A New Card Room Is Coming to a Small California Coastal Town

January 20, 2023 | By: Matthew Bain

There will soon be a new card room in the Northern California coastal town of Marina. On Wednesday, the Marina City Council voted 3-2 to allow Parkwest Casinos, LLC., to open a new card room casino in the city. The company acquired the card room license once held by a now-closed card room, Mortimer’s, last year […]

Sacramento’s Magnolia House Casino May Open New Card Room

November 28, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

A new card room could be coming to California. Or, perhaps just a rebranded card room at a familiar site. Epoch Casino Inc. has filed with the state for a license to sell alcohol at the Magnolia House Casino site in Rancho Cordova, just east of Sacramento. The license application, which was filed Nov. 16 […]

Prop 26 and Prop 27 Lost in California. So … Who Won?

November 8, 2022 | By: Brant James

California voters rejected both Prop 26 and Prop 27 on Tuesday, rebuking two distinctly different attempts to legalize sports betting in the state. Prop 26 would have allowed for retail sportsbooks at tribal casinos and the state’s four licensed horse racetracks. Prop 27 would have allowed national sports betting companies like BetMGM, DraftKings, or FanDuel […]

CA Card Rooms Making Last Financial Push to Beat Prop 26 in Election

October 31, 2022 | By: Matthew Bain

California card rooms are making a final push to defeat Prop 26 in the days leading up to the Nov. 8 election. Led by Commerce Casino, Hawaiian Gardens Casino, and Casino M8trix, No on 26 backers donated nearly $1.3 million in opposition to the in-person California sports betting initiative on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. […]

Legal Expert: Prop 26 Card Room Lawsuit Provision May Kill Its Chances

October 24, 2022 | By: Rebecca Hanchett

California tribes behind Prop 26 have spent millions to keep big-name sportsbooks from beating them to a potential California sports betting launch. But it is an entirely different opponent that could cost tribes the race.  That opponent? A contingent of 84 licensed card rooms that make money off poker and other card games across California.  […]

Newest Target for Prop 26 Attack Ads? California Card Rooms

October 7, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

In a second salvo of attack ads, the Prop 26 campaign has released advertisements that paint California card room casino operators in an unflattering light. Previously, Yes on 26/No on 27 has concentrated its venom on large out-of-state sports betting companies that support Prop 27. This latest tactic signals an untrammeled effort to target groups […]

Why California Card Rooms Oppose Prop 26 in CA Sports Betting Battle

September 1, 2022 | By: Rebecca Hanchett

California card rooms compete with tribal casinos for customers and for profit. So card room operators were quick to respond last year when a group of tribes succeeded in getting a California sports betting initiative — now known as Prop 26 — on the 2022 general election ballot. Soon, card rooms were backing a rival […]