Playing poker in California and Nevada differs in many ways with pluses for both poker markets.
Two major benefits of playing in Nevada is the cost of living is much cheaper and collections are half that of California.
However, California has all the action you could ever want and making money is easier in California. California seems to be the favorite among pros.
A new policy instituted in Southern California will see card rooms put reward money on player cards based on play. Look for players to receive up to $6 an hour to play.
Commerce Casino, the largest card room in the world located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, features more than 200 tables offering non-stop poker action for all skill levels.
Jeff Harris, VP Casino Manager, outlines the benefits of the new poker rewards program: “While we made changes to our Top Section comp program, we now offer our customers $2 an hour in rewards points. We also offer Double Points for 9 hours throughout the day. “
Jeff continues, “With the industry now offering programs that reward loyalty rather than open comps, we are constantly tweaking and adjusting our program to make it as attractive to the SoCal Poker player as possible.”
At the Bicycle Casino, Mo Fathipour, the Tournament Director, describes the new comp system. “In top section we are paying the first 25 scans $50 and after that $2.50 per scan.”
Hollywood Park Casino, located 10 minutes from LAX, has one of the most lucrative cashback programs paying $2 per hour in Omaha games and up to $6 an hour in select games.
Pechanga Resort & Casino, the largest casino in California located in Temecula’s wine country, has some offers worth driving out for.
Richie Lopez, Pechanga’s Poker Room Manager, explains some of the deals Pechanga offers poker players in its 43-table poker room, such as free meals after 3 hours of play on Wednesdays, pot sweeteners and freeroll tournaments.
Richie says, “Last year, we gave away more than $1.3 million in just promotional winnings including cars, trucks, Vespa scooters, cash and other value-added giveaways. Players also like us because at $4.00, we have the lowest rake in the entire region. This puts more money back in your pocket.”
Las Vegas offers a great weekend getaway for California players to take advantage of the discounted room rates for hours played and the great tourist action.
When I am looking for places to play, I look for casinos that spread Omaha. Three of my favorite poker rooms in Las Vegas offer some of the best Omaha action anywhere.
The Orleans Hotel and Casino poker room, home to some of the best Omaha games in the country, has been a favorite among locals and visitors for many years due to their outstanding Hold’em and Omaha action.
The Orleans hosts the Omaha “Play Your Way In” Tourney where the top 80 hour earners in April will qualify to play in an Omaha Hi-Lo tournament with over $20,000 being awarded.
According to Garrett Okahara, the Poker Room Manager at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, “Orleans poker players earn 750 TG points every hour. This equates to $1.25/hr. when used in all Orleans restaurants/food outlets.”
Boulder Station features one of the few limit high Omaha games around. According to Steve Deuel, Director of Poker Room Operations, this games features “pots so big that small dogs can’t jump over them.”
Boulder Station also offers $1.00 an hour in comps 24 hours a day and $500 Omaha High Hands Sunday, Monday and Thursday.
The largest poker room in Las Vegas, the Sands Poker Room at the Venetian, offers $2 per hour in comps for any game that can be used for food comps, table side massages or as entries into a poker tournament.
According to Tommy LaRosa, the Venetian’s Tournament Director, they offer some of the best discounted rates for their suites when you play 6 hours of cash game play per day or play in a $300 buy in or above tournament.
From the players’ point of view, it is getting very competitive out there, and it is up to the players to decide what comps are most valuable to them and how they contribute to their power to earn.
If you are an everyday poker player, some of these perks can be worth up to $1500 a month. As I said in Part 1, it’s all about earning.
I have traveled all over the world playing poker and there are great rewards everywhere, but what sets poker rooms apart from one another is customer service and the action in that room.
I would love to hear from you about what brings you back to a particular room. Email me at email@example.com. I may use your suggestions in a future article.
Robert Turner is a legendary poker player and billiards/casino marketing expert. Robert is most well known for introducing the game of Omaha poker to Nevada in 1982 and to California in 1986.
He also created Legends of Poker for the Bicycle Casino in 1995 and Live at the Bike, the first live gaming site broadcast on the Internet in 2002.
He has over 30 years experience in casino marketing and player development. Find Robert on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thechipburner and on Twitter @thechipburner. He can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for consulting and teaching.