The Chula Vista City Council has approved the transfer of ownership of the Seven Mile Casino card room to La Jolla-based Stones South Bay Corp. The venue, formerly known as Village Club Card Room at 285 Bay Blvd., was previously owned by locally based VC Cardroom Inc.
The new holder of state gaming licenses for that location is part of Stones Group, which also operates Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights, near Sacramento.
A Stones Group statement said the family-owned company has purchased Seven Mile Casino but did not disclose financial terms. The ownership change is effective immediately.
Stones Group officials said the company has retained Steve Giorgi, a former deputy director of the U.S. Treasury Department, as a compliance consultant. Documents filed with the city indicate that Stones Group is owned by Rodney Stone, Ryan Stone, Masis Kevorkian and Kermit Schayltz.
What was originally known as Village Club opened in 1946 and operated for several years at 429 Broadway in Chula Vista, with games including poker, pai gow, blackjack and baccarat. It relocated to its current location in 2014, following a $3.7 million renovation and expansion of an existing building.
The current venue also has a full-service restaurant and bar and spans about 14,000 square feet. At the time of the 2014 renovation, operators said the expansion would make it among the largest non-Indian card room casinos in San Diego County.