No Late-Night Gaming At California Cardrooms As State Installs Curfew

A new curfew to address the rising amount of COVID-19 cases in the state will affect California cardrooms and tribal casinos.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a curfew for nonessential businesses, including cardrooms. Beginning last Saturday and lasting until at least Dec. 21, cardrooms must close between the hours of 10 p.m and 5 a.m.

Many California cardrooms have operated outdoors 24/7, trying to recoup some of the losses sustained during the coronavirus shutdown.

Kyle Kirkland, president of the California Gaming Association, expressed frustration with another setback to the cardrooms.

“It is disappointing that the state is implementing a one-size-fits-all,” Kirkland said, “as the cardrooms are one of the only industries with COVID-19 regulations in place and they do not permit mask removal.

“There is no eating permitted at the tables and every table has plexiglass or social distancing between players. We urge the state and county officials to allow our businesses to continue to safely operate outdoors as we have not been able to open indoors for months.”

California tribal casinos chose their own path

As sovereign nations, California tribal casinos don’t have to abide by the state curfew order.

Some, such as Graton Resort & Casino in the Bay Area, elected to close overnight.

But tribal casinos that remain open will likely face some loss in business. The curfew figures to discourage Californians from going out at night.

Worsening COVID-19 rolls back California cardrooms

There are no longer any cardrooms operating indoors in California.

When two cardrooms reopened for indoor operations, it was supposed to be just the beginning. As more California counties improved in tiers, cardrooms would add limited capacity indoor gaming to their outdoor offerings.

Instead, counties have moved backward in tiers. Out of 75 California cardrooms, 70 sit in purple-tier counties.

Nevada County dropped two tiers from orange to purple. Towers Casino, which reopened indoors Sept. 22, was forced to close. The cardroom’s website indicates it is closed until Dec. 29 at the earliest.

Similarly, Casino Club in Redding closed Oct. 30, when Shasta County dropped from the orange tier. It has since moved all the way into the purple tier.

Only one cardroom in the state remains in an orange-tier county with indoor operations possible: St. Charles Place in Sierra County. The small poker room, though, hasn’t reopened.

Cardroom County Tier Indoors Outdoors
Livermore Casino ALAMEDA Purple N N
Oaks Card Club ALAMEDA Purple N N
Palace Card Room ALAMEDA Purple N N
Parkwest Casino 580 ALAMEDA Purple N N
Casino 99 BUTTE Purple N N
California Grand Casino CONTRA COSTA Purple N N
Kelly’s CONTRA COSTA Purple N N
Nineteenth Hole CONTRA COSTA Purple N N
Clovis 500 Club FRESNO Purple N N
Club One Casino FRESNO Purple N N
North Coast Casino HUMBOLDT Red N N
Tommy’s Casino & Saloon IMPERIAL Purple N N
Aviator KERN Purple N N
Diamond Jim’s KERN Purple N N
Golden West Casino KERN Purple N 8/12
Bicycle Casino LOS ANGELES Purple N 10/5
Commerce Casino LOS ANGELES Purple N 10/5
Crystal Casino LOS ANGELES Purple N 10/8
The Gardens Casino LOS ANGELES Purple N 10/5
Hollywood Park LOS ANGELES Purple N 10/5
Hustler Casino LOS ANGELES Purple N 10/12
Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino LOS ANGELES Purple N 10/8
La Primavera Pool Hall & Café MADERA Purple N N
Club San Rafael MARIN Red N N
Golden Valley Casino MERCED Purple N N
Banker’s Casino MONTEREY Purple N N
Marina Club MONTEREY Purple N N
Mortimer’s Card Room MONTEREY Purple N N
Pinnacle Casino MONTEREY Purple N N
Napa Valley Casino NAPA Purple N N
Towers Casino NEVADA Purple N N
Bruce’s Casino RIVERSIDE Purple N N
Lake Elsinore Hotel and Casino RIVERSIDE Purple N N
Capitol Casino SACRAMENTO Purple N N
Hotel Del Rio & Casino SACRAMENTO Purple N N
Folsom Lake Bowl SACRAMENTO Purple N N
Limelight Card Room SACRAMENTO Purple N N
Magnolia House Casino SACRAMENTO Purple N N
Parkwest Casino Cordova SACRAMENTO Purple N N
Parkwest Casino Lotus SACRAMENTO Purple N 8/27
Rogelio’s Inc. SACRAMENTO Purple N N
Stones Gambling Hall SACRAMENTO Purple N 8/24
Lucky Lady SAN DIEGO Purple N N
Ocean’s Eleven Casino SAN DIEGO Purple N N
Seven Mile Casino SAN DIEGO Purple N 8/25
Casino Real SAN JOAQUIN Purple N N
Kings Card Club/ Westlane Cardroom SAN JOAQUIN Purple N 8/26
Parkwest Casino Lodi SAN JOAQUIN Purple N 8/24
Star’s Casino SAN JOAQUIN Purple N 8/8
Central Coast Casino – Grover Beach SAN LUIS OBISPO Purple N N
Paso Robles Casino SAN LUIS OBISPO Purple N N
Oceana (Brooks) Card room SAN LUIS OBISPO Purple N N
Old Cayucos Tavern SAN LUIS OBISPO Purple N N
Outlaws Card Parlour SAN LUIS OBISPO Purple N N
Artichoke’s Joe’s Casino SAN MATEO Red N 9/4
Lucky Chances SAN MATEO Red N N
Jalisco Pool Room SANTA BARBARA Purple N N
Bay 101 SANTA CLARA Purple N 9/11
Casino M8trix SANTA CLARA Purple N 9/12
Garlic City Club SANTA CLARA Purple N N
Tres Lounge and Casino SANTA CRUZ Purple N N
Ocean View Card room SANTA CRUZ Purple N N
Casino Club SHASTA Purple N N
St. Charles Place SIERRA Orange N N
Parkwest Casino Sonoma (The 101) SONOMA Purple N N
The River Card room SONOMA Purple N N
Empire Sportsmen’s Assoc. STANISLAUS Purple N N
Mike’s Card Casino STANISLAUS Purple N N
Turlock Poker Room STANISLAUS Purple N N
Deuce Lounge & Casino TULARE Purple N N
The Mint TULARE Purple N N
Sundowner Card Room (Visalia) TULARE Purple N N
Player’s Poker Club VENTURA Purple N N
Casino Marysville YUBA Purple N N
Golden State Casino YUBA Purple N N

LA cardrooms face additional county restrictions

In Los Angeles, cardrooms face even stricter restrictions. The curfew lasts an extra hour, until 6 am, and the county limits outdoor gaming to 50% of capacity.

Beginning Wednesday, Los Angeles County will also prohibit outdoor dining for the next three weeks.

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