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Members of La Center City Council asked to cut tax in half for final three months of 2017

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 city.

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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...

7/24/2017

article Could Elks Tower casino face licensing hurdle after owner’s recent offense?
(California) -- The businessman trying to build a high-profile casino in downtown Sacramento was recently ordered to serve probation, seek alcohol treatment and attend...

7/11/2017

article Card room operator sues city for permit denial
(California) -- Stanley Penn, the longtime owner and operator of San Diego card room Lucky Lady, has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Diego for refusing to renew...

6/28/2017

article Fate of Lucky Lady card room could be determined in court
(California) -- The future of the last operating card room in San Diego could be determined in court, after a City Council committee Wednesday rejected an appeal by its...

6/26/2017

blog Dave Palermo: Gathering Tribes to Discuss Dispute with Card Rooms, Regulators
(California) -- The questionable legality of banked games operated by California card rooms and the apparent inability of state regulators to monitor and police the...

6/15/2017

article Lake Bowl requests lowering of gambling tax
(Washington) -- The leadership team at Moses Lake’s sole casino is asking the city council to consider lowering the city’s gambling tax for card rooms.
article Lake Bowl seeks lower gambling tax rate for Moses Lake card room
(Washington) -- The Moses Lake City Council is considering lowering its gambling tax rate at the request of the only business it affects.

6/12/2017

article Larry Flynt settles Lucky Lady lawsuit over Gardena casino
(California) -- A gaming company has settled a lawsuit that accused adult entertainment mogul Larry Flynt of violating its trademarks by naming his newly revamped...
article ‘I’m Scared Every Minute Now’: Victim Shot While Leaving Gardena Casino With Winnings Speaks Out
(California) -- A man who was shot multiple times after leaving Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena said he is still in awe he's alive. “I’m...

6/7/2017

article Jilted Casino M8trix Buyer Cries Foul over State Investigation
(California) -- When Eric Swallow unveiled Casino M8trix, he billed it as a break from the past. San Jose’s history with its two card rooms had been marked by...
article Shooting victim fends off would-be robbers after leaving Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady casino
(California) -- Would-be robbers apparently followed a man from Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena, purposely bumped his car from behind as he drove away...
article Shooting victim may have been followed from Larry Flynt casino
(California) -- A man was shot and wounded at a Chevron gas station today on the border of South Los Angeles and Gardena by assailants who may have followed him there...

6/3/2017

article This man is betting people will want to gamble in downtown Sacramento
(California) -- Instead of playing with steel beams, local businessman Steve Ayers is betting on poker cards. Ayers, who shuttered his Armour Steel fabrication company...

5/24/2017

article Poker players, rejoice: Paso Robles casino gets new, bigger location
(California) -- Paso Robles Central Coast Casino customers will soon be able to play poker in a new and improved location — just across the parking lot from the...

4/29/2017

article New owners want card room to be a family destination
(California) -- The Stones Group Corp. made up of Rodney Stone, Ryan Stone, Masis Kevorkian and Kermit Schultz are the newest players in town. The four men became the...

4/22/2017

article Indicted Souza transfers card room
(California) -- The Chula Vista City Council went all in on the Stones South Bay Corp. The five-member City Council last week approved an amendment to the gaming plan...

4/21/2017

article Chula Vista Casino Lawsuit and South Bay Representatives #Resist
(California) -- San Diego Business Journal reported last week that the Chula Vista City Council approved the transfer from ownership from Seven Mile Casino to Stones...

4/19/2017

article In gambling dispute, competing operators contend that Sacramento officials put the cards before the horse
(California) -- The shadow of Casino Royale’s gambling troubles fell on City Hall again last week, as elected officials ignored a lawsuit over its up-for-grabs...

4/18/2017

article Seven Mile Casino in Chula Vista transfers ownership
(California) -- The Chula Vista City Council has voted to transfer ownership of the Seven Mile Casino to the Stones South Bay Corp., a family owned and operated...

4/17/2017

article New casino proposed in Sacramento
(California) -- Steve Ayers, owner of the historic Sacramento Elks Tower, said that he’s interested in turning the building into a gambling venue. The official...

4/14/2017

article Swedish businessman used Lucky Lady Casino on El Cajon Blvd. for racketeering
(California) -- Peter Magnus Karlsson, a Swedish businessman, pleaded guilty today (April 13) to engaging in an international racketeering conspiracy using Lucky Lady...

4/13/2017

article Swedish Businessman Who Used San Diego Card Room for Organized Crime Pleads Guilty
(California) -- Swedish businessman Petter Magnus Karlsson pleaded guilty Thursday to engaging in an international racketeering conspiracy that used a San Diego card...
article Casino, lounge proposed for historic Sacramento building
(California) -- Downtown Sacramento’s historic Elks Tower could soon be home to the city’s fourth card room after a conditional-use permit was issued for the...
article Chula Vista Approves Ownership Change for Seven Mile Casino
(California) -- The Chula Vista City Council has approved the transfer of ownership of the Seven Mile Casino card room to La Jolla-based Stones South Bay Corp. The venue...

