Many Push Against Forcing LA Card Rooms to Close

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Over the weekend, news broke that the card rooms throughout LA County are being ordered to shut down. It was devastating for these businesses, many of whom have seen huge revenue dips throughout the year. Many county officials are now pushing against the closure of LA card rooms.

Some officials believe these venues are vital sources of revenue for many cities. They also provide employment for a huge number of people. Today, we’re going to talk about what could happen to LA’s popular card rooms this month.

Let’s get into it!

Los Angeles Could See “More Intense” Regulations Set in Place Soon

California, like all other states around the country, has been seeing a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases lately. Hospital ICUs are filling up and some experts fear they could soon become overburdened. It’s a troubling development that state leaders are trying to solve.

Governor Newsom recently warned that more intense regulations could soon be set in place. The vast majority of the state is in the “purple tier” meaning continued high infection rates. These areas may soon be issued a stay-at-home order.

LA County, in particular, is likely going to be hit with intense regulations soon. This area of the state continues to see massive spikes in infections. Mayor Garcetti seems highly likely to crackdown on more businesses over the next couple of weeks.

Some of the businesses in LA are hurting worse than others. As many are aware, the restaurant business has been devastated over the past nine months. It now appears the commercial gambling industry around this area could begin hurting, too.

News recently broke that LA card rooms were being ordered to shut down. It’s a tough blow for these venues, which continue to experience low visitation rates and big drops in revenue. Many complained that these new rules could permanently destroy the industry here.

Recently, several officials in the LA area have begun pushing against the idea of closing down card rooms.

More Officials Call to Keep LA Card Rooms Open at Limited Capacity

California is home to a massive land-based casino industry. The only true Class III casinos here are run by Native American tribes. There are, however, a large number of card rooms run commercially that offer only certain types of table games.

State leaders have no real authority to force Native American casinos to shut down. They are able to close down card rooms. That’s exactly what state leaders called for last weekend as a way to cut down on infections.

Many feel this is a bad idea, though. City leaders in Commerce, Bell Gardens, and Hawaiian Gardens are now planning to request LA card rooms to remain open. They argue these properties are already facing significantly more regulations than other businesses in the state.

Keith Sharp, Gardens Casino’s General Counsel, made his argument for keeping card rooms open to the media this week.

“We recognize that this surge is serious, and we plan to continue to do our part if permitted to do so. But closing us down won’t impact the surge, but it will put thousands of Angelenos out of work right at holiday time, further harm our businesses, and put our cities in deeper financial peril,” he said. 

These officials are scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week to plead their case. Some feel these efforts will be unsuccessful. We’ll offer more updates on this situation over the next few days.

Sports Betting is Proving Hugely Profitable for Many States

Many politicians in California have been pushing for sports betting to become legal for years. Unfortunately, this has proven to be extremely difficult. The efforts to pass a sports betting bill failed in 2020 and it now seems this form of gambling won’t come to the state until at least 2021.

Meanwhile, more than half the country now has legal sports betting bills approved. Most states that allow sports gambling are earning a huge amount of revenue every single month. 2020 has brought massive surges in sports betting revenue.

We can now add Rhode Island to that list. This state legalized sports betting in 2018. This past October, the state set a new revenue record with $4.4 million, up more than 75% compared to October of 2019.

Colorado and New Jersey are also seeing record sports betting figures. It’s a welcome development for these states, both of which are in desperate need of money right now. These new figures will likely push more states to embrace the sports betting industry in 2021.

California’s gambling industry continues to suffer. All of the land-based casinos here are seeing revenue figures drop. To make things worse, all of the LA card rooms are likely to shut down in the near future.

Do you think it’s fair to order California’s card rooms to shut down? When do you expect them to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!

Card Rooms in LA are Shutting Down Once Again

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A rising number of hospitalizations has led to more health regulations being implemented in Los Angeles. It’s tough news for many of the businesses here already struggling to attract customers. Unfortunately, all of the card rooms in LA are shutting down until further notice.

The US land-based gambling industry has been hurt badly this year. That’s certainly the case in California. Today, we’re going to talk about how the new regulations here will impact card rooms here moving forward.

Let’s get into it!

California Casinos Continue to Face Difficulties This Year

California has one of the more unusual gambling industries in the country. The only Class III casinos here are operated by Native American tribes. The state does not allow any fully-operational commercial casinos to run.

There are a huge number of casinos spread around the state. Prior to 2020, these venues were hugely successful and helped to bring valuable revenue to the state every month. Like all other states, however, California has seen major revenue drops from its casino industry this year.

As many know, these casinos aren’t forced to abide by state regulations. They are able to operate independently. Most are still choosing to operate at limited capacity and have seen massive drops in their daily patrons.

The recent spike in Covid-19 cases has made this situation worse. Many California residents are now being advised to stay at home for anything non-essential. Despite their best efforts, the casinos here are struggling to bring in any players.

That’s particularly true in Los Angeles. LA County has been seeing some of the strictest regulations in the entire state. It now appears that the gambling venues in this area are set to shut down soon.

Here’s what we know about this situation.

Officials Order Card Rooms in LA to Shut Down Again

Native American casinos dominate the gambling industry in California. Interestingly, there are also a huge number of popular card rooms throughout the state. These can be run commercially, yet the number of games these venues offer is limited.

Several of the biggest card rooms in the state are located in the Los Angeles area. These properties have been struggling to turn a profit with a drop in players and capacity limits. Now, all of the card rooms in LA are being ordered to shut down.

County officials announced this news over the weekend. They claim the spike in infections and hospitalizations has led to this new regulation. Barbara Ferrer, LA county’s public health director, spoke about the impact of this new rule to the media this week.

“We know we are asking a lot from so many who have been sacrificing for months on end,” she said. “We hope that L.A. County residents continue following Public Health safety measures that we know can slow the spread. Acting with collective urgency right now is essential if we want to put a stop to this surge.”

This shutdown will have a major impact on many LA County cities that rely on revenue from card rooms. Obviously, it’s extremely difficult for these gambling venues and their employees, as well. These regulations will remain in place until at least December 20th.

We will need to wait and see whether or not the additional regulations will help to lower Covid-19 infection rates in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for updates!

California’s New Regulations Will Hurt Las Vegas

California’s gambling revenue losses pale in comparison to the losses seen in Las Vegas. This city is known for being the largest gambling destination in the country. Unfortunately, it’s been devastated by the events unfolding this year.

Tourism and gaming revenue remains very low throughout the city. Things have begun to improve in recent months. New reports claim that tourism increased by 9% in October, yet remains 50% lower than it was in 2019.

Many fear that the new regulations being implemented in California will hurt Las Vegas. With travel restrictions set in place, very few Californians will be making the trip to Nevada. Historically speaking, Californians make up the majority of tourists in Las Vegas.

It’s a difficult situation for the casino companies in this state. Health experts have been warning that the winter months will be the hardest yet. There’s even fear that Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak will order the casinos in Las Vegas to shut down again in the near future.

We’ll need to wait and see how the next few months go for the casinos in Nevada and California. This industry remains in uncharted waters and things are constantly changing. We will continue offering updates on the US casino industry over the next few months!

Are you disappointed to hear that card rooms in LA are closing again? When do you expect them to reopen? Let us know in the comments section below!