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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1995
Three cities faced with job and revenue losses after a court decision outlawing a popular casino poker game have filed petitions asking the state Supreme Court to overturn the ruling. The state Court of Appeal in Los Angeles agreed in July with the state attorney general's office that the game, jackpot poker, is illegal in California casinos because it is a game of chance, and therefore a lottery. Lotteries not conducted by the state are illegal.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1995
Santa Anita Park racetrack owners are gambling that a proposed Irwindale card club will help add to revenues from horse racing. Tuesday, Santa Anita officials signed a deal to finance the construction of Irwindale Palace Casino, just off the San Gabriel (605) Freeway. The casino would be the San Gabriel Valley's first card club. Arcadia's Santa Anita Park would become the majority owner if the Legislature changes a law banning publicly traded companies from owning casinos.
NEWS
February 12, 1995 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
With the opening of the Bell Jackpot Casino last week, the potentially lucrative business of gambling is back in the city for a third time. Although it's a player again in the $7.5-billion California card club industry, the city is hedging its bets. Unlike neighboring Bell Gardens and Commerce, where casino tax revenue accounts for 60% and 40% of the general funds, respectively, Bell is not going to bank on the same kind of results for its budget.
SPORTS
January 26, 1995 | BOB MIESZERSKI
After a two-day carry-over in the Pick Six at Santa Anita, there were 55 perfect tickets Wednesday. Despite the rainy weather, nearly $1.5 million was bet in the Pick Six and added to the $440,105 that carried over from Saturday and Sunday. Each of the correct tickets was worth $20,818.80. There were two winning favorites in the sequence Wednesday--4-5 choice Ski Dancer in the $79,500 Santa Ysabel Stakes and 8-5 shot My Private Prayers in the ninth.
NEWS
August 23, 1994 | MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The future of the lucrative card club industry in Los Angeles County is at the heart of an intense struggle over proposed legislation intended to establish strict regulation of gambling in California. The proposal is sponsored by Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren, who seeks to set up a tough, Nevada-style commission to license the state's fast-growing card rooms, partly to keep out organized crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1994 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Voters in South El Monte on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to become the first San Gabriel Valley city to allow a card club, brushing aside promoters' promises of millions in revenue for the cash-starved city. Residents in this 2.8-square-mile community--like those last year in Bellflower, West Hollywood, Pico Rivera, Lynwood, Stanton and Cypress--defeated the proposal to allow a card club after a bitter campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1994
Fear of crime, traffic and noise from proposed card clubs in Pomona prompted four neighboring cities and a local citizens group to file a suit against the city. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by the cities of La Verne, Claremont, Chino and Chino Hills and the Committee Against Card Club Casinos in Pomona, alleges that Pomona violated state law when it approved business licenses and zoning ordinances for the casinos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1994 | LISA RICHARDSON and JON GARCIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With newly trained local dealers ready to hit the tables today, one major hurdle remains for the Hollywood Park Casino card club in Inglewood: to make money, lots of money. Riding on the success of the club are jobs for at least 2,000 residents, as well as fiscal solvency for the city. Inglewood officials have written in a nonexistent $4 million in taxes from the club to balance the 1994-1995 budget.
SPORTS
July 1, 1994 | BOB MIESZERSKI
The Hollywood Park Card Casino is scheduled to open at 1:30 p.m. today. Construction was completed in May but the opening was delayed until the company Hollywood Park chose to operate the facility, Pacific Casino Management, was granted a license by the state a few weeks ago. Pacific Casino Management is headed by former NFL figures Don Klosterman and Eddie LeBaron.
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