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Jamul Casino® Launches Poker Room with Tournament Featuring Poker Pros, Celebrity Guests, and $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool

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On Friday, February 15, 2019, Jamul Casino® will host a Grand Opening celebration for its new Poker Room. Located at 14145 Campo Road in Jamul, CA, the event will feature Native American traditions, a ribbon-cutting, and the inaugural Golden Cap poker tournament. The tournament will bring together hundreds of local poker players, celebrities, and poker pros vying for a piece of the $50,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Adjacent to the High Limit Room at Jamul Casino®, the new Poker Room will feature 10 high-action tables, table-side dining and full bar service, and the latest equipment and technology. Added at the request of its guests, Jamul Casino®‘s Poker Room will host ongoing live games and tournaments beginning at noon each day.

The Jamul Casino® Poker Room Grand Opening schedule includes:

     9:00am  –

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Turbo satellite tournament begins (1 in 5 wins entry to Golden Cap tournament)

      10:00am 

Golden Cap tournament registration opens/appetizers served (Loft 94)

     11:00am 

Grand Opening Ceremony

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Welcome – Erica M. Pinto, Tribal Chairwoman

Tribal Blessing – Kenneth Meza, Former Tribal Vice Chairman

Traditional Kumeyaay Bird Singing – James Cuero III, Tribal Council Member

     11:20am –

Management Remarks by Mary Cheeks, President & General Manager

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     11:25am –

Ribbon Cutting

     11:30am –

Celebrity Introductions & Golden Cap Tournament Kick-Off

     11:45am –

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Seats assigned

     12:00pm –

Tournament begins

Players interested in participating in the inaugural Golden Cap poker tournament may buy-in for $500 plus a $50 entry fee beginning February 11 at the Jamul Casino Poker Room, or at 10am on game day, February 15. In addition to a cash pay-out, the winner will receive a golden baseball cap with water droplet emblem, and a 24K gold-plated chip cap. The tournament also offers ten $500 prizes as bounties for players who knock out the Jamul Tribal Council, poker professionals, or celebrities playing in the tournament.  Bountied players include:

  • Tiffany Michelle, TV Personality/World Series of Poker “Last Woman Standing”
  • Norman Chad, World Series of Poker Commentator
  • Erick Lindgren, Professional Poker Player
  • Ben Higgins, Co-host of Ben & Woods show on Mighty 1090 and 10News Sports Anchor
  • Steve Woods, Co-host of Ben & Woods show on Mighty 1090
  • Chris Pinto, Jamul Indian Village of California Tribal Council Member
  • James Cuero, Jamul Indian Village of California Tribal Council Member
  • Scott Long, Publisher of Ante Up Magazine
  • Scott Lewis, Editor in Chief & CEO of Voice of San Diego
  • Ben Erwin, San Diego Hometown Poker Hero/Poker Director at Thunder Valley Casino Resort

“We are constantly listening to our guests and are thrilled to accommodate the growing market for a high-stakes Poker Room. The Jamul Casino Poker Room will be a popular addition to the casino,” stated Erica M. Pinto, Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village of California.

About Jamul Indian Village of California
Jamul Indian Village of California is one of 13 federally recognized tribes that are part of the Kumeyaay Nation, with roots in east San Diego County going back 12,000 years. The Tribe uses revenue and resources from Jamul Casino® to fund educational opportunities, healthcare, and housing initiatives for its members, and projects that benefit the surrounding community, through a tribal-state gaming compact with the State of California signed in 2015.  For more information about Jamul Indian Village of California, please visit jamulindianvillage.com.

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About Jamul Casino®
Opened in 2016, the recently rebranded Jamul Casino®, located in Jamul, California, is owned and operated by Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation (JIVDC), a wholly owned entity of Jamul Indian Village of California. The $430 million casino features over 1,600 slot machines, 37 live table games, and a dedicated poker room with weekly tournaments; free shuttle service from various locations in San Diego; live entertainment; and seven restaurants, bars and lounges. Jamul Casino® supports more than 1,000 permanent jobs in the region.  For more information about Jamul Casino®, please visit www.jamulcasinosd.com.

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Rush Street Appoints Susan Foster as General Manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia

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Rush Street Gaming announced that international gaming executive Susan Foster has been appointed general manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia.

“Having worked in various gaming jurisdictions in America and several other countries, I’m both an advocate for and an example of the tremendous opportunities casino gaming provides. I’m very excited to be back in Pennsylvania at such a dynamic property,” Foster said.

Foster began her casino career as a table games dealer in the UK, Nigeria, and the Bahamas. She later spent 14 years in Mississippi at Grand Casino & Resort and Bally’s Entertainment, where she led table games and poker operations. She then served as director of table games for Odawa Casino in Michigan, before accepting her first Pennsylvania job with Harrah’s Philadelphia.

