Casino: Table Mountain
Sorry to hear your bad experience there. That is pretty lame them trying to stiff your SF bonus. I was there once and other than the smoke I had a pretty good experience. Each dealer had their own toke box and they were professional overall. I drove up to Mono Winds first and found out there's no more tables then drove down to TM. I'm in Fresno now for a bit longer and TM is closest to town. I might go again before I skip town.
I don't know why there is no card craps at any of the 3 indian casinos in the area (Chukchansi, TM, and Tachi).
Oh and a note on the name, while driving through the area I saw hilltops that had rocky rims and thus appeared to be flat on top (or it is really flat on top idk).
Quote: rdw4potus (regarding the Tagus chip he got at the Sundowner)
There have been a couple times when I've received a chip at one casino from a physically connected property (Bucky's/Cypress Bayou, Gold Creek/Double Eagle) but this is the only time I've received a chip from a physically distant - and closed - casino. I don't think this would be allowed in most places, but California's lack of regulations/regulators allows it to happen.
I've seen that a buuunnnch of times on the Caribbean islands. Those casinos don't seem to care whose chips they use! Sometimes the chips come from another casino on the same island and sometimes from a casino on a different island. I recently picked up a chip (to be posted here some day) at one of the island casinos, and it has the name of a closed casino that was more than 2,000 miles away in South America.
In most of those cases (all, I think), I have posted the chip under the name of the casino that it says on the chip, then explained in the post just which casino was using it in play. When they manage their chips that way, it's hard to figure out the best way to catalog them. When I get around to posting my latest batch of Caribbean chips, I'll have some strange tales to tell.
Casino: Thunder Valley
Today's chip of the day comes from the Thunder Valley casino in Lincoln, CA. Lincoln is northeast of Sacramento, north of I-80 and east of CA-65. It's in the Sacramento metro area, but it's quite far from the City of Sacramento. Thunder Valley has 2,700 machines and 134 tables. The gaming floor is 145,000 square feet, and the property also has 10 restaurants, a spa, and a hotel. The casino has a LOT of games, which I suppose is not surprising with 134 tables. Offered games are: blackjack, baccarat, card craps, card roulette, 3 cad poker, 4 card poker, mississippi stud, let it ride, ultimate texas hold'em, pai gow poker, blackjack switch, and dealer bluff poker.
Here's a picture of the property:
I was very surprised by Thunder Valley. I'd been driving across from the Bay Area, and I'd visited I don't even know how many small card clubs in a row. I knew this was a tribal casino, but I didn't know how big or upscale it was. So driving up to it was quite the experience. The gaming floor is huge. There's a lot on it, but it's big enough that it doesn't feel at all cramped. All the touches were high-end and consistent. There was no real theme, other than "hey, this stuff is nice!" It kind of reminded me of Green Valley Ranch. The only real drawback was the smoke. With a ceiling that high and a floor that well spaced, I was surprised to notice it at all, but the whole room smelled of stale smoke. I almost wonder if there was an HVAC issue at the time I visited.
I played 3 card poker to collect my chip. Usually, if I don't play BJ, PGP, or UTH, I note why I didn't play one of those games. My notes here just say 3CP 20 min +$55. I have absolutely no recollection of the session. I did visit on a Saturday night, so maybe there was no room at those other games. (though, on 134 tables, it's hard to see how every BJ table could be filled).
My chip from Thunder Valley is a red Paulson RHC. I like the casino's logo. The logo, including the full-color version (below) is shown in several places throughout the casino.
Casino: Thunder Valley
I think this complex is one of the main reasons Lake Tahoe's casino's are suffering so badly.
Casino: Cameo Club
Today's chip of the day comes from the Cameo Club in Stockton, CA. Stockton is a commercial and industrial hub with a population of about 300,000. It's on the San Joaquin River, and there's a large port and rail terminal. It's also where I-5 and CA-99 run close enough together that they're both in town. The Cameo Club is pretty small - 2,000 sqft and 10 tables, mostly poker but also BJ, 3CP, and PGP.
