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Hotel gaming could be close to home

A change in scenery for poker players – and a possible boost to Grass Valley’s tourism industry – could be in store with a proposal to move a card room to the Holiday Inn.

San Jose-based Full Rack Entertainment is applying to the City Council to move the gaming license for the Gold Rush Casino, now closed on East Main Street, into the ground floor of the Gold Miners Inn-Holiday Inn Express at 115 Bank St., where it plans to open its new Towers Casino and Cardroom.

Council members will vote on a resolution to approve the move at their meeting tonight.



Steve Young, the hotel’s general manager, was not in the office Monday to comment.

Full Rack is buying the Gold Rush Casino, which closed in January, and is asking the city to transfer the gaming license from the present location at 106 E. Main St.




“We chose the hotel location because we really like the space and a saw a lot of good opportunities to be able to offer gaming to hotel guests as well as people downtown,” said Summer Ludwick, a lawyer representing Full Rack.

The addition of the card room to the hotel could draw some tournaments into town and tourists as well, said City Administrator Dan Holler.

“Hopefully, it will be promoted a little more and draw some people to the area,” Holler said. “Maybe it can add some value to people in downtown as well.”

Much of the card room’s operations would stay the same, Holler said, as it would retain a license to operate around the clock. Playing would still be restricted to cards-only gaming.

If the City Council approves the move, the proposal would next need approval from the California Gambling Control Commission at its April meeting, Ludwick said. The Towers Casino should open sometime later this spring.

The council meeting is at 7 p.m. today at City Hall on 125 E. Main Street. To view the agenda, visit TheUnion.com and click on this story.

In other business:

• Council members are expected to discuss the Idaho-Maryland/East Main Street redevelopment area. The 20-acre area around the intersection is mostly industrial properties. Giving the area a unique identity is important economically for the city, Holler said.

• Former Mayor Gerard Tassone will receive a “Grass Valley Citizen Star” at the start of the meeting.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail kmagin@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4239.


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