As many of you know, the NFL is back in town and the owner bought Hollywood Park two years ago and is building the new stadium there.. BUT before they could completely tear down the grandstands they needed to move the casino to a new location on the property. That opened on Wednesday. So now they can tear down the final piece of the old structure and start on the stadium, hotels, shopping etc.. All are supposed to be finished by 2018-2019..
So how was the new casino? Here are my thoughts:
-now on century blvd and has a beautiful entrance with a real parking garage and valet close.
-Inside it looks like modern styling ala any nice vegas casino
-Its big with alot of tables for both poker and cal games..
-Chairs are nice and comfy
-Food is always really good
-There seemed to be 2 more 5/10 games going with many of the "LA action players"
-There seemed to be 1 more game of the 300-500 NL games...
Now the ugly
-The tables are horrible.. high railing and some stupid faux wood trim between the felt and the railing.. making an uneven level where your chips are .. obviously no one who plays poker designed these.
- NO BRAVO!.. wtf.. they spend millions on a new casino and dont hook up to Bravo? So are they just expecting the hoards to just come over??? so dumb
- High limit area is packed with too many tbls.. ALA Bellagio
- High limit area is rather noisy. The ceiling is the lowest there yet no dampening on walls.. Someone yelling at one table is like screaming in ones ear.
-Food is slow. They put the kitchen off to one side so in the high stakes area they have to put in on carts to bring it over. This takes longer
Bathrooms- No auto toilets, no auto faucets and no auto paper towels. a bit surprised given we are in a drought
-There is now a dollar limit on free food in the top section, I heard from $14 a day to $14 an order.
Will I go back? yeah for sure.. It has a good variety of game and I really like the 20/40 mix game (omaha8 and stud8). Bart asked me to rank the new LA casinos and its now this I think:
Hawaiian Gardens by far is nicer.. especially the top section.. very roomy and quiet..
Hollywood Park -just cuz its newer and looks nice
The bike- It would have ranked higher but the games there are so dead why would anyone go?
Hustler- A classic with good food and good games albeit the 5/5 is way tougher there than anywhere on the planet I think..
Commerce - a distant distant last place.. the ONLY reason to goto commerce would be because you like the games there..
I would like to see what and how both the Hustler and especially the Commerce respond to the now real competition for players.