Tracy’s Stars Casino Moving to New Location at West Valley Mall

Stars Casino in Tracy, California is moving to the West Valley Mall in July, and will occupy the former Famous Dave’s building.

The new site will have a full-service restaurant and a bar for guests. Stars Casino is targeting July 1 as the soft opening date for the new location.

Said Emmanuel Macalino, Chief Operation Officer of Stars Casino in a statement:

“We have been happy here on Clover Road since 2013, we had an opening here in May of 2013 but when we saw the opportunity to acquire the Famous Dave’s building we jumped on it because I think for the business itself we needed something with a better infrastructure, meaning a full bar and a kitchen that’s fabulous. It speaks for itself.”

Winning Hand for Both Company and Local Government

Since last year, Stars Casino and the local government have worked together as partners to update several ordinances like the card room opening 24 hours, increase in the number of gaming tables, and eliminating the signage and advertisement restrictions in the card rooms.The new ordinances were aimed at helping Stars Casino achieve success and bounce back from the pandemic.

Now, the decision to approve Stars Casino’s move to a bigger location is seen as a winning hand, not just for the casino’s business but also to the local government.

For Stars Casino, the additional gaming tables, restaurant, and bar will give them added source of income. Meanwhile, more revenues for the casino also means more tax remittances to the city. The relocation of Stars Casino is also expected to increase its manpower by 50%, which would give additional employment opportunities for locals.

New Site has Smaller Gaming Area

Stars Casino spent a number of years operating at West 11th Street as the Comstack Card Room next to the Shamrock Bar. It then relocated to its current site at 775 W. Clover Road.

The move to Naglee Road site will give Stars Casino a slightly smaller gaming area. However, the space is still more than enough to accommodate their current limit of nine gaming tables.

Stars Casino was closed for several months during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was eventually reopened and according to Macalino, they were the fist casino in California to be allowed to reopen outdoors.

Stars Casino Moves Table Games Outdoor Using Tented Patios

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to adjust the way they go about with their daily activities. Strict health measures have been imposed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. While businesses have been allowed o open, they have been forced to adjust to the “new normal”. Casinos and gambling operators are no exception.

Stars Casino in Tracy, California reopened last Saturday after a five month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the casino has implemented changes to adapt to the reality of the coronavirus pandemic.

Complying with State Health Protocols

In compliance with state health protocols on social distancing, the casino was allowed to open but at 50% guest capacity. Aside from operating under 50% capacity, one of the most significant change is moving its gaming tables to an tented outdoor patio. Yes, card games like blackjack and poker are now played outdoors at Stars Casino.

Tables are separated six feet apart while the chips and cards are replaced after a couple of hours so they can be disinfected. Table capacity has been reduced from eight to four to give ample space between customers. The tables are also sanitized before and after guests sits down while hand washing stations are readily available throughout the venue.

Likewise, all patrons are screened when they arrive. Guests are required to have their temperatures checked. They are also required to wear a mask and a wristband that signifies that they have already been inspected.

Challenge In Moving Outdoors

In addition to moving outdoors and having smaller crowds, customers will be surprised to find another major change. Although the casino secured a state permit to serve food with drinks, the latter will have to wait, for now. Said Emmanuel Macalino, a manager at the casino:

“I’ve decided to not serve alcoholic beverages until we can work out all the kinks and iron out all the wrinkles in our operations.”

According to Macalino, moving the table games outdoors has given them a challenge in maintaining social distancing. Aside from that Macalino says battling the summer heat is another trial:

“We also have to deal with the weather as you can see it’s pretty toasty out here, and we put up the shades, and we still need allow the airflow.”

But tough as adjusting moving outdoors will be, it is necessary given the situation of the pandemic in the country. And yes, Macalino says that these precautionary measures have enabled Star Casino to be the only card room operator to re-open in Tracy so far.