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Old 02-07-2019, 11:07 AM   #1
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Flying to LA in August..where should I stay and play?

I'm flying out for an MLS game vs LAFC. Where do you recommend I stay? Was thinking between Commerce and the bike.

I'm on the east coast and I play 1-2 NL (300 max). Looking for a room that offers something similar (I know you have some weird blinds lol) and is in a nice area to do touristy things.
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Old 02-07-2019, 11:37 AM   #2
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Re: Flying to LA in August..where should I stay and play?

Stay in Downtown LA. The bike is pretty nice. If you're going to Commerce be prepared for the riff raff. Commerce is weird, the buy in is 40 at 1/2 NL and you can rebuy for 60.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:02 PM   #3
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Re: Flying to LA in August..where should I stay and play?

Or.....do what I do. STAY at The Bike. Great Hotel, super feeling of security, wonderful hotel entrance, valet and service. The Bike Brewery is a decent enough restaurant. Full service Starbucks adjacent to hotel area and card room.
I've stayed here 6X. I cannpot report on the spa, or room service- but both are available and have heard nothing bad about either.

There are no other decent hotels in the area. I have also stayed at Commerce Hotel 3x, but my preference is The Bike.

The 2/3 300max NL is a good game, goes always. Next step up goes a bit less, table selection is limited. These tweo games will up in the Plaza area, to the right from the hotel.
Just to the left is the lower Buy-in area. Check out the bottom-fishers in the 80-120max 1/3 game- I often go here first before going upstairs. Its not uncommon to double-triple up quickly here to earn an extra BI for the 300max.

Drive to Banc of California Stadium will be time and day dependent. Rush hour times may make taking the streets your best option. Google Maps is your friend here. In any event, with no traffic I'd allow 45 minutes to drive and park.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:04 PM   #4
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Stay in Downtown LA. The bike is pretty nice. If you're going to Commerce be prepared for the riff raff. Commerce is weird, the buy in is 40 at 1/2 NL and you can rebuy for 60.
Saw on bravo that commerce would be starting a 200 buy in with 1/2 blinds. If that's a long term thing that sounds pretty good.

You recommend staying downtown and taking an uber?
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:06 PM   #5
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Or.....do what I do. STAY at The Bike. Great Hotel, super feeling of security, wonderful hotel entrance, valet and service. The Bike Brewery is a decent enough restaurant. Full service Starbucks adjacent to hotel area and card room.
I've stayed here 6X. I cannpot report on the spa, or room service- but both are available and have heard nothing bad about either.

There are no other decent hotels in the area. I have also stayed at Commerce Hotel 3x, but my preference is The Bike.

The 2/3 300max NL is a good game, goes always. Next step up goes a bit less, table selection is limited. These tweo games will up in the Plaza area, to the right from the hotel.
Just to the left is the lower Buy-in area. Check out the bottom-fishers in the 80-120max 1/3 game- I often go here first before going upstairs. Its not uncommon to double-triple up quickly here to earn an extra BI for the 300max.

Drive to Banc of California Stadium will be time and day dependent. Rush hour times may make taking the streets your best option. Google Maps is your friend here. In any event, with no traffic I'd allow 45 minutes to drive and park.
Will have to uber but will prob go early to tailgate with fellow away fans. Commerce is like 128/night and bike is 205/night. Wonder if it's worth the $$$ money especially if I stay 4 nights.

Live 15 miles out of NYC and haven't been to LA. Would like to check out downtown too
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:38 PM   #6
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Re: Flying to LA in August..where should I stay and play?

Does the Bicycle do a poker rate?
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Old 02-07-2019, 02:14 PM   #7
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Will have to uber but will prob go early to tailgate with fellow away fans. Commerce is like 128/night and bike is 205/night. Wonder if it's worth the $$$ money especially if I stay 4 nights.

Live 15 miles out of NYC and haven't been to LA. Would like to check out downtown too
There might be a few interesting things in downtown (like if you want to see Staples Center), but there really aren't that many reasons to go there. There are a lot of places to stay that are in more interesting areas - and might be right on the Expo Line - which is an inexpensive train that goes right by the stadium. Hotels on the west side - especially near the beach - are going to be more expensive, but being right by the beach is actually a lot more interesting than being near Commerce or the Bike.
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Old 02-07-2019, 02:41 PM   #8
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There might be a few interesting things in downtown (like if you want to see Staples Center), but there really aren't that many reasons to go there. There are a lot of places to stay that are in more interesting areas - and might be right on the Expo Line - which is an inexpensive train that goes right by the stadium. Hotels on the west side - especially near the beach - are going to be more expensive, but being right by the beach is actually a lot more interesting than being near Commerce or the Bike.
Interesting..didn't know that. Figured downtown was the place to be
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Old 02-07-2019, 03:58 PM   #9
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Interesting..didn't know that. Figured downtown was the place to be
Also, the train that goes by the stadium continues on and ends up downtown - you can get off at Staples Center which has LA Live. This is really just a location across from Staples that has a lot of restaurants- so it isn't a bad place go, but it isn't really anything special. At Staples you can see the statues of LA sports greats - like Magic, Kareem, etc. if that interests you, otherwise I'd only go if I was going to attend an event. And since there is no hockey or basketball in August I'm not sure what might be there.

