California has 72 cardrooms which aren’t traditional casinos, due to their competitiveness, they usually anger the tribal operators. Now, the California Gaming Association (CGA) is extolling cardrooms as essential drivers of state economy.
CGA is the cardrooms’ representative group based in Sacramento, and that is the reason they’re praising the industry. In their website, the group site carried out a study by John Dunham & Associates, to prove the impact of cardrooms in California.
The study found that cardrooms contributed $5.6 billion to California’s economy, and their various venues in the state create more than 32,000 direct and indirect jobs. This is however, below the revenue generated annually by the 70 tribal casinos in California.
California hosts the majority of gaming properties in the US; they include Morongo and Pechanga situated in Riverside County. According to Casino.org, these are tribal gaming facilities, which are the main cardrooms’ competitors. For quite a while, cardrooms have been quarreling with tribal operators over the gaming limit. This prompted the Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC) to consider limiting games offered in cardrooms.
However, the crackdown on cardrooms venue came under fire when local media reported that California Attorney General received funds from tribal gaming for the campaign. CGA also opposed the move citing loss of jobs if cardrooms’ operations are restricted.
“California cardrooms don’t offer slot machines or electronic gaming terminals. Nor do they have house-banked games. Every player in a cardroom has the opportunity to wager as the dealer, an opportunity not found in tribal casinos,” CGA reported.
However, tribal operator believes that cardrooms operate on a legal gap that threatens their tribal exclusivity accord.
Cardrooms are located in major town and cities which offers some geographical advantage over tribal gaming which is usually an hour drive from the major metropolitan.