Capitol Casino thrives; Golden West hires Eisenberg

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Christmas came early for more than 30 lucky players Dec. 17 at the Capitol Casino in Sacramento as the conclusion of the Fall Into Winnings promotion awarded nearly $30K, 24 flatscreen TVs and a 2012 Ford Focus. The event brought in hundreds of players and awarded $50 every 15 minutes for six straight hours. Casino owner Clarke Rosa was pleased with the event’s success, and Capitol has again started awarding players with raffle tickets to the next drawing.

In addition to the traditional promotions such as bad-beat jackpots, high-hand and royal-flush bonuses, Capitol has a rewards card that qualifies players for drawings and an hourly cash-back program. Daily cash games include $4-$8 and $6-$12 limit hold’em and $1-$3, $2-$5 and $5-$10 NLHE. On occasion the room spreads the area’s only $10-$20 NLHE game that attracts the likes of local pro J.C. Tran.

Daily tournaments start at $30 and consistently draw more than 80 players, plus the monthly “Second Saturday” $220 deepstack NLHE event. A special $550 version of this event will be Feb. 11, with satellites on Feb. 9 and 10.

Capitol opened its doors in May 2000 and was the city’s first upscale cardroom with more than 17,000 square feet housing a 10-table poker room. It’s downtown so it’s accessible from all major freeways. Visit capitol-casino.com or check out our Where to Play pages for more info.

NEW MAN AT GWC: Golden West Casino hired Steve Eisenberg as casino manager, responsible for the daily activities and initiatives of the casino, including player development and employee relations. Eisenberg has been in the gaming industry for 27 years, most recently as shift manager at Hustler Casino and senior blackjack floorman at Commerce Casino, where he was named Employee of the Year in 1999.

Eisenberg is “enthusiastic about moving to Bakersfield and is looking forward to using his experience to maintain a high level of customer service while developing new methods of training for floor personnel and dealers.”

Golden West Casino is in its 16th year in Bakersfield.

— Leslie Pauls is the Ante Up Ambassador for Central California and pro poker player. Email her at anteupcali@gmail.com.