4/12/2017

article Council approves use permit for casino in Sacramento’s historic Elks Tower
(California) -- The Sacramento City Council approved a conditional-use permit for a proposed casino in downtown’s historic Elks Tower, a project that supporters...

4/11/2017

article Sacramento City Council to consider competitors' opposition to downtown card room
(California) -- Sacramento’s City Council will hold a hearing Tuesday on an appeal brought by competitors of a proposed new card room casino in the historic...

4/7/2017

article Bicycle Casino reopens after raid by federal officials
(California) -- The Bicycle Hotel and Casino resumed normal operations April 5 following a federal raid of the casino the day before. Casino officials announced on their...

4/5/2017

article Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens reopens after federal raid
(California) -- The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens reopened early Wednesday, hours after federal agents raided the facility and seized thousands of financial...
article What fed raid? Bicycle Hotel and Casino open to take your cash in Gardena
(California) -- Bicycle Hotel and Casino officials said they resumed normal operations Wednesday following a federal raid of the Bell Gardens casino. Casino officials...

4/4/2017

article Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens Raided by Federal Authorities
(California) -- Federal agents raided the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens Tuesday morning in connection with an ongoing criminal investigation.
article Federal agents serve search warrant at Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens
(California) -- Federal agents from multiple agencies executed a search warrant Tuesday morning at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens, authorities said.
article Federal authorities raid Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens
(California) -- Federal agents raided the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens Tuesday, paralyzing bets at one of Southern California’s largest gambling...
article Federal, State agencies raid Bell Gardens Casino in money laundering case
(California) -- After months of planning they gathered today under the cover of morning darkness. By 7 a.m. they moved in. FOX 11 was right there with them as dozens of...
article Feds raid Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens
(California) -- Multiple federal agencies today raided the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens, authorities said, but the details of the investigation were not...
article Feds Shut Down Bicycle Hotel & Casino for 'Criminal Fraud' Investigation
(California) -- Federal agents served a search warrant at the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens supposedly as part of a criminal fraud investigation, shutting...

3/28/2017

article Two shot outside south Sacramento casino
(California) -- The Sacramento Police Department is investigating a shooting that injured two people early Tuesday outside a south Sacramento casino.
article Gardens Casino Honored For Responsible Gaming Program Amid License Revocation Fears
(California) -- March is best known in the gambling world for March Madness. Americans will wager more than $10 billion, most of it illegally, on the NCAA Men’s...

3/22/2017

article Portland’s Poker Rooms Are Licensed by the City, Wildly Popular—and Too Illegal to Last
(Oregon) -- Evgeny "John" Ogai was a lousy poker player. Yet more than anyone, he established the game in Portland. After visiting Las Vegas nearly a decade...

3/21/2017

article Larry Flynt to unveil $5M Gardena casino renovation, invest further $60M in area
(California) -- The city of Gardena took a reluctant bet when it approved porn mogul Larry Flynt’s latest casino project, but it looks like the odds may be in its...

3/17/2017

article Larry Flynt is waiting to greet you at his new Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena
(California) -- Icy white chandeliers, textured red walls, abundant TV displays, marble-style floors and oversized framed paintings of Mediterranean vistas decorate...

3/15/2017

article Draw, Stud, and Hold’em: A Brief History of Poker in L.A.
(California) -- Although hardly anything remains of the era when California was the terminal part of the Old West, one survivor of those wide-open days lingers.

3/6/2017

article Why Casino-Driven Development Is a Roll of the Dice
(California) -- Walk into the Commerce Casino in California at 7 a.m., and you’re greeted by the chirps and beeps of a metal black cage that carries tokens to the...

3/2/2017

article Downtown Sacramento card room plan passes major hurdle
(California) -- A business group seeking to open the first downtown Sacramento card room has passed a major milestone, but it still has some approvals to win.

2/4/2017

article Stockton Casino Patron Carjacked, Robbed
(California) -- A man who had been gambling at a Stockton casino was robbed and carjacked last night in Stockton after leaving the establishment.

2/2/2017

article Second man charged with homicide in casino shootout that killed Capitol staffer
(California) -- A second man arrested in connection with a November shootout at a Sacramento casino has been charged with homicide in the case.

1/31/2017

article Gardens Casino hoping to hold on to gaming licensing in California
(California) -- After admitting they failed to follow federal anti-money laundering laws properly, the Gardens Casino is hoping they will be able to continue to operate...

1/30/2017

article L.A.’s Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Still Saddled with Anti-Money Laundering Shadows, Seeks New License
(California) -- Hawaiian Gardens, the small city on the outskirts of Los Angeles County, is waiting anxiously to hear the fate of the casino that also bears its name....

1/28/2017

article Hawaiian Gardens casino facing loss of license says it’s now complying with laws
(California) -- Managers of the Gardens Casino, the major employer and source of tax revenue to its home city, are preparing to defend their license after spending $90...