The trouble with LA as a tourist destination is that it is very spread out and we have terrible traffic. What you might want to do is do a search for what to do in LA - and then find things that interest you and decide where to stay based on that. There are a number of cardrooms, but if you can play poker where you are I'm not sure you want to spend an entire trip out west (except for the soccer) to play poker. But then again, you might
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Old 02-07-2019, 10:52 PM   #10
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Re: Flying to LA in August..where should I stay and play?

I would give the opposite advice. I would stay in Manhattan, Hermosa or Redondo Beach communities rather than stay at any of the casinos, especially if you don't plan to get a car.
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:21 AM   #11
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in a nice area to do touristy things.
I suggest a seedy motel in Hollywood.

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Old 02-09-2019, 12:51 PM   #12
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Also, the train that goes by the stadium continues on and ends up downtown - you can get off at Staples Center which has LA Live. This is really just a location across from Staples that has a lot of restaurants- so it isn't a bad place go, but it isn't really anything special. At Staples you can see the statues of LA sports greats - like Magic, Kareem, etc. if that interests you, otherwise I'd only go if I was going to attend an event. And since there is no hockey or basketball in August I'm not sure what might be there.

The trouble with LA as a tourist destination is that it is very spread out and we have terrible traffic. What you might want to do is do a search for what to do in LA - and then find things that interest you and decide where to stay based on that. There are a number of cardrooms, but if you can play poker where you are I'm not sure you want to spend an entire trip out west (except for the soccer) to play poker. But then again, you might
This is mostly spot on. LA Live is completely soulless and is basically an even more sanitized Times Square, so a New Yorker wonít be interested.

There are other things to do downtown (some great restaurants and bars) but yeah it isnít the destination like it would be in almost any other city. I also recommend planning the trip more around what you want to see and do in LA vs planning around poker. No matter where you stay, youíre going to end up in a car quite a bit so you might as well stay somewhere somewhat desirable. Near the ocean is a good choice.

And the Expo line- which runs from Santa Monica to DTLA- will take you directly to the new soccer stadium.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:34 PM   #13
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Re: Flying to LA in August..where should I stay and play?

If you really want to get adventurous .. check out the 'Live at the Bike' schedule for that month (if it's out already) and try to get on their stream. I think it's hard to get on it for the smaller stakes games but it would be awesome (I hope) to watch yourself play poker! With it being so far out, you might have better luck getting on the list ... tell them why you are coming to LA and you may want to subscribe to their YouTube stuff as well. GL
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Old 02-13-2019, 05:50 AM   #14
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Re: Flying to LA in August..where should I stay and play?

I have stayed at Commerce twice and loved it, even though the Bike is a nicer room to play in. I've heard Bike is much nicer hotel, but for low stakes ballers Commerce is plenty nice. But Commerce and Bike aren't your only options for low stakes play. There's Hawaiian Gardens, Hollywood Park, Hustler, and some others spread throughout the town.

As mentioned, decide what you want to do other than poker and probably focus on that location. East LA (Commerce/Bike) is pretty isolated. If you are focusing almost entirely on poker, than Commerce is fine. If it's more general vacation with some poker mixed in, then I'd stay near a beach and make an evening out of a Commerce and Bike visit. They both are sights to behold. (I always valet my car there btw, and I doubt I've ever valeted a car anywhere else.)

Please know that traffic in LA is the most hellish part of your visit. Don't think you can just hop around town in 20 minutes, which is why I'd decide what kind of vacation you want to have and go from there.
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:01 PM   #15
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I'm flying out for an MLS game vs LAFC. Where do you recommend I stay? Was thinking between Commerce and the bike.

I'm on the east coast and I play 1-2 NL (300 max). Looking for a room that offers something similar (I know you have some weird blinds lol) and is in a nice area to do touristy things.
The Bike and Commerce are really inland on the east side of the city in crappy areas for tourists, so you don't want to stay there or nearby. And downtown LA is crappy for tourists as well. In August, you want to be by the beaches, like others have said. And just take trips to Commerce/Bike. You can go to both on the same day, they're only 4 miles from each other. The Bike has a 2/3 $300 buy-in game, and Commerce has really crappy structures below the 5/5 $300-$500 buy-in game. Closer to the beaches are Hustler casino and Hollywood Park casino if you want to play again but don't feel like travelling all the way to the Bike/Commerce from the west side again.
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