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Notice and Agenda for California Gambling Control Commission Meeting

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The California Gambling Control Commission will hold a meeting on June 20, 2024, to consider various applications and renewals related to cardroom owner licenses and other gambling-related licenses. The agenda includes significant items such as:

  1. Initial Cardroom Owner License Consideration:
    • Commerce Casino: California Commerce Club, Inc.
      • Recommendation: Approve the initial application through March 31, 2025.
  2. Renewal of Cardroom Owner Licenses:
    • Artichoke Joe’s Casino:
      • Recommendation: Approve a 90-day extension through September 30, 2024, with existing conditions.
    • Capitol Casino:
      • Recommendation: Approve the renewal application through March 31, 2026.
    • Casino 99:
      • Options:
        1. Approve renewal through December 31, 2025.
        2. Approve renewal with additional conditions.
        3. Refer to an evidentiary hearing and issue an interim license.
        4. Deny the renewal application.
      • Recommendation: Option Three.
    • Jalisco Pool Room:
      • Recommendation: Approve renewal through June 30, 2026, with existing conditions.
    • Mike’s Card Casino:
      • Recommendation: Approve a 60-day extension through August 31, 2024, with existing conditions.
  3. Requests and Other Considerations:
    • Bell Jackpot Casino: Request to withdraw application.
      • Recommendation: Approve the request without prejudice.
    • Empire Sportsmen’s Association: Cancellation of Temporary Work Permit.
      • Recommendation: Cancel the permit.
    • Acme Player Services, LLC: Retraction of hearing referral and renewal application.
      • Recommendation: Retract the referral and abandon the renewal application for specified members.
  4. Third-Party Proposition Player Services Employee License Renewals and Approvals:
    • Various applications for initial and renewal licenses were considered with recommendations to approve through specified periods.

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California Gambling Control Commission Approves Key Licensing Decisions Amid Regulatory Updates

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The California Gambling Control Commission held a significant meeting on April 18, 2024, to discuss and decide on various licensing and compliance matters crucial for the operation and regulation of the state’s gambling entities. The California Gambling Control Commission’s agenda was packed with key issues ranging from the renewal of cardroom licenses to the approval of tribal gaming key employees.

A notable decision from the meeting was the approval of the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund Final Report, allowing for the distribution of quarterly license revenue to eligible recipient Indian tribes. This move underscores the California Gambling Control Commission’s ongoing commitment to supporting tribal communities through structured revenue sharing, even as some financial shortfalls were acknowledged.

The California Gambling Control Commission also reviewed several renewal applications for cardroom owner licenses. Noteworthy renewals included Bankers Casino under Old Town Investments Incorporated, Blacksheep Casino Company and Bruce’s Bar and Casino, which were approved with specific conditions related to operational compliance and security protocols.

Another critical area of focus was the licensing of key employees at tribal casinos. Several applications for initial and renewal of key employee licenses were approved, reflecting the California Gambling Control Commission’s stringent oversight in ensuring that individuals in significant casino roles meet the regulatory requirements. These decisions are essential for maintaining the integrity and security of gaming operations within the state.

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Additionally, the meeting addressed the renewal and approval of third-party proposition player services, which are vital for cardrooms that do not bank their games. The California Gambling Control Commission approved several of these licenses, highlighting its role in facilitating responsible gambling while ensuring compliance with state laws.

The California Gambling Control Commission’s actions during the April meeting highlight the complex regulatory environment governing the state’s gambling industry and its proactive approach in adapting to new challenges and ensuring fair and safe gambling practices.

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10 Ten Gaming Ramps Up for United States Launch of ShweepsCasino.com

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United States-based 10 Ten Gaming is readying itself for the launch of ShweepsCasino. com with its unique proprietary social casino platform

10 Ten Gaming has taken the first steps towards the hotly anticipated launch of ShweepsCasino. com, with the site now live and inviting customers to be added to the wait list for early access prior to the official launch planned for Q2.

10 Ten Gaming, is a United States-controlled, owned and operated company that prides itself on its unwavering commitment to deliver the best social casino experience for United States customers.

ShweepsCasino. com combines the excitement and wonder of a casino-style experience completely for free from home or on the go with the opportunity to win cash prizes through sweepstakes.

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The inaugural launch of ShweepsCasino. com is the first step in 10 Ten Gaming’s vision to transform the social casino landscape in the United States through proprietary innovation and a dedicated in-house team.

“We’re thrilled to be the first United States-based social casino to offer a Las Vegas-style casino experience with an exciting sweepstakes component,” the Head of Marketing for 10 Ten Gaming, Carly Sawers, said. “We’re excited to offer something truly unique and look forward to providing a safe and secure environment for customers in the United States to participate in all the fun that social casino has to offer.”

