Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chukchansi Casino Remains Closed

Judge says Chukchansi Gold to stay closed

Scott Smith, Associated Press · October 29, 2014 at 5:55 pm

FRESNO, Calif. — A casino at the center of a tribe’s internal power struggle will remain closed until rival factions that operate it can settle their differences that recently erupted into an armed confrontation, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill said that tensions remain high at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, prompting him to keep the doors closed, while admonishing tribal leaders for lacking leadership at the expense of hundreds of employees now without paychecks.

On Oct. 10, the attorney general and the National Indian Gaming Commission shut down the casino in Coarsegold, about 50 miles northeast of Fresno, after an armed faction stormed it, sending hundreds of gamblers running with chips still on the tables.

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IveyPoker Closes


Rumors began circulating that changes were coming a few weeks ago when multiple IveyPoker pros were told the site would be shutting down. Ivey has a marketing agreement with the Pala tribe in California that plans on offering real money online poker once that state passes legislation.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


Saturday, October 18, 2014 12:00AM

COARSEGOLD, Calif. (KFSN) -- Most of the 1,300 employees at Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino have been laid off. Now, only a skeleton crew will remain.

The layoffs are the direct result of a federal shutdown caused by fighting among tribal leaders. More than a week ago, a dispute between two factions resulted in a lockdown at the casino. The federal government and the National Indian Gaming Commission have since stepped in to mediate.

A single-page letter sent out to Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino employees paints a dire situation for staff members. One line in particular: "We cannot anticipate the duration of this closure because the government entities will not tell us how long this closure will remain in effect."


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Anonymous Comments Are Closed

I am no longer allowing anonymous comments.  There is just too much vitriol on both sides.  I tried to let it go for a while as I do believe in freedom of speech and freedom of expression.  But there are limits and those limits have been crossed multiple times.  My hope was people would be able to dialogue and debate without the nonsense.

Obviously, that is just not possible.  If you want to jawbone each other do it on your Facebook pages. I am no longer going to tolerate it here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Chukchansi Casino Closed

From the Modesto Bee: Sheriff: Tribal infighting leads to abrupt Chukchansi casino closure

The Fresno Bee October 10, 2014

COARSEGOLD — Patrons of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino were abruptly ushered out of the casino in mid-game Thursday night by armed guards, and the casino and hotel were shut down.

The property was closed Friday morning after a chaotic night fueled by a feud between factions of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, which owns the casino. The feud spilled over to the tribe’s biggest asset Thursday night after one side said the other used force to try and retrieve key documents in the battle for tribal leadership.

Friday morning, Madera County sheriff’s spokesman Erica Stuart said someone cut power to the resort for a time Thursday night and employees went home. The Madera County Sheriff’s Office found itself caught between the factions and angry customers. Stuart said about 500 patrons were at Chukchansi when the blackout hit, including 200 hotel guests. The guests could not get into their rooms and could not even get valets to retrieve their cars.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Judge Says Phil Ivey Cheated

A London Judge ruled professional poker player Phil Ivey cheated in a baccarat tournament.  Phil Ivey is the brand ambassador for Pala Interactive.

Now it's not entirely clear to me that Phil Ivey cheated in the traditional sense. Ivey calls himself an advantage player meaning he will use odds and take advantage of casino mistakes in order to win.

Ivey used edge sorting to help identify cards and then apparently influenced the dealer to sort and deal the cards in such a way to give the players an advantage.  The Judge ruled Ivey was not allowed to collect his $12.4 million winnings and could not appeal the decision.

Some feel it was the casino's fault and that they should pay up.

Bloomberg News: Poker Pro Ivey Did Cheat to Win $12.4 Million, Judge Rules

By Jeremy Hodges


Professional poker player Phil Ivey’s use of edge sorting to win 7.7 million pounds ($12.4 million) at a form of Baccarat was tantamount to cheating, a London judge ruled today.

Judge John Mitting, who said Ivey was an honest witness, ruled against the 38-year-old gambler’s bid to recoup money a Genting Bhd. (GENT) casino had withheld. While he might not have realized it was cheating, Mitting said Ivey and a companion influenced a croupier to deal the cards in certain ways.
Both sides agreed at trial that Ivey was in the casino in August 2012 and that he won the money. “The issue is whether it amounted to cheating,” Christopher Pymont, Genting’s lawyer, said in documents filed at London’s High Court.

Edge sorting is a way a card player can gain an advantage by working out the value of a card by spotting flaws or particular patterns on the back of some cards.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chukchansi Casino Chukchansi casino faces closure, huge federal fines for missing audits


The Fresno Bee October 8, 2014

The federal agency that oversees Indian gaming is threatening to shut down Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino because of missing audits, some of which were due last year.

The National Indian Gaming Commission says the casino could close Oct. 27 if the missing audits are not submitted. The tribe also faces fines of up to $100,000 per day dating back to April 30. If fully assessed, those fines would equal $16 million.

In a five-page letter dated Tuesday, the NIGC’s acting chairman, Jonodev Chaudhuri, said that casino officials have not filed financial statements and audits dating back to 2012 and 2013, the earliest of which was due April 30, 2013.