Grand opening celebration at Hollywood Park Casino was top notch
October 25, 2016 3:10 AM
by Patricia Chavira
Hollywood Park Casino’s Grand Opening Celebration kicked off this past Friday with a red carpet event for dignitaries and poker executives from other casinos.
Ramy Wahba, director of casino operations, and his management team did an outstanding job during all phases of the transition – from the construction phase to grand opening. They have much to be proud of.
Los Angeles now has a poker showplace to rival any in the world, and this weekend Hollywood Park Casino firmly established itself at the top of the list of the best places to play poker in L.A. or anywhere for that matter.
Its proximity to Los Angeles International Airport in addition to being part of the first the part of the first phase of the City of Champions Revitalization Project means Hollywood Park Casino is poised to become the leader in California gaming. Not only is it beautiful, but I predict it will become the best place to play poker in California, if not the country.
As I have written before, the property is simply breathtaking. Designed by San Diego-based JCJ Architecture, the new casino spans 110,000 square feet with 125 gaming tables, a 20,000-square foot simulcast wagering facility with a private bar called the Turf Club and a luxurious high-limit room for Cal Games called the Golden Dragon.
Not only will you be playing in the most beautiful card room in the country, you will most likely find your favorite poker game as Hollywood Park Casino is experimenting with a mix of games that will appeal both to the recreational player and poker pro.
On Friday, you could play $20/$40 Hold’em, $20/$40 PLO and a $6/$12 mix of Big O and E.O. Stud 8 or Better. I have just started playing mixed games, and the $6/$12 is a perfect game to sit in if you are a beginner like me.
My husband, GamingToday columnist Robert Turner, played the $50,000 Celebrity Bounty Tournament on Saturday, October 22. He said, “The entertainment world came to support Rock the Vote at the Grand Opening of Hollywood Park Casino. The pros had a hard time as some of the celebrities had fun beating up the pros!”
The players chopped the prize pool 18 ways for $2,500 each with actor Peter Mackenzie from “black-ish” winning the tournament.
Leave all your preconceived notions about the old Hollywood Park Casino at the door as you prepare to enter the new era of L.A. poker.
Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: PatriciaChavira@gamingtoday.com