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Casinos reopen amid pandemic

Two regional casinos re-opened their doors to the public this week despite concerns from the county’s leading health authority and the governor of California. Representatives for Sycuan resort and casino, however, said they have taken necessary precautions to protect visitors from COVID-19, a cornavirus that has infected almost 6,000 people and lead to 211 deaths countywide.

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6/2/2020

article As other casinos reopen, here’s why Augustine Casino remains closed
(California) -- While many tribal-owned casinos across Southern California have flipped on their slot machines and opened the doors to customers, Augustine Casino is...

6/1/2020

article Jackson Rancheria Casino to reopen June 8
(California) -- Last week, Jackson Rancheria Casino became the fourth Sacramento-area Indian casino to unveil reopening plans, which include a plethora of safety...

5/30/2020

article ‘The moment is right for us’: California moves toward legalized sports betting
(California) -- In the midst of a budget deficit caused by the coronavirus crisis, California could turn to sports betting to increase revenue. Sen. Bill Dodd and...
article Jackson Rancheria, Cache Creek, And Thunder Valley Casinos Set To Reopen On June 8
(California) -- As California moves through the stages of reopening, some casinos across the state are back in business. In Northern California, Jackson Rancheria, Cache...

5/29/2020

article Casino Insider: Some casinos have reopened, here’s what it’s like now
(California) -- A number of Southern California’s tribal casinos have reopened at this point, and things look a lot different than the pre-COVID times. We’re...
article Some casinos have reopened, here’s what it’s like now
(California) -- A number of Southern California’s tribal casinos have reopened at this point, and things look a lot different than the pre-COVID times. We’re...

5/28/2020

article Effort to legalize sports betting cites coronavirus’ attack on economy
(California) -- Ballparks, arenas and ice rinks have sat empty to limit the spread the coronavirus, but a pair of Northern California legislators are betting that...
article Legal sports betting pitched as California budget salve
(California) -- Two California lawmakers on Thursday pitched legalized sports betting as a way to help prop up a state budget devastated by the economic shutdown...
article Another Northern California Indian casino reopening. Casinos in Tahoe, Reno gearing up, too
(California) -- Jackson Rancheria Casino became the fourth Sacramento-area Indian casino to announce a reopening date Thursday, while casinos at Lake Tahoe and Reno said...
article Casino Pauma to remain temporarily closed for the safety of guests, community and employees
(California) -- Choosing to follow the advice of Gov. Gavin Newsom and the guidance of government and health officials instead of the trend of several California-based...
article Gamblers at San Diego casino are separated by plastic partitions at betting tables in 'new normal' of gaming
(California) -- Footage has emerged of what appears to be a 'new normal' when it comes to gaming tables in casinos. In a brief TikTok video shot earlier this...

5/27/2020

article Asserting Sovereignty, Indian Casinos Defy California’s Governor and Reopen
(California) -- It was a high-stakes gamble: a chance to win big at the slot machines but risk getting infected with the coronavirus. Braving a cold drizzle last week,...
article Soboba, Cahuilla casinos reopen after temporary coronavirus closures
(California) -- Soboba Casino Resort near San Jacinto and the new Cahuilla Casino Hotel near Anza both opened their doors to the public on Wednesday, May 27, after...
article Chicken Ranch Casino Sets June 1 Reopening
(California) -- Tribal Leaders of the Chicken Ranch Rancheria Me-Wuk Indians have announced Chicken Ranch Casino’s reopening for is scheduled for 8 a.m., Monday,...
article Valley casinos make their moves toward reopening
(California) -- Two Central Valley casinos are set to reopen after a couple months closed due to coronavirus, while two others are remaining closed for the time being....

5/23/2020

article As coronavirus stay-at-home restrictions ease, California casinos gamble on reopening
(California) -- Michael L. Fennell says he has spent a good portion of his 70 years gambling, so he knows the difference between a long shot and a sure bet. And he...
article LA-Area Casinos Are Opening Restaurants and Bars for the Holiday Weekend
(California) -- A number of greater Los Angeles-area casinos are reopening this weekend, complicating the state’s stay at home mandates during what could be a...
article Column: Santa Anita jockeys find a stay-at-home order that they can live with
(California) -- The break-in occurred early in the morning, Aaron Gryder standing on a flipped-over trash can as he tried to squeeze his body through a trailer window...
article New-look Santa Anita cashes winning ticket as racing returns
(California) -- Horses are thundering down the stretch again at Santa Anita. There are no fans or owners cheering them on. No photos in the winner’s circle. No...
article Chicken Ranch Bingo and Casino plans to reopen 1 June
(California) -- Tribal Leaders of the Chicken Ranch Rancheria Me-Wuk Indians announced that Chicken Ranch Bingo & Casino in Jamestown, California will reopen at 8 a....

