Cada’s poker room shuts down amid state probe

Cada’s Poker and Sports Grill in Sterling Heights has voluntarily closed its doors while an investigation into its liquor license is under way, the second charity poker room in Macomb County to shut down in recent months.

Both the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and the Sterling Heights Police Department are investigating the poker room on Hayes Road near M-59, which apparently had been selling liquor without a license.

“Until more information regarding that status, charities are not being scheduled there,” Michigan Gaming Control Board Director Rick Kalm said in a written response to an inquiry submitted by The Macomb Daily.

The poker room is owned by Patrick Bernhardt of Washington Township and Jerry Cada of Shelby Township. Cada is the father of Joe Cada, the Shelby Township resident who won the 2009 World Series of Poker. Neither Bernhardt nor Jerry Cada could be reached for comment.

Cada’s, which opened in the former Roosevelt’s Bar Grill, initially applied for a liquor license transfer in October 2011, according to LCC records. An investigation was completed, but the application was later amended in the summer of 2012. In September of last year, the file was “held for further commission consideration,” records show.

Sterling Heights City Clerk Walt Blessed said he recalls the City Council giving local approval for the transfer but the LCC did not.

On Oct. 17, 2012, the LCC scheduled the item for a commission meeting, but state records do not indicate if further action was taken. An LCC spokeswoman said she could not comment beyond what the records show.

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