If gambling is illegal, why are there casinos in Hawaiian Gardens?

When KCRW listener Chris Koenig drove past a couple of casinos less than 30 minutes outside of downtown L.A., she thought it was pretty weird. “Why are there casinos in Hawaiian Gardens and Bell Gardens?” Koenig asked Curious Coast. “I thought the draw to Vegas was due to no legal gambling here.”

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The Gardens Casino. Photo by Emily Mae Czachor 



Jenny Hamel