5/22/2020

article Newsom to announce California casino reopening guidance
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that he plans to issue reopening guidance for casinos and card rooms around June 8. This comes as some casinos, like...
article 'Dreamt of this moment': Reopening day is here for six casinos around the Coachella Valley
(California) -- Six casinos in or near the Coachella Valley are opening their doors Friday to guests who are ready to gamble on slot machines and card games, despite a...
article Casinos reopen amid pandemic
(California) -- Two regional casinos re-opened their doors to the public this week despite concerns from the county’s leading health authority and the governor of...
article More casinos to reopen in San Diego County, more restaurants and shops reopen too
(California) -- Two more tribal casinos will reopen Friday and more restaurants and shops will open their doors for in-person service, as San Diego County steps...
article Cher-Ae Heights Casino opens doors with new safety protocols during the pandemic
(California) -- Cher-Ae Heights General Manager Ryan Sundberg announced Friday the casino is opening its doors to the public. According to their website, employees have...
article Chicken Ranch Casino To Reopen Next Month
(California) -- Chicken Ranch Casino will reopen next month, and officials note that the opening will include health and safety changes for staff and customers. After...

5/21/2020

article Cache Creek Casino Betting on Social Distancing for Eventual Reopening
(California) -- When Kari Smith walks onto the gaming floor of Cache Creek Casino in Yolo County these days, the veteran general manager can scarcely reconcile the sound...
article Casino employee fears reopening amid coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- Several of the valley's casinos are opening their doors to the public once again. The casinos reopening have implemented many safety precautions, the...
article Bear River Casino to reopen Sunday despite public health concerns of Humboldt officials
(California) -- In a controversial move, Bear River Casino Resort said they plan to reopen their doors Sunday, May 24. "We are excited to announce we are reopening...

5/20/2020

article 3 Inland Empire casinos set to reopen with restrictions
(California) -- Three tribal casinos in Southern California have announced plans to reopen Friday after temporarily shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic....
article Casinos Return As County Moves to Accelerate Reopening Process
(California) -- Casinos throughout San Diego County are beginning to restart their gaming machines. Though California Governor Gavin Newsom asked tribal governments to...
article Casino Pauma To Remain Closed, Bucking Local Tribal Casino Trend
(California) -- Casino Pauma announced Wednesday that it will remain closed for the time being in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, bucking the trend of many...
article County awaits approval to allow in-person dining, allows funerals with restrictions
(California) -- San Diego County officials on Wednesday loosened public health restrictions on gatherings for funerals as they waited for state approval to start...
article Gold Country Casino Resort announces reopening date
(California) -- Gold Country Casino Resort in Oroville will be reopening its doors on May 22, the Tribal Council of the Berry Creek Rancheria announced Wednesday morning...
article Here Are The Casinos Planning To Reopen For Memorial Day Weekend
(California) -- As California and the rest of the U.S. begins to reopen from the coronavirus shutdown, several casinos in the Southland are set to welcome back gamblers...
article TRIBAL LEADERS: In Response: Casinos reopening is a matter of sovereignty
(California) -- Re “San Diego County casinos are about to gamble with patrons’ lives” (May 14): Your editorial board has expressed concern over the...
article Casino Pauma to remain temporarily closed
(California) -- Choosing to follow the advice of Governor Gavin Newsom and the guidance of government and health officials instead of the trend of several California-...

5/19/2020

article Several Southern California casinos to reopen Friday
(California) -- Several Southern California casinos announced they will open reopen Friday, May 22 after being shuttered for roughly two months due to concerns over the...
article Some California casinos roll the dice on reopening while others wait
(California) -- Sacramento area casinos have not announced plans to re-open during California’s stay at home order, while others have. Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote a...
article Two Sacramento area casinos set reopen dates, despite pleas from Gov. Newsom to delay
(California) -- After two months of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, two of greater Sacramento’s Indian casinos announced reopening dates Tuesday in...
article Harrah’s, Morongo casinos to reopen Friday
(California) -- Harrah’s Resort Southern California near Valley Center and Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa near Cabazon are the latest Southern California casinos...
article Multiple Tribal Casinos Reopening by End of the Week
(California) -- Three tribal casinos in Southern California are set to reopen Friday after being shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was announced Tuesday....
article San Diego County Indian Casinos Reopen Amid State, County Criticism
(California) -- On Monday, Casinos in San Diego County began reopening despite several weeks of please from the local, state, and federal levels of government.
article Spotlight 29, Morongo and Tortoise Rock casinos all set to open Friday
(California) -- Owners of Spotlight 29,Tortoise Rock and the two Morongo casinos announced on Tuesday plans to reopen Friday — the earliest opening date yet for...
article Cher-Ae Heights Casino to Reopen Friday Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Plans to Offer Special Senior Hours
(California) -- Days after Bear River Casino announced that it would reopen on May 24, Cher-Ae Heights has shared on social media that it will also reopen this Friday...
article Humboldt County casino openings a ‘big concern,’ top health official says
(California) -- As California enters the next phase of its stay-at-home order, casinos are beginning to consider re-opening to the public, a topic of concern for...
article SACBEE: Some California casinos bet on reopening, but don’t gamble your life with COVID-19
(California) -- If you wouldn’t bet your life on a card game, don’t even think about visiting a casino during the coronavirus pandemic. Casinos around...

