If you have played poker in Los Angeles for any length of time, you are familiar with the tent that was known as Hawaiian Gardens Casino. That tent has been demolished, and the new $90-million Gardens Casino is now one of the most beautiful card rooms in the West.
From the moment you enter the new 200,000-square-foot property, you are seeing the future of LA poker. To compete today, it’s not enough to maintain an aging facility. It’s imperative that card rooms today be comfortable, aesthetically-pleasing and amenity-filled to appeal to today’s new poker-playing demographic; and the Gardens Casino has it all.
The two-story building not only has the room for more than 300 tables (which would make it the largest card room in the world when it is at its full capacity), but also features a 12,000-square-foot meeting and events space to host a variety of public and private events.
Guests will appreciate The Restaurant at the Gardens Casino, a premium casual stop that features a variety of cross-culture fusion foods that is sure to appeal to every palate. The Restaurant is also home to the Sunday Champagne Brunch for $22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., while the adjacent bar has 24 beers on tap and hosts Happy Hour every day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For the high rollers, the VIP section is a beautifully-appointed space decorated in warm browns with TV’s surrounding the room and giant backlit cards dividing the circular space from the main floor.
For regular players like me, the casino will be hosting the 6th Annual Gardens Poker Classic Sept. 16-30. This annual tournament will be part of the Southern California Poker Championships (SCPC) held in conjunction with the Commerce Casino, Hustler Casino and Bicycle Hotel & Casino, which will culminate in a $3 million guarantee for a $350 buy-in. Visit thegardenscasino.com for more information.
As I was waiting to go on my tour, I had the pleasure of sitting in an insane $8/$16 Big O game. When I went on my tour with the director of casino operations, Nancy Grout, and assistant director of food and beverage, Damion Marshall, I was given an insider’s view of the casino.
I am happy to report that not only is the new Gardens Casino visually stunning, but it is as action-packed as ever. Check it out for yourself.