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

Posted on November 25, 2020

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 in the Bay Area, such as Graton Resort & Casino, elected to close overnight. Tribal casinos in Southern California are sticking to their usual hours.

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.

CardroomCountyTierIndoorsOutdoors
Livermore CasinoALAMEDAPurpleNN
Oaks Card ClubALAMEDAPurpleNN
Palace Card RoomALAMEDAPurpleNN
Parkwest Casino 580ALAMEDAPurpleNN
Casino 99BUTTEPurpleNN
California Grand CasinoCONTRA COSTAPurpleNN
Kelly'sCONTRA COSTAPurpleNN
Nineteenth HoleCONTRA COSTAPurpleNN
Clovis 500 ClubFRESNOPurpleNN
Club One CasinoFRESNOPurpleNN
North Coast CasinoHUMBOLDTRedNN
Tommy's Casino & SaloonIMPERIALPurpleNN
AviatorKERNPurpleNN
Diamond Jim'sKERNPurpleNN
Golden West CasinoKERNPurpleN8/12
Bicycle CasinoLOS ANGELESPurpleN10/5
Commerce CasinoLOS ANGELESPurpleN10/5
Crystal CasinoLOS ANGELESPurpleN10/8
The Gardens CasinoLOS ANGELESPurpleN10/5
Hollywood ParkLOS ANGELESPurpleN10/5
Hustler CasinoLOS ANGELESPurpleN10/12
Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady CasinoLOS ANGELESPurpleN10/8
La Primavera Pool Hall & CaféMADERAPurpleNN
Club San RafaelMARINRedNN
Golden Valley CasinoMERCEDPurpleNN
Banker's CasinoMONTEREYPurpleNN
Marina ClubMONTEREYPurpleNN
Mortimer's Card RoomMONTEREYPurpleNN
Pinnacle CasinoMONTEREYPurpleNN
Napa Valley CasinoNAPAPurpleNN
Towers CasinoNEVADAPurpleNN
Bruce's CasinoRIVERSIDEPurpleNN
Lake Elsinore Hotel and CasinoRIVERSIDEPurpleNN
Capitol CasinoSACRAMENTOPurpleNN
Hotel Del Rio & CasinoSACRAMENTOPurpleNN
Folsom Lake BowlSACRAMENTOPurpleNN
Limelight Card Room SACRAMENTOPurpleNN
Magnolia House CasinoSACRAMENTOPurpleNN
Parkwest Casino CordovaSACRAMENTOPurpleNN
Parkwest Casino LotusSACRAMENTOPurpleN 8/27
Rogelio's Inc.SACRAMENTOPurpleNN
Stones Gambling HallSACRAMENTOPurpleN 8/24
Lucky LadySAN DIEGOPurpleNN
Ocean's Eleven CasinoSAN DIEGOPurpleNN
Seven Mile CasinoSAN DIEGOPurpleN 8/25
Casino RealSAN JOAQUINPurpleNN
Kings Card Club/ Westlane Cardroom SAN JOAQUINPurpleN 8/26
Parkwest Casino LodiSAN JOAQUINPurpleN 8/24
Star's CasinoSAN JOAQUINPurpleN 8/8
Central Coast Casino - Grover BeachSAN LUIS OBISPOPurpleNN
Paso Robles CasinoSAN LUIS OBISPOPurpleNN
Oceana (Brooks) Card roomSAN LUIS OBISPOPurpleNN
Old Cayucos TavernSAN LUIS OBISPOPurpleNN
Outlaws Card ParlourSAN LUIS OBISPOPurpleNN
Artichoke's Joe's CasinoSAN MATEORedN 9/4
Lucky ChancesSAN MATEORedNN
Jalisco Pool RoomSANTA BARBARAPurpleNN
Bay 101SANTA CLARAPurpleN9/11
Casino M8trixSANTA CLARAPurpleN9/12
Garlic City ClubSANTA CLARAPurpleNN
Tres Lounge and CasinoSANTA CRUZPurpleNN
Ocean View Card roomSANTA CRUZPurpleNN
Casino ClubSHASTAPurpleNN
St. Charles PlaceSIERRAOrangeNN
Parkwest Casino Sonoma (The 101)SONOMAPurpleNN
The River Card roomSONOMAPurpleNN
Empire Sportsmen's Assoc.STANISLAUSPurpleNN
Mike's Card CasinoSTANISLAUSPurpleNN
Turlock Poker RoomSTANISLAUSPurpleNN
Deuce Lounge & CasinoTULAREPurpleNN
The MintTULAREPurpleNN
Sundowner Card Room (Visalia)TULAREPurpleNN
Player's Poker ClubVENTURAPurpleNN
Casino MarysvilleYUBAPurpleNN
Golden State CasinoYUBAPurpleNN

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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