5/18/2020

article Casinos Are Reopening, But Will People Go?
(California) -- Several casinos are reopening today after momentarily shutting around 2 months earlier, but citizens have various viewpoints on whether people will or...
article California tribal casinos start to reopen, masks required
(California) -- One of California's largest tribal casinos reopened Monday to a large crowd as customers had their temperatures taken at the door and were ordered to...
article Northern California casinos nearly ready to open doors — but Newsom wants tribes to back off
(California) -- Northern California’s casinos are gearing up to reopen — with temperature stations to screen customers for COVID-19 and fewer slot machines...
article Some casinos run by Native Americans are set to reopen, not subject to US laws
(California) -- Several San Diego casinos are taking a gamble with COVID-19 this week and are reopening. Because these casinos are on Native American reservations, they...
article Casinos, Lake Jennings campground, and libraries set to reopen with restrictions
(California) -- Four San Diego Indian casinos will restart operations beginning Monday. Viejas Casino and Resort in Alpine will open Monday, followed Wednesday by Sycuan...
article Expanded Cahuilla Casino Hotel near Anza, California, plans to reopen soon amid coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- The Cahuilla Band of Indians announced on Friday plans to reopen its recently expanded Cahuilla Casino Hotel near Anza, California, on May 27. The move...
article Four San Diego casinos set to reopen to the public this week
(California) -- Five San Diego casinos will be opening their doors this week to the public, despite Governor Gavin Newsom's request they reconsider. Viejas opened...
article Readers React: As casinos roll the dice with reopening, should patrons return?
(California) -- Regarding “San Diego County casinos are about to gamble with patrons’ lives” (May 15): The county, city and state have no real jurisdiction over casinos...

5/17/2020

article Casinos Are Reopening, But Will People Go?
(California) -- Several casinos are reopening this week after temporarily closing about two months ago, but residents differ on whether people will or should take a...
article San Diego-area casinos set to reopen this week with Viejas up first
(California) -- Several San Diego-area casinos are planning to reopen to the public this week for the first time in more than two months after closing in the wake of the...

5/16/2020

article Governor appeals to tribes to reconsider their decisions to reopen casinos
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed to San Diego County’s tribal governments to reconsider their decisions to reopen their casinos this week. In a...
article Newsom urges California tribes to reconsider opening casinos in 'interest of public health'
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging California tribes to reconsider announcing reopening dates for their casinos. While tribes are sovereign nations and...
article San Diego County blinks first, agreeing to let local tribes reopen casinos
(California) -- San Diego County has the most tribal-operated casinos per capita than any other county in the United States. All have been closed since March to prevent...
article Which San Diego County Casinos Are Reopening?
(California) -- Four San Diego County casinos will begin reopening this week, two months after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Jamul Casino joins...

5/15/2020

article Newsom urges California tribal casinos to reconsider opening, citing coronavirus
(California) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday appealed to a group of Native American tribes to reconsider plans to reopen their casinos in the coming days, warning that...
article Dr. Wilma Wooten admits she doesn’t have power to prevent tribal casinos reopening
(California) -- The county appeared to soften its stance Thursday in regard to tribal casino reopenings, a day after announcements that operations will be restarted on...
article Here’s when Southern California casinos plan to reopen
(California) -- Although many Southern California businesses remain closed amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, some tribal-owned casinos have announced reopening plans...
article These Southern California casinos have announced reopening dates
(California) -- We’re back for the first Thursday Casino Insider in a while! We’re hoping this is the beginning of so much news you’ll see us every week like in the...
article Against Public Health Advice, Bear River Casino Plans to Reopen a Week From Sunday
(California) -- Below is a press release from Bear River Casino and Resort. Before publishing it, we spoke briefly with Kayla Corder, the tribe’s casino’s...
article Fresno County casino making ends meet during COVID-19 outbreak by selling gas, food
(California) -- While the doors to the gaming floor remain closed because of the restrictions brought on by COVID-19, the Mono Wind Casino in the Fresno County community...

5/14/2020

article County backs off plan to block casino openings, recognizes sovereign right
(California) -- County officials on Thursday backed off of their opposition to tribal nations’ plans to reopen casinos that have been closed for two months and now...
article San Diego County health officials critical of casinos' plans to reopen next week
(California) -- San Diego County health officials were critical of local casinos’ plans for reopening when asked about the issue during Wednesday's daily...
article San Diego County officials walk back comments on casinos reopening
(California) -- A drastic change in tone from the county's top health officer, 24 hours after vowing to work with the CDC to prevent local casinos from re-opening...

5/13/2020

article County Could Spar With Casinos; Government Offices Look To Reopen
(California) -- San Diego County officials continue to reopen portions of the economy — including county offices — but could come into conflict with local...
article County to call on feds to help block tribal casinos from reopening Monday
(California) -- San Diego County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten on Wednesday said she strongly disagrees with local casinos’ plans to resume operations Monday...
article San Diego County Health Officer Opposes Casinos’ Early Reopening Plans
(California) -- San Diego County’s Public Health Officer said Wednesday plans by several tribal casinos to reopen in the coming week create a health risk amid the...
article ‘We do not agree’ with May reopening dates for local casinos, county says
(California) -- One by one, San Diego’s Native American gaming tribes are announcing plans to reopen their respective facilities to the public, with some reopening...
article Valley View reopening May 22
(California) -- Almost exactly two months after closing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valley View Casino will reopen next week. “I’m not sure I...
article Coachella Valley casinos prepare to reopen following coronavirus closures
(California) -- Workers wiped down slot machines at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella. Hourly cleaning of each machine is just one of several new measures in place that...
article Valley View and Sycuan casinos plan to reopen next week
(California) -- As the state tiptoes back into reopening, two tribal casinos in San Diego County have announced reopening dates after temporarily closing months ago to...

