penalty by Completing Compliance Undertakings
(California) -- FinCEN announced on May 3, 2018 that Artichoke Joe’s, a card club and casino located in San Bruno, California and founded in 1916, has entered into...

4/9/2018

article New casino, restaurant proposed for historic Sheepherders Inn location
(California) -- A restaurateur is adding a casino to a historic building in Rancho Cordova in hopes of generating more customer traffic. Both a planned restaurant and...

4/5/2018

article Legal gambling? Poker rooms in Texas teeter on a 'razor's edge'
(Texas) -- _ -- It sure looks and feels like a casino. The cards are real, the chips are worth real money, the winnings are real and so are the losses. These poker games...

3/28/2018

article Council approves first reading of changes to card rooms and betting limit
(California) -- Soledad City Council has approved changes to card rooms, including upping the betting limit per hand and which card games can be played. Pinnacle Casino...

2/6/2018

article California Cardroom Leader Goes to Jail for Running Illegal Sportsbook
(California) -- This Monday brought us the news that Sanders Bruce Segal is facing 37 months in jail after pleading guilty to charges of participating in an...

2/5/2018

article Man sentenced to prison for running illegal sports betting ring
(California) -- A man who ran an international bookmaking operation out of the Lucky Lady Casino and Card Room in San Diego was sentenced Monday to about three years in...

1/31/2018

article La Center Thumbs Up Temporary Tax Cuts to Help City’s Two Cardrooms Stay in Business
(Washington) -- La Center City Council approved a temporary tax overhaul on Wednesday last week, slashing taxes for the city’s two cardrooms. The members of the...

1/30/2018

article Spotlight 29 Casino to add outdoor event space and Coachella and Stagecoach festival camping to property
(California) -- Multiple Southern California casinos have expansions underway to include larger footprints, hotel towers, pools and event spaces and Spotlight 29 Casino...

1/25/2018

article La Center card rooms receive tax reduction from the city
(California) -- In an effort to help support two remaining card rooms in the city of La Center, members of the La Center City Council voted Wednesday night to approve...

1/17/2018

article La Center city council to vote on gambling tax policy changes
(Washington) -- Members of the La Center City Council met Tuesday night for a work session at which they discussed proposed changes to the tax policy regarding the two...

1/2/2018

article La Center’s budget accounts for cardroom tax uncertainty
(Washington) -- Following a year of financial uncertainty with the opening of ilani Casino Resort, the city of La Center has approved a budget for 2018 that dips into...

12/29/2017

article STANLEY: What’s the deal with these California card rooms?
(California) -- If you’re a football fan, you may be familiar with the variety of websites that track NFL player run-ins with law enforcement, and even provide...

12/2/2017

article Court documents: Witness likens chaotic scene at Golden West Casino shooting to O.K. Corral gunfight
(California) -- Keon Brackenridge took issue with being asked to show identification before entering Golden West Casino the evening of Nov. 3, according to court...

11/30/2017

article Card Player Poker Tour Returns To Ocean's 11 In January of 2018
(California) -- The Card Player Poker Tour is set to kick off 2018 in style as it returns to Ocean’s 11 Casino near San Diego. This will mark the fifth time that...

11/25/2017

article Does California Have a Cardroom Problem?
(California) -- California has 88 cardrooms currently operating throughout the state, not including those inside many of the 62 tribal casino operations. The vast...

11/24/2017

article California casino fined $8m for AML violations
(California) -- A casino in the US state of California has been fined $8m following an investigation which revealed repeated violations of US anti-money laundering laws...

11/21/2017

article San Bruno cardroom issued $8 million penalty from FinCEN over alleged money laundering violations
(California) -- A permanent fixture in San Bruno, Artichoke Joe’s Casino was recently dealt an $8 million civil money penalty by the federal Financial Crimes...

11/20/2017

article Artichoke Joe’s fined $8 million by FinCEN for AML violations, loan sharking
(California) -- Artichoke Joe’s Casino, one of the largest card room casinos in California, has been fined $8 million by the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement...
article San Bruno casino facing $8 million penalty over alleged money laundering on premises
(California) -- The federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has hit Artichoke Joe’s Casino in San Bruno with an $8 million penalty for allegedly violating a...

11/17/2017

press release FinCEN Issues $8 Million Penalty on California Card Club for Willful Violation of Anti-Money Laundering Controls
(California) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today announced an $8 million civil money penalty against Artichoke Joe’s, a California...

11/9/2017

article Longwood city election spurs bill to strip cities of control of cardroom gambling
(Florida) -- The results of Tuesday night’s elections for the Longwood City Commission – with three new commissioners elected to office – has spurred...
article Larry Flynt Loses California Casino Gambling Fight
(California) -- Larry Flynt, the poker-playing porn magnate and casino owner, has lost his bid to be allowed to enter the California poker market after a federal judge...

