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.

Ocean Gaming Casino Expanding Charitable Gaming Space and Adding Historic Horse Racing

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Ocean Casino Gaming in Hampton Beach announced last Thursday that it is planning to expand from its second-floor charitable gaming room into into the former ice cream shop located downstairs to bring more games and add historic horse racing

Owner Anthony Fusco said that Ocean Casino still needs to complete the permits and approval processes before they can tear up the wall of the ice cream shop. The plan is to tear down the wall separating the two areas to create an open space and cages where players can redeem their chips and vouchers.

The open space will be used to add more games. Ocean Gaming currently operates table games such as blackjack, roulette, craps, and Lucky 7 ticket dispensers. Aside from adding games, the new space created will also be used to house its planned bingo operations.

Addition of Historic Horse Racing

With the state legislature approving the addition of historic horse racing to the charitable gaming rooms in New Hampshire, Ocean Casino Gaming looks to enter that venture as well. Historic horse racing is gambling on replay of horse races, with key transformations kept from players so they do not know the outcome.

Historic horse racing will be the first electronic game to be allowed in New Hampshire. Lawmakers added the option after they were convinced that customers would patronize charitable gaming rooms over casinos in the other states if these rooms will offer electronic gaming options.

Charitable Gaming

The only form of gambling in New Hampshire is charitable gaming which requires gambling entities to remit 35% of their proceeds to local charities. In its 10-year existence at Hampton Beach, Ocean Casino Gaming has contributed an estimated $4.2M in donations to local charities.

One of Ocean Casino Gaming’s beneficiaries is the American Legion Post 35 which received $48,498.88 this year. According to its post commander Berkley Bennett, the donations they recieve are used for local school scholarships and awards.

Bally’s Quad Cities Slot Machines Open 24/7

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Bally’s Corporation announced on Thursday that the slot machines at its Bally Quad Cities Casino & Hotel will be open 24/2 beginning Friday, October 1st.

Said Travis Haskins, Vice President and General Manager of Bally’s Quad Cities in a press releases:

“Under our new Bally’s ownership and brand, we are excited to be able to expand our gaming times and offerings to our guests. After constricting hours and capacities during the pandemic, we are encouraged and optimistic to be able to expand our gaming to 24/7 for the first time in the property’s history. It is one of several positive changes we have made in the past couple of months as ‘Bally’s Quad Cities’ and essential to remain competitive in this market.”

This marks the first time in the history of the property that it will offer 24/7 gaming and it’s one of the several changes that Bally’s has implemented since acquiring the property for $120M from the Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment last June.

Bally’s Quad Cities New Schedule

Under its new schedule, Bally’s Quad Cities will offer table games starting from 12 noon on Mondays and Tuesdays while stating operations at 9 am from Wednesdays through Sundays. Meanwhile, Poker will be offered from 4pm till midnight from Wednesdays to Sundays.

The Players Club will open at 8 am and will close at midnight from Sundays to Thursdays and 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays. The Blue Square Cafe is open by 7 am and will serve customers until 9 pm on Sundays to Thursdays but will extend up to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Meanwhile, the Oculus bar is open from 9 am to 3 am daily. Likewise, the hotel front desk is open 24/7.

From Jumers to Bally’s

With Jumers gone after 48 years of making it mark in the Quad Cities, so is the Jumer’s Casino & Hotel which was purchased by Bally’s Corporation three months ago. Not long after, the property is undergoing a rebrand and is now known as Bally’s Quad Cities Casino & Hotel.

The property-wide rebrand is expected to be completed in 2022 but for now, the interior signage of the 13-year old casino has been changed and Bally’s has introduced its all-new Rewards players club program to the Quad Cities.

The former Jumers Casino has a gaming area of 40,000 feet with 870 slot machines, 25 table games, and a 205-room hotel with 11 luxury suites, and events center, the Oculus sports bar, the Edje nightclub, and four restaurants.