1/11/2017

article Stacked deck: Lawsuit charges Sacramento made ‘secret’ deal with Casino Royale
(California) -- The owners of two Sacramento card rooms are trying to block Casino Royale from transferring its gaming license to Steve Ayers over claims that city...

1/6/2017

article California casino gambling license in jeopardy
(California) -- In southern California, The Gardens Casino is reportedly in jeopardy of losing its gambling license following accusations from state officials that it...

1/4/2017

article State wants to revoke gaming license of Hawaiian Gardens casino after federal money laundering case
(California) -- A grand reopening for The Gardens Casino — to show off the fruits of a $90 million renovation — could take place later this month, but state...

12/5/2016

article Larry Flynt sues Golden State to expand casino empire
(California) -- Hustler founder and distinguished smut king Larry Flynt is eager to diversify his business holdings and invest in several casinos across the country. But...

12/4/2016

article Larry Flynt files lawsuit against California involving out of state and foreign casinos investents
(California) -- Larry Flynt is best known for being the founder of Hustler but Flynt also has interests in the gambling industry owning two cardrooms in California.

12/2/2016

article Larry Flynt sues California over casino ownership rules
(California) -- Porn impresario Larry Flynt is suing the state of California to overturn a statute that prevents him from investing in out-of-state casino businesses.
article Larry Flynt Takes on Calif. Gaming Law to Expand Casino Empire
(California) -- Hustler founder and distinguished smut king Larry Flynt is eager to diversify his business holdings and invest in several casinos across the country. But...

12/1/2016

article Lucky Bridge Casino cashes out its chips
(Washington) -- A Kennewick casino and restaurant has called it quits. Lucky Bridge Casino, 101 S. Gum St., closed Thursday, according to a notice posted by management...

11/27/2016

article San Diego Unified lease deal in Scripps Ranch involves card room operator
(California) -- One of the partners in a development company negotiating with the San Diego Unified School District to build a 264-unit apartment complex at a former...

10/25/2016

article Gardens Casino leaves poker player very impressed
(California) -- My friend Lucy phoned me the other day. After reading Patricia Chavira’s column, “Gardens becomes an Eden,” in the Sept. 6 issue of...

10/21/2016

article Hollywood Park Casino opening signals new era for LA’s card clubs
(California) -- The new Hollywood Park Casino officially opened to the public Friday with Vegas flavor and lots of customers excited about big grand-opening promotions....

9/24/2016

article Downtown Fresno’s Club One card room comes out of bankruptcy
(California) -- Downtown Fresno’s Club One is out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after reaching agreement with two former owners to pay them a portion of what...

9/22/2016

article Fire sends cardroom patrons fleeing in Oceano
(California) -- An apparent attic fire destroyed the Oceana Casino in Oceano on Wednesday afternoon. Five Cities Fire Authority Chief Steve Lieberman said the fire broke...

9/13/2016

article Casino proposed for downtown Sacramento’s historic Elks Tower
(California) -- The owner of downtown Sacramento’s historic Elks Tower is hoping to open what he’s calling an upscale, three-level casino and lounge in the...

9/6/2016

article Normandie Casino Owners Ordered to Pay $2.4 Million for Violating Bank Secrecy Act
(California) -- The Normandie Casino in Gardena, California is no more, but its former owners are still on the hook for a $2.4 million penalty. In January, the owners of...

9/5/2016

article Normandie Casino Owners Ordered to Pay $2.4 Million for Violating Bank Secrecy Act
(California) -- The Normandie Casino in Gardena, California is no more, but its former owners are still on the hook for a $2.4 million penalty. In January, the owners of...

9/1/2016

article Normandie Casino operators struggling with USD 1.4M penalty
(California) -- Former operators of the Normandie Casino in Gardena, California have been hit with more than a million dollar penalty after the casino admitted to...

8/31/2016

article Former Casino Operator Pays $1 Million Fine and Forfeits More Over Anti-Money Laundering Charges
(California) -- The former operator of the Normandie Club in Gardena has been ordered to pay a $1 million criminal fine and to forfeit nearly $1.4 million after pleading...
article Gambled and lost: Normandie Casino ordered to pay millions after hiding high-roller winnings
(California) -- The operators of one of Southern California’s oldest casinos have been ordered to pay a $1-million fine and turn over another $1.4 million it...
article Hawaiian Gardens gambles on a $90-million overhaul of its casino as rivals invest in their own upgrades
(California) -- Scott Shinedling has played poker at the Hawaiian Gardens card club since it opened inside a 60,000-square-foot tent nearly 20 years ago. But the sales...

8/30/2016

article Now-Defunct South Bay Casino Partnership Ordered to Pay $2.4 Mil for Violating Anti-Money Laundering Laws
(California) -- The partnership that ran the Normandie Casino were ordered to Tuesday about $2.4 million to settle federal charges that the now- defunct Gardena club...

