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rdw4potus
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February 11th, 2012 at 8:45:34 AM permalink
I'm planning a trip to CA in March, and I've been researching California's cardrooms. It looks like about half of them are Poker-only, and are only open in the evening. I really don't play poker very much at all, but I do collect $5 chips. So, I have a couple questions that I'm hoping y'all can help me with:


1. Should I expect a cardroom spreading a $2/4 or $3/6 game to have $5 chips?
2. These rooms have 1-4 tables, and are in relatively well populated areas. Should I expect a wait to play?
3. I'll be in WA in July and/or Aug. Are the cardrooms there also dominated by poker tables?
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MathExtremist
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February 11th, 2012 at 8:58:37 AM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

3. I'll be in WA in July and/or Aug. Are the cardrooms there also dominated by poker tables?


No, it's about half and half (poker vs. house-banked). At least the ones in La Center were, last time I was there.
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February 11th, 2012 at 9:48:57 AM permalink
The poker rooms I have been to are all open 24 hours. They are a bit depressing but yes they will all have $5 chips at the "blackjack" tables.
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February 11th, 2012 at 10:00:32 AM permalink
This is going back in time quite a bit but two card clubs just a smidgen or so north of Seattle were 24 hour full restaurants as well as card clubs wherein players paid for chair rental by the hour and the dealer put out a stack of chips next to each players bet since the game was "dealer-banked" rather than house banked since in reality it was the banking company that hired the dealers.
JamieV
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February 11th, 2012 at 10:50:39 AM permalink
What part of CA you visiting?
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rdw4potus
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February 11th, 2012 at 11:34:33 AM permalink
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What part of CA you visiting?



I fly into LAX, drive to
Bakersfield and back. Fly to San Francisco, visit customers, drive to Sacramento and then fly home.
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February 11th, 2012 at 11:51:28 AM permalink
Most of the card rooms I've been to in Washington are "games of skill" - so like 3CP and BJ. Be sure to do research before you go to one.
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MrV
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February 11th, 2012 at 12:12:36 PM permalink
Don't forget, there's lots of Indian casinos in Washington, as well as the non-Indian card rooms.
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JamieV
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February 11th, 2012 at 12:54:02 PM permalink
I would avoid card rooms in CA. They are pretty boring and depressing. Unless you play poker, which you already answered. In NorCal...there are some indian casinos that have traditional casino games. Minus craps and roulette which use cards. I would try to avoid gambling in CA...there is much more to do out here than gamble. But if you must gamble, try an indian casino. Good luck and enjoy the weather whwn you are here!.
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February 22nd, 2012 at 5:54:10 PM permalink
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