Casino M8trix, the former Garden City Casino card room in San Jose, has sued the city in state and federal court over permit delays and refusal to allow gaming on the top floor of its eight-story tower. A brief history of the card room and its conflicts with San Jose officials.

  • 1946 Garden City begins with a downtown billiard parlor that moved into an old Levi Strauss and Co. manufacturing building at Post and Market streets.

  • 1950s Garden City owners secure one of 15 city card room licenses and begin to phase out billiards in favor of poker.

  • 1976 The Garden City card room moves from downtown to a mountain chalet-style building on Saratoga Avenue.

  • 1987 Garden City owners and staff indicted on charges of money skimming and tax fraud.

  • 1998 Garden City files for bankruptcy largely over dispute between owners and landlord.

  • 2000 grand jury indicts dozens of defendants for crimes including loan sharking and extortion involving both Garden City and Bay 101.

  • 2002 San Jose hires Richard Teng as the Police Department's gaming administrator.

  • 2007 Peter and Jeanine Lunardi and Eric Swallow buy Garden City out of bankruptcy.

  • 2009 San Jose settles nearly eight years of litigation with both Garden City and Bay 101 card rooms over regulations that attempted to deny 24-hour operations and certain kinds of gambling.


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  • 2010 Garden City receives City Council approval for a new casino building with an eight-story tower along Airport Parkway.

  • 2012 Garden City moves to new Casino M8trix building along Airport Parkway opening four months later than planned.

  • 2013 Police Chief Chris Moore denies Casino M8trix request to allow eighth floor gambling citing inability to conduct surprise inspections. Casino M8trix sues city over permit delays and denials.