The Bicycle Lodge & On line casino

The Bicycle Hotel & Casino Logo.jpg
The Bicycle Lodge & On line casino
The Bicycle Hotel & Casino Logo.jpg
Handle 888 Bicycle On line casino Drive
Bell Gardens, California 90201
Opening date November 30, 1984
On line casino sort Land
Earlier names The Bicycle On line casino
Renovated in 2015 (Lodge Addition)
Web site

The Bicycle Lodge & On line casino (generally, “The Bike“) is a poker cardroom in California.[1]

Based by George Hardie Sr. in 1984, situated in Bell Gardens, California, The Bicycle On line casino gives a collection of poker video games and Asian video games, with a variety of limits. The on line casino options video games together with: Blackjack, Texas Maintain ‘Em, Seven Card Stud, Omaha maintain ’em, Mexican Poker, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker and Baccarat (card recreation).

Financing to construct the unique Bicycle Membership on line casino was supplied by Sam Gilbert, who allegedly used cash partially obtained from laundering drug cash.[2]
The on line casino is residence to the Legends of Poker, a event collection established in 1995 that now features a cease on the World Poker Tour. Previous to the Legends, the on line casino’s fundamental event collection was known as the Diamond Jim Brady.[3]

Seizure and indictment[edit]

In 1987, Sam Gilbert was the topic of a federal investigation into cash laundering and racketeering expenses. In accordance with the investigation, a scheme to launder the cash obtained from smuggling marijuana was put collectively to finance the development of the Bicycle On line casino in Bell Gardens, California.[2][4] In accordance with one felony criticism,

“[Sam Gilbert] a rich Los Angeles businessman, was the primary Gilbert to determine ties with the Kramer household when he befriended Benjamin Kramer’s father, Jack Kramer, in 1978. At the moment, Jack Kramer and Sam Gilbert got here up with the thought of constructing a authorized card membership for the needs of laundering Benjamin Kramer’s soiled cash. By 1983, Sam Gilbert was involved with David Pierson, who was himself pondering of constructing a card membership and was searching for respectable traders. Pierson gave Sam Gilbert a prospectus, Sam preferred what he noticed, and Sam agreed to rearrange the financing for the challenge in return for a sixty % share of Pierson’s possession curiosity within the Membership.”[5]

Gilbert was indicted in Miami Four days after his loss of life.[6] His son Michael additionally was indicted.

The U.S. Authorities seized the on line casino in April, 1990, after a jury discovered that $12 million of the $22 million utilized in its building got here from Florida drug smugglers.[7] The membership’s earnings have been frozen and positioned in a particular U.S. Marshals account till the court docket held a civil listening to to find out which companions knew that the membership was constructed with drug cash.

George Hardie and The Park Place Associates possession have been exonerated in 1990, they usually regained their 35% stake.[8]

In July 1991 a Florida federal choose dominated that not less than one of many companions, former Los Angeles Westside banker M. Dale Lyon, knew in regards to the membership’s financing. Eight different companions within the LCP Associates, the partnership named for Lyon, Coyne and Pierson, agreed to forfeit parts of their curiosity within the membership earlier than the civil listening to started. LCP companions Julianne Coyne and former California Assemblyman David C. Pierson settled earlier than the civil listening to. In 1991, they agreed to surrender about half of their curiosity in LCP, which had a 65% stake within the on line casino.[7]

By the point it offered its share of the on line casino in 1996, the US authorities had made tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in revenue from its share of the on line casino. As a associate within the membership, the federal government additionally contributed to political campaigns to defeat the proposal to construct a rival card membership in Orange County.[9]

2017 raid[edit]

The on line casino was once more raided by federal authorities citing cash laundering as part of an ongoing investigation into some gamers utilizing the on line casino to change “soiled cash” for chips, then flip cashing these in for “clear cash.”[10]

Stay on the Bike[edit]

The Bicycle Lodge & On line casino was the primary brick and mortar on line casino to broadcast a stay poker money recreation over the Web in a program often called Stay on the Bike.[11] It runs 5 nights every week, and options poker execs, celebrities and common money grinders. The present has at all times had card graphics {and professional} commentary making it one of many longest working poker reveals ever.


The Bicycle Lodge & On line casino underwent a significant resort enlargement within the Fall of 2015. The brand new seven-story, 117,907 square-foot advanced now consists of stay leisure, gaming, cocktail lounge, brewery, health heart, sundeck with an out of doors bar, and plenty of locations to dine.[12]

In in style media[edit]

The Bicycle On line casino was featured in an episode of the TV collection Numb3rs coping with the homicide of a profitable card-counter, who coincidentally was additionally closely into bicycle residence restore.[13]

See additionally[edit]


  1. ^ “The Bicycle Lodge & On line casino”.
  2. ^ a b GLENN F. BUNTING and TINA GRIEGO – Miami Trial Provides Startling New Portrait of Sam Gilbert. Los Angeles Occasions, April 23, 1990
  3. ^ “Bicycle On line casino Overview – The Bike”.
  4. ^ GLENN F. BUNTING. Traders Face Excessive-Stakes Battle for On line casino Income. Los Angeles Occasions, Might 29, 1990
  5. ^ 44 F3d 888 United States of America v. Michael Gilbert
    244 F.3d 888 (11th Cir. 2001)
  6. ^ WILLIAM OVEREND and WILLIAM NOTTINGHAM – Sports activities Determine Is Indicted–Four Days After Loss of life. Los Angeles Occasions, November 26, 1987
  7. ^ a b Griego, Tina. Forfeiture Legal guidelines Give U.S. a Piece of a On line casino : Narcotics: Authorities now owns about 30% of Bicycle Membership in Bell Gardens, which was constructed to a big extent with smuggled drug cash. Los Angeles Occasions, August 22, 1990
  8. ^ Griego, Tina. Court docket Clears On line casino Supervisor and Companions : George G. Hardie and his monetary companions will regain possession rights to the worthwhile Bicycle Membership in Bell Gardens. Los Angeles Occasions, October 04, 1990
  9. ^ U.S. to Promote Share of Bicycle On line casino for $25 Million
  10. ^ Bicycle Lodge and On line casino in Bell Gardens Raided by Federal Authorities
  11. ^ LA Occasions: Constructing a $1-million poker recreation for ‘Stay on the Bike’
  12. ^ “Archived copy”. Archived from the unique on 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2015-03-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (hyperlink)
  13. ^ “Double Down”. 13 January 2006 – by way of IMDb.

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Coordinates: 33°57′59″N 118°09′58″W / 33.966312°N 118.166148°W / 33.966312; -118.166148

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