San Manuel Casino Rebranded as Yaamava ‘s Resort & Casino

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The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced on Friday that they are rebranding the San Manuel Casino as the Yaamava’s Resort & Casino.

The move allows the tribe to pursue additional growth opportunities and serve the community under the San Manuel Enterprise.

In a statement, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman Ken Ramirez said:

“Today marks a new chapter of rebirth and boundless potential, so we have given our property a new name—Yaamava’—the Serrano word for ‘spring. We are immensely grateful to our Tribal citizens, the thousands of San Manuel team members, and millions of valued guests over the years, all of whom helped make this moment possible.”

New Visual Identity

The rebrand includes the creation of a new visual identity and logo. The Yaamava’ logo is inspired by the ancestral lands of the Serrano people. It takes the form of yucca plant frond woven in basket pattern. The logo symbolizes an important part of the history of San Manuel in the region, and pays homage to its heritage and culture.

Renaming the property was discussed as early as three years ago when they broke ground on the new hotel and resort. With the tribe expected to close on the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas at the end of this year, the rebranding allows the tribe to lend the name San Manuel name to other business ventures.

Started as a Bingo Hall

The San Manuel Casino spent its first 35 years of existence as a Bingo Hall. In 2018, it broke ground on a $760M expansion. The first of the three-phase project was unveiled this summer with the opening of three new bars, two floors of expanded gaming with more than 1,600 slot machines added, a high-limit gaming room, and three retail shops.

In December, the casino is expected to open a brand new 17-floor hotel with 432 guest rooms and 127 suites. The hotel will have a pool deck and added dining options. The casino is currently working to fill in an estimated 2,500 jobs by the end of 2021 to man the expansion. Next year, a 2,800-seat entertainment venue is being targeted for opening.

Indiana Gaming Commission Receives Four Applications for Vigo County Casino

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The Indiana Gaming Commission posted a list of companies who have applied for the Vigo County Casino license after the deadline for the submission of applications passed at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Per the Commission’s website, the applicant are Churchill Downs, Full House Resorts, Inc, Hard Rock Terre Haute, and Terre Haute Entertainment. No other details in the application were mentioned in the publication.

In a statement, IGC executive director Greg Small said:

“We are very pleased with the level of interest in the Vigo County casino license and look forward to a competitive selection process. The work to evaluate these proposals begins immediately, with the goal of setting a Commission meeting date for official action before the end of the year.”

Vigo County Casino License Reopening

The application for the Vigo County casino license was reopened last July 1 after the Commission denied the annual renewal of Lucy Luck Gaming LLC. In its June 24 ruling, the IGC found Lucy Luck ineligible for a license renewal after “extensive review and considering all statutory and regulatory qualifications for renewal”.

The IGC also expressed concerns on Luck Luck’s financing was not complete. It also said that an executive team has yet to be set up. Lucy Luck has appealed the decision of the Commission but the issue is still pending. It remains to be seen how the appeal will affect the process of applications.

Applicants Submitted Detailed Proposals

Applicants were required to submit to the Commission a detailed proposal including “the proposed gaming facilities and proposed non gaming amenities, including any lodging facilities, dining facilities and retail facilities, at the proposed casino” while also paying a $50,000 application fee.

With the application period closed, the IGC will now conduct investigations on the applicants before determining a future date for “Commission action at a business meeting”. The disclosable portion of the proposals will be made available to the public in the coming days.

College Township Council Approves Nittany Mall Casino Development Plan

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The land development plan for the proposed casino at the former Macy’s property at the Nittany Mall has been approved by the College Township Council.

The project is still awaiting the approval of its Category 4 casino license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board before the it can move ahead. The Board held a public input meeting last month and it will hold another similar discussion on a future date where the developer will be given the opportunity to present the plans for the board to vote and decide.

The Nittany Casino

Dubbed as the Nittany Casino in the plans, the project is expected to have 750 slot machines and 30 table games with sports betting also being eyed. A restaurant, bar, mini-outlet, and a quick serve food and beverage area are also in the works in the said casino project.