8/28/2016

article Gilroy card room to have new location
(California) -- The Garlic City Card Room will soon have a new home as the city Planning Commission approved a proposed move of the gaming venue.

8/23/2016

article Larry Flynt casino accused of trademark infringement over use of Lucky Lady mark
(California) -- The owner of the Lady Luck and Lucky Lady trademarks alleges its trademarks were used on a new casino in Gardena without authorization. Isle of Capri...

8/18/2016

article Sacramento’s bad card room bet
(California) -- On a rainy evening in April, William Blanas sat in the Sacramento City Council chambers waiting to see if elected officials would reshuffle the rules in...

8/17/2016

article Larry Flynt Sued for Allegedly Jacking Casino Name
(California) -- Larry Flynt might be trying his luck in a courtroom soon. “Hustler” honcho Flynt has been slapped with a lawsuit claiming that he ripped off...

8/16/2016

article Flynt becoming Southern California's casino leader
(California) -- A remarkable man: Larry Flynt was born in 1942 in Kentucky, into a poverty-stricken family, and rose to fame and wealth. He became a highly successful...

8/9/2016

article Deal or no deal – California card rooms, tribal casinos battle over new rule
(California) -- It’s a little past seven in the evening on a Thursday at Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights, where Matt Stevenson is one of about two dozen...
article Revamped Hollywood Park casino ready to reopen in Inglewood
(California) -- The new Rams stadium in Inglewood is still about three years away, with plenty of work left to replace the old Hollywood Park race track. But work to...

8/1/2016

article Business picks up quickly after Flynt takes over Normandie Casino
(California) -- The Normandie Casino in Gardena, California has sat run down for some time, having opened in the 1940s and not been renovated in more than two decades....
article California Card Club Lucky Lady Fronted for Illegal Betting Op, Feds Claim
(California) -- San Diego, California’s Lucky Lady card club was raided by the FBI, as well as the IRS, last week. The poker card room’s owner was charged...
article Feds: Richmond man part of San Diego card club gambling ring
(California) -- A Richmond real estate agent, Jason D. Taylor, was one of 14 men indicted last Wednesday on gambling charges by a federal grand jury in San Diego, Calif...

7/30/2016

article Larry Flynt opens the Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena, prepares for big changes
(California) -- Vaughn Sherman pushed his stack of chips forward on one of 100 red felt tables at Larry Flynt’s new Lucky Lady Casino, holding a beer in one hand...

7/29/2016

article California’s Lucky Lady Card Room was front for illegal sports betting operation
(California) -- Yet another California gaming venue finds itself in trouble with the law after federal authorities charged the owner of San Diego’s Lucky Lady...

7/28/2016

article 9 Arrested in El Cerrito Casino Raid
(California) -- Dozens of FBI agents and San Diego police officers on Wednesday morning raided an El Cerrito casino and arrested nine people on racketeering charges....
article Hollywood Park Casino undergoes makeover
(California) -- The search for a monetary helping hand from lady luck was in full effect on a recent weekday afternoon at the Hollywood Park Casino. The casino floor was...

7/27/2016

article Casino raided, 14 men charged in illicit gambling ring
(California) -- Authorities raided a small casino in eastern San Diego Wednesday morning following what they said was a two-year investigation that led to charges...
article FBI serves warrant at card room in El Cerrito
(California) -- Police and FBI agents raided homes and a College-area gambling establishment Wednesday and arrested several suspects as part of an ongoing organized...
article Small casino raided in organized crime investigation
(California) -- FBI agents and police detectives raided a small casino in eastern San Diego Wednesday morning in what they said was an organized crime investigation.

7/22/2016

article Gardena city council blinks first in casino standoff with Hustler boss Larry Flynt
(California) -- It was only last week that Flynt, founder of the Hustler adult entertainment empire and owner of the Hustler-branded casino in Gardena, threatened to...

7/21/2016

article Larry Flynt scores victory as Gardena budges on casino demand
(California) -- Larry Flynt won a high-stakes gamble with the city of Gardena over the future of the the city’s oldest casino after the City Council voted...
article Larry Flynt wins gamble with Gardena, will open Lucky Lady casino soon
(California) -- Larry Flynt won his gamble with Gardena’s political leaders. Two days after he shut down his newly acquired Normandie Casino — one of the...

7/20/2016

article Gardena to reconsider casino measure aimed at Larry Flynt's casinos
(California) -- Larry Flynt may win a high-stakes gamble with the city of Gardena over the future of the the city’s oldest casino. The adult entertainment mogul...

7/18/2016

article Hawaiian Gardens Fined $2.8M for Lax AML Procedures
(California) -- Hawaiian Gardens, one of the major California card clubs allied with the push for online poker in the state, has been fined $2.8 million for repeated...
press release California's Hawaiian Gardens Casino Fined $2.8 Million for Repeated Anti-Money Laundering Violations Settlement Requires Additional Measures to Ensure Future Compliance
(California) -- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) today announced a settlement with and a $2.8 million assessment against Hawaiian Gardens Casino, Inc. d...

