San Jose Gambling

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From the time San Jose was founded by the Spanish in 1777 as California’s first civilian settlement, the city has had its share of risk-taking in one way or another. San Jose began as a small settlement of farmers who produced food for the presidios in San Francisco and Monterey. In their free time, the farmers enjoyed a few games of cards despite the strict rules of the Spanish military. Present-day San Jose has become filled with high-tech engineers risking everything to develop the next successful start-up company. San Jose had a lot of gambling between these times—from the illegal speakeasy-type clubs that featured games such as dice, fan-tan, roulette, Chinese lotteries, and, of course, slot machines to the small legal card clubs consisting of one to ten tables filled with people playing games such as pan, lowball, and poker, that would eventually become two of Northern California’s largest cardrooms, which generate millions of dollars every year.
ISBN: 9781467104685
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 198
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Ted Ramos is a veteran police officer with the San Jose Police Department and spent five of his years as an officer regulating San Jose’s two large cardrooms with the San Jose Police Department’s Division of Gaming Control. It was there that he discovered the city’s gambling past through the division’s records and speaking with the cardroom industry players and employees both past and present.
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