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Cheryl Coward

Cheryl Coward is a writer for California Casinos with a background in sports journalism. She started her career as a news reporter in Washington, D.C. She's a die-hard women's basketball fanatic and founded the website Hoopfeed.com as a result of that passion.

For the First Time Since 1995, New Card Rooms Can Open in California

January 10, 2023 | By: Cheryl Coward

For nearly 28 years, California had a moratorium on adding new card rooms in the state. However, a new day has arrived. The moratorium expired Jan. 1, 2023. Essentially, the moratorium banned new card rooms from opening in California. That means, for the first time since 1995, new card rooms are allowed to open in […]

Mechoopda Tribe Hopes Temporary Casino Will Be Ready By ‘Late 2023’

November 21, 2022 | By: Cheryl Coward

The Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria hopes its temporary casino will be ready for guests by “some time in late 2023.” That’s according to Doug Elmets, a spokesperson for the tribe, who spoke with California Casinos over the phone. “Construction is underway,” Elmets said. “And it is initially going to be a temporary structure. And the […]

A California Tribe Is Launching a Legal Sports Betting Bingo App. How?

October 20, 2022 | By: Cheryl Coward

In a savvy move that may result in a financial windfall, the Chicken Ranch Tribe of Me-Wuk Indians recently revealed plans to launch a sports betting-themed bingo app in a partnership with gaming company Vetnos LLC. The tribe owns the Chicken Ranch Casino in Tuolumne County. As of now, sports betting is not legal in […]

Why Are Prop 26 and California Card Rooms at War? Blackjack

October 5, 2022 | By: Cheryl Coward

By now, you’ve probably heard that California card rooms are universally opposed to Prop 26. The main reason they’ve given is a provision in the in-person CA sports betting ballot measure that would allow tribal casinos to directly sue card rooms for what the card rooms deem frivolous lawsuits that could put them out of […]

10 Tribes Trying to Build New California Casinos. What’s the Latest?

September 9, 2022 | By: Cheryl Coward

As of September 2022, to the best of our knowledge, there are at least 10 California tribes with active casino projects either in the planning or construction phase. Adding any of those to the already existing 66 Indian casinos in California would bolster an industry that generates an average of $9 billion in annual revenue. But […]