5/12/2020

article Tribe, casino offer community support
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria and Bear River Casino Resort in Loleta recently donated $2,000 to help support the Betty Kwan Chinn...

5/11/2020

article 8 San Diego casinos to reopen this month
(California) -- Eight Native American gaming tribes in San Diego County are gearing up to reopen their casinos beginning on May 18. In a letter to Gov. Gavin Newsom,...

5/10/2020

article Bear River Donates $2,000 to Food for People & Betty Chinn Homeless Foundation
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria and Bear River Casino Resort located in Loleta, California donated $2,000 to help support The Betty Kwan...

5/9/2020

article Tribes tell Newsom they plan to reopen Southern California casinos. What about north state?
(California) -- Eight Southern California Indian tribes have told Gov. Gavin Newsom they plan to begin reopening their casinos May 18, even as the governor pleads with...

4/27/2020

article California Tribes Consider Reopening Plans
(California) -- A longtime observer of tribal gaming, a member of one of the largest gaming tribes in California, has described the overall atmosphere there as like...

4/24/2020

article Augustine Casino Announces Layoffs, Furloughs Affecting 93% of Its Workforce
(California) -- Augustine Casino in Coachella will be laying off 75 employees and furloughing 210 others in response to losing millions of dollars in revenue since...

4/23/2020

article Augustine Casino Announces Layoffs, Furloughs Affecting 93% of Its Workforce
(California) -- Augustine Casino in Coachella announced Thursday it would be laying off 75 employees and furloughing 210 others in response to losing millions of dollars...

4/22/2020

article California Tribal Casinos Probably Facing Many Months of Significantly Decreased Business
(California) -- The vast majority of tribal casinos operating in the state of California shut down their operations recently due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic...

4/15/2020

article Fitch Revises Quechan's Outlook to Negative; Affirms 'B' IDR
(California) -- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Quechan Indian Tribe's (Quechan) Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'B'. In addition, Fitch has affirmed Quechan...

4/11/2020

article Bear River Casino’s Community Service Initiative Brings Pizza To Essential Workers
(California) -- Bear River Casino Resort made surprise pizza deliveries from Funky Monkey’s in Fortuna on Monday, April 6th to the Fortuna Grocery Outlet, Green...

4/9/2020

article No one really knows when casinos will reopen, but here are their best bets
(California) -- As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, tribal-owned casinos across Southern California remain closed and the target for reopening continues to...

4/5/2020

article Tribal casino closures will 'be crippling for some' if stretched into June, casino GM predicts
(California) -- Helen Galaris of Los Angeles has been visiting Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio on weekends for years. As a loyal customer, Galaris has a host who...
press release Bear River Casino Resort Closed Until Further Notice
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria will continue the temporary closure of Bear River Casino Resort beyond the previous April 10th...

4/2/2020

article Golden Gate Racing Suspended by Health Department
(California) -- In accordance with instructions received the morning of April 2 from the Alameda County Public Health Officer, Golden Gate Fields will temporarily close...

3/30/2020

article Jackson Rancheria Casino Extends Temporary Closure Amid Coronavirus, Cuts 275 Jobs
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is extending its temporary closure indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The casino suspended operations back...
article Valley View Casino & Hotel, Agua Caliente casinos extend coronavirus closure
(California) -- Valley View Casino & Hotel in Valley Center and the Agua Caliente casinos in the Coachella Valley both recently announced plans to extend their...
article Jackson Rancheria Casino Extends Temporary Closure Amid Coronavirus, Cuts 275 Jobs
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is extending its temporary closure indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. The casino suspended operations back...

3/29/2020

article California lottery closes office after Sacramento employee tests positive for coronavirus
(California) -- The California State Lottery has closed its Sacramento office to employees after one of them tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a staff...

3/28/2020

press release Harrah’s Northern California extends team member pay through 16 April
(California) -- Harrah's Northern California Tribal and property leadership are notifying team members impacted by the temporary suspension in operations that they...

3/27/2020

article Dreaming of lottery riches? Virus could cut jackpots
(California) -- Hoping to escape all the coronavirus-caused economic uncertainty by winning a giant lottery jackpot? Think again. Those jackpots are going to shrink as...

3/25/2020

article Casinos closed by coronavirus donate perishable food
(California) -- Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio and Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, all temporarily closed...
article Riverside, San Bernardino county tribes donate thousands of pounds of food to nonprofits
(California) -- With their casinos closed, many local tribes have opted to donate their unused food to nonprofits that can distribute it to locals in need. Over the past...

