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New Amador County Harrah’s casino to provide more than 400 full-time jobs

Harrah’s will be hiring for more than 400 full-time positions for a new casino set to open this spring in Amador County. The 71,000 square-foot casino will contain 950 slot machines, 20 game tables, a sit-down restaurant and three fast-food destinations, according to a news release issued by Harrah’s.

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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...

8/10/2019

article San Diego Casino Guide 2019
(California) -- The southwest's casinos have more than their share of slot machines, gaming tables, amenity-packed hotels—and yes, buffets. Are you feeling...

7/31/2019

article Here’s why Southern California’s casinos have become go-to spots for foreign language programming
(California) -- During a recent concert at the Pechanga Summit at Pechanga Resort Casino there was a moment when the evening’s act got off the stage and began...

7/30/2019

article Tribe says unfinished parking lot is holding up new casino project [sub req]
(California) -- An unpaved parking lot is standing in the way of the grand opening of the new Havasu Landing Resort & Casino on the California shoreline of Lake...

7/29/2019

article RUDDOCK: Will California Ever Get Its Act Together And Legalize Online Poker?
(California) -- Efforts to legalize online poker and casino gambling have been shoved to the side as sports betting fever sweeps through legislatures across the nation....

7/23/2019

article Could sports betting be coming to Dodger Stadium?
(California) -- The Dodgers aren’t selling naming rights to Dodger Stadium. But, a few years from now, you might be able to attend a game at, say, Bank of America Field...
article 4 things to do at Southern California casinos this week (July 26-Aug. 1)
(California) -- Get an ’80s throwback without a Delorean at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa this weekend. The Freestyle Jam, which will visit The Show on Friday,...

7/16/2019

article POLYGAMOUS BLOOD CULT: One Kingston, who co-owns a California casino, wants to give his shares to another member of a Utah polygamous sect
(California) -- Two men with ties to a Utah polygamous sect, and who own a casino in Lake Elsinore, Calif., should receive more time to apply for gambling licenses or...

7/14/2019

article Editorial: Santa Anita horse deaths hang over Del Mar track as season begins
(California) -- Horse racing has been a staple of life on the North American continent for centuries. The first track was built in Long Island, New York, in 1665, and...
article Why horse racing at the California State Fair is different from other tracks
(California) -- The California State Fair brings horse racing to Sacramento once a year, and the atmosphere is different than other tracks, according to racing director...

7/12/2019

article California Casino Operated by Controversial Polygamous Mormon Group Gets Mixed Gaming License Ruling
(California) -- The Lake Elsinore Casino, a California cardroom owned by a family that allegedly practices polygamy and intra-family marriage, won’t get a...
article Lake Elsinore Casino, owned by men tied to polygamous sect, gets mixed ruling on gaming license
(California) -- Lake Elsinore Casino’s current owners, who have been linked to a Utah polygamous sect accused of forcing teenage girls to marry and described by...

7/5/2019

article Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians casino, hotel near Anza gets upgrade
(California) -- Construction is underway on a new casino and hotel in Anza, which is expected to be complete later this year, according to the Cahuilla Band of Mission...

7/2/2019

article California Cardrooms Score A Victory In Ongoing Fight With Gaming Tribes
(California) -- US District Court Judge John Menendez handed California cardrooms a significant win in their ongoing fight with the state’s tribal casinos. On June...

6/30/2019

article Proposed California Sports Betting Bill Likely To Face Tribal Opposition
(California) -- Sports betting legislation has once again been proposed in the country's most populous state as two California politicians presented a new bill for...

6/29/2019

article What are the odds sports wagering bill will win legislative, voter support?
(California) -- Sports wagering would be legal in California if legislation introduced Thursday by Sen. Bill Dodd and Assemblyman Adam Gray becomes law. The legislation...
article Hall of fame horse trainer says he wasn’t warned before being banned
(California) -- Hall of fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Wednesday he was given no warning by the owners of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields before being...
article Not just Santa Anita: At Golden Gate Fields and other tracks, horses are dying and horse racing is in crisis
(California) -- Last year, four days after Christmas, a 3-year-old filly named Blazing Amanda broke from the gate in a race at Golden Gate Fields in Albany. It was her...

