Friday , February 23 2024

Chukchansi Casino issues refunds to gamers

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More than two months after a federal judge closed the Chukchansi Casino, it’s now issuing refunds to gamers. Following an armed takeover on October 9th, customers were forced to leave the casino without their winnings. Beginning Tuesday, they are able to redeem their money. <br /><br />There were thousands of gamblers inside the casino the night the drama played out, and those who got their money back say it’s better late than never.<br /><br />They’ve waited patiently, and Tuesday, for the first time in more than 2 months, Chukchansi casino gamers cashed in.<br /><br />&quot;Happy that I’ve got my money, &quot;<br /><br />A fight between two of the tribe’s factions shut the casino down on October 9th, that’s when a group a tribe members stormd in, forcing patrons out. One customer had been there a week earlier.<br /><br />&quot;We were due to come in Wednesday, the day after they closed.&quot;<br /><br />Dozens of customers exchanged their chips and vouchers for a check.<br />It’s a big relief for casino officials, too.<br /><br />Nancy Ayala, Chukchansi Tribe Co Chair says, &quot;My people have been working and trying to get ahold of people, to get things straightened out so that they aren’t left without being reimbursed for their money that they put out or that they won.&quot;<br /><br />Ayala says checks are also being mailed to the people who were using players card.<br /><br />&quot;Through the surveillance and players card, they’re able to identify those customers,&quot; says Ayala. <br /><br />Meanwhile, leaders of the McDonald faction, who are now in jail on felony charges, are set to be back in court this week. Ayala says she’s optimistic the casino will reopen; there’s just no telling when.<br /><br />&quot;We’re doing everything we can, even if werwe closed down, to keep moving forward; to make people whole; to keep business going.&quot;<br /><br /></div>

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