3/24/2020

article Mono Wind is fifth tribal casino in Valley to close as a coronavirus precaution
(California) -- The last holdout among Indian casinos in the central San Joaquin Valley against closing as a coronavirus precaution has shut its doors until at least...
article Colusa Casino Resort closes amid coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintum Indians of the Colusa Indian Community and the Colusa Casino Resort executive leadership team announced on the evening of...
article How to play at Southern California casinos virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- If you’re bummed because you can’t visit the casinos — as those in Southern California have closed due to the novel coronavirus...

3/23/2020

article California Sports Betting Plans may Have to Wait due to the Coronavirus
(California) -- California was one of the first large states to employ a shelter-in-place order to combat the spread of the coronavirus with Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing...

3/20/2020

article Most San Diego area casinos close in wake of COVID-19
(California) -- The slot machines and poker tables went silent at most of San Diego County’s casinos at noon Friday, the latest casualties in an escalating...
article San Diego Tribal Casinos To Close Starting At Noon Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
(California) -- Five tribal casinos in San Diego County will close starting at noon Friday amid concerns over the coronavirus and will remain closed through the end of...

3/19/2020

article Five San Diego Tribal Casinos Are Temporarily Closing, Citing Coronavirus
(California) -- Closure announcements from California tribal entities have been increasing in recent days, a ball that got rolling last Saturday when the operators...

3/18/2020

article Gold Country Casino temporarily suspending operations
(California) -- Gold Country Casino announced on its website Wednesday that it is “temporarily suspending operations until further notice” in response to the...
article Pala Casino, Spa & Resort and Cahuilla Casino temporarily close amid coronavirus concerns
(California) -- Pala Casino, Spa & Resort in northern San Diego County and Cahuilla Casino in Anza are the most recent casino properties to close their doors...
article Sherwood Valley Casino temporarily suspends operations to prevent spread of COVID-19
(California) -- Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians announced Wednesday that in an abundance of precaution they have made the difficult decision to suspend all...
article Tribal Casinos In San Diego County Shutting Down Temporarily Starting Friday
(California) -- Even though schools and businesses have mostly shut down to stop the spread of the coronavirus, several San Diego County casinos remained open Wednesday...
article Tribal leaders announce closures of San Diego County casinos amid coronavirus
(California) -- Wednesday afternoon, San Diego tribal leaders announced the closures of county casinos amid the coronavirus outbreak. Tribal government leaders of the...
press release Barona, Campo, Jamul, Sycuan, and Viejas Jointly Announce Casino Closures in Response to COVID-19
(California) -- Tribal government leaders of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Campo Kumeyaay Nation, Jamul Indian Village, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and...

3/17/2020

article Coronavirus concerns push Soboba, Agua Caliente and Valley View casinos to close temporarily
(California) -- Soboba Casino Resort near San Jacinto, the Agua Caliente casinos in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs and Valley View Casino and Hotel in San Diego County...
article Coronavirus: Agua Caliente, Fantasy Springs, Morongo latest Coachella Valley casinos to announce temporary closures
(California) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Morongo Band of Mission Indians and Cabazon Band of Mission Indians on Tuesday became the latest tribes in...
article Elk Valley Casino Closes Temporarily Due to COVID-19
(California) -- In consideration of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and requests from both federal and state governments, the Elk Valley...
article Jackson Rancheria casino, hotel to close amid COVID-19 concerns
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians announced Tuesday they will close most of its facilities, including its casino, and one of its annual events...
article Paiute Palace Casino in Bishop closes through end of March
(California) -- Effective March 17 at noon, the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council is responding to the emergency situation of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and has made the decision...
article Some North State casinos close, some remain open for business
(California) -- The casinos run by several North State tribes in California have been making decisions about their operations for gaming, food services, and other...
article Thunder Valley, Red Hawk Casinos Announce Temporary Closures Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
(California) -- Area casinos are now announcing they will be closing over coronavirus concerns. Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Placer County said on Monday they would...
article Which Southern California casinos are open and closed amid coronavirus pandemic
(California) -- As concerns have continued to grow and restrictions have continued to increase amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, many of Southern California’s...
article Why are the DMV and some casinos still open in San Diego County?
(California) -- Despite the numerous pandemic-related closures throughout San Diego County, several businesses and organizations remain open. Two in particular have...
article SCHEUTZ: Bad Regulations Can Leave a Scar
(California) -- A ridiculous requirement that applicants for gaming licenses must report all “scars” on their bodies to the regulatory authority is a great...

3/16/2020

article Bear River Casino to Close
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria has decided to suspend operations at its Bear River Casino and Hotel, Thirsty Bear Lounge, River’s...
article Coronavirus concerns prompt Fantasy Springs, Morongo casinos to close; others shutter some amenities
(California) -- Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa announced on Monday, March 16, that they would temporarily close to help prevent the...
article Jackson Rancheria casino closing for 2 weeks as Thunder Valley cuts back over coronavirus
(California) -- The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is closing for two weeks because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, but the 1,175 workers at the casino will...
article Table Mountain, Eagle Mountain casinos announce temporary closures as coronavirus precaution
(California) -- Table Mountain Casino in Friant planned to close its doors in response to growing coronavirus concerns and calls by health officials to limit public...
article Why are some Southern California casinos still open during coronavirus pandemic?
(California) -- While a number of Southern California casinos have shut their doors to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, some were still open for gambling as of...
press release Bear River Casino to Suspend Operations Tomorrow a ‘Minimum of One Week’
(California) -- The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria is continually monitoring updates on COVID- 19 from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The World...

