An Atascadero card room may be raising the ante for its competition after the City Council amended an ordinance that augments table and betting limits.
At its Aug. 12 meeting, the Atascadero City Council approved an increase when it comes to card tables allowed in the city from five to six, and allowed for all six of those tables to be located under one roof. Council members also removed a $500 limit, making way for no-limit games. The changes were made after Dora Brown, owner of the Outlaws Card Parlor and the adjoining Overland Stage Western Steakhouse, asked the city to allow a small expansion in order for the business to compete with another cardroom in Paso Robles, where similar table and betting limits were modified.
The Paso Robles City Council modified its cardroom ordinance in July after Don Ezzell, owner of the Paso Robles Central Coast Casino, asked the city to amend the number of tables allowed and remove betting limits in order for that cardroom to compete with others in the area, including Outlaws.
“We simply cannot operate a business when 10 miles down the road there’s a better situation and a downright competitive advantage,” Ezzell said at the July 1 council meeting in Paso Robles.
Atascadero’s cardroom ordinance now closely matches that of Paso Robles. The changes were approved 4-1, with Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi voting no because she was uncomfortable with the possibilities on the table from unlimited betting.
-- Melody DeMeritt - former city council member, Morro Bay