7/16/2016

article Larry Flynt to scrap Normandie Casino deal if city proceeds with new gaming tax
(California) -- Porn impresario Larry Flynt says he’ll back out of his deal to buy the Normandie Casino after being “treated as a second-class citizen...

7/15/2016

article Larry Flynt halts casino opening, threatens Gardena leaders over tax breaks
(California) -- Larry Flynt is at war with the city of Gardena. The world-known purveyor of porn and gaming was all set to open his second casino in the city —...

7/12/2016

article New Hollywood Park Casino to Open this Fall in Inglewood
(California) -- Hollywood Park Casino Co. has announced the new Cary Grant Pavilion at Hollywood Park Casino (HPC) will open this fall in Inglewood. The casino will be...
article Gardena and Larry Flynt at odds as Lucky Lady Casino prepares to open
(California) -- A dispute over money — not to mention some consternation over a scantily clad woman in platform heels — is all that stands in Larry Flynt...
article Larry Flynt casino sign too tasteless, California city's lawmakers complain
(California) -- As Larry Flynt prepares to open a casino in Southern California, local politicians were taking issue with a scantily clad woman in platform heels....

7/11/2016

article Card room rules still generate conflict
(California) -- New guidelines issued by state gambling regulators for how card rooms in the state can conduct some high-stakes card games don’t satisfy Indian...

7/8/2016

article Normandie Casino purchased by Larry Flynt
(California) -- The Normandie Casino is known as the oldest card club in California, a venue that has fell on hard times for the past few months. Just a few months ago,...

7/7/2016

article Larry Flynt wants to purchase and rename the Normandie Casino
(California) -- Adult entertainment mogul Larry Flynt, who already owns Gardena’s largest gambling establishment, has offered to buy the Normandie Casino for an...

7/2/2016

article Card Player Poker Tour At The Bicycle Casino Starts Today
(California) -- On Friday, the Card Player Poker Tour returned to the Bicycle Hotel & Casino for an 11-event series boasting more than $400,000 in guarantees.

7/1/2016

article DOJ Notice to card room industry issued; California Gaming Association responds
(California) -- The California Gaming Association’s (CGA), president, Kyle Kirkland, responded yesterday to new regulations issued by the California Attorney...

6/30/2016

article California Gaming Association Responds to DOJ Notice to Cardroom Industry
(California) -- Kyle Kirkland, President of the California Gaming Association (CGA), issued the following statement in response to new game guidelines issued by the...

6/27/2016

article Change could be a big deal for card rooms
(California) -- For close to a decade, card rooms in California have been allowed to get around state laws governing poker and other games, thanks to a letter written by...

6/14/2016

article Construction Underway On Bay 101 Casino Relocation
(California) -- Construction is officially underway at the site of the new Bay 101 Casino, which is set to open in 2017. The $100 million first phase will include a two-...

6/10/2016

article More drama at Casino M8trix — co-owner sued by the card room for millions in damages
(California) -- The civil war between the owners of Casino M8trix has spilled into public court. On May 17, M8trix's controlling entity, Garden City Inc., filed a...

6/7/2016

article Casino M8trix owner issued stiff penalty and stripped of license
(California) -- The California Gambling Commission has stripped Casino M8trix co-owner Eric Swallow of his ownership license and imposed a hefty penalty of $13.7 million...

6/5/2016

article Casino M8trix owner fined millions by state gambling regulators, stripped of gaming license
(California) -- San Jose's Casino M8trix is setting records for all the wrong reasons. On May 26, the California Gambling Control Commission stripped M8trix owner...
article Eric Swallow, Casino M8trix owner, stripped of license
(California) -- In the latest blow to glitzy Casino M8trix, co-owner Eric Swallow has been stripped of his ownership license by the California Gambling Control...

6/4/2016

article Former state gambling chief and ex-Casino M8trix employee gets kicked out of industry
(California) -- A former chief of California's Bureau of Gambling Control is being kicked out of the gaming industry after becoming the target of the organization he...

5/24/2016

article Normandie Casino Card Club Closing After 69 Iconic Years Due to Money Laundering
(California) -- The Normandie Casino in Gardena, California, will close its doors in the coming months almost 70 years after it first opened. On April 24, 2016, the...

5/23/2016

article California's Oldest Card Room To Close After Owners' Money Laundering Convictions
(California) -- Normandie Casino, home to the oldest card room in the state of California, will soon close its doors after Golden State gaming regulators revoked its...
article In Antioch, A Local Casino Spends Big — to Limit Gambling
(California) -- A casino in the East Bay has poured more than $300,000 of support into a ballot measure that would limit the number of card rooms in the city of Antioch...

5/21/2016

article Normandie Casino to close after nearly 70 years
(California) -- The Normandie Casino, Gardena’s oldest card club, will soon close its doors after owners were convicted of aiding high rollers with money-...

