Where to play in LA?

RedRed Red Chipper Posts: 2,158 ✭✭✭✭
Hi everybody
Early 2019 a friend of mine, who is 0% into poker, invited me to visit her in Los Angeles. I'd like to take this opportunity to play some poker as well. I aim to play live NHLE 1/2$ - 1/3$, eventually 2/5$ if my bankroll allows a shot a it.

Which casino do you recommend to play in?

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  • RedRed Red Chipper Posts: 2,158 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2018
    Chibber wrote: »
    None of these casinos have a $1/2 game worth sitting in. The caps are too low.
    After that I've checked on pokeratlas (couldn't find the info on their website). Do I really understand right / is it really so, that these are 1/2$ games with MAX buy-in of 40$ (20bb) or 1/3$ with MAX buy-in of 100$ (33bb) ?!?
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,633 -
    Red wrote: »
    Chibber wrote: »
    None of these casinos have a $1/2 game worth sitting in. The caps are too low.
    After that I've checked on pokeratlas (couldn't find the info on their website). Do I really understand right / is it really so, that these are 1/2$ games with MAX buy-in of 40$ (20bb) or 1/3$ with MAX buy-in of 100$ (33bb) ?!?

    That is indeed the case. LA poker is unique. As Chibber points out, you need to at least play $2/3 to get a sensible(ish) cap. The good news is there is so much money sloshing around in SoCal that $2/3 and even $5/5 play no tougher than Vegas $1/2.
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  • RedRed Red Chipper Posts: 2,158 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks guys

    Pro: even Vegas 2/5$ aren't that tough; and 1/2$ are soft. So it should be easy money I guess.
    Con: to play 2/5 again... hmmmm I've to pump up my bankroll then.
  • itsgoldenitsgolden Los Angeles, CARed Chipper Posts: 50 ✭✭
    @Red
    I'm aware this is thread is from nearly a year ago but just came across it and wanted to add a few things.

    I agree with @Chibber and @TheGameKat that the 2/3 100-300 game at the Bike is probably the most reasonable low stakes game available in all of LA. Anything lower has ridiculous stack depth and rake.

    The bad thing about the 2/3 is that even when you buy in for a full $300/100BB stack there will be lots of people with 30-50BBs. So when you stack someone, you often don't double up.

    I tend to play the 2/3 but I wonder if I would be better off playing my $300 at a 5/5. I think @Leonard was referencing the 5/5 at the bike where the buy-in is 300-1000. Even though at a 5/5 my $300 are only 60BBs, most of the time each person at the table easily will have 60BB or more since they can buy up to 200BBs.

    @Red which game would you rather play? 2/3 where some players have 100BBs (maybe 1-3 players)? or 5/5 with 60BBs where everyone matches your stack or has more?



  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,633 -
    We have an article coming out next month on the LA poker scene and the oddities of wild, short-stack poker.
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  • ChibberChibber Red Chipper Posts: 377 ✭✭✭
    The LA games drop a total of $7 per hand by the river. Playing anything less than a $5 blind game is swimming against the current

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