“And they’re off,” a phrase Southern Californians would normally hear at opening day at the Del Mar Race Track, but this past Wednesday, thanks to a new expansion in off-track betting, a packed house also heard those words at the Commerce Casino.
The horse racing industry has lost a bit of its luster the past few years in terms of attendance at tracks and the overall popularity, which was one reason that state and gaming officials made the move to allow off-track betting in a greater variety of places such as the Commerce Casino.
If you were at the Commerce Casino on Wednesday or any day since the racebook opened, there was certainly no sign of declining popularity in horse racing as the horse room was standing room only. The Commerce Casino put together a great facility for race fans, there are 26 televisions that provide races from all over the country and they have eight kiosk style self-serve machines that you can use to place your bets and cash your tickets. The race book also does have a pari-mutuel clerk to take your bets.
For horse racing fans who want to be part of the action but don’t always want to make that drive to the race track, the Commerce Casino is the perfect alternative, just outside Los Angeles and right off the 5 freeway it caters to a lot of communities. Whether you are coming from L.A. or the O.C., Commerce becomes the first card casino in Southern California-Los Angeles/Orange County-metropolitan region to offer off-track wagering as a mini-satellite facility, so a short-drive and can throw some action down on any race in the country.
The race book is just one more example of what the Commerce Casino is doing to prove itself to be the ultimate spot for gaming in Southern California. If you are looking for atmosphere and energy that you find at the race track without having to make a long drive, the Commerce Casino is the next best place to be other than at the race track itself. If you are a race fan, you know the excitement as the horses head down the stretch, if not, stop by and you will be in for a treat as the room has an electric feel to it.
For more information on the Commerce Casino, visit: www.commercecasino.com