5/20/2016

article Normandie Casino to close after nearly 70 years
(California) -- The Normandie Casino, which started as the Western Club in 1940 before being purchased by Russ Miller in 1947, ends it legacy as the oldest poker club in...

5/16/2016

article BLOG: Former California Gaming Regulator Admits Wrongdoing; Forfeits License And Faces Fine
(California) -- Robert Lytle and the state of California have reached a settlement agreement following an investigation into his role in a card room skimming...
article Gambling consultant to lose license, ownership
(California) -- Robert Lytle, who was the state’s chief gambling enforcement agent before retiring and starting a consulting business catering to the same card...
article Normandie Casino license suspensions could mean end of California’s first card room
(California) -- The oldest card club in the state of California may soon close its doors due to money-laundering convictions faced by the owners. Weeks ago, the...

5/15/2016

article Why the Normandie Casino in Gardena may be hitting its limit
(California) -- As a teenager some 30 years ago, Dan Natarelli said he would sneak into the Normandie Casino on Rosecrans Avenue in Gardena to play cards. If he wasn...

5/14/2016

blog Dave Palermo: Lytle Admits to Wrongdoing, Relinquishes Card Room Licenses
(California) -- California’s former gambling enforcement chief has agreed to revocation of his licenses as a card room owner and consultant following his admission...

5/9/2016

article Gardens Casino Nearly Quadruples In Size After $90 Million Upgrade
(California) -- The Gardens Casino in Southern California, known for its friendly service and wide game selection, has unveiled a spectacular new casino, the largest...

5/5/2016

article Man struck in head with hatchet outside casino
(California) -- Police were looking for two attempted-murder suspects after a man was struck in the head with a hatchet Thursday evening. The attack happened just...

5/2/2016

article Pacheco casino contributes another $165,000 to pass Measure E in Antioch, over $310,000 so far
(California) -- As of the close of the filing period on April 23, 2016, the California Grand Casino in Pacheco had contributed $165,000 more to the Antioch Coalition...

4/29/2016

article Gardena’s iconic Normandie Club poker room folds its cards
(California) -- Normandie Casino, the state’s oldest card club and one of Gardena’s original six poker rooms when the city was known as the “Poker...

4/27/2016

article Suspect In Casino Robbery Wore Halloween Mask: Police
(California) -- The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office has released a suspect description of a man suspected of an armed robbery at California Grand Casino early...

4/25/2016

article Casino cam shows masked gunman knocking off East Bay card room
(California) -- An assailant wearing a chilling Halloween mask and carrying a semiautomatic rifle pulled off a brazen robbery Monday morning at a card table at the...
article Police searching for suspect after robbery at casino in Pacheco
(California) -- The Contra Costa County Sheriff's office is investigating an alleged robbery at the California Grand Casino in Pacheco early this morning. The...

4/21/2016

article Longview downtown casino owner, city negotiating monthly debt payments
(Washington) -- Island Casino on Commerce Avenue still owes the city $251,000 in back taxes, though its owner has been slowly whittling down a debt that had totaled $271...
article Accused gambling scofflaws get day in court
(California) -- Over 20 defendants and their attorneys packed the San Diego federal court house on April 18. Charges for the defendants and their businesses ranged from...

4/20/2016

article Longview downtown casino owner, city negotiating monthly debt payments
(Washington) -- Island Casino on Commerce Avenue still owes the city $251,000 in back taxes, though its owner has been slowly whittling down a debt that had totaled $271...

4/19/2016

article Merced to welcome no-limit bets, more poker tables
(California) -- Poker players can expect soon to have no betting limits at the growing number of gaming tables in Merced, which should allow local card rooms to better...

4/13/2016

article Hawaiian Gardens Casino announces soft opening of its $90 million renovation and expansion project
(California) -- Back in March 2014, the Hawaiian Gardens Casino started a $90 million renovation and major expansion project, which now nears its completion. Therefore,...

3/17/2016

article Casino Cashier Who Embezzled $34K Sentenced To Jail
(California) -- A cashier at a San Bruno casino was sentenced to four months in jail today for stealing $34,000 from customer accounts last year, prosecutors said....

3/6/2016

article Assemblyman seeks Ventura’s support to change gaming law
(California) -- The Players Casino in Ventura wants to stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and city staff, figuring the expanded hours will bring in an...

3/5/2016

article Card Rooms in California Issued Legal Blow
(California) -- The California Bureau of Gambling Control (CBGC) last week sent a letter to California’s card rooms saying it would no longer accept applications for...

2/24/2016

article Antioch council ousts card room opponent from two city posts
(California) -- A local resident helping spearhead a campaign to toughen up the city's gambling ordinance found himself in the cross hairs at this week's City...
article How Bell Gardens is Banking on Bicycle Club Casino's Luxury Hotel
(California) -- The Bicycle Club Casino's brand new hotel is a black and white, seven-story destination. The 100-room hotel with luxury suites has a spa, a VIP...