While at Harrah’s, Foster received Caesars Entertainment’s highest award for excellence in leadership. Thereafter, Foster transitioned from the gaming floor to casino operations in 2015 with Hollywood Casino, where she served as vice president of operations at multiple Penn Entertainment properties for nearly a decade. Her direct responsibilities included the performance and operations of slots, table games, poker, food and beverage, environmental services, security, facilities, and various hotels.

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Foster joined Rivers Casino Philadelphia in April 2024 as assistant general manager. She succeeds Eric Althaus, who recently departed the Philly property.

“Susan’s broad worldview of gaming operations has significantly benefited Rush Street since she joined last spring. Her history and familiarity with the southeastern PA gaming market has proven to be a great advantage for Rivers Philly,” Tim Drehkoff, CEO of Rush Street Gaming, said.

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National Council on Problem Gambling Launches Tribal Advisory Council

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The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the only national nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce the economic and social costs associated with gambling addiction, has launched the Tribal Advisory Council. While NCPG has worked with Tribal gaming entities for many years, the formation of the Tribal Advisory Council represents a deeper level of collaboration to address matters of responsible gambling and problem gambling that are of importance to Native American communities.

The Tribal Advisory Council seeks to increase awareness and respect for Native cultures as they relate to all facets of gambling so that these cultural practices can help other Native and non-Native communities. The Advisory Council will provide expertise and momentum for NCPG’s culturally specific work while recognizing the importance of Native American history and sovereignty in consultation with Native American leaders and experts.

“Our work with tribes is based on a deep respect for Tribal sovereignty and our core values of neutrality, collaboration, respect and credibility. We have a responsibility to listen and learn, as well as the opportunity to share our knowledge as we seek to reduce the social costs of gambling addiction and improve health and wellness in all communities. The relationships and partnerships we have forged over the years are the strong foundation for this exciting new project,” said Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director.

To help facilitate the work of the Tribal Advisory Council, NCPG has partnered with Valerie Spicer and Sheila Morago of the Trilogy Group. The Trilogy Group is a Native American-owned and operated organization with over 50 years of combined experience in governmental affairs, business, economic development, and Tribal gaming.

“We applaud the formation of the NCPG’s Tribal Advisory Council and look forward to supporting stronger connection with the Tribes. This work acknowledges the significance of Tribal Gaming in the gambling sector, the impacts of Tribal gaming on communities, and ways we can support finding balance in helping people heal from gambling-related harm respectfully amid the complexity,” said Valerie Spicer, Trilogy Group Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer.

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Vermont Department of Mental Health Launches Problem Gambling Support Site

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The Vermont Department of Mental Health has launched a new website designed to assist individuals and families affected by problem gambling. The new site, VTGamblingHelp.org, serves as a valuable resource for those seeking immediate assistance and support for problems related to gambling, as well as those looking to promote healthy and responsible gaming behaviors.

Over 11,600 Vermont residents are estimated to be struggling with a gambling problem. VTGamblingHelp.org provides new and vital support services to Vermont Lottery and Vermont Mobile Sports Wagering players. Key features of the website include:

  • 24/7 Helpline: Immediate assistance through the problem gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER, staffed by trained professionals.
  • Live Chat: A live chat feature available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, staffed by problem gambling peer specialists.
  • Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program: A program allowing mobile sports wagering players to opt out of playing for self-selected periods.
  • Recognizing the signs of problem gambling: Tools to help individuals assess their gambling behavior and determine if they need help.
  • Treatment Options: Access to referrals for various treatment options available in Vermont, including counseling and support groups.

“Problem gambling can deeply affect mental health, finances, and family dynamics. This website offers a space for individuals to find the resources and care they need to navigate problem gambling behavior or learn about gaming responsibly,” said Elliott McElroy, the newly appointed DMH Responsible Gaming Program Coordinator.

Vermont treatment providers can use VTGamblingHelp.org “For Providers” page to learn more about upcoming free trainings to become certified problem gambling specialists. The Vermont Problem Gambling Clinical Training offers a free 10-session, 30-hour course to develop skills in gambling disorder assessment, treatment, and recovery support. Participants can earn up to 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) – 3 CEUs per live class attended – while learning from award-winning experts.

“As millions of Americans grapple with gambling addiction and millions more face the risk, these services are vital in promoting responsible gaming practices within our communities and providing support to individuals affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction. We are thrilled to have launched this site and optimistic about the resources it will provide to Vermonters,” DMH Medical Director Dr. Kelley Klein said.

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