Normandie Casino is a cardroom located in Gardena, California. It is the only original Southern California card club still in existence today, and the last remaining. Jan 22, · A man places a bet at a pai gow poker table at the Normandie Casino in Gardena, in a file photo. (Los Angeles Times). Jan 06, · Normandie Casino, Gardena: See 7 reviews, articles, and 12 photos of Normandie Casino, ranked No.6 on TripAdvisor among 13 attractions in VAND-CUMPAR.EU: Call.
Why the Normandie Casino in Gardena may be hitting its limit
Poker generates relatively low revenue for casinos, which can either take a cut of tournament fees or charge players to play in cash games. The casino is also host to a luxurious V. The six clubs of poker that made up the Gardena landscape are now just a memory, and if Larry Flynt takes over the Normandie Casino, the last of the original six, a poker era will varnish forever. Robert is most well-known for creating the game of Omaha poker and introducing it to Nevada in and to California in It is the only original Southern California card club still in existence today, and the last remaining of the "Original Six" cardrooms in Gardena.
By Jason Song May 15, 3: If he wasn't winning, he'd simply leave and walk to one of the other five card houses nearby, hoping his luck would change. But when he was playing in a poker tournament at the Normandie, the last of the original six casinos, several years ago, Natarelli looked around at the worn furniture and sparse crowd and came to a sad realization. Advertisement "Normandie is on its last legs, too," he recalls thinking.
Natarelli might be right. Last week, state officials voted to revoke the gambling licenses of several members of the Miller family, which has owned the casino since , after they pleaded guilty to shielding several high rollers from federal reporting requirements and violating the Bank Secrecy Act. The Millers now have days to find a buyer or face closing their business.
The privately held casino's finances are unclear, but it has been on a losing streak, observers say. The Normandie benefited from changes to L. The first real sign of trouble may have been when the Larry Flynt-backed Hustler Casino opened less than two miles away in , skimming away patrons with more modern facilities. Combined with a lull in the nearly decade-long Texas Hold 'em craze, which has led gambling houses to close poker rooms nationwide, the odds weren't in the Normandie's favor, observers say.
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.
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If this happens, the Gardena poker legacy will be gone, and all that will be left is one corporation controlling the remaining two. The six clubs of poker that made up the Gardena landscape are now just a memory, and if Larry Flynt takes over the Normandie Casino, the last of the original six, a poker era will varnish forever. As I reflect back, it has occurred to me that I managed four of the six casinos in Gardena, a small city ten miles outside Downtown Los Angeles.
The Horseshoe Club Some were very famous for their play while others were notorious for having a shady past like Shoeshine Nick. Legendary poker author Mike Caro was also part of Gardena history.
You dealt your own cards, which was fine, but so did they, and there was always danger. But along came new producers, so you survived. It was five-card draw, high or low, and the draw could determine your fate for now. But there was always tomorrow. I agree with him. When I was General Manager of the Horseshoe Club in , I had many problems to solve including rampant cheating, which I solved with stationary dealers. Before that, each player took turns dealing, which led to mechanics and teams plying their trade at the expense of the producers.
Some of the problems I had to deal with at the Horseshoe not only had to do with the players but also involved the owners. After an investigation, it was determined that one of the owners had given him the key. That particular owner was the general partner of the casino; I knew my days were numbered there.
The casino was sold, and my contract was bought out. It was closed for remodeling, and it never reopened. These games attracted the best poker players in the world.
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