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December 3rd, 2013 at 8:48:04 PM permalink
State: California
City: Ridgecrest
Casino: Oasis


Today's chip of the day comes from the Oasis card room in Ridgecrest, CA. Ridgecrest is on US 395, between Sequoia National Forest and Death Valley National Park. It's a small town, with a population of about 30,000. Casino City doesn't list a table count for Oasis, and the club doesn't have a website. I played poker at Oasis, and there was at least 1 other poker table.

I can't find any pictures of the Oasis club. That's a shame. the club is in a kind of interesting area. It's across the street from a mall, but the building it's in is more commercial than retail.

My poker session at Oasis was short-lived. I sat for 2 rounds of blinds at a 1/2 NLHE table. I got terrible cards, but stole the blinds a couple times and left roughly even. I did have one tragic hand, where I played 33 to the flop, saw JKA and some betting, and folded. Want to guess what two cards came on the turn and river? Gah!!

My chip from Oasis is a yellow diamond mold. It's very basic, but it's in pretty good shape.

"So as the clock ticked and the day passed, opportunity met preparation, and luck happened." - Maurice Clarett
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December 4th, 2013 at 7:50:52 PM permalink
State: California
City: Oceano
Casino: Oceana


Today's chip of the day comes from the Oceana card room in Oceano, CA. Oceano is in San Luis Obispo county on California's Central Coast. The city is at the southern edge of San Luis Obispo Bay. The Oceana club has 3 poker tables and 1 blackjack table. Oceana opened in 2010, which makes it one of the newest card clubs in CA. It has lots of near/local competitors, but it was full when I visited.

Here's a picture of the property:



The image of the front of the property is relatively common for several of these tiny clubs. It's like they took a bar out of 1970 and made it a card club. I really like the heavy door and covered windows.

I played BJ at Oceana. The pace was quite slow, but the game was lots of fun. I've never seen anything like it - we were 50% watching the poker tables and 50% playing BJ. I made it through maybe 20 hands in 50 minutes. Really, the poker table was probably moving faster. I think the club had promo dollars to burn, because they were doing hourly high-hand and bad-beat jackpots and all the BJ guys would watch any/every time one of the conditions might be met (and any time there was a big pot).

My chip from Oceana is a red Paulson RHC. I really like the design of this chip, with the 4 suits in a circle surrounding the denomination.

"So as the clock ticked and the day passed, opportunity met preparation, and luck happened." - Maurice Clarett
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December 5th, 2013 at 9:20:41 PM permalink
State: California
City: Oceanside
Casino: Ocean's Eleven


Today's chip of the day comes from the Ocean's Eleven card club in Oceanside, CA. Oceanside is just off of I-5 at the northern edge of San Diego County. Ocean's Eleven has about 50 tables, including poker, blackjack, baccarat, UTH, PGP, and 3CP.

Here's a picture of the property:



Ocean's Eleven was a very busy and vibrant place. It's right off the highway - like RIGHT off the highway - and the parking lot was very full when I visited. I had to drive around a bit to find a spot. Inside, there was a poker room with sort of an offshoot that housed the other games. I played PGP at Ocean's Eleven. It's by far the fastest game I've ever played in. The game was the same as the version at the Lucky Lady, with all hands being set the house way. But, the dealer at Ocean's Eleven was insanely fast. Like one of those BJ dealers who is trying to break some sort of shoe depletion speed record, but with PGP. I think he'd have preferred if the players just didn't look at their cards at all, but most people at least picked them up and put them back down.

My chip from Ocean's Eleven is a red Paulson RHC. The inset extends out onto the hat & cane section. It features some palm trees inside of what I think is supposed to be a setting sun that's just broken the horizon line over the surf.



I'm not really sure whether Ocean's Eleven or Oceana should have been first alphabetically. The MOGH and Casinocity were split on the order, so I went with a before s. I'm not sure if the s really should have counted...
"So as the clock ticked and the day passed, opportunity met preparation, and luck happened." - Maurice Clarett
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December 6th, 2013 at 8:57:03 AM permalink
I'm almost certain that Ocean's Eleven is the only California card room that I have ever played in, and that was before I was actively collecting casino chips. I was working with a group of guys on a project at Camp Pendleton, and we were staying at a motel in Carlsbad. We drove within sight of Ocean's Eleven both directions on our way to/from work, so we stopped in there a couple of evenings. I remember playing some version of blackjack, and one night we joined a Texas hold 'em game for a while. I'm not a poker player, but that's what some of the others wanted.

I assume the name of the place is stolen from one of the films (Sinatra or Clooney?). I remember it as being a reasonably nice place that I wouldn't bother going back to.

As for alphabetizing the names, I think a big part of the issue is what sort rules you want to follow. Also, the apostrophe is likely as important as the "s". I tried an Excel sort and got the following sequence:

       Apple
       Ocean Eleven
       Ocean's Eleven
       Oceana
       Oceans Eleven
       Papa

Make of that what you will.
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December 6th, 2013 at 9:20:00 PM permalink
State: California
City: Santa Cruz
Casino: Oceanview



Today's chip of the day comes from the Oceanview card room in Santa Cruz, CA. Santa Cruz is at the north end of Monterrey Bay. The San Lorenzo River runs through town, and the city is on CA-1. The river cuts the town roughly in half, and Oceanview is in the western part about 1 block from the river and south of CA-1. The club is pretty small. There are 4 poker tables.