3/15/2020

article Coronavirus pandemic shutters more Southern California casinos temporarily
(California) -- As screens turned dark around them as the clock inched closer to 5 p.m., people still spun the reels on still-operational slot machines at San Manuel...
article Pechanga, San Manuel casinos to close until April
(California) -- Pechanga Resort Casino and San Manuel Casino said Saturday they will both close temporarily in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The two Southern...
article San Manuel, Pechanga casinos to close temporarily amid coronavirus fears
(California) -- San Manuel Casino in Highland and Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula announced Saturday, March 14, that they would temporarily suspend operations through...
article Northern California casino closes to stem coronavirus. Newsom working with tribal leaders
(California) -- Cache Creek Casino Resort announced Sunday evening it’s closing temporarily in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Cache Creek’s...

3/14/2020

article California casinos asked to make changes as some card rooms close due to coronavirus outbreak
(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...

3/2/2020

article Calif. Need Not Shield Tribal Card Games, 9th Circ. Told [sub req]
(California) -- California asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to reject three tribes' bid to revive their suit contending the state is wrongly allowing nontribal card...

2/25/2020

article HAWAIIAN GARDENS: California AG Becerra Took Over $500,000 From Tribal Casinos, Now His Agency is Paying Them Back
(California) -- In June 2019, Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News exclusively reported on several large California Tribal Casinos giving nearly $300,000 to...
article 4 things that may be coming to a casino near you, including beer
(California) -- Over the span of only a couple decades Southern California’s casinos have grown from small-scale gaming operations to full-fledged resorts boasting...
article California Lottery officials shortchanged schools by millions, state audit says
(California) -- The management of the California Lottery was sharply criticized Tuesday by state officials, who released a scathing audit alleging that the agency...

2/13/2020

article Yes, that casino you saw in that movie or Netflix comedy is in Southern California
(California) -- Some of Southern California’s casinos have reached iconic status with their giant hotel towers, expansive gaming floors and Vegas-style decor, so...
article City Attorney Is Investigating Private Companies That Allegedly 'Funneled' Money to DPW Holiday Parties
(California) -- Subpoenas issued Wednesday by the City Attorney's Office for records and emails from eight private companies and non-profits appear to relate in part...

2/11/2020

press release Largest California Tribal Gaming Association Announces Support for Sports Betting Initiative at the 25th Western Indian Gaming Conference
(California) -- Celebrating a quarter century, more than 450 tribal leaders, regulators, industry professionals and policy experts, gathered at the 25th annual Western...

1/27/2020

article LAFCo approves annexing Middletown Rancheria land into Callayomi County Water District
(California) -- The Lake Local Area Formation Commission has approved a proposal to annex Middletown Rancheria land into the Callayomi County Water District in order to...

1/19/2020

article SCHUETZ: The California Legislature: A Parliament of Whores
(California) -- Kyle Kirkland is a card room owner in California, and also serves as the president of the California Gaming Association, a group that represents card...

1/18/2020

article From decor to dining, here’s what Southern California’s casinos are doing for Lunar New Year
(California) -- Lunar New Year is often celebrated with games of chance not only because it’s considered an auspicious time by people who celebrate it, but also...

1/17/2020

article California Bureau of Gambling Control Releases Updated Proposals on House-Banked Casino Games
(California) -- After over one year of talks and deliberations, the major California gaming regulator California Bureau of Gambling Control has released a new collection...

1/8/2020

article Senator Dodd Introduces California Racing Safety Bill
(California) -- California Sen. Bill Dodd introduced legislation in the state Jan. 7 aimed at improving horse racing safety and building on last year's reforms. Dodd...

1/7/2020

article Tribes Say Calif. Stuck In 'Catch-22' In Card Game Rights Suit [sub req]
(California) -- Two tribes urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to revive a suit claiming California is wrongly allowing nontribal cardrooms to offer blackjack, baccarat...

1/3/2020

article Tribes Ask 9th Circ. To Review Card Game Exclusivity [sub req]
(California) -- Three tribes have asked the Ninth Circuit to revive their suit accusing California of failing to enforce a ban on "banking and percentage" card...

12/30/2019

article What’s coming to casinos in 2020: New restaurants, hotels and more
(California) -- In 2020, expect more growth and development at Southern California casinos. Expect lavish new hotels, more gaming space and additional restaurants. Some...

12/28/2019

article Police shut down suspected illegal casino in Bakersfield
(California) -- About 12:40 a.m. Friday, Bakersfield Police Department officers were conducting a patrol check at 203 East California Ave. Investigating officers found a...

12/19/2019

press release STATEMENT: CNIGA Chairman James Siva on Card Club Claims
(California) -- “The card clubs are engaged in a desperate attempt to mislead regulators and the public. We commend the Attorney General and the Bureau of Gambling...
article Down and Out on California’s Reservations
(California) -- “The location of Fort Bidwell is pretty landlocked,” says Kevin Dean Townsend, chair of the Gidutikad Band of Northern Paiute, also known as...