6/28/2019

article Merced legislator moves to legalize gambling in California. Where would the money go?
(California) -- Legislation that would allow California to regulate sports betting independent of federal rules moved forward this week thanks to Assemblymember Adam...

6/26/2019

article Why So Many Horses Have Died at Santa Anita
(California) -- On the morning of March 29, Santa Anita Park was reopening for racing for the first time in three weeks after the mystifying deaths of nearly two dozen...

6/25/2019

article Three California tribal casinos to appeal US District Court setback in house-card games exclusivity
(California) -- A lawsuit brought by three prominent casino-operating California tribal nations targeting certain house-banked games available in some of the state...

6/24/2019

article California Sports Betting, Online Poker Helped By Tribes’ Loss In Court?
(California) -- A trio of California gaming tribes saw their efforts to stop casino-style games at the state’s cardrooms meet an untimely demise in federal court...
article PALERMO: Bringing Down the Hammer
(California) -- A scathing audit of California’s politically bifurcated regulatory system concludes that the Bureau of Gambling Control and the Gambling Control...
article PALERMO: Knock-Down Drag-Out
(California) -- A group of executives with the American Indian gambling industry who gathered last May for the UNLV Gaming & Hospitality Education Series at the...
article Bill allowing horse racing to be suspended approved by California Legislature
(California) -- The power of the California Horse Racing Board grew on Monday when the legislature unanimously approved a bill that would grant the regulatory body the...

6/23/2019

article BLOG: California Tribes Lose in House-Banked Card Games Legal Battle
(California) -- A lawsuit brought by three prominent casino-operating California tribal nations targeting certain house-banked games available in some of the state...
article Horse deaths at Santa Anita may have implications for entire racing industry
(California) -- There was a spike in horse fatalities during races at the track, more than 20 dead in about three and a half months. Abnormal weather was one possible...
article Santa Anita season ends after 30 horse deaths, trainer ban
(California) -- Santa Anita's troubled racing season has come to a close after the deaths of 30 horses at the Southern California track rattled the industry and led...
article Santa Anita workers urge public to think of the human toll if track shuts down permanently
(California) -- If Santa Anita is forced to shut down permanently over the deaths of 29 horses, thousands of employees could lose their jobs and some may end up homeless...

6/22/2019

article After another horse death at Santa Anita, Hall of Fame trainer is banned
(California) -- Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was ruled off the Santa Anita track on Saturday after a fourth horse in his care died while racing or training....
article Santa Anita Park’s Death Toll Reaches 30 Racehorses
(California) -- Another horse died at Santa Anita Park in Southern California on Saturday — the 30th since Dec. 26 and the fourth this month — prompting the...

6/21/2019

article California tribes lose lawsuit concerning card room exclusivity breaches
(California) -- In California and a trio of casino-operating tribes have reportedly lost a legal fight against the western state concerning who should be permitted to...

6/20/2019

article California Gaming Association issues response to Tribal exclusivity lawsuit
(California) -- The US District Court has dismissed a recent lawsuit submitted by three California Tribes which seeks to force Californian authorities to shut down...
article California gaming tribes vow to appeal cardroom ruling
(California) -- California tribal casino operators are vowing to continue their legal fight against the state for permitting private cardrooms to offer so-called ‘...
article US District Court rejects California tribes’ claims
(California) -- The United States District Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by three California tribes against the State of California and Governor Gavin Newsom. The...

6/19/2019

article The California lottery, public schools and the mystery of the ‘missing’ money
(California) -- “Where is the money from the lottery going?” asked a reader named Jean. It never fails. Write about school funding shortages in California,...
press release California Gaming Association Statement in Response to the United States District Court's Order to Dismiss California Tribes' Lawsuit
(California) -- Yesterday, the United States District Court dismissed a lawsuit filed by three California Tribes against the State of California and Governor Newsom. The...

