SAN JOSE (KCBS) – San Jose’s casinos are looking to expand their card rooms under a new proposed ballot measure.

Officials with Bay 101 said they are losing too much business to tribal casinos and Las Vegas. They want to expand the number of card tables by 61 percent to better compete with Indian casinos in the Central Valley, many of which provide buses to gamblers who live in the South Bay.

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KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

“Picking them up and taking them to their institutions and returning them back to the South Bay,” said Dan Orloff, spokesman for Casino M8trix, the city’s other card club. “That’s an inconvenience to consumers in the South Bay and a loss of tax revenue to the City of San Jose.”

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Orloff said they support the proposal as well, which would expand the number of card tables at each facility.

The measure also calls for slot machines and “other forms of gaming” if approved by the state, although not all regular poker players like that part of the proposal.

Bay 101 must collect over 19,000 signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

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