11/6/2017

article Golden West Casino releases statement; holds buffet breakfast in honor of fallen guard
(California) -- Golden West Casino issued a statement about Sgt. Richard Iloilo on its Facebook page Saturday night and held a free memorial buffet breakfast to honor...

11/1/2017

article Larry Flynt loses lawsuit against California casino legislation
(California) -- In California, Friday reportedly saw millionaire publisher and businessman Larry Flynt lose his legal challenge against a state law that forbids licensed...

10/30/2017

article Larry Flynt Loses Fight Against California Gambling Law
(California) -- Porn mogul Larry Flynt lost his hope of expanding his gambling businesses on Friday when a federal judge dismissed with prejudice his challenge to a...

10/12/2017

article Members of La Center City Council asked to cut tax in half for final three months of 2017
(California) -- The owners of the two remaining card rooms in La Center have asked the city of La Center for a temporary reduction in the gambling taxes they pay to the...

10/7/2017

article Former Owner of M8trix Casino in Court… Again
(California) -- Eric Swallow, a former owner of Casino M8trix in San Jose, California has decided to sue the state’s top gaming official and two of his former...

10/1/2017

article San Jose Casino Opens Amid Expectations, Controversy
(California) -- A sleek card room that reopened Friday in the South Bay could be just the beginning of an entertainment transformation for San Jose, but is already at...

9/29/2017

article New Bay 101 Casino opens its doors in San Jose
(California) -- Walking into the new Bay 101 casino in north San Jose feels strangely familiar — yet modern, contemporary and new. The stylish square lights now...
article San Jose Casino Opens Amid Expectations, Controversy
(California) -- A sleek card room that reopened Friday in the South Bay could be just the beginning of an entertainment transformation for San Jose, but is already at...

9/27/2017

article New Bay 101 Casino opening in San Jose
(California) -- Bay 101 Casino, one of the area’s most popular venues for table games, is moving across the highway and opening a brand new facility in San Jose at...

9/24/2017

article Shadowy figures behind recent Pittsburg casino poll
(California) -- They will not say who they are, but the unknown client behind a phone survey last month wants the public to know only a portion of the results they found...

9/4/2017

article California reopens poker room
(California) -- The 12-table poker room at 500 Club Casino located just outside Fresno, in California, reopened last week after stopping its operations for more than two...

8/29/2017

article Father, son plead guilty to running illegal sports betting ring out of San Diego card room
(California) -- A father and son accused of running a bookmaking operation out of the Lucky Lady Casino and Card Room on El Cajon Boulevard pleaded guilty in San Diego...

8/28/2017

article California Says It Might Revoke Poker Room License
(California) -- One of California’s nearly 90 card rooms is in hot water for allegedly not having enough money to cover its chip liability, and now the state is...

8/26/2017

article Neighborhood Spotlight: Gardena can be a bargain for those who play their cards right
(California) -- For observers riding high above Los Angeles in one of the balloons, monoplanes, biplanes or ornithopters that wowed attendees of the 1910 Los Angeles...

8/22/2017

article New casino survey in California
(California) -- Residents of Pittsburg, California, reported that there’s a pone survey circulating in the city and asking residents about the possibility of a...

8/21/2017

article State tells 500 Club its license for card room operation could be revoked
(California) -- The Clovis 500 Club, closed last week by the state Department of Justice for failing to meet financial requirements in its card room, is now being...

8/18/2017

article California’s 500 Club Cardroom reportedly shut down due to insufficient funds
(California) -- The Bureau of Gambling Control in California has shut down a Clovis card room after reportedly finding that the facility had insufficient funds when it...

8/16/2017

article 500 Club Casino temporarily closed
(California) -- The 500 Club Casino has been temporarily closed by the California Department of Justice. This is a statement sent to us from the General Manager of the...

8/12/2017

article Galleria area's Post Oak Poker Club brings legal gambling to Houston
(Texas) -- A new private, legal gambling poker club is now open in the Galleria area. Daniel Kebort, Bill Heuer and Sergio Cabrera launched the Post Oak Poker Club at...

7/30/2017

article A Gambling Tale: Stanley Fujitake and One Amazing Roll
(California) -- With the busy World Series of Poker schedule behind us, PokerNews brings you a Vegas tale from Sin City’s past. Take a break from the poker action...

7/26/2017

article Moses Lake council approves lowering card room gambling tax
(Washington) -- The Moses Lake City Council approved lowering the card room gambling tax despite budget concerns. The council voted 4-2 to lower the tax from the current...

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