San Bruno card room raided during Bay Area-wide operation targeting organized crime

Federal and state authorities executed search and arrest warrants in the Bay Area on Wednesday morning as part of an investigation into organized crime in the region, an FBI spokeswoman said.

The Oaks Card Club at 4097 San Pablo Ave. in Emeryville and Artichoke Joe’s at 659 Huntington Ave. in San Bruno were among the places where the activity occurred.

“[The investigation] is basically Bay Area-wide,” FBI spokeswoman Julianne Sohn said. “We’re executing multiple arrest and search warrants.”

Participating agencies include the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Gambling Control and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Sohn said.

She said she could not yet give additional details on the raids.

The Oaks Card Club has been a popular gaming spot in the East Bay since 1895, before Emeryville was incorporated, according to its website.

The club was originally called Conger’s Tavern. It became Oaks Card Club in the mid-1930s and has been owned and run by the same family since then.

The club, which has 40 gaming tables, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the site said.

Artichoke Joe’s has been a family-owned business since 1916. Originally Joe’s Pool Parlor, it became Artichoke Joe’s in 1921 and now has 38 gaming tables and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, according to its website.

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