Calif. gaming to honor pai gow innovator

Mar 18, 2003 6:15 AM

The Commerce Casino on March 24 will honor 73-year-old Sam Torosian, of South Pasadena, the originator of Pai-Gow Poker, a universally popular casino game.

Since its inception, Pai-Gow Poker has generated multi-billion dollars in revenue for casinos worldwide. In many venues Pai Gow Poker is ranked number five in popularity and revenue after such other popular games as blackjack, baccarat, craps, and roulette.

The event also sponsors a fundraiser for Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. Most of the contributions are expected to come from the gaming industry.

Invitees for the events include owners and representatives from all 102 California card clubs, gaming executives from outside of California, local elected officials, members of the California Division of Gambling Control, California Gambling Commission and Hollywood celebrities.

The event also coincides with the Golden State Gaming Association’s meeting of March 25, in which owners and managers of card casinos will hold their semi-annual trade meeting at the Commerce Casino’s Crown Plaza Hotel and Casino. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Topics for discussion include the current state of gaming in California and renegotiation of the compact between the Indian tribes and the state.

Andrew Schneiderman, President of Gaming Association and vice

president/general counsel of Commerce Casino, will be available before and during the event for any questions from the media regarding these two events as well as issues relating to gaming in California.

The Commerce Casino and Crowne Plaza Hotel & Casino are at 6131 E. Telegraph Rd. in the city of Commerce in Southern California.