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Casino Insider: LA County mayors want cardrooms to open outdoors

Mayors in LA County want the cardrooms in their cities to be able to open outdoors. (File photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register/SCNG) Earlier this month, the city of San Jose made it possible for its cardroom casinos to operate outdoors. Now, officials from various cities across Los Angeles County are asking the county to make the same thing possible. Mayors of five Los Angeles-area cities with cardroom casinos came together Monday, Sept. 14, to urge Los Angeles County officials to allo...
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Hockey arena originally planned for Palm Springs to move to Palm Desert

A new arena originally planned for Palm Springs on 16 acres of land owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians adjacent to Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs is moving to Palm Desert instead. Investment and venue development company the Oak View Group, one of the entities behind the arena, announced in a news release Wednesday, Sept. 16, that it was partnering with The H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation to open a sports and entertainment arena on private land owned by the City of Palm...
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Casino Insider: How table games have changed during the pandemic

In this Monday, June 15, 2020 file photo, blackjack dealer Denise Lazos waits for players as she stands behind barrier of plexiglass during the public reopening of San Manuel Casino in Highland. (File photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way Southern California’s casinos operate, but nowhere is that more evident than at table games. At many casinos, the table games have been modified with plexiglass dividers separating dealer and pl...
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Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City names executive chef

The new Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City has named its executive chef to oversee food, beverage and restaurants when it opens later this year. Julián González Cruz, who previously worked as the chef de cuisine at The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, will oversee recipe and menu creation and food preparation for the casino’s various dining outlets. Some of González’s other roles before working for the casino include working as a private chef for celebrities and dign...
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More Southern California casinos update mask policies during coronavirus

Several more Southern California casinos have updated the wording of their mask policies to say that items such as bandanas and gaiters are no longer acceptable face coverings during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Agua Caliente Casinos in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs; Spotlight 29 and Tortoise Rock casinos; and Valley View Casino & Hotel have all made updates to the language on their websites further clarifying what kinds of face coverings are and are not acceptable. Sign up for our Casi...
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How table games at Southern California casinos are different during coronavirus

Southern California’s casinos are back in action and for most of them, so are their table games. But before you place your bets, know that the region’s tribal-owned casinos have changed how they’re doing table game business. Casinos have reconfigured their gaming floors, put up barriers, implemented and increased cleaning and have decreased the number of players for games due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. All of them require that you wear a mask. Here’s a look at how the various table games...
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Casino Insider: Fantasy Springs has a behind-the-scenes role in this new action movie

Casino Insider is a weekly newsletter with all the best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. It’s delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Subscribe now.   Members of the crew wear masks and social distance on the set of the movie “Take Back.” The new film from Producer Mike Hatton and Director Christian Sesma filmed throughout the Coachella Valley and cast and crew were housed at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino (Courtesy of Take Back Film, LLC) Not too long ago...
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How Fantasy Springs Resort Casino helped make an action movie during the coronavirus

When director Christian Sesma and producer Mike Hatton started working on their Coachella Valley-centric film “Pay Dirt,” Fantasy Springs Resort Casino turned out to be the perfect to play the film’s casino — so good that Sesma said he and Hatton would be back. The director and producer doubled down on the Indio area resort with their new film “Take Back,” but this time the casino went from a starring role to a big location behind-the-scenes. Fantasy Springs housed the cast and crew and hosted p...
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Augustine Casino changes coronavirus mask requirements

Augustine Casino near Coachella is the latest casino in the region to update its mask policy, saying that neck gaiters, bandanas and masks with vents, valves or other openings will no longer be permitted. As of Sept. 7, guests will only be permitted to enter with surgical or cloth masks without vents, valves or openings, casino officials said. Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. ...
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Bandanas, neck gaiters no longer allowed at Pechanga Resort Casino starting Tuesday

Pechanga Resort Casino announced that certain kinds of face coverings, including bandanas, neck gaiters, face masks with vents or valves and balaclavas, are no longer allowed as of Tuesday, Sept. 1, according to a press release. An illustration the Temecula-area casino posted on social media shows a traditional face mask with no vents or valves as an acceptable face covering. • PECHANGA CARES UPDATE •Beginning on Tuesday, September 1st at 10AM, we will be implementing a NEW Mask Policy. ⁰⁰ Lear...
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Casino Insider: Which casino hotels are open and taking reservations

Casino Insider is a weekly newsletter with all the best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. It’s delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Subscribe now.   This Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo shows one of the spacious the 6th floor suites in the Soboba Casino Resort as construction is almost complete. Soboba reopened its hotel in June and is operating it at 70 percent capacity (File photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) If you’re in need of a q...
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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino moves country and Latin nights outdoors due to coronavirus

To keep people distanced from each other during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino near Indio has moved two of its recurring entertainment nights from indoor venue Lit to the outdoor space at The Rock Yard. Michael Felci, public relations manager for the casino, said that as of July 23, Fantasy Springs has been hosting its Wednesday Noches De Fuego — the casino’s Latin night — and its Thursday Country Night events in the outdoor space. He said they’re both popular nigh...
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Casino Insider: This Southern California casino lets you get crafty

Casino Insider is a weekly newsletter with all the best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. It’s delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Subscribe now.   When you think about casinos and the things you’re able to do there, you might think of slot machines, table games, restaurants and shows, but would you think of crafting? Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Valley Center has crafting nights monthly. (File photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)...
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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino postpones Special Events Center shows to 2021

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino near Indio announced that it was postponing the remainder of the concerts planned for its Special Events Center in 2020 as the novel coronavirus continues to spread in the region. The casino said in a news release on Monday, July 20, that it was postponing the shows — which included already rescheduled dates for Chaka Khan, Pitbull and George Lopez  — as part of its effort to combat the spread of the virus. The property, including the casino, hotel and restaurants, ...
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Louis Colavecchio, Master Counterfeiter, Is Dead at 78

