Bicycle Club Casino (Southern California)
7301 Eastern Avenue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(562) 806-4646

This used to be the main LA area casino, but is now not nearly as big of a player as the Commerce Casino. They still have 24-hour action with standard Limit games.

Commerce Casino (Southern California)
6131 East Telegraph Road
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 721-2100

This is the largest poker club in Southern California and features a wide variety of poker games. They commonly spread as high as $80-$160. If you plan on playing poker in Southern California, you must stop by the Commerce. This was also where a recent World Poker Tour event was held.

Hustler Casino (Southern California)
1000 W Redondo Beach Blvd,
Gardena, CA. 90247

A relatively new player in the Southern California poker market, the Hustler casino has quickly made a name for itself. It features a lot of Limit games and spreads the highest limit 7-Stud game regularly played in North America.

Ocean's 11 Casino (Southern California)
121 Brooks Street
I-5 East on Mission
Oceanside, CA 92054

They have Hold'em from low limits ($1-2, $3-6) all the way up to $20-$40. They also have low-limit Omaha and Stud games.

Bay 101 (Northern California)
1801 Bering Drive
San Jose, CA
(408) 451-8888

They have many limit games. The $20-40 game runs 24/7 and they often spread a $40-80 game. They also have a unique spread limit $20-200 game, with blinds of $10-10-20. Bay 101 is also hosting a World Poker Tour event in February-March of 2004.

Lucky Chances (Northern California)
1700 Hillside Boulevard
Colma, CA 94014
(650) 758-2237

Lucky Chances hosts one of the largest, if not largest, regular no limit ring games in the country. The blinds are $10-10-20 and the minimum preflop bet is $40. They also have many low- and mid-limit games (generally up to $20-40). The cardroom itself is also very nice, with a large Asian games section.

Palace Card Club (Northern California)
22821 Mission Blvd
Hayward, CA 94541
(510) 582-1166
High limit phone: (510) 582-1967

The Palace Card Club is not located in the nicest of areas, but spreads quite a few big bet games. They have No-Limit hold'em with $1-1-2 blinds (and a $5 kill) and a Pot-Limit Omaha game and pot limit Omaha hi-lo game with $5-5 blinds.

For a more detailed website about California cardrooms, check out Poker California. They have an extensive list of California cardrooms and provide both details and reviews of these poker rooms.