6/18/2019

press release Tribes to Continue Fight to Protect Gaming Exclusivity Guaranteed in State Gaming Compacts
(California) -- The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California granted the State of California's request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the...

6/12/2019

article Santa Anita, CHRB unveil enhanced safety measures to combat horse deaths
(California) -- The California Horse Racing Board and Santa Anita, at odds over the weekend because of the CHRB’s desire to immediately suspend racing at the track...

6/11/2019

article Tax Deductions on Gambling Losses Under Threat in California, Tribal Casinos Expected to Fight Back
(California) -- California State Assemblyman Adam Gray (D-Merced) wants to put an end to tax-deductible gambling losses. Under current federal and state law, gamblers...
article California Horse Racing Board and the Stronach Group expected to announce greater involvement of independent veterinarians at Santa Anita
(California) -- The California Horse Racing Board and The Stronach Group are expected to announce Wednesday a greater involvement of independent veterinarians in the pre...
article MORON ALERT: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Took Nearly $300,000 From Tribal Casinos, Now His Agency is Paying Them Back
(California) -- The Native American casinos have alleged corruption in California cardrooms and the casino-style games they offer for decades, but authorities have never...
article Newsom calls on racetrack to halt races until further inspection following 29th horse death
(California) -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) called Tuesday night for a racetrack in the state to suspend horse races until state officials can guarantee the...

6/10/2019

article Loophole: California lawmaker looks to end gambling tax deduction for ‘wealthy’ Indian casino customers
(California) -- A California lawmaker, long known for his support of gaming expansion issues in the state, wants to end a gambling tax deduction and target the money...
article Dianne Feinstein calls for races at Santa Anita to be suspended immediately
(California) -- California Senator Dianne Feinstein on Monday joined those calling for the suspension of racing at Santa Anita after the track suffered two horse deaths...
article California governor names new lottery director
(California) -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has named a new head of the state lottery. Democrat Alva Vernon Johnson takes over the job as California Lottery director as...

6/9/2019

article Santa Anita denies horse racing board’s request to close despite two more deaths
(California) -- In an unprecedented move, the California Horse Racing Board asked Santa Anita to cancel the remainder of its season — now six days — in the...
article Drunken, bawdy behavior at California Lottery alleged in letter, photos to Jerry Brown
(California) -- A package of bawdy photos allegedly showing senior state Lottery leaders carrying on at a Southern California piano bar, with one image showing an...

6/8/2019

article California Lottery cops questioned a $2 million jackpot. Then they lost their jobs.
(California) -- The California State Lottery has paid more than $500,000 to settle lawsuits filed by two former investigators who claimed they were fired for calling...

6/7/2019

article Casino Insider: Casinos are landing the same stars playing major arenas — here’s why
(California) -- You’re probably used to seeing some of your favorite bands and artists make their way through the festival circuit and hit big amphitheaters as...
article California Lottery director steps down amid controversy over spending, nepotism
(California) -- Hugo Lopez stepped down as director of the California Lottery on Friday, sending employees an email that cited growth of lottery revenue but did not...

6/6/2019

article The best place to see your favorite music act might just be a casino
(California) -- Casinos used to have a reputation for hosting Rat Pack cronies and ’80s hair bands on the backside of their careers, but these days they boast a...

6/5/2019

article Chicken Ranch Reels In Celebratory Crowd
(California) -- Chicken Ranch Casino hosted a special ‘grand remodeling celebration’ on Friday, May 31. The all-day event began at 11 a.m. with the ribbon...

5/31/2019

article Chicken Ranch Casino Celebrates Expansion
(California) -- Tribal leaders were on hand for an official ribbon cutting this morning for the new offerings at the Chicken Ranch Casino. Owned and operated by the...

5/30/2019

article Merced official wants to end ‘$300 million sin subsidy’ for wealthy California gamblers
(California) -- Assemblymember Adam Gray, D-Merced, says he has a plan to improve the health and clean the drinking water of Central San Joaquin Valley residents by...

