Cardroom employees set to protest proposed changes to gaming rules

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Hundreds of California cardroom workers will be
joined today by elected officials to protests proposed changes by the
California Bureau of Gambling Control that would halt blackjack-style games and
change so-called “player-dealer” games.
Protesters will take their concerns, which include a reduction in
activity and jobs in cardrooms across the state, to the Bureau of Gambling
Control’s public workshop scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 6225 West
Century Blvd. in Westchester, according to spokeswoman Becky Warren.
Blackjack and other card games have been approved by the California
Department of Justice and played at cardrooms without harm to or complaint from
the public for decades, she said.
Disruption of these games would cost jobs and “disrupt the ability to
fund critical services such as public safety, libraries, parks and other
vital services,” Warren said. “Some cities rely on cardroom tax revenue for
over half of their budget.”
City leaders from Bell Gardens, Commerce, Compton, Gardena, Hawaiian
Gardens and Inglewood will join protesters at the event.

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