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California’s King of Clubs: Haig Kelegian

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Oct 03, 2012


He cannot walk through any casino in Southern California without being recognized by dozens of players and employees. He is stopped by those who just want to say hello, shake his hand, ask advice, or share a story. He is not an actor or an athlete. Not politician or poker star. He is the Tommy Lasorda of casinos. The Dale Earnhardt Jr. of the felt. He is Haig Kelegian Sr. the most beloved figure in the history of California gaming. Haig’s track record of starting or turning around five historic casino operations in California, operating nearly 600 tables combined, is not a story of privilege or wealth. His journey is forged by necessity, strength, and determination. He has the uncanny ability to put all the pieces together and leave everyone at the table feeling good about what happened. Not bad for a guy whose motto is “Hard work overcomes a ...

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