Hustler Casino is often marketed as “not what you would expect for a casino and everything you’d love.” It is a classic casino open 24 hours, seven days a week. The casino presents blackjack, three card poker, Pai Gow poker, and Texas Hold’em among other games for guests to play. There are more than 50 tables for poker and 30 for California style games. The casino gives players a chance to win progressive poker jackpots in a facility much like newer Las Vegas casinos. It is located 15 minutes from south Downtown Los Angeles and the Staples Center.
Hustler Casino is a Larry Flynt resort in Gardena, California. The casino opened in 2000 making it 11 years old as of June 22, 2011. It is owned by El Dorado Enterprises Inc and Hustler Magazine which are both owned by Larry Flynt. The casino earns $20 million annually, at least since 2007. When the casino was purchased from the El Dorado Club in 1998 Flynt spent $8 million. In 2007 the casino underwent an expansion to add the Crystal Room that serves as a card room, conference room, and poker tournament site.
From 1997 Flynt has been the host of the largest seven card stud game in the known world. In 2007 the game moved from his home to the casino. It has a $200,000 buy in with $1000 antes and stakes of $2000 to $4000. It is one of the highest stakes games in any casino. The game is always held in the main poker room floor. Often Barry Greenstein, Phil Ivey, and Ted Forrest are at the table. Chip Reese was another attendee until his death.
Poker at Hustler Casino is offered 365 days a year with various limit levels and stakes at the tables. There are fifty poker tables with Texas Hold’em Omaha, seven card stud and more. Some of these games have progressive jackpots in order to make the game play more exciting. As part of the game play there can be promotions offered during the year along with seasonal events.
Hustler’s management team is on hand for any questions or needs by the players. They work to ensure the gaming casino is safe, comfortable and the best choice around the Los Angeles area. The promotions and tournaments vary from month to month and year to year. Currently there is the Grand Slam of Poker, No Limit Pays to Play, Cash Back Rack, Poker Tournaments of varying buy ins, Bad Beat Pocket Aces, Double Jackpots, and $40,000 progressive jackpots.
Blackjack is another game among the 30 California gaming tables. Betting limits range from $5 to $2,000. Like the poker games there are tournaments, promotions, and giveaway events that will reward players for staying loyal to Hustler Casino. The Blackjack Lounge is open on Wednesdays through Saturday nights. It is a sexy lounge with friends and cocktails. Players can learn how to play blackjack or jump into a game. Many of the most beautiful women in Los Angeles hover around the lounge to be the dealers or servers. The bar is open from 6pm with tables open from 7pm to 3pm.
Among the California games are blackjack, Pai Gow poker, three card poker, easy poker, Pai Gow Tiles, California Baccarat, and Caribbean Stud. Promotions for these games include Bounce Back Early Week for Friday free bet giveaways, double luck cash giveaway, mid week bounce back, Pai Gow Poker $2,500 buy in, and more.
Pai Gow Poker is one of the oldest games in the world. It was brought from China as an ancient Chinese Tile game. The tile game is also played at the casino along with other variations. In all variations the goal to reach 9 is the same and beat the banker hand. For those who enjoy being traditional Pai Gow Tiles is the way to go. Pai Gow Poker is played with a deck of cards reminiscent of the version travelers took from China to spread around the world.
Caribbean Stud is another popular game at the casino and around the world. It was started on a cruise ship. From this point it quickly took hold in the world to become a desired table game at any casino.
There are weekly poker tournaments played six days a week. These daily tournaments can earn $3,500 to $10,000. Jackpots are part of these poker tournaments. There are also blackjack tournaments scheduled throughout the week that can be joined at any time. Hustler Casino also hosts annual tournaments every quarter such as the Larry Flynt’s Winter Poker Classic, Grand Slam of Poker and more. Schedules are available when players arrive at the casino or only for those who want to visit the casino.
In addition to some of the other tournaments there is Liz Flynt’s spring poker classic, Oktoberfest Fall Classic Tournament, Poker Challenge Cup, and much more. The dates can be found online for the annual tournaments. Joining in the tournaments will depend on the buy ins and whether one wants to play the game. For example Liz Flynt’s tournament is for No Limit Hold’em.
A lot of the tournaments including those for the daily win will have a $100 plus buy in. The games start at 3pm or 7pm Sunday through Thursday. A few of the tournaments will allow for re-buys. The starting chip at the table can be 3,000 to 12,000 depending on the game. Registration is open for the first four levels of play meaning one can register no matter their skill level. After the fourth level it will be down to the players who have the skills to continue at the tables until there is only one winner left.
Blackjack tournaments are scheduled throughout the year, but they are not always held on a weekly basis. It is possible to get into $2 blackjack games, $2 drink specials or $2 appetizer specials when tournaments are not being held or just in general as a loyalty club member.
There are two places to eat at Hustler Casino: Larry Flynt’s Bar and Grill, and Corky’s. The bar and grill is open Monday through Thursday 11am to midnight, Friday 11am to 2am, Saturday 4pm to 2am, and Sunday 4pm to Midnight. The bar and grill serves complete meals like Roast Prime Beef in a creamy horseradish and natural au jus. They also have New York Steak, Southern Fried Chicken, and Crispy Fried Shrimp Platters. Entrees are served with green salad or soup, rice, potatoes, and fresh vegetables.
Corky’s is open 12pm to 11:30pm Monday through Sunday. This is a snack and Sushi location for players who want to get a quick meal in a casual dining atmosphere. All snacks are freshly prepared in a place that is set up to chat, eat, and enjoy.
Shorty’s Gift Shop is a place to find logo apparel and other clothing for women and men. The gift shop is fit for souvenirs to remember a vacation or trip to Hustler Casino. Jackets, tee shirts, lighters, and much more can be found in the gift shop. Prices are what you might expect for a retail location. They also have some of Larry Flynt’s publications in the newsstand.
Hustler Casino is definitely reminiscent of Las Vegas posh hotel casinos with its marble, lighting, chandeliers, and atmosphere. It is a gaming atmosphere meaning there is often a high level of excitement at the table games. Unlike an Indian casino this location does not have any slot machines, so the bells and whistles of those machines do not exist.
Attendants walk around the casino floor to ensure that every guest is comfortable and that they have their needs fulfilled. Throughout the year different contests can be held to add to the atmosphere of excitement such as the tournaments or bikini contests. During Chinese New Year a celebration is often held with traditional Chinese costumes and music.
Hustler Casino has a reward program that is free to join. This program features plenty of loyalty bonuses for those who use Hustler Casino as their main location or even a place to play often. All one needs to do is visit the registration desk at the casino to fill out the application. Name, address, and play details will be garnered in order to make the loyalty program designed around those who wish to partake in the rewards. Rewards can be redeemed when it suits the player or on specific dates depending on the current promotion. Points can be used in the gift shop, Hustler retail store, Hustler Hollywood and Hustler location in Vegas. Points can also be redeemed for tournaments, meals, and games.
Players with this card will learn about VIP events, special promotions, tournaments, and contests prior to regular players at the casino. The card can also be custom designed to fit the players.