A former jewelry maker, he crafted fake slot machine coins that even officials had a hard time telling from legitimate ones under a microscope.
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Funk band War to play outdoors at Pala Casino, Spa; here’s how to get tickets

Funk band War, known for such hits as “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Low Rider” and “The World Is A Ghetto,” will perform an outdoor show before a socially distanced audience at Pala Casino, Spa & Resort’s Starlight Theater on Saturday, Sept. 19, according to a news release from the resort. The September performance is part of Funky Funk Get Down – Big Grooves & Dance Moves concert series, which features funk, soul and R&B bands on some Saturday nights. It’s one of multiple concert series the resor...
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Harrah’s Resort Southern California turns buffet into Italian restaurant because of coronavirus

Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Valley Center has turned a portion of its former buffet into a quick service Italian restaurant. Che Bello opened Friday, July 3, and features pizzas, pastas and lasagnas in a space that’s been redecorated with its own look and feel. It’s intended to be a long-term replacement for the former buffet space, which casino officials have decided not to reopen. Buffets, once an alluring element of the casino experience, have mostly shuttered — at least temporaril...
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Casino Insider: How the casinos enforce their rules

When it comes to visiting the region’s casinos, things are much different than the pre-coronavirus era. Casinos across the region say you must wear a mask and should observe social distancing guidelines. Many have rules about smoking, too. Many readers have emailed us asking how the casinos enforce those rules. Since getting questions answered is what we do, read on about what the properties had to say. (Have other burning casino questions? Email me at [email protected]) In this Monday, June 15...
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Bettors Gamble With Their Money, and the Virus, As Atlantic City Reopens

Masks were mandatory on the sprawling casino floors, and food, drinks and smoking were forbidden. But gamblers showed up.
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How casinos are enforcing mask, smoking rules during coronavirus

Casinos have reopened in Southern California, but there are rules in the new normal created by the novel coronavirus pandemic. All of the tribal-owned casinos require guests to wear masks inside and have social distancing guidelines. Some have specific smoking rules. Readers have emailed us wondering how casinos enforce their COVID-19 rules, so we asked each property. Many said they start off with a warning, or several, before they have to get serious. Here’s what tribal-owned casinos across Sou...
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Valley View Casino & Hotel reopens buffet, with modifications

Valley View Casino & Hotel in Valley Center announced that has reopened its buffet, but with a different format. The casino wrote in a Facebook post Monday, June 29, that its new all-you-can-eat buffet dinner is available from 4-8:30 p.m. daily at $37.99 with offerings that include crab legs, prime rib and Maine lobster. The casino’s website noted that food would be brought to customers’ tables. The casino’s website says that the buffet will be open exclusively to qualified players club members ...
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San Manuel Casino prohibits indoor smoking, limits alcohol service

San Manuel Casino announced that it was temporarily prohibiting smoking indoors and limiting alcohol service only to people playing at slots and table games. The changes, announced Monday, June 29, went into effect at the Highland-area complex at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, in an effort to support face covering mandates and minimize opportunities for multiple person gatherings at bars during the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement put out by the casino. Sign up for our Casino Insi...
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Casino Insider: Hustler Casino in Gardena reopens

Casino Insider is a weekly newsletter with all the best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. It’s delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Subscribe now. Now that all of the tribal casinos in Southern California have reopened, we’re starting to see the reopening of card rooms. Hustler Casino in Gardena reopened Friday, June 19 — that’s the day Los Angeles County card rooms, bars, nail salons and tattoo parlors were allowed to reopen. It had been closed for more th...
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Pechanga Resort Casino postpones or cancels remainder of 2020 shows

Pechanga Resort Casino near Temecula announced Wednesday, June 24 that it has postponed or canceled the remainder of its concerts for 2020. The resort announced via a news release that it was waiting until 2021 to have concerts for public health reasons. “The health and safety of our guests, team members and community is and has always been our number one priority at Pechanga,” Jared Munoa, president of the Pechanga Development Corporation, said in a news release. “We decided to make this decisi...
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Pechanga Resort Casino will not do July 4 fireworks show this year

Pechanga Resort Casino near Temecula announced Wednesday, June 24, that it will not be holding its annual Fourth of July fireworks show. In a news release, the casino cited its nearly three-month coronavirus closure and the need to avoid mass gatherings for public health as the reasons it will not do the show this year.. Sign up for our Casino Insider newsletter and get the week’s best bets for food, entertainment and fun at Southern California’s casinos. Subscribe here. “We take great pride i...
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Bars, Strip Clubs and Churches: U.S. Virus Outbreaks Enter Unwieldy Phase

For months, clusters often centered in nursing homes, prisons and food processing plants. With Americans venturing into public more, new types of outbreaks are emerging.
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Which Southern California casinos have resumed bus programs

As Southern California’s tribal-owned casinos have reopened they’ve powered on slot machines, fired up the grills at restaurants and some have even cautiously waded into opening amenities such as pools. However, one staple before the casinos closed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus was in-house bus service. Since reopening, many have suspended in-house bus programs and bus drop-offs. We received a number of emails from readers about busing at the casinos, so we reached out to determine...
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Casino Insider: San Manuel Casino is the final tribal casino to reopen

Once San Manuel Casino opened its doors Monday afternoon, all of the region’s tribal-owned casinos were officially back in business and welcoming the public. And like at the region’s other casinos, a much different experience awaited San Manuel’s guests compared to their last visit. Jesus Guzman, a guest safety concierge, wipes down a slot machine at San Manuel Casino near Highland on Monday, June 15, 2020. The casino reopened to the public Monday after being shuttered for three months to comb...
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