All the casinos in Los Angeles (other than Indian casinos) are player vs. player style games. That means no slots, roulette, craps and the like. Mostly, it’s Asian games (Super Pan 9, Pai Gow) and “California Games” (No Bust BlackJack, 21st Century Baccarat) and all types of poker games.
Most of the casinos have a “Corporation” which basically has unlimited money to cover the table for the Asian and California games. This means that when the “Corporation” is the bank, money will always cover your bet. That’s good if you win, and obviously, bad if you lose.
For more information on what benefits you get from each casino’s membership cards, see this article.
The Bicycle Club, often called the “Bike” is not the biggest but possibly the friendliest. If you play the higher limit poker tables, all food is free. Nice. They also keep expanding the poker area. Like Commerce, they have some big tournaments during the year but recently (2011) have cut back on their tournaments.
Caribe Casino (Closed since 2009?)
The smallest casino in Los Angeles by far. This place is smaller than a regular sized restaurant. There used to be some action when Craig was the manager but it seems to be dead these days.
7617 Atlantic Blvd.
Cudahy, CA 90201
They claim to be the largest poker casino in the world. I’m not sure if that’s true but it certainly is the largest in LA. It takes a long time to get table-side food so be patient. They also have a hotel there in case you get tired, and they have the biggest poker tournaments in LA during the year. If you want poker action 24/7, at almost any level, come here.