Here's a picture of the club:



I visited Santa Cruz twice in one day, and still partly/mostly struck out. The club's hours were frustratingly posted as open-close at the time (they now list defined opening times, 3:30-close, noon-close, 11:30-close, etc.). I don't think I've ever seen a business that isn't open until closed. That is a definitional statement. And it's a pretty crappy one to use when people from out of town want to stop by. I can say that "open" had not yet occurred at 1pm, and "close" had not yet happened at 9pm when I returned. Unfortunately, a wind-down was occurring at 9pm when new players were not allowed to join. I decided to try to buy a chip. There are $5 chips in the club's set, but all they had in the cage and in play were $1 chips (this also means that they don't use the $2 or $3 chips in the set). At any rate, I collected a $1 chip as proof of my attendance at the club and then headed farther down the bay.

My chip from Oceanview is a blue Paulson SCV. It's a pretty basic and well worn chip. It's almost as though these $1 chips are the only ones that the club puts into use, oh wait...

"So as the clock ticked and the day passed, opportunity met preparation, and luck happened." - Maurice Clarett
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December 6th, 2013 at 9:41:14 PM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

Casino: Oceanside


Oceanside? The photo says "Ocean View" (two words) while the chip says "Oceanview" (one word). Neither says "side" at all.

For the moment, I have put "Oceanview" in the directory, but I will certainly change that if you tell me it is incorrect.

Since I haven't visited these card rooms, my role here seems to have been relegated to that of a combined Editor/Critic. :-)
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December 7th, 2013 at 9:10:54 PM permalink
State: California
City: Cayucos
Casino: Old Cayucos


Today's chip of the day comes from the Old Cayucos card club in Cayucos, CA. Cayucos is on the Pacific coast in San Luis Obispo County. It's about 35 miles north on CA 1 from Oceano. The Old Cayucos card club has 2 poker tables. One was in use when I visited, and the other was quite snugly covered.

Here's a picture of the property:



This might have been my most memorable stop in CA. It was absolutely pouring rain when I arrived at 10pm. I had a hard time finding the club. As the picture shows, the building just says "saloon". I had to get out of the car and walk down the street to find the club by address, since I couldn't see anything in the rain. After a couple minutes, I realized that the "Saloon" was the Old Cayucos Tavern and Cardroom. When I entered the building, I was very thoroughly drenched. I don't think anyone had walked in for a while, because everyone looked up when the door opened. It was like that moment in a Western when someone may or may not begin a gunfight. There were about 20 people in the bar, including 4 people playing pool and 8 guys playing poker. Everyone else was watching one of those two things. I walked up to the bar and asked about the poker game. The bartender said it was "not in (my) best interest to try to enter their game" and motioned to the very rough-looking group at the poker table. I nodded and went over to watch pool and ponder my options. When I got to the pool table, one of the other lookers-on punched me in the stomach and said "hey! How you doing, you fornicating donkey?" (cleaned up...) Yeah, that dude thought he knew me but he sure didn't. I didn't really know what to do at that point. After a long day and not wanting to go out into the rain, I decided to go with it. We then talked for about an hour about random topics, with him all the while thinking I was his buddy. Then he left and one of the guys playing pool turned and said "so, who the hell are you really? That was epic..." Finally, I went back to the bar and asked about just buying a chip. The bartender decided he could let me buy a chip since I got sucker punched and paid for a couple beers.

My chip from Old Cayucos is a yellow Paulson SCV. It's very basic, with the name and address on one side and the denomination on the other. I'm not sure how much these chips are used. Like Oceanview, it appeared that Old Cayucos only put their $1 chips in play.

"So as the clock ticked and the day passed, opportunity met preparation, and luck happened." - Maurice Clarett
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December 8th, 2013 at 7:39:10 AM permalink
I don't think I will need any reminders not to go visiting the Old Cayucos on a rainy night.
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December 8th, 2013 at 6:29:13 PM permalink
There are so many good stories in this thread.
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December 8th, 2013 at 8:59:43 PM permalink
State: California
City: Atascadero
Casino: Outlaws


Today's chip of the day comes from the Outlaws card club in Atascadero, CA. Atascadero is an inland community in San Luis Obispo county. It's on US 101 between San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. Outlaws has 4 poker tables.

Here's a picture of the club:



I visited Outlaws on the same day as I visited the other casinos in SLO county. That was not a particularly good day. I lost, it rained, I got punched, and I failed to realize that the girl I had a crush on in high school (yeah, we're pretending there was only one...) is single and a resident of Atascadero. I visited Outlaws in the middle of the day's schedule. It was a little tricky because the club doesn't open until 5:30, but it's also physically at the beginning of the day's route. I drove a route that looks somewhat like an upside-down capital R in order to accommodate the stop at Outlaws.

My play at Outlaws was pretty brief. They were having a tournament, but dealt a cash game as players were trickling in for the tourney. I was able to play in the tail end of the cash game and I lost about $80, mostly on one hand. Turns out that when the small blind has 8J, a board of 876/8/4 is only good if the big blind didn't limp in with 95.

My chip from Outlaws is a red Paulson SCV. I like the look of this chip. The inset is quite small, and there's a wanted sign on one side. It seems to me like that's a nice touch for a chip from Outlaws.

"So as the clock ticked and the day passed, opportunity met preparation, and luck happened." - Maurice Clarett

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