Bicycle Club Casino (Southern California)
7301 Eastern Avenue
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
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
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
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
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
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.