12/16/2019

article CNIGA Leadership Passes the Baton
(California) -- It was a changing of the guard at the annual meeting of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA). At the meeting, held in Valley Center,...

12/13/2019

article Casino Insider: Ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve
(California) -- If you haven’t started making your plans on how to celebrate the arrival of 2020, we’ve compiled what Southern California’s casinos are...

12/8/2019

article California Nations Indian Gaming Association bids farewell to leadership
(California) -- The California Nations Indian Gaming Association held a farewell for some of its long-serving executive committee members and staff on Wednesday. Among...

12/7/2019

article Tribal casinos make bold play to control sports betting in California — and legislators are not happy
(California) -- Betting that California is moving toward legalizing sports wagers, American Indian tribes are looking to dominate the action. A powerful coalition of...
article Casino Insider: Where to eat at Southern California casinos for Christmas
(California) -- It seems like Thanksgiving was just last week (and it was), but now the area’s casinos are looking ahead to Christmas. Here’s what they...

12/5/2019

press release CNIGA Elects New Chairman and Executive Board Members, Pechanga Re-Joins Organization
(California) -- At the organization’s annual meeting, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) elected James Siva as the new chairman and Mike...

12/4/2019

article New Year Same CA Sports Betting Bill, To Be Heard In January
(California) -- California lawmakers are expecting to begin sports betting hearings on January 15, 2020. State Senator Bill Dodd filed CA ACA 16 to be heard next year....
article Rincon’s Steve Stallings ends presidency of CNIGA
(California) -- Steve Stallings, a council member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, this week ended his second and final term as chairman of the California Nations...

12/1/2019

article Casino steakhouse wine lists put cheer in holiday season
(California) -- Is it a coincidence that red and white are two of the colors associated with the holidays? We think not. Whether you pop open some blanc de blanc bubbly...
article Here’s the deal on the San Diego-area’s 10 casinos
(California) -- If you’re looking to gamble, eat, play golf, hit the pool or stay at one of the San Diego-region’s casinos, here’s our guide to what...
article What’s new at San Diego-area casinos: national kudos, exec plucked from Vegas, cheap gas and more lobster
(California) -- Barona named top casino outside of Las Vegas, Pechanga adds lobster buffet on Fridays, Sycuan gets a new GM from Venetian and Palazzo, and debuts ‘...
article Casinos give back through charitable donations
(California) -- From one-time cash gifts to years-long partnerships with charities, community event sponsorships, to in-kind donations and employee volunteer teams, San...

11/25/2019

article What Happens Next For Sports Betting Proposal In California?
(California) -- It’s been nearly two weeks since many of California’s tribes banded together and filed a proposal for a referendum to legalize sports betting...

11/23/2019

article ICYMI: Casino Insider: Why casinos are getting into the mobile app business
(California) -- Smartphones are ubiquitous. Practically everyone has them and uses them (you may even be reading this newsletter from your mobile device), so it makes...

11/21/2019

article State board offers more proposals to improve horse racing safety
(California) -- In a move designed to answer Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call for change, the California Horse Racing Board announced Thursday a series of proposals in an...

11/8/2019

article Tense Council session covers Molate judgment updates, district election hearing
(California) -- Tuesday’s City Council meeting ­­– called “long and raucous” in an email missive by Mayor Tom Butt — mimicked a...

11/5/2019

article Calif. Held Tribal Gambling Talks In Good Faith, 9th Circ. Told [sub req]
(California) -- California urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold the dismissal of a tribe's suit accusing the state of violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by...
article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Problems And Solutions For Legalizing California Sports Betting
(California) -- A path to legal sports betting is developing in California, but there are two issues that must be resolved before the legislature will enact legislation...

11/4/2019

article California Legislators Eye 2020 Ballot for Sports Betting
(California) -- With the 2020 election only a year away, legislators in California are eyeing the ballot as a deadline for approval for sports betting in the state from...

11/2/2019

article Crews battle brush fire near casino
(California) -- Firefighters were battling a brush fire near the Golden Acorn Casino Saturday. The blaze was around 10 to 20 acres by 6 a.m., according to Cal Fire. It...
article BLOG: California Reportedly to Discuss Sports Betting Future
(California) -- Legalizing sports wagering in California would be a tough sell, but Golden State lawmakers may finally be meeting to discuss the possibility and empower...

10/28/2019

article Casino high-limit rooms are multiplying with specialized, flashier amenities
(California) -- Behind an elevator, a semi-hidden speakeasy at San Manuel Casino offers some of the world’s most expensive whiskeys, one of which sells for $100,...
article Hotels, modern restaurants and more gaming space: What’s new and what’s planned at Southern California casinos
(California) -- In the past year, the trend of Southern California casinos growing in size and adding more amenities has continued. Many of the casinos have wrapped up...
article Why casinos are building luxury brands to entice customers beyond gaming
(California) -- The days when visiting a Southern California casino meant gambling for a couple hours, eating a meal at the buffet and then heading home may be quickly...
article Play video games, smoke a cigar or see major concerts at these Southern California casinos
(California) -- Take a visit to Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage on a Wednesday night and you’ll see players deeply focused as their eyes are trained...
article Southern California casino buffets: What to eat and when to dine
(California) -- You might not come out a richer person for visiting one of Southern California’s casinos but you can come out with a full stomach if you visit one...