5/21/2019

article Current Hurdles for California Sports Betting Legislation: Starts with Tribal Casinos
(California) -- California isn’t short on gambling options. There are 69 total Native American Casinos which includes 50 Indian casinos in the state.

5/20/2019

article Harrah's Northern California Celebrates Grand Opening Weekend
(California) -- A spectacular drone light show lit up the night sky in Amador County, Calif. this weekend as Harrah's Northern California celebrated the official...

5/18/2019

article This casino’s microgrid might be the future of energy
(California) -- As the Fukushima disaster unfolded in Japan, the Blue Lake Rancheria, in Northern California, was dealing with its own crisis. Several miles inland and...

5/16/2019

article This Casino's Microgrid Might Be the Future of Energy
(California) -- As the Fukushima disaster unfolded in Japan, the Blue Lake Rancheria, in Northern California, was dealing with its own crisis. Several miles inland and...
article "Hard Rock is focusing on expanding the regional and West Coast presence of the brand"
(California) -- "We’re opening the property in fall of 2019," Mark Birtha, president of Hard Rock’s new property confirmed. This is a landmark...

5/15/2019

article Man wins more than $1.6 million from penny slot at California casino
(California) -- A man won more than $1.6 million after playing a penny slot at Valley View Casino & Hotel in California. The man, identified as Robert S, was playing...

5/10/2019

article Some states are betting on sports gambling, but progress toward legalization is slow in California
(California) -- At 360 Sports, a new bar in a back corner of the Agua Caliente Resort Casino and Spa Rancho Mirage, more than a dozen televisions stream games and horse...
article Coyote Valley Tribe announces minimum wage increase amid casino milestone
(California) -- The Coyote Valley Tribe is celebrating 25 years in the Indian gaming industry with some big changes. First, the tribe has raised the minimum wage for all...

5/5/2019

article “Contribution of Indian gaming to California is nothing short of spectacular”
(California) -- Speaking at the Western Indian Gaming Conference, CNIGA chairman Steve Stallings delivered his fourth, and final, State of the Tribal Nations Address,...

5/3/2019

article Lake Elsinore Casino owners, linked to group tied to child brides and labeled a hate group, may be denied gaming license
(California) -- For almost 20 years, the Lake Elsinore Casino has hosted poker games without holding a permanent gaming license. During that time, the gaming club also...
article Hotel and casino hires 30 people with disabilities to work in new laundry room
(California) -- Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s new in-house laundry facility can wash up to 10,000 pounds of laundry a day. To handle that significant amount, the...

5/2/2019

article How one of America’s smallest Indian tribes bounced back from the brink of dying out
(California) -- Amanda Vance, the 32-year-old tribal chair of the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians, on a recent weekday settled in for a long afternoon of meetings in...

5/1/2019

article BGC seeks to revoke Lake Elsinore Hotel & Casino's provisional gaming license
(California) -- According to court filings by the California Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC), the ownership group that controls Lake Elsinore Hotel & Casino has...

4/30/2019

article New Havasu Landing Casino to open by July
(California) -- A section of the California shoreline at Havasu Lake will soon have a sparkly new jewel. Glen Lodge said July is the target month for opening both a new...
article Regulators Seek To Shut Down Lake Elsinore Casino Linked To Polygamist Cult
(California) -- A Lake Elsinore casino whose owners have ties to a polygamist cult is under scrutiny from state regulators over allegations it has sidestepped the proper...

4/29/2019

article BLOOD CULT: California casino owned by polygamous ‘blood cult’ could soon be shut down
(California) -- California regulators are working to shut down a casino with ties to a Utah Mormon fundamentalist group known to practice polygamy, including marriages...

4/28/2019

article Your guide to the San Diego-area’s 10 casinos
(California) -- If you’re looking to gamble, eat, play golf or stay at one of the 10 San Diego-area casinos, here’s the essential guide to what they offer at...

