Commerce Casino is the largest card room in the world. It has over 240 tables for different kinds of table games. It is located a few miles south of downtown Los Angeles in the City of Commerce.
The casino is not the typical Las Vegas style casino where you play against the house. Players play against each other with one of the players acting as the bank. The bank goes around among the players; each player is given the chance to be the bank. This is the difference between a casino and a card room. The house serves as a host for these games; it provides the venue for the players. There are no slot machines.
Commerce Casino offers a wide variety of poker games including:
- Seven-card stud
- Texas hold ‘em
- Omaha Hi-Lo Split
Other card games include:
- Pan 9
- No Bust Blackjack
- 3 Card Poker
- Let It Ride
- Caribbean Stud Poker
- 21st Century Baccarat
- EZ Baccarat
- Pai Gow Poker
- Super Pan Nine
- 13 Card (Chinese poker)
The casino offers free poker lessons at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, also poker tournaments and off-track betting.
The casino is also a no-smoking venue unlike Indian casinos in the area.
It is home to several eating establishments including the following:
- Manhattan Deli Restaurant & Bakery, located in the main lobby of the hotel
- The Arena Sports Bar & Grill, located in the high-limit section and offers a variety of international cuisine, live entertainment, live sports and karaoke
- The Commerce Café, located near the main poker room offers traditional American cuisine and pastries.
- Tableside dining (which is odd, try playing with somebody eating something greasy and touching the casino chips, not very good)
- Buffet Restaurant
Most of the restaurants have okay food, and they are very reasonable.
I noticed that most patrons in the casino are Asians. This is the place to play poker if you are a poker player. The other card games requires a $1 every hand which I think is very expensive. That’s how the casino earns its money. It is okay if you win but not if you are losing which is more often than not. One thing I notice is the dealers are not very friendly.
In addition to the card room, the casino complex includes the 200 room Crowne Plaza.
Address: 6131 East Telegraph Road, Commerce, CA 90040
Their website is www.commercecasino.com
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