2/23/2016

article California AG Reviewing Player-Banked Games In Card Rooms
(California) -- According to a letter obtained by California Online Poker, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and her office are currently reviewing the player-...

2/19/2016

article Proposed sale of Casino M8trix halted as partners butt heads
(California) -- Eric Swallow, the fifty-three year-old card room impresario responsible for reinventing the bankrupt Garden City Casino, wants to sell the now popular...

2/18/2016

article Casino M8trix proposed sale halted as partners clash
(California) -- Eric Swallow wants nothing more than to sell the glitzy Casino M8trix -- the multimillion dollar cardroom he built from the ground up -- but his business...

2/16/2016

article A bounty on poker stars at Bay Area’s biggest tourney
(California) -- Most of the stars in poker are coming to San Jose’s Bay 101 Casino for the Bay Area’s most compelling poker tournament, the Shooting Star on...
article Antioch council OKs election on card room ordinance
(California) -- Council members here reluctantly have agreed to hold an election that could make it harder for businesses to open or enlarge a card room. The Antioch...

2/13/2016

article LETTER: Thorpe defends card room initiative, admits he’s a leader in the effort
(California) -- Dear Editor, When the government fails to act to protect the people, citizens have a right to petition their government for changes. I deeply cherish and...

1/30/2016

article Know when to fold ’em: Normandie Casino partners admit fed charges
(California) -- The four partners of the Normandie Casino pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges that the Gardena club violated anti-money laundering provisions of the...
article Normandie Casino pleads guilty to violating anti-money laundering laws
(California) -- A representative for the four partners of the Normandie Casino in Gardena formally pleaded guilty Friday to charges that the club violated anti-money...

1/24/2016

article Normandie Casino pays $2.3m for BSA violations
(California) -- The Normandie Casino of California has been under investigation by the federal authorities due to high rolling players having the ability to doge...

1/23/2016

article Normandie Casino pleads guilty to federal money-laundering charges
(California) -- Owners of the Normandie Casino in Gardena pleaded guilty Friday to helping big-spending gamblers launder $1.38 million in a scheme to conceal their...

1/22/2016

article Casino Pleads Guilty to Violating Anti-Money Laundering Law
(California) -- The operator of the Normandie Casino in Gardena agreed in court papers filed this morning to plead guilty to charges that it violated anti-money...
article Normandie Casino will plead guilty to helping high rollers hide winnings, will forfeit $1.3 million
(California) -- One of Southern California's oldest casinos has agreed to plead guilty to shielding several high rollers from federal reporting requirements and...

1/12/2016

article Work starts on north San Jose site for casino, hotels and offices
(California) -- A new casino, hotel and office complex that is being planned in north San Jose may have the Hilton name for the first of two hotels that will be built at...

1/2/2016

article Officials in CA reach decision in case against Casino M8trix co-owner, Swallow
(California) -- Fifty-three year-old card room impresario and co-owner of the popular Casino M8trix in Silicon Valley, Eric Swallow, aims to clear his name after an...

12/31/2015

article Seven Mile Casino card room allowed to reopen after FBI raid
(California) -- On Wednesday, the Seven Mile Casino card room was allowed to reopen their doors after being shut down due to a federal raid. The venue was shut down for...

12/30/2015

article Seven Mile Casino Card Room Reopens
(California) -- The Seven Mile Casino in Chula Vista reopened Wednesday, almost three weeks after a federal raid shut its doors. FBI agents descended on the casino and a...

12/23/2015

article $5M makeover will turn card room into French colonial-style casino
(California) -- Lotus Casino in Sacramento is getting a nearly $5 million makeover, joining the trend of neighborhood card rooms going upscale. The existing 5,000 square...

12/22/2015

article Casino M8trix owner could lose gambling license
(California) -- The co-owner of San Jose’s Casino M8trix is in danger of having his gambling license being terminated after a state administrative law judge ruled...
article FinCEN fines California card room
(California) -- An owner of popular San Jose card room Casino M8trix appears set to lose his state gaming license following an administrative court ruling. Last week,...

12/21/2015

article SCHUETZ: California Card Room Troubles Traced to One Thing
(California) -- On December 9th of this year more than 200 agents were involved in raids that targeted two California card rooms. If one starts counting on January 1,...
article State officials reach decision in case against Casino M8trix co-owner
(California) -- Eric Swallow, co-owner of the wildly popular Casino M8trix, is poised to lose his state gaming license after an administrative law judge questioned his...

12/20/2015

article Card room owner deals in generosity
(California) -- While a black cloud hangs over Harvey Souza and his Seven Mile Casino in the face of a federal money laundering charge, some in the community recall what...

12/19/2015

article Stakes high for alleged bookie ringleader
(California) -- Everybody agrees that David Stroj is into gambling. The question is what kind. He says he makes his living playing poker. The FBI says he’s an...

12/17/2015

article Palomar Card Club's string of bad luck
(California) -- On December 9, the Palomar Card Club was named as one of many illegal gambling operations that had laundered a total of approximately $10 million in...

