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Gold Country’s Red Hawk to open poker room

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Poker players at the Gold Country’s Red Hawk Casino are getting their own exclusive gaming area, a response to strong customer demand.

Peter Nairn, vice president of table games at Red Hawk, said research and customer feedback indicated players wanted a real poker room, where they could play against each other.

Red Hawk’s current poker games, 3-card, Pai Gow, 3 Hand Hold ’em and All in Hold ’em, are house-banked games, where players play against the house. Those tables will remain on the main floor.

Tables in the poker room will operate like those in a California card room, where players pay a small fee for the dealer’s services and the players play against each other.

The poker room will open offering Texas hold ‘em, and players will determine what other games they want to play, Nairn said.

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The six-table, 60-seat poker room opens Nov. 20. The nonsmoking poker room is located behind the Stage Bar on the casino’s main floor adjacent to two of Red Hawk’s six restaurants, the Wai Noodle Bar and Pearl Asian Cuisine.

Construction is nearing completion on the poker room, which will include several flat-screen TVs and dedicated food and beverage service. A special poker room food menu with many items priced at $7 will be available with tableside service.

Table games are seeing a resurgence in popularity, Nairn said. “For a long time, slots were gaining ground as far as interest for players. As we move forward, table games are making a strong comeback.

“People have more control,” Nairn said. “With a slot machine you put your money in and press a button. With table games, you have a lot of leeway to make decisions.”

Red Hawk’s November entertainment schedule includes free concerts at the Stage Bar from 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.

Dates and performers are:

  • Today: Steel Breeze (classic rock, pop, Top 40). 
  • Saturday: Kelli (country, Southern rock).
  • Nov. 13-14: Courtney Lynn & Big Trouble (country).
  • Nov. 20-21: Patton Leatha (R&B, Motown).
  • Nov. 27-28: Cool Black Kettle (classic rock, dance).

Since opening in December 2008, Red Hawk Casino has earned several awards. This week the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce gave Red Hawk its Future 5 award for excellence in hospitality. SACC annually honors five up-and-coming businesses for their professional achievements, community contributions and admirable work promoting business in the Sacramento region, said Terry Contreras, assistant general manager at Red Hawk.

Red Hawk is owned by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians and is managed under contract by Lakes Entertainment Inc.

There’s daily bus service to Red Hawk from San Francisco and Oakland. It’s an easy freeway drive, too: Take Interstate 80 to Sacramento, then U.S. Highway 50 east toward Placerville and exit at Red Hawk Parkway.


Red Hawk Casino

  • Where: 1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville
  • Phone: (888) 573-3495
  • Web: www.redhawkcasino.com
  • Restaurants: Six
  • Bars: Four
  • Slots: 2,100
  • Tables: 75, including six poker

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