Nuttiest Flush on the Flop

Oaks Card Club

Casino San Pablo has been in the news of late because of the currently dormant plan to open an Indian casino with Vegas-style games. As far as California-style card rooms go, though, no place in the East Bay beats the action found at the Oaks. Walk in there almost any time — it’s open 24/7 — even mid-afternoon on a weekday, and the place is buzzing. Depending on your mood and your finances, you can opt for a variety of games at different stakes. There’s usually a mellow $2/$4 seven-card stud game preferred by retirees, a $4/$8 Omaha table for more daring gamblers, and $15/$30 Texas Hold ‘Em for those who have the nuts. (“Nuts” is a term poker players use when they have the guaranteed best hand: “I’ve got the nut flush.”) On Saturdays and Sundays, be prepared to wait a little while for a seat to open up. The club does have a decent bar and buffet to kill some time while waiting to get on a table. You can also order food at the table while you’re playing. Free and valet parking available.

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