12/16/2015

article Take a chance on Lucky Chances’ 24-hour Cafe Colma
(California) -- The security guard sweeps by our table at 2 a.m. and takes away our mostly empty bottle of cheap sparkling wine without a word. We hadn’t realized...

12/15/2015

article 'Fat Dave' is big fish in federal gambling case
(California) -- Mobbed-up illegal bookmaker "Fat Dave" Stroj appears to have talked his way into more trouble than he can fade. Originally from Philadelphia,...
article Card Rooms Try to Get Back in Business
(California) -- Two San Diego County card rooms raided by the FBI last week are preparing to reopen. According to the Attorney General’s office, if the casinos...

12/11/2015

article Alleged Gambling Ringleader Was Target of Undercover FBI Surveillance
(California) -- The alleged ringleader of a multistate illegal gambling ring has been the target of undercover FBI surveillance for the last three years, prosecutors...
article Arrests Made In Arizona, 6 Other States Tied To Massive Gambling Ring
(California) -- Authorities say they've busted a massive illegal gambling operation that ran card games out of Southern California mansions, took bets from Canada to...

12/10/2015

article Feds Tie Illegal Gambling Ring To San Diego County Card Clubs
(California) -- Authorities raided two card clubs on Wednesday and made arrests in seven states as they dismembered a massive illegal gambling operation that allegedly...

12/9/2015

article 2 card clubs raided, 25 indicted
(California) -- Federal authorities announced Wednesday that 25 people have been indicted in a massive illegal gambling ring that netted $10 million in profits from...
article FBI raids card rooms in illegal gambling probe
(California) -- A grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday charges two San Diego-area card rooms and 25 people with illegal gambling, money laundering and prostitution-...
article Feds Break up San Diego Gambling Operation
(California) -- A grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday charges 25 people and two businesses with participating in an illegal gambling operation that laundered an...

12/7/2015

article Cardrooms bet on upscale future
(California) -- Over the last decade, many California cardrooms have moved beyond their gold rush roots by upgrading and adding hotel and dining options to meet patron...

12/4/2015

article Bell Gardens adds hotel to Bicycle Club Casino
(California) -- A seven-story, $50 million, 117,907-square-foot boutique luxury hotel addition to the Bicycle Club Casino opened to the public Dec. 1. Gov. Jerry Brown,...

11/30/2015

article Bicycle Casino’s Hotel Flings Doors Open
(California) -- Bicycle Casino is hoping for a full house of its own. The casino on Tuesday will open a seven-story, 99-room hotel in Bell Gardens, marking the...

11/29/2015

article Bicycle Casino CEO Hashem Minaiy Excited To Unveil New Hotel To The Public
(California) -- The Bicycle Casino, a staple of the Los Angeles poker scene since 1984, is all set to unveil the result of a project to turn the beloved card room into a...

11/23/2015

article California Governor Jerry Brown officially unveils The Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens, CA.
(California) -- California Governor Jerry Brown, along with Managing General Partner & CEO Hashem Minaiy and Robert H. Carter, President of Carter Management Group,...

11/22/2015

article Gov. Brown leads unveiling of Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens
(California) -- CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday led the unveiling of the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in the City of Bell Gardens which has been infused with fresh...

11/19/2015

press release California Governor Jerry Brown introduces the new Bell Gardens resort Bicycle Hotel & Casino
(California) -- California Governor Jerry Brown cut the ribbon of the brand new Bell Gardens gambling establishment The Bicycle Hotel & Casino’s full resort...

11/18/2015

article Gambling good. Stripping bad. / Chula Vista fetes casino as FBI investigates it
(California) -- Travel Interstate 5 through the South Bay and you will notice the flashy billboards beckoning you to Seven Mile Casino. Located on Bay Boulevard in Chula...

10/23/2015

article Casino M8trix targeted by card room mini-mogul
(California) -- The owner of five California card rooms wants to add San Jose’s Casino M8trix to his portfolio. John Park, owner of Park West Casinos LLC, filed an...

10/21/2015

article The Bicycle Casino To Open $50 Million Luxury Hotel In December
(California) -- The Bicycle Casino will become the Bicycle Hotel & Casino in December. The property will open a seven-story, 117,907 square-foot boutique luxury...

10/19/2015

article San Jose: The man behind Casino M8trix is walking away
(California) -- Embroiled in a costly divorce and a dispute with his business partners, the man who built the Casino M8trix is walking away from the gaudy gambling...

10/16/2015

article Card club faces loss of license
(California) -- One of two remaining card rooms in the city of San Diego is facing the loss of its license from state gambling regulators, who say the owners turned over...

10/15/2015

article Fresno’s Club One files for bankruptcy protection
(California) -- Club One, a popular downtown Fresno casino and restaurant, has filed for bankruptcy. The Chapter 11 bankruptcy was filed in U.S. District Court on...

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