Confiscation of Bingo Machines Forces Indian Hall to Close

From a Times Staff Writer

The reservation's bingo hall, which once served 2,000 players a day, has been forced to close in the wake of an October raid by San Diego County sheriff's deputies, an official acknowledged Thursday.

Financial problems caused by the confiscation of bingo gaming machines forced the popular hall's closure Dec. 16, said Lalit Malik, a manager for Inland Casino Corp., which operates a card room on the reservation. "The bingo portion is closed but the card room is still open because they are run by different corporations," Malik said.

The raid at the reservation--which is about 20 miles from downtown San Diego--followed a state attorney general's opinion that the bingo machines were illegal.

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