Hollywood Park Casino has a future in Southern California
September 30, 2014 3:00 AM
by Robert Turner
When you hear the name Hollywood Park, it conjures up images of the legendary racetrack founded by studio moguls the Warner Brothers where the biggest Hollywood stars flocked to watch Seabiscuit win the inaugural Hollywood Gold Cup in 1938.
Today the racetrack may be gone, but Hollywood Park Casino is in the midst of a major revitalization that will transform it into the premier casino and entertainment destination in Southern California.
While the complex undergoes a physical overhaul, the management at Hollywood Park is committed to making the transition as smooth as possible with some of the best deals in town.
At a time when many Los Angeles-area card rooms are raising their collection rates, Hollywood Park is giving money back to players. For instance, players earn $6 per hour in the $8/$16 game. That’s unheard of.
Another unique promotion is the cash spin where you spin a wheel for the chance to win up to $1,500 once you reach a qualifying number of hours of play. From No Collection Blackjack and Baccarat to free valet parking, Ramy Wahba, the new casino manager, is always thinking of innovative ways to put players first.
With over 25 years of experience at Commerce Casino, working his way up from a food server to the management team, Ramy was chosen to lead HPC into the future by General Manager Deven Kumar. Add Ramy’s experience to a management team that brings over 250 combined years of gaming industry expertise, and you get a deep well of ideas from which to select the best ones to implement.
With a planned state-of-the-art casino and entertainment complex located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles and five minutes from LAX in the city of Inglewood, California, Hollywood Park Casino is situated both to serve its current player base and draw in a new type of patron.
You can play No Limit anywhere, but Hollywood Park is focusing on bringing back Seven Card Stud, Mexican Poker and Omaha poker games, and building the best $40/$80 limit Omaha game in California. In keeping with this new focus, a new weekly Omaha tournament has been added to the schedule every Saturday to go along with the no limit tournaments offered daily.
Hollywood Park Casino has partnered with the Card Player Poker Tour to present the Westside Poker Championship from Oct. 17 to 26, which features a $100,000 guarantee Championship event for a $340 buy-in.
According to Corey Silver, HPC’s tournament director, “The thing that makes us different is we offer players one of the most generous tournament structures. We want to give the players the opportunity to play poker and have a great time. Tournaments are all about skill; the more chips they have, the more skill they can use.”
A variety of new California games are also offered, including Party Craps, which is a Las Vegas-style craps game using cards instead of dice. A new addition to the schedule is a blackjack tournament with a $2,500 guarantee.
Another staple at the casino is a Pai Gow Poker tournament held every Sunday with a $2,500 guarantee. Hollywood Park is the only place to offer it.
According to Redonda Kilpatrick, floor supervisor of California games who has been with the casino since it first opened, the tournament is popular and draws an impressive turn-out.
The off-track betting facility draws hundreds of bettors per day to bet horses and play cards. These customers have a management staff that understands what gamblers want and need to enjoy a winning experience.
One of the biggest challenges for the casino will be operating optimally while under construction and still being able to provide outstanding customer service. The team is ready.
With innovative and forward-thinking initiatives, Hollywood Park Casino is poised to become a leader in the California gaming industry.
Robert Turner is a legendary poker player and billiard marketing expert, best known for inventing the game of Omaha poker and introducing it to Nevada in 1982 and to California in 1986. In the year 2000, he created World Team Poker, the first professional league for poker. He has over 30 years experience in the gaming industry and is co-founder of Crown Digital Games. Twitter @thechipburnerRobert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.