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The Smallest City In LA Has Lost Its Volcano, Its Casino, And Most Of Its Money

Occupying less than one square mile of land just east of the 605 Freeway at Carson Street, Hawaiian Gardens is the smallest city in Los Angeles County. But it has a big problem. Nearly 70 percent of its tax revenue comes from one business: The Gardens Casino. And since the coronavirus shutdown, the loss of casino income is costing the city about $1.1 million a month.

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5/29/2020

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

5/28/2020

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

5/27/2020

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

5/26/2020

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

5/24/2020

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

5/23/2020

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

5/22/2020

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

5/20/2020

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

5/19/2020

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

5/18/2020

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

5/6/2020

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

4/14/2020

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

4/11/2020

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

4/10/2020

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

4/1/2020

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

3/25/2020

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

3/15/2020

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

3/9/2020

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

3/4/2020

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

3/2/2020

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

2/24/2020

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

2/7/2020

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

1/27/2020

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

1/15/2020

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

1/8/2020

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

1/7/2020

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

1/6/2020

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

12/23/2019

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

12/20/2019

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

12/19/2019

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

12/16/2019

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

12/14/2019

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

12/9/2019

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

12/8/2019

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

12/7/2019

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

12/6/2019

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

12/5/2019

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

11/26/2019

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

11/25/2019

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

11/13/2019

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

11/8/2019

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

10/28/2019

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

10/3/2019

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

10/2/2019

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

9/21/2019

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

9/20/2019

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

9/12/2019

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

9/5/2019

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

9/3/2019

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

8/27/2019

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

8/21/2019

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

7/17/2019

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

7/16/2019

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

7/15/2019

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

7/10/2019

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

7/7/2019

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

6/15/2019

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

5/16/2019

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

4/27/2019

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

4/20/2019

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

4/15/2019

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

4/11/2019

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

4/8/2019

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

4/6/2019

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

3/21/2019

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

3/1/2019

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

2/20/2019

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

2/5/2019

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

1/24/2019

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

1/16/2019

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

12/21/2018

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

12/18/2018

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

12/9/2018

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

12/7/2018

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

12/6/2018

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

12/5/2018

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

11/30/2018

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

11/26/2018

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

11/24/2018

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

11/21/2018

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

11/20/2018

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

11/19/2018

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

11/18/2018

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

11/17/2018

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

11/10/2018

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

11/6/2018

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

10/30/2018

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

10/29/2018

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

10/10/2018

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

9/29/2018

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

9/11/2018

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

9/1/2018

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

8/19/2018

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

5/25/2018

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

5/14/2018

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

5/7/2018

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

4/9/2018

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

4/5/2018

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

3/28/2018

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

2/6/2018

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

2/5/2018

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

1/31/2018

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

1/30/2018

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

1/25/2018

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

1/17/2018

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

1/2/2018

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

12/29/2017

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

12/2/2017

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

11/30/2017

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

11/25/2017

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

11/24/2017

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

11/21/2017

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

11/20/2017

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

11/17/2017

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

11/9/2017

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

11/6/2017

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

11/1/2017

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

10/30/2017

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

10/12/2017

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

10/7/2017

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

10/1/2017

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

9/29/2017

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

9/27/2017

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

9/24/2017

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

9/4/2017

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

8/29/2017

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

8/28/2017

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

8/26/2017

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

8/22/2017

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

8/21/2017

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

8/18/2017

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

8/16/2017

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

8/12/2017

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

7/30/2017

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

7/26/2017

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

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...

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