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My review of the new Hollywood Park

ThehammahThehammah Posts: 7,090Subscriber
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.


Comments

  • ArenzanoArenzano Posts: 1,464Subscriber
    Guessing the games will be good at HP for the next few months.
  • RogerHardyRogerHardy Posts: 794Subscriber
    Ah, the faux wood board between the rail and the felt. They stole that lousy idea from the Monte Carlo.
  • chilidogchilidog Posts: 2,427Subscriber
    Re: hustler.
    I would nominate oceans11 for one of the toughest 5/5nl games anywhere. Sometimes the action can be fantastic , but there are so many full timers / pros / regs / props in that game , that during the non peak times the games can be terrible. Several new young pros have moved into these games in the past 6-9 months -- it doesn't help that it is the only good size card room within 70 miles. Also, the cap is $1500 which allows more pros to sustain. Usually the summer months after the wsop are fantastic with all of the travelers and vacationers in San Diego, but I just didn't see that this year. This year it just meant the return of all of the 10/25nl guys who lived in Vegas for the summer.

    I've played poker at many (over 120 card rooms in the US), and I have consistently thought over the years that the O11 5/5nl game is one of , if not the toughest games I've experienced at that level.

    Anyway -- thanks for the review of HP. I'd like to check it out at some point.
  • JKHJKH Posts: 835Subscriber
    I would like someone to rank the LA poker games from easiest to hardest at the 5 dollar blind level and 10 dollar blind level
  • pokertimepokertime Posts: 2,194Subscriber
    Ah, the faux wood board between the rail and the felt. They stole that lousy idea from the Monte Carlo.

    Those tables are the worst. Let's have 2 completely different surfaces with a hard edge in between on a table in which the purpose is for sliding cards and chips across non-stop.
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  • ThehammahThehammah Posts: 7,090Subscriber
    JKH wrote: »
    I would like someone to rank the LA poker games from easiest to hardest at the 5 dollar blind level and 10 dollar blind level

    so in general the shorter the game the easier. the deeper the tougher. this is because this will attract better players the deeper you play.

    will this mean Hustler is always bad? no way. it also means more bet fold spots.

    so commerce and hollywood park has more players that I would put in the rec category. It also means that because its a 100bb buy in game your max win rate will be less and your swings can be bigger as more hands have shorter sprs.

    all of this said I would still like to play the 3-500 at HP but when I am there I tend to play the 20-40 limit oe game.
  • MikeGMikeG Posts: 989Subscriber
    edited September 2016
    I think I'm a pretty solid O8 player, but basically only know the rules for stud8. I wonder how long it would take me to get good at stud8. Those mixed games always look so juicy.
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  • ThehammahThehammah Posts: 7,090Subscriber
    MikeG wrote: »
    I think I'm a pretty solid O8 player, but basically only know the rules for stud8. I wonder how long it would take me to get good at stud8. Those mixed games always look so juicy.

    it would take you a while. i learned by playing for 18 hrs a day online when i had my shoulder surgery. but bovada doesnt spread anymore.

    there is a 6/12 at bike w bigo and I think a similar structure at HG.

    there are a couple of books you can read that will help. then start playing. cuz they are juicy.

    a gauge of a good game is when there are more than two way stud8 pots. ie not always heads up. last night it was consistently three four ways to the river.
  • MikeGMikeG Posts: 989Subscriber
    Yeah. That's sort of the problem. I would be giving up a lot of opportunity cost until playing 20-40 or 40-80 and I'm not sure if it is worth it. But, I always think of Limon's admonition that a poker pro has zero excuses for not being able to play every game in the room.
  • ThehammahThehammah Posts: 7,090Subscriber
    MikeG wrote: »
    Yeah. That's sort of the problem. I would be giving up a lot of opportunity cost until playing 20-40 or 40-80 and I'm not sure if it is worth it. But, I always think of Limon's admonition that a poker pro has zero excuses for not being able to play every game in the room.

    Then why not just a little poker vaca for a few hours? When you are at Hollywood Park or Hawaiian Gardens and you dont think the NL games are all that good pick up. Go play the OE game.. It might take you a bit long but I will guarantee you will enjoy the challenge..

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