Poker Rooms in San Francisco

ButchButch Red Chipper Posts: 163 ✭✭
edited February 2017 in Off Topic Chat
I will be in San Francisco from tues 4/28 - sat 5/2 for work. I have never been to the Bay Area before and I will want to play some poker at least one evening. I generally play 1/2 but I'd be up for 2/5 if that is all that is going. I will need to get to casino from hotel via taxi or public transport. Do any locals have recommendations?
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  • Renato_LRenato_L Red Chipper Posts: 190
    There aren't any poker rooms in San Francisco itself. South of San Francisco, in the city of Colma/Brisbane, there is Lucky Chances Casino. Pretty decent action. it's about 10 miles from downtown sf. you can either take a taxi direct or take the BART to Colma station and take a taxi from there. further south in the san jose area you have the Matrix and bay 101. you'd definitely have to take a cab and it would probably cost a pretty penny.
  • Renato_LRenato_L Red Chipper Posts: 190
    There aren't any poker rooms in San Francisco itself. South of San Francisco, in the city of Colma/Brisbane, there is Lucky Chances Casino. Pretty decent action. it's about 10 miles from downtown sf. you can either take a taxi direct or take the BART to Colma station and take a taxi from there. further south in the san jose area you have the Matrix and bay 101. you'd definitely have to take a cab and it would probably cost a pretty penny.
  • ButchButch Red Chipper Posts: 163 ✭✭
    Thanks Renato_L. I'll plan on checking out lucky chances.
  • Eon137Eon137 Red Chipper Posts: 198 ✭✭✭
    Reviving this thread, since I was about to post a question similar to the OP. I'll be in SF for a few days on business, and might have a free evening to play. Looking for 1/2 or 3/5 NLHE. I've never been to SF, and have heard some games in California have a "particular twist" on the game. Any advice on best places to play, and what local customs to be aware of? I was thinking of checking out the Oak Card Club, since it appears to spread 1/2 NLHE. Anyone have experience or thoughts to share?

  • tfaziotfazio Red Chipper Posts: 819 ✭✭✭
    Lucky chances;
    There is low limit NLHE 1-2 or 1-3 I forget which that is full of short stackers with one move, all in. I bought in for max 200 and they gave me all one dollar chips. lol
    Tourney action is great and I'm sure there are better better higher limit games,
    Bay 101 is 1 - 2 - 2, 200 max 1 - 2 w 2 dollars on the button and 4 to go. plays like 2/5 with 50 BB.
    Great tourney action I'm sure the games are better at higher limits.
    Matrix has nose bleed games running I forget what the low limit games are.
    Bay 101 and Matrix are in San Jose about 45 min south of SF
  • ButchButch Red Chipper Posts: 163 ✭✭
    When I went in 2015, I played the 3-5 nlh at Lucky Chances. The game was lively and fun. I did not like the looks of the 1/2 game. They had some , for me, strange additions to the rules. Some preflop raise limits and with a kill. Whatever a kill is. But the 3-5 was same as east coast games I play. UTG straddle only. Straddle size only allowed 10.

    Side note: I wish I kept a couple of chips from Lucky Chances. Weirdest chips ever, strange color choices and strange material. Felt like porcelain.
  • persuadeopersuadeo Red Chipper Posts: 4,310 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Oaks is fun and spreads some interesting games. Great old time poker atmosphere.
  • derdonkerderdonker San Jose, CA USARed Chipper Posts: 124 ✭✭
    Lucky Chances just South of SF, Bay101 & Matrix in San Jose. Bay101 has 1-2-2 NLHE and 2-3-5 NLHE, where the first number is a button blind, and standard rules apply.
  • ButchButch Red Chipper Posts: 163 ✭✭
    @derdonker Not what I remember from 2015. 1-2 had some extra preflop weirdness that involved a Kill, which seemed to be a max raise size for preflop bets. The 3/5 game was as you say, standard 3/5 nlh. That's why I played 3/5.

    It's totally possible that I misunderstood the brush man. I only played there one time.

    What about the chips? Still a little unusual?
  • derdonkerderdonker San Jose, CA USARed Chipper Posts: 124 ✭✭
    @Butch I don't think Bay101 has a weird kill rule nor weird chips. That's at Lucky Chances, which you'll probably play at, given the closer proximity to SF. I'll probably play at all these places before you come out, so I can give you an updated synopsis before you land.
  • Daniel MDaniel M Red Chipper Posts: 4
    +1 for the Oaks. Great card room, fairly soft (at least at the stakes I play, which is 1-2). They allow a straddle, though, which I find annoying.
  • kerrizorkerrizor Red Chipper Posts: 70 ✭✭
    I logged more than a few hours at Lucky Chances, but only at 3/5 - played pretty normally. I never bothered with the 1/2 because honestly, the "white chip" nature of the game had me puzzled (..but then, I play 1/2 or 1/3 as if it were just short-stacked 3/5..)
  • derdonkerderdonker San Jose, CA USARed Chipper Posts: 124 ✭✭
    @Butch I've recently played at three SF Bay Area card rooms:

    Lucky Chances : 1-3NL (w/$4kill, like a straddle), 3-5NL ($500max in). Chips seemed fairly normal ($1 grey, $5 red, $100 white). Rake: $6 (including BBJ). 15min from SFO / SF city. You can use care / taxi / uber / lyft to get there. Use call-in wait list, held up to 1.5 hours, you rotate through list.

    Bay 101 : 1-1-2NL ($100-$300 in). 2-3-5NL ($200-$500 in). 2-3-5NL DS (Deep Stack. $1k+ in), 5-5-10NL (Wed, Fri) ($2k-$5k in). Rake $6 (no BBJ). 30min from SFO / 45min from SF. Near M8trix. You need a car to get there. Call-in wait lists only for 2-3-5NL DS or 5-5-10NL.

    M8trix : 1-2-3NL ($300 max in), 2-3-5NL ($500 max in). 5-5-10NL ($2k-$5k in). Rake $6 (no BBJ). 30min from SFO / 45min from SF. Near Bay 101. You need a car to get there. Use call-in wait list, held up to 1 hour. Attractive casino interior, and eye-candy waitresses.

    My opinion: Games are best at M8trix (softest) and Bay 101, then normal at Lucky Chances. M8trix is beautiful inside, has great food, and use the call-in wait list drive there. Without a car, stick to Lucky Chances. There are other card rooms around in the East Bay. http://www.pokeratlas.com/sf-bay-area

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