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October 6, 1997 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When it opened last fall, it was a gambler's dream. For high rollers who played cards in a cordoned-off area marked "Diamond Edge," there were free luxury hotel suites, expensive gifts from management, chauffeured limousines and plenty of credit. And for cash-strapped Compton, the Crystal Park Hotel and Casino held the potential of millions in new tax revenue and hundreds of jobs with good wages for residents.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Porn publisher and casino landlord Larry Flynt has promised that everyone will be clothed at all times. Still, Gardena officials are betting that the $35-million Hustler Casino, which opened Thursday night with a capacity crowd of 1,100, will be daring enough to draw a lot of gamblers back to the city and pots of tax money into municipal coffers. "I'm excited about what this is going to provide for our city," said Mayor Pro Tem Paul Tanaka.
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July 8, 1998 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the eighth race at Hollywood Park, the horses are heading into the far turn and Windy Treat is making his move. As he glides around the turn and inches past Brimfield Bound with an eighth of a mile to go, the 14,000 spectators jump to their feet and shout and plead and snap imaginary whips in an effort to speed their horses to the wire. The entire crowd is facing the track, eyes fixed on the horses, intently following the race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2000 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With no windows or signs, and an iron gate on the door, the Senior Social Club on Pasadena's Esther Street isn't your average hangout for older Americans. By some accounts, it's not just a social club, but a place where people like to gamble, authorities say. And that may explain why six men, armed with rifles and shotguns, knocked on the door and burst into the club when most people were sleeping early Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1992 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
People just do not confuse Las Vegas and Gardena--one is a glitzy gambling town where entertainers such as Frank Sinatra and Paul Anka roam; the other is a sleepy bedroom community not known for its stargazing. But on a recent night, a small part of Gardena took on a decidedly Las Vegas air.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1988
Sheriff's deputies raided the office of a nationwide bookmaking ring in Torrance on Saturday, arresting five people and shattering an operation believed to be taking up to $100 million in illegal bets annually, authorities said. Vice investigators had been keeping a close watch on the operation for three months, during which time it moved from Manhattan Beach to its current address on Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance, Sheriff's Sgt. Ernie Roop said. When deputies raided the office at 9:45 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal government announced Thursday that it has sold its controlling interest in the Bicycle Club in Bell Gardens, nine years after seizing control because of money laundering at the card club. A partnership that operates a successful card club in Oceanside has agreed to purchase the government's interest for an undisclosed amount and plans to renovate the casino, the second-largest club in the state. The sale is a huge relief to federal officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of scandals and dwindling revenues, card club owners in Los Angeles County are betting on better days ahead by building two casinos and expanding and renovating several existing clubs. Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt is taking the biggest gamble: He is investing $30 million in a new casino in Gardena, where five casinos have closed since the early 1980s because of financial problems.
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December 14, 1998 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you've been through Gardena lately, it's hard to imagine there was a time when the town was a winner, hauling in more money from poker than any other city in California. Its six glitzy card clubs--one per square mile--drew players from as far as Santa Barbara and San Diego. Their losses became Gardena's windfall, financing virtually every aspect of the city's operations, from its police to its parks. Today, Gardena is $5 million in the hole.
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October 9, 1991 | PAUL LIEBERMAN
Without knowing it, a part-time Los Angeles County commission may have opened the door to use of slot machine-type gambling devices in California. The head of the Business License Commission was not even aware that Indian tribes seized on the panel's March 6 hearing in Los Angeles--which has no reservations--to help justify introduction of the lucrative devices throughout the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1999
The future of the second-largest casino in the state was in question Thursday after a Superior Court judge ruled that the managing partners of the Bicycle Club Casino do not have a license to operate the card club. Judge Dzintra Janavs granted a preliminary injunction to keep the partners from operating the club. But she stayed her ruling until Wednesday to allow the partners to operate the casino while they consider appealing the ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Bell Gardens is in the unusual position of joining a legal battle against the city's largest tax generator, the Bicycle Club Casino. It is a squabble that some fear could close the card club and jeopardize the jobs of 1,350 casino employees. The dispute centers on whether the partnership that bought the controlling interest in the casino in April received a valid operating license from the city. And, as with many things in Bell Gardens, it is mired in political feuds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After years of scandals and dwindling revenues, card club owners in Los Angeles County are betting on better days ahead by building two casinos and expanding and renovating several existing clubs. Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt is taking the biggest gamble: He is investing $30 million in a new casino in Gardena, where five casinos have closed since the early 1980s because of financial problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal government announced Thursday that it has sold its controlling interest in the Bicycle Club in Bell Gardens, nine years after seizing control because of money laundering at the card club. A partnership that operates a successful card club in Oceanside has agreed to purchase the government's interest for an undisclosed amount and plans to renovate the casino, the second-largest club in the state. The sale is a huge relief to federal officials.
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December 14, 1998 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you've been through Gardena lately, it's hard to imagine there was a time when the town was a winner, hauling in more money from poker than any other city in California. Its six glitzy card clubs--one per square mile--drew players from as far as Santa Barbara and San Diego. Their losses became Gardena's windfall, financing virtually every aspect of the city's operations, from its police to its parks. Today, Gardena is $5 million in the hole.
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July 8, 1998 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the eighth race at Hollywood Park, the horses are heading into the far turn and Windy Treat is making his move. As he glides around the turn and inches past Brimfield Bound with an eighth of a mile to go, the 14,000 spectators jump to their feet and shout and plead and snap imaginary whips in an effort to speed their horses to the wire. The entire crowd is facing the track, eyes fixed on the horses, intently following the race.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1996 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing illegal gambling activities, Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren's office took on the federal government Tuesday, recommending license revocation for the federally appointed trustee and ordering license cancellations for three top managers of the Bicycle Club poker parlor in Bell Gardens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1996 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two Los Angeles County cities are betting that new card clubs opening in their towns this year will haul in millions of dollars to their cash-strapped coffers. But before Compton and Hawaiian Gardens start making a wish list of how to spend their millions, they should talk to some of their neighbors that already have gambling. Most Los Angeles-area cities with casinos have seen revenues fall off in recent years, leaving sudden, gaping holes in their budgets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1998 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Fair Political Practices Commission has filed a 922-count complaint against a Bell Gardens casino partially owned by the federal government, accusing the card club of concealing its role in several election campaigns aimed at blocking potential competitors. If the Bicycle Club and its staff of political consultants are found liable on all counts, the FPPC could impose a record $1.84-million fine, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1997 | JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities shut down gambling operations at the Crystal Park Hotel and Casino and revoked its owner's gaming license Saturday, saying auditors found he tried to cover up a cash shortage. State Office of Gaming Registration auditors found numerous "improprieties" in their most recent review of the Compton card club's ledgers, Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren said.
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