They look suspiciously like illegal casinos: Computer cafes where you can take your chances on winning cash. Now, one lawmaker is cracking down, proposing a ban that could wipe them out for good.
They have been popping up in strip malls all over the Bay Area: Internet cafes that look a lot like mini casinos. While local authorities are trying to shut them down, a gray area of the law is proving hard to tackle.
The new Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park had to shut its doors shortly after opening for business at 10 a.m. Tuesday because of the crowds that flooded the casino, the parking lot and nearby roadways.
Bay Area media got a tour of the $820 million Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park Wednesday as the 200 construction workers on the site readied the 340,000-square-foot casino for a Nov. 5 opening.
Police have confiscated the chess boards on Market Street, citing complaints from local businesses about illegal activities taking place.
The Cal Neva hotel-casino straddling the California-Nevada line will close for more than a year beginning Monday to allow for the multimillion-dollar project.
Police served search warrants at two businesses as part of an investigation into illegal gambling in South San Francisco on Wednesday morning, police said.
Casinos in New Jersey and Nevada are among those forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet.
The two top candidates in a race for the District 2 seat of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors appear to be heading for a runoff election.
A former Santa Clara County supervisor who pleaded guilty to blowing taxpayer funds at casinos may have returned to his gambling ways.