According to Chad Stafford of project engineer PenTerra, there will be few major renovations to be done for the exterior of the 94,000 square foot facility. However, a sally port will be added on the building’s Benner Pike side while a large canopy will be placed on top of the main entrance on the East College Avenue side.

New License in Centre County

Last September, Penn State trustee Ira Lubert won an auction for a Category 4 gaming license to be situated at Centre County with a $10M bid. In January, Bally’s Corporation announced that it had entered into an agreement with Lubert to develop the $123M mini-casino. Lubert’s group submitted an application that named the former Macy’s at the Nittany Mall as its targeted location.

According to Lubert, a casino at the Nittany Mall would reinvigorate the property and draw many new businesses to the mall itself and the surrounding area. That in turn will create jobs for local residents and hellp drive the region’s economy forward while also providing a new entertainment venue that the community can enjoy.

Massachusetts Casinos Blame Poker’s Absence on Dealer Shortage

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There is a shortage of poker dealers in the Massachusetts casinos.

This was revealed by a casino executive during a Thursday hearing by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. The issue was raised after the commission had received complaints from customers demanding the reintroduction of poker games at Massachusetts’ casinos.

Encore Boston and MGM Springfield, the two casinos in the state, resumed mostly normal operations last May after a difficult 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But since their full reopening, the two casinos have not brought back poker games and the commission started to notice after receiving customer complaints.

Although the two casinos said that they will make a decision on poker before the end of the year, they also insisted that they have not abandoned poker games and are currently adjusting their services based on the client demand and the capacity of their manpowe.

Said Encore Boston Harbor vice-president and general counsel Jaqui Krum to the commission:

“To be clear, we did not say never to poker. We have said just not at this time. We’re constantly readjusting our offerings based on guest demand. Throughout this difficult time, we have really tried to be agile and responsive. However, we do have limited space, and the former poker area is currently occupied by some of our highest-performing slot machines.”

“Simply Cannot Find Enough Dealers”

Krum said that reopening poker tables would cause the closure of other table games. She said that the casino just doesn’t have the staff to operate both right now. According to Krum, Encore “simply cannot find enough dealers” or other workers and has been running dealer schools almost non-stop.

The Encore executive also told commissioners that the casino has a standing offer to all of its poker dealers that the casino will pay for dealer school if they need to be trained to deal a different game in the casino. She also emphasized that Encore is not trying to cut jobs but rather to fit its offerings around the staff that it has available.

Increasing Customer Complaints

Investigations and Enforcement Bureau assistant director Bruce Band told the Commission during Thursday’s hearing that his office has received an increasing number of customer complaints. According to Band, the complaints about the lack of Poker games at Encore have grown from 4 to 5 per month to 40-50 per month in its most recent tally.

Despite that, the Commission decided that it would not take action related to poker just yet with commissioners saying that they want to give the casino operator deference to run the facility in a way that will maximize tax revenue to the state while preserving jobs that come with poker games. The commission however, asked for regular updated of the situation from Encore.

San Manuel Casino to Open First Phase of Expansion on July 24

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San Manuel Casino will be opening Phase 1 of its expansion on July 24th, which coincides with its 35th anniversary.

The casino first opened as a bingo hall on July 24, 1986. In 1994, the bingo hall transformed to a 100,000 square foot casino that featured slot machines and table games.

Major Expansion

San Manuel Casino is in the middle of a major expansion project that will add the property’s first-ever resort with 432 rooms including 127 suites. A new entertainment venue, a pool deck with its own bar and private cabanas, a spa, expanded gaming space, new dining options, and retail stores.

The opening phase of the expansion includes a larger gaming space, a 24-hour restaurant, a high end dining venue, and 1,300 brand new slot machines. Later this year, the hotel is expected to open while the event center is expected to be completed in early 2022.

Looking to Hire For Thousands of Positions

With its large-scale project, the San Manuel Casino is currently looking to hire approximately 2,500 job employees to fill permanent positions by the end of this year. Interested jobseekers can browse the list of vacancies at the casino’s website at sanmanuelcareers.com.

