The real reason California cardrooms are suffering against area tribes
It would seem California’s attorney general is getting chummy with state tribes
California is usually a pioneer state when it comes to implementing new activities, but for gambling, things have been running differently, even slower than usual. There is a battle going on between the area tribes and the current cardrooms located all across the Golden State, and, based on an investigation conducted by Hews Media Group-Los Cerritos Community News (HMG-LCCN) in June 2019, the truth seems to be coming to light now. According to this media outlet, Attorney General Xavier Becerra is favoring the tribal casinos in the state and has received over $300,000 to fund his campaign.
Tribal casinos are direct competitors of cardrooms located in the state, such as Commerce Casino in Commerce, the Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens and the Bicycle Club in Bell Gardens, among many others. For decades, tribal casinos have been alleging “corruption” in those cardrooms based on the games they offer, but authorities have never agreed to file a suit – until Becerra. He was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2016 and since then, he let the tribes knew his willingness to help them out, and has received at least $286,000 from them in return. HMG-LCCN adds that it has received calls about how that amount was just “the tip of the iceberg” and after some more research it turned out to be true. Becerra also allegedly received $506,000 more from the tribal casinos.
Becerra decided to ignore the work done by the previous AGs, who always maintained a neutral position, and he delivered a rule change overriding all the protocols to do so. This new rule puts many California cardrooms on the verge of losing business, even bankruptcy for some cities. It would also represent millions in lost revenue for the cities and cost thousands of jobs, which means that several cities would need to cut down on expenses. Statewide cardrooms support 32,000 jobs and over $500 million in state and local taxes. Becerra used his power over the Bureau of Gambling Control to ignore the Gambling Control Commission authority in order to push his rule forward.