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1/ST Announces $25 Million on the Line with Introduction of New Racing Series Linking Preakness 149, The California Crown and 2025 Pegasus World Cup

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149th Preakness Stakes Purse Increases to $2 Million to Kick Off Series

$5 Million Challenge Coast-To-Coast Pick’ Em Challenge Sweepstakes Connects 1/ST Premier Events

1/ST, the innovative brand behind North America’s most prestigious thoroughbred horse racing, entertainment and wagering events, has announced a $25 million dollar racing and incentive series connecting Preakness 149, The California Crown and the 2025 Pegasus World Cup.

Kicking off at Preakness 149, 1/ST’s three premier race days will feature more than $12.5 million in elevated purses and $7.5 million in incentives for both dirt and turf participants. 1/ST is offering a $5 million bonus in addition to the respective purses to the owner(s) of the horse who wins the 149th Preakness Stakes (GI), The California Crown (GI) and the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (GI). For turf stars, 1/ST will award a $2.5 million bonus, added to the elevated purses, to the connections who win the Dinner Party Stakes (GIII), The California Crown John Henry Turf (GII) and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (GI).

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Preakness 149 celebrations, taking place on May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, will mark the inaugural races in this new series. The 149th Preakness Stakes purse will increase to $2 million and the Dinner Party Stakes will increase to $500,000, making Preakness 149 race day the most lucrative in the event’s history with a total of $3.3 million on the line. The decision to elevate the purses for the 149th Preakness Stakes and for the Dinner Party Stakes reflects 1/ST’s ongoing commitment to maintaining and growing the thoroughbred horse racing industry to usher in a new era for racing in Maryland.

On September 28, The California Crown will debut at Santa Anita Park for a reimagined opening day experience for the track’s 2024 fall meet. The California Crown will replace the Awesome Again Stakes for three-year-olds and up and will be run on 1 1/8 mile offering a $1 million-dollar purse. The $750,000 California Crown John Henry Turf along with the $750,000 California Crown Eddie D Turf Sprint (GII), taking place on Santa Anita Park’s famed downhill turf course featuring American racing’s only right-hand turn, will add to the excitement of what will be California’s richest day of racing.

Since 2017, the Pegasus World Cup has become the premier luxury event in the sport and has set the standard for the modern thoroughbred horse racing experience. The 2025 Pegasus World Cup, to be held on January 25 at 1/ST’s Gulfstream Park, will feature the coveted $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational. The live broadcast of the Pegasus World Cup – horse racing’s hottest party – will feature the presentation of the potential $7.5 million in bonuses for any owner(s) who manage to achieve this remarkable feat.

In its continued effort to engage the next generation and provide game-changing opportunities for existing customers, 1/ST is putting up $5 million for a Coast-To-Coast Pick’ Em Challenge sweepstakes to successfully pick the first four finishers of each race, in order, for the 149th Preakness Stakes, The California Crown and the 2025 Pegasus World Cup Invitational. The challenge is free to enter through the innovative 1/ST Bet app. If there is no perfect winning entry, the entry with the most overall correct selections will win a $100,000 cash prize.

“My team and I continue to believe and invest in the modernization of thoroughbred horse racing with a commitment to the highest level of international safety standards and horse care as we continue to elevate our already industry-leading wagering, entertainment and hospitality programs,” the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer for 1/ST, Belinda Stronach, said. “To back this up, 1/ST is adding to the legacy of the Preakness by increasing the purse, creating a new marquee race event for the majestic Santa Anita Park – The California Crown – and continuing to build on the phenomenal success of the Pegasus World Cup. We’re proud to work with incredible partners who share our vision and see the future of world-class thoroughbred racing combined with unique and elevated guest experiences.”

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“The $25 million in racing purses and bonus incentives available for Preakness 149, The California Crown and the Pegasus World Cup including a $5 million sweepstakes for bettors and fans shows our commitment to innovation and excellence in thoroughbred racing,” the President for 1/ST, Aidan Butler, said. “Providing lucrative opportunities for owners and bettors while also delivering exceptional entertainment experiences is our speciality.”

1/ST’s industry-leading horse care and safety protocols including increased veterinary oversight will be strictly enforced throughout the new racing series under the leadership of Dr Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer for 1/ST Racing.

For more information and to purchase tickets to Preakness 149, visit www .Preakness. com or @ PreaknessStakes on social.

To stay connected on The California Crown, visit @ CaliforniaCrownOfficial on Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, YouTube and @ TheCaliCrown on Snapchat. Tickets for California Crown go on sale in the spring 2024.

For more information on the Pegasus World Cup, visit www .PegasusWorldCup. com or follow on social @ PegasusWorldCup.

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