Recruitment for cooks, cashiers, custodians, janitors, groundskeepers, and other hospitality jobs will begin this month. San Manuel Casino is giving $1,000 in welcome bonuses to those who will be hired while perks of up to $300 will be given to those that will be hired as cooks, kitchen workers, and custodial staff.

Gun Lake Casino in Michigan Unveils $300M Expansion

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The Gun Lake Tribe announced on Monday a $300M expansion plan that will transform its property in Wayland, Michigan to a resort casino.

Gun Lake Casino is set to add 250,000 square feet of gaming that will extend the property west toward US – 131. The project is expected to begin after its current project is expected to complete late this summer.

Said Gun Lake Tribe chairman Bob Peters in a statement:

“We are proud of the continued growth of Gun Lake Casino which is directly connected to the outstanding effort of our team members. The tribe remains steadfastly committed to reinvest in our collective future, for the benefit of tribal citizens, team members and the local community. This will provide even more employment opportunities and enhance Gun Lake Casino’s position as a tourism driver for western Michigan.”

Biggest Expansion Ever

The Gun Lake Casino has undergone several expansions since it opened in 2011. The current $100M expansion that kicked off in 2019 involves a 72,000 square foot area where 450 additional slot machines, 12 new table games, and a larger non-smoking area inside the casino. However, the planned $300M expansion will be its largest ever.

The $300M expansion is expected to include a 250 room hotel with luxury suites, dining options, and a full service spa. The casino is also planning to recreate its version of a year-round island oasis with a glass-domed pool. Guests will be able to rent private cabanas by the pool during the day. At night, the place will have a night life public entertainment space with DJs, live music, and dancing.

Contributions to the Economy

According to a report released by the Tribe last February, the Gun Lake Casino has contributed more than $2.8B for the economy of the Wolverine State since its opening on February 20, 2011. In that report, the tribe says that they have already inverted a total of $415M in the casino while directly pays $502M in employee wages.

Nearby towns and cities also benefit from the operation of the Gun Lake Casino through revenue sharing which totaled $35M in the past decade that it has operated. Last December, it distributed a total of $5.7M to state and local governments, despite shutting down for three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

California Supreme Court Okays Madera Casino Project

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On Monday, the California Supreme Court decided in favor of the planned North Fork Rancheria Hotel & Casino Resort, clearing the way for plans to build a casino in Madera county.

According to its decision in the United Auburn Indian Community v. Newsom California Supreme Court Case, former Governor Jerry Brown acted within his authority in concurring with the federal government’s 2011 decision that led to the approval of the two “off-reservation” tribal gaming projects in Madera and Yuba counties.

Said North Fork Rancheria Tribal Chair Elaine Bethel-Fink in a press release:

“We are thrilled that the Court has finally decided this case in our favor. Our tribal citizens and local community have been denied the advantages of tribal gaming – billions of dollars in economic benefits and thousands of jobs – for far too long.”

The proposed Madera casino will be adjacent to Highway 99 at Avenue 17. It will have 2,000 slot machines, 40 gaming tables, and a hotel that is expected to have 200 rooms. It will be operated by the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, a federally recognized Native American tribe with more than 2,200 tribal citizens and has government offices in Madera county.

Opponents Challenged Governor’s Concurrence

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California have been working to build a casino for almost twenty years now. In 2003, the Tribe signed an agreement with the Las Vegas-based Station Casinos to build a casino and the following year, they requested the federal government to take the proposed site near Madera in trust for gaming purposes.

After a federal review, the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs determined that gaming on the land would be of the best interest of of the tribe and not detrimental to the surrounding communities. The federal office then requested Governor Jerry Brown to concur, which he did in 2012.

But opponents challenged the governor’s concurrence, arguing that California’s Constitution required legislative authorization. In 2017, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear the challenges for both projects after two appeals court arrived at different conclusions.