After 24 years of running Diamond Lil's, a poker club across the street, he says he wants to attract customers more interested in drinking and socializing than in gambling, filling a niche between go here big-entertainment tribal casinos and the more gritty, low-stakes cardrooms.

Freddie's is likely to help the area, said Lisa Lamoreaux, executive director of the Renton Downtown Association. It's just a very classy business. Steiner began seeking a gaming license inwhen he bought the 10,square-foot building and adjacent apartment complex. He and other non tribal casinos in washington state operators began lobbying in Olympia. Last year the Legislature agreed to increase the non tribal casinos in washington state limit to 15 and to allow the house to collect a fee for each hand and check this out percentage of the total betting on each hand.

This spring, Gov. Freddie's Club officially opened on Nov. The state Gambling Commission has a list of 60 cardrooms interested in opening the mini-casinos, said a spokesperson. The casino employs people. Booth Gardner authorized the first major expansion of legalized gambling in years -- casino gambling on the Tulalip Indian reservation non tribal casinos in washington state of Everett.

Chips Casino and Cafe opens go to web page and will be part of a commission pilot program studying the new class of gaming The state's minicasino craze has reached West Sound. In the past 18 months, 40 of the beefed-up card rooms have been approved for the state Gambling Commission's pilot program, including three local newcomers.

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