10/27/2019

article PG&E shuts off power to Lake, 37 other counties
(California) -- The lights went off across Lake County and many communities in Northern and Central California on Saturday evening as Pacific Gas and Electric went...

10/26/2019

article Casino Insider: Six casinos where you can celebrate Halloween
(California) -- Who says Halloween is only for the kids? If you’re looking for some more adult fun to celebrate the holiday, Southern California’s casinos...

10/24/2019

press release Viejas Casino & Resort Launches the Heroes Club Appreciation Program for Military, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Border Patrol Agents
(California) -- On Veterans Day, November 11th, 2019, Viejas Casino & Resort will launch the Heroes Club, a one-of-a-kind benefits program designed to give back to...

10/17/2019

article Will California See Online Poker In 2020? Don’t Hold Your Breath
(California) -- Anyone who has followed California’s futile efforts over the years to legalize online poker knows not to get their hopes up. It only ever results in...

10/10/2019

press release Theatro Enters the Gaming and Hospitality Market with Deployment at the New Coyote Valley Casino
(California) -- Theatro, the leader in voice-controlled mobile platforms for hourly service employees, today announced that the new Coyote Valley Casino in California...

10/8/2019

article Flynt, Others May Challenge Cardroom Licensure Restriction
(California) -- The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday ordered reinstatement of a civil rights action which seeks a declaration that California statutes that...
article Larry Flynt Scores With Ninth Circuit Court in Bid to Expand Gambling Business Outside California
(California) -- Larry Flynt notched a legal win Monday in his effort to expand his gambling business outside California when a Ninth Circuit of Appeals panel ruled he...

10/7/2019

article Larry Flynt’s Fight Against California Gambling Law Revived
(California) -- Hustler magazine publisher and casino owner Larry Flynt convinced the Ninth Circuit to revive his lawsuit challenging a California law that prohibits...

9/21/2019

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

9/19/2019

article Where to find deals on food and drinks at Southern California casinos during NFL games
(California) -- Football season is underway and if you’re looking for an exciting spot to take in a game and root for your team, Southern California’s...

9/11/2019

article MUST READ: Justify Failed a Drug Test Before Winning the Triple Crown
(California) -- On June 9, 2018, a colt named Justify thundered home to the full-throated cheers of a capacity crowd to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes and...
article The cover-up for Triple Crown winner Justify looks shameful, no matter how it's framed
(California) -- The appearances are appalling. If the California Horse Racing Board concealed the positive drug test of a Triple Crown winner throughout his Triple Crown...
article Triple Crown winner Justify reportedly failed a drug test weeks before the Kentucky Derby
(California) -- One of the greatest runs in horse racing history may have been tainted. According to a report from The New York Times, Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred...

9/10/2019

article Gambling Group Can't Get Involved In Tribes' Card Game Fight [sub req]
(California) -- A California federal judge won't take another look at his refusal to let a nontribal gambling trade group intervene in three tribes' suit over...

9/8/2019

article Lavish casino hotel suites offer taste of the sweet life
(California) -- Some have full living and dining rooms, kitchens, walk-in closets, soaker tubs and rain showers larger than most average bathrooms. They’re...
article Casinos put the sizzle in red-hot burger trend
(California) -- For the past few years, lobster has been the red-hot attraction at many San Diego area casino buffets, but the burger is the current culinary craze that...
article What you need to know about the 10 San Diego-area casinos
(California) -- If you’re looking to gamble, eat, play golf, hit the pool or stay at one of the San Diego-region’s casinos, here’s our guide to what...
article What’s new at San Diego casinos: restaurants, beer, mobile apps and menu changes
(California) -- If the cascading indoor water wall on the gaming floor of Valley View Casino & Hotel looks familiar, it’s because it used to be outside. Today...

9/6/2019

article Woman suspected of kidnapping baby from outside Coyote Valley Casino in Redwood Valley
(California) -- A 58-year-old Napa woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of kidnapping after allegedly driving away from a Redwood Valley casino in another woman...

9/1/2019

article Gavin Newsom signs tribal-state gaming compact with Cabazon tribe
(California) -- The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians has jumped a hurdle in pursuit of opening a second casino in the Coachella Valley. The tribe, which owns the Fantasy...

8/27/2019

article 16 places for cheap eats under $10 at Southern California’s casinos
(California) -- If you’ve ever gone to a casino and come out a lot less rich than expected, a fancy meal at a high-end restaurant may be the last thing you want....

8/22/2019

article Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, Gov. Newsom sign compact
(California) -- California Governor Gavin Newsom signs tribal-state gaming compact between the state and the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, the governor's office...

8/21/2019

article Guess who made Capitol Weekly's Top 100 list? Jeff Grubbe, two other Inland Empire tribal leaders
(California) -- Three Southern California tribal leaders, two from Riverside County, were included on the Top 100 list from Capitol Weekly, an online publication that...

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