Card rooms in San Jose, CA denied more tables after gaming regulators pull the plug
By Bob Garcia
Despite approval by local officials, San Jose’s two card rooms forced to halt expansion
The card rooms of San Jose, CA, had received good news months ago when the area’s resident voters overwhelmingly approved expanding the number of table games in two rooms. However, after an exhaustive analysis, five months later, a California regulatory agency realized that many things didn’t fit and that the measure doesn’t really follow state law. As a result, the plans are now off the table, which will hurt San Jose as much as the card room.
Earlier this month, Casino M8trix and Bay 101 had applied for an expansion of gaming tables at each casino; however, the California Gaming Control Commission disagreed and denied the applications. In November 2020, it was noted that 73% of voters agreed with this provision, but it appears that the agency does not feel the same way. According to the report, card rooms have already reached their limit of tables stipulated under state law, at least according to the commission and the California Office of Gaming Control.
It seems that the card rooms now have no way out, and after not being able to add more tables, they have to continue to adapt to the fact that the increased taxes required by the measure. “It’s not the commission overriding the ordinance or voter preference. It’s the statute that would do that. The commission is just following the statue,” said Todd Vlaanderen, Senior attorney for the gaming commission.
Part of the measure was to increase the number of tables in order to offset a tax increase that will go from 15% to 16.5%, but it appears the first one will not be done and yet the latter is being put in place. With this money, voters had been told that the city would benefit greatly through vast services, including 911 emergency response, road maintenance, fire protection and housing for the homeless.