Cameo Club is perhaps most famous for an unfortunate viral story regarding the restaurant. Turns out a server listed the "customer" on a tab as "fat girls" and that caused an uproar. When I looked for pictures of the casino, 99% of what I found were pics of the check and pics of the girls. I did find this cute pic of the sign:
I played blackjack at Cameo Club. It's a 21st Century BJ game. They really want the game to move fast. I'm a pretty quick basic strategy player, and I couldn't keep up with the dealer's desired pace. After a few hands, we were mutually frustrated (to the amusement of the corporate player) and I left.
My chip from Cameo Club is a Paulson RHC. It's red, and it features a globe that's centered roughly on the Caribbean. I'm not sure of the reason for that.
Sorry about the late reply, but I am just now trying to catch up on this thread. This card room used to be behind its current location next to a Chinese resturant. Now it is located in the previous home of Naughty Nicks. It was a pizza place with pool tables and tons of arcade games. It was the place to hang out when I was a kid. Went to a lot of birthdays parties there as a kid. Surprisingly I have yet to visit it although I guess I should to add a chip to my small collection
Casino: Thunder Valley
Placeholder. Away from home so I'll try to post the $1 at a later time. I agree the indian casinos have pulled away a lot of business from Reno/Tahoe. I visit Reno from time to time and it's pretty dead except for holidays.
Casino: Turlock Poker Room
Today's chip of the day comes from the Turlock Poker Room in Turlock, CA. Turlock is between Modesto and Merced on CA99. The Turlock Poker Room has 12 tables, including blackjack, pai gow poker, spanish 21, 3 card poker, and ultimate texas hold'em in addition to the poker ring/tourney games.
Here's a picture of the club:
I visited Turlock on the final leg of my loop from San Diego to San Jose and back. I played blackjack at Turlock. My $60 turned into $100 in a little under 10 minutes, and I was happy to color up and run off to the next stop at that point. At this point, I was about 90 minutes behind schedule and gaining time back. Shortly after this stop, the wheels utterly came off and I was barely able to get back to San Diego at all before my conference started the next morning.
I thought Turlock was a cute little town. The interweb tells me the population is 65,000. It didn't feel nearly that big. I suppose I had that reaction about many of the cities in central CA. They just feel like small towns - quaint downtowns, strip malls, neighborhood shops. Modesto and Merced both also felt smaller than they are.
My chip from the Turlock Poker Room is a red Paulson RHC. Both of the reversed canes are within the black inserts, which makes them pretty hard to see on the image. The chip features the property's logo, which is a heart with a crown on it.
I wonder about the population figures too. Are there "suburbs" a ways off the main highways?
I also wonder where the folks who work in Jean or Primm live. Do they commute from the Las Vegas valley everyday, or are there actually homes in those somewhat remote, "towns"?
City: Chula Vista
Casino: Village Club
Today's chip of the day comes from the Village Club card room in Chula Vista, CA. Chula Vista is between San Diego and Tijuana. The name means beautiful view, and some of the views in town are pretty spectacular, especially out into the Pacific or North to downtown SD and Coronado. The Village Club is pretty small and has blackjack, baccarat, and paii gow poker in addition to various hold'em and omaha games.
Here's a picture of the club:
I played BJ at Village Club. Their game is a no-bust variant, and my brain just doesn't work that way. I physically can't handle not losing on a busted hand. I twitch. Oddly, the same reaction doesn't happen when natural blackjacks pay 6:5 or 1:1 or when an ante is required. Must be that serum that Paigowdan gave me...
Village Club is right in the middle of downtown Chula Vista. It was busy when I visited, and access was quite easy even though parking was limited. This part of Chula Vista is too flat and too far from the beach to have any of the beautiful views that the city is named for. And, there was a lot of dust in town. I don't know what was up with that. I've always thought of San Diego as a relatively lush city and it's rained every time I've visited (well, except for the time it snowed...) but Chula Vista was dusty like Yuma and El Centro were dusty.
My chip from Village Club is an orange Paulson LCV. The chip features an image of a wheel flush in spades. The chip cleaned up very well when I scrubbed my collection last spring, and it has a very nice rounded edge. Based on how busy the club was, I can see how/why that rounding occurred.