The San Pablo Lytton Casino in San Pablo, CA: A Review

The Casino San Pablo / San Pablo Lytton casino looks from the outside kinda like those modern, well-run, medium-sized Indian casinos. I guess that’s why the only shots they’ve let slip onto the internet seem to be way back from the driveway because when you get up on it you discover a tiny, cramped den of bottom barrel degeneracy. This is why I would recommend ufa to all the poker enthusiasts if they are interested in online poker. 

The impetus for checking this one out was that The Lady Friend was into video poker and slots for a time, and this looked like the closest alternative for such things. So we went to check it out to see if it would make a passable alternative to a long haul to Reno. The parking lot was the first indication something was amiss as apparently a good amount of the customer base plays at night and lives in their cars during the day. I got “spare changed” and “got a smoked” more than I ever do walking six blocks on Market Street by the time we’d made it to the front door.

The place is open 24/7 naturally and they offer “over 1,100 Class II gaming machines” with a lot of the themed gimmicky slots like Wheel of Fortune and Pharaoh’s Fortune. They do offer a players card and track you for comps but I don’t know what they would offer other than food seeing as there’s no hotel on site. Meals are on the cheaper side for a casino, you can get a pretty big plate with a bottle of beer for under ten bucks. But the food is average at best.

The slots are OK, but here’s the bizarre thing with them – at random intervals, they’ll yell “DAUB NOW” at you, and nowhere is it explained what the hell that means. It’s the machines Engishly way of saying you’re supposed to hit any button or touch a part of the screen, if you don’t it resets all your junk and makes you mad. Are these like bottom dollar knockoff machines from Hong Kong or something? Actually, they’re the casino’s clever way of circumventing local gambling laws, by making your spins actually part of some giant bingo game that all the machines are connected to. Seriously shaky but somehow it all works I guess.

Mostly what breaks the place is the clientele, but the casino seems to have resigned itself to making the “serious problem gambler” demographic their staple source of income. Everything is mildly grungy, dim, and depressing. The vibe sucks, to the point where it isn’t just depressing, but can actually be a little frightening for women when you get the right crowd of derelicts around in a real desperate mood.

John

Author: John