4/25/2019

article Thunder Valley betting on laundry to impact those with disabilities
(California) -- Thunder Valley Hotel and Casino recently installed a 6,000-square-foot in-house laundry facility that can process more than 1,000 pounds of laundry every...

4/24/2019

article PALERMO: California Countdown
(California) -- Ardath Hyer and her husband moved to Redding, California 16 years ago, hoping to buy a house, which they could not afford when they lived in Santa Cruz...

4/19/2019

article California Board Gives Santa Anita Green Light to Continue Horse Racing as Other Tracks Join Push for Reforms
(California) -- The California Horse Racing Board took no action against Santa Anita during its monthly meeting Thursday. As a result, the Arcadia track will continue...

4/18/2019

press release Newly Established California Tribal Chairpersons' Association Announces Executive Board
(California) -- On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association, Central California Tribal Chairpersons' Association and the Northern...

4/16/2019

article Eco-Friendly Jackpot / A tribe bets on sustainable fun at its casino
(California) -- A man pulls down hard on a lever and watches as each reel on his slot machine spins and stops: one, two, three. He misses a jackpot by just one cherry. A...

4/15/2019

article 24 ideas for Easter meals at Southern California casinos
(California) -- If you’d rather spend more time frolicking in the fresh spring air and increasingly warm temperatures, and less time in the kitchen to prepare an...

4/13/2019

article The Big Political Spender You’ve Probably Never Heard of
(California) -- When you think of the big political spenders in San Diego, you might think of labor unions or the Lincoln Club. But the little-known Del Mar Thoroughbred...

3/29/2019

article Casinos deal in fancy cocktails: Mixologists offer upscale drinks for the age of Instagram
(California) -- Just as ubiquitous as slot machines inside Southern California casinos are the bars with fancy displays of liquor bottles, sleek furnishings and perhaps...

3/27/2019

article 5 things to do at Southern California casinos this week (March 29 – April 4)
(California) -- Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage: If “Chicago 17” graces your vinyl record collection, you’ll want to know that Kenny...

3/22/2019

article Chumash Business Committee member joins state Indian gaming board
(California) -- Mike Lopez, a member of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Business Committee, has been appointed to the California Nations Indian Gaming Association...

3/21/2019

article End Dates For Tribal-State Gaming Deals OK, 9th Circ. Says [sub req]
(California) -- The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court’s order tossing a suit that claimed California wasn’t allowed to put expiration dates on...

3/20/2019

article 5 things to do at Southern California casinos this week (March 22-28)
(California) -- It’s a sure bet that visitors to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage are going to party like it’s 1999. Purple Reign, a...

3/13/2019

article Trinidad Rancheria Will Give a Presentation on Casino Hotel Project at City Council Meeting Tonight
(California) -- The Trinidad City Council will receive a report tonight from the Trinidad Rancheria on its proposed hotel development project, which would consist of...

3/11/2019

article 7 casinos where you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Southern California
(California) -- If you’re feeling the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, the casinos are a good place to test that out with their many slot machines and...

3/6/2019

article San Diego Feeling Casino Industry Construction Boom
(California) -- There's a unique construction boom happening in San Diego right now, but you'll only find the evidence in the most northern and eastern parts of...

3/2/2019

article In California, legal gambling’s bets don’t produce big jackpots for state government
(California) -- Few noticed last week when a proposed ballot measure — the kind that used to spark intense debates over legalized gambling — fizzled out,...

2/27/2019

press release 5 shows to see at Southern California casinos this week
(California) -- R&B singer Toni Braxton is on tour after releasing a new album, “Sex & Cigarettes,” and will make a stop at Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa...

2/26/2019

press release Valley View Casino’s expansion includes revamping its buffet
(California) -- The Buffet at Valley View Casino & Hotel has a new look and new food. The Valley Center resort has upgraded its buffet as part of a larger $50...

2/22/2019

article Casino owner buys neighboring South Sac retail property (sub req)
(California) -- The owners of Parkwest Casino Lotus in South Sacramento have bought a neighboring retail property, but the reason for doing so isn’t clear.

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