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LA/Anaheim poker rooms

Discussion in 'Casinos and Card Rooms' started by snooptodd, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. snooptodd

    snooptodd Well-Known Member

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    Going to be in CA for work in early January and will likely have some spare time to visit some of the card rooms there. Will be staying in Anaheim for three nights, LA for one. Any thoughts on the best card rooms to play in?
     
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  2. bergs

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    Bicycle is a small but fun property. Poker is weird though. 1/3 is a $100 cap buyin and most people play whites (blues, in Cali rooms). I never really got used to it and moved to the 2/3 $300 max game which is considered a "big" game up on their stage. 4/8 limit was fun (O8 ran regularly).

    Never got over to the other rooms but wanted to. The Bike is smaller than you'd think but the rooms are very nice. Poker room is really half the bottom floor and is the main draw in the casino. It doesn't really compare to Mohegan or Foxwoods (not worse or better - just way different).
     
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    Visited Commerce Casino last night, played $4/$8 Big O with a kill for about 2.5 hours. It took me about 20 minutes to figure out the layout of the room, it’s a sprawling room with two sections, I initially walked into the higher limit area and went to three different sections in the “main” room before I found the games I was looking for. As bergs mentioned, the NL setup is kind of crazy with such short buyins ($40 for 1-2, $100 for 2-3 and $200 for 2-5).

    I’m not sure what the hell was going on at my table or if it was just because I was playing limit or if it’s property wide but the players at my table, with 1-2 exceptions, were the most miserable bunch of assholes you’ve ever met. They were incredibly rude and dismissive to the dealers and just plain nasty. I had to laugh when one guy lost a hand on the river when he had about 50% equity on the turn and he snapped at the dealer “You’re never going to get any tips that way!” As the guy who won 3/4s of the pot threw a chip the dealer’s way.

    Speaking of tips, thought the money management system was interesting. Each dealer travels around the room with their own tray. Tips go right into that tray so I guess they just do all the accounting at the end of their shift and they get the surplus.

    Rake is higher than I would have liked but not prohibitive ($5 max and a $1 jackpot drop), BBJ hits when quad 10s are beat and is active at Big O tables. They have a somewhat strange practice of immediately pulling in the SB once the hand is dealt and pushing $1 to the rake and $1 to the jackpot pool, which resulted in me folding my SB by mistake a couple times because I thought it was $4 to call and not $2 and also pushing out $4 to call when it was only $2 (they never enforced the 50% raise = a raise provision and I got the hang of it after a few orbits).

    Chips are Bud Jones I believe? Very similar to the BJ tourney set that the WSOP uses in terms of quality/feel. I’d say 1/25 had a metal coin inlay.

    But in the end, I go back to the feel of the table. Honestly it was maybe the most depressing session of poker I’ve played in my entire life and it had nothing to do with the outcome (I did end up down but not enough to hurt). The people were horrible and I left because I had no desire to be around them anymore. Obviously I’ve had great experiences playing in home games with some of the folks on this site as well as some other friends in various locations I have lived. And I don’t remember games in Vegas being this unpleasant. Sure there were some bad apples but not entire tables. Maybe that’s because I typically played with tourists and not grizzled locals most of the time and often at least a couple people were drinking. No one had a single beer while I was sitting and there didn’t appear to be a beverage service at all, only food (can’t be certain but I don’t think drinks of any kind are comped, not even water). I do remember some tables at Foxwoods being filled with horrible people, but most often it was a mixed bag.

    Given my remote location, I may only have the opportunity to play 4-5 times a year now, but I’ll be sure to spend that time playing with people who make the game fun. Obviously it’s not fair to judge an entire room by one table, but I certainly won’t be heading back to the Commerce at any point in this trip.
     
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    I didn't tell the story here before but my O8 table at the Bike was so miserable that 2 people got in a fight, the dealer through a handful of chips at a player, and the floor broke our table and threatened to '86 two of the players. Ridiculous. Not a fun place to play - glad I checked it out but wouldn't go back if I had a choice to play anywhere else.
     
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