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It replaced Normandie Casino. In , the Western Club opened on Western Avenue. Seven years later, the club was renamed the Normandie, and Russ Miller became owner. As the city of Gardena grew, so did the card clubs. Their license fees provided most of the money needed to operate the city.
During the s, Gardena boasted six luxurious card clubs. It was the only city in Los Angeles County to have legal gambling. It's pretty close to my house and one of the first places I every played poker. Had only played poker in a casino one other time in Vegas, and I rarely played Hold'em.
Hadn't read any books at that point and didn't know much about the game. I was lost, and did lose. But I had a good time and felt very comfortable in the room.
Nothing fancy, but it's very clean and safe. I played in a charity tournament about two months ago and they seem to be making a big effort to modernize the room. They are also spreading a lot more no limit games and featuring lots of weekly tournaments. Originally posted by lakong on Nov 21, I like this room. I play here quite a bit. The staff and dealers are all very friendly, the regulars are mostly good players, but there is plenty of money to be made here.
It's a pretty large room and the tables, chairs are all in great shape. The room looks old from the outside, but has been updated on the inside.
It's very clean, has plenty of flat screen TV's, electronic waiting boards, good food and most of all there is plenty of money to be made here. There is a restaurant and good food is served at the table. Nothing fancy, but reasonable prices, great comps and plenty of options. However, it doesn't take long to get a table. They do have bad beat jackpots and a comp program. There are two bad beat jackpots. A progressive one and non-progressive one. George Miller bought the casino, then known as the Western Club, in and it grew into one of the bigger card clubs in Gardena.
During the area's peak in the early s, most area clubs had 35 poker tables running each night, more than any casino on the Las Vegas Strip, Malmuth said. But competition started cropping up, including the Commerce Casino, which opened in , and the Bicycle, which had its grand opening the following year, and Gardena businesses started shutting down.
The Normandie tried to take advantage of the narrower field by offering new games such as pai gow and bringing in Elvis impersonators, mariachi bands and comedians to draw bigger crowds. The Normandie got a shot in the arm in , when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge struck down an law that outlawed "stud-horse poker," which was interpreted to include seven-card stud and Texas Hold 'em. Malmuth was at the Normandie during the first week it offered Texas Hold 'em and "it was packed," he said.
It's unclear what effect the Hustler had. City officials would not say how much each casino paid individually, but the report noted that "the Normandie Club has continued to struggle financially, with some periods of recovery. But players such as Natarelli said most serious gamblers preferred the Hustler, which did a better job of capitalizing on the Hold 'em trend by offering tournaments with bigger prizes.
The difference between the two casinos was stark on a recent Saturday night. At the Hustler club, the parking lot was almost full, with a uniformed guard constantly circling in a golf cart. Gamblers passed two BMW convertibles the casino was auctioning off before getting to the casino floor, where the sound of players clicking their chips filled the room and employees in black tuxedos paced the floor or brought gamblers drinks and food.