Update Mar 10 10:31 p.m. Both Oaks Card Club and Artichoke Joe’s got permission to reopen Friday.

Earlier post:
Last week, Emeryville’s Oaks Card Club, along with Artichoke Joe’s Casino in San Bruno, was shut down after the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicted an alleged crime ring working out of the gambling establishments on loansharking and narcotics charges.

Today, John Tibbets, the Oaks Card Club owner, tells me there will be a hearing at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in Sacramento before the state’s Bureau of Gambling Control. The club is hoping to have the emergency closure order lifted.

Tibbets said he had no other statement at this time.

Today, the Chronicle reported that the club’s Asian gaming director, Hoa The Nguyen, 47, of Alameda, was charged with “structuring monetary transactions to avoid detection,” which basically means depositing money in increments of less than $10,000 to skirt federal reporting requirements.

Oaks Card Club, Artichoke Joe’s Win Permission to Reopen 10 March,2011Jon Brooks

  • Janice Gogna

    Oaks Card Club reopen tomorrow March 11, 2011 at 10am.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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