Players Casino in Ventura

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Players Casino is located in the Ventura Auto Mall area just off the 101, with 13 poker tables and three blackjack tables open 24/7.

Players Casino is one of only about 70 active cardrooms in the state of California. Although it is called a casino, technically is it a cardroom. There are over 60 Indian casinos in the state that can offer games other than card games, such as roulette, slots and craps. Another distinction is that in a cardroom, you cannot play against the house; you can only play against other players.

Games offered at Players Casino include Texas Holdem, “21st Century Blackjack,” “EZ Baccarat,” Pai Gow Poker and Three Card Poker.

Other offerings include tournaments, live music and The Patio Restaurant.

For more information, visit www.pcventura.com or call 805.643.1392. Located at 6580 Auto Center Drive, Ventura.

The Derby Club at Ventura County Fairgrounds

The Derby Club at Ventura County FairgroundsBet the ponies from across the country in a beautiful setting by the Pacific Ocean.  And I'm not talking Del Mar.  The Derby Club located at Ventura County Fairgrounds features full service bars and restaurants combined with the ability to watch races and bet on them through satellite wagering. Have a snack, a drink or a meal while you watch your favorite horse at your favorite track. There is no membership.

Located at 10 W. Harbor Boulevard, Ventura. Visit http://venturacountyfair.org/pages/3780/ or call 805.653.2533 for more information.

Open Wednesday through Monday. Hours of operation and admission vary according to the area to be enjoyed, the type of racing to be simulcast (thoroughbred, harness, or quarter horse) and whether racing is during the day or the evening. Information and pricing below was last updated in Summer 2012:

The Island View Room is open for any racing on Saturdays, Sundays and special race days. Admission is $12 (seniors 62 and older and military personnel $10.00)

The Surfside Room is open for all southern host track thoroughbred racing. Admission is $8.00 (seniors 62 and older and military personnel $6.00)

The Shore Room is open for all racing, day and night. Admission is $4.00 (seniors 62 and older and military personnel $2.00)

Admission for nighttime quarter horse and harness racing is free, except when southern host track thoroughbreds are racing. No one under the age of 18 is permitted to the Derby Club.

Special Events: Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes, Breeder’s Cup