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David Okimoto

Meet our in-house blogger

David Okimoto (or “Oki” as his friends call him) is a semi professional poker player living in the East Bay and currently works in many different capacities for the California Grand Casino.  His interests are many, but his passions are sports, sports, and sports!  Oki is a long suffering San Jose Sharks fan and season ticket holder, as well as a big fan and supporter of the Oakland A’s, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco 49ers, and San Jose Earthquakes.  A self proclaimed jack of all trades and master of none, he spends a great deal of his spare time with his athletic hobbies.  On any given evening you are likely to find this sports junkie competing on one of his three softball teams, his soccer team, or his bowling team.  His most recent athletic pursuit is now rock climbing, though he admits heights are not his forte.  No stranger to injury, he proudly bears multiple scars, fake teeth, and healed bones, and is more than happy to share the related stories that come with them!  

Oki loves feedback! Feel free to email him with any questions, comments, or even topics you’d like to see covered at CGC.Oki@gmail.com.

California Grand Casino: Poker Games with the Best Jackpots!

California Grand Casino: Poker Games with the Best Jackpots! If you want to go after some really big jackpots, you want to play poker games at California Grand Casino! Check out all of our chances to win, and note that the jackpots increase daily, so the excitement is always building! Take advantage of the great […]

Premier East Bay Casino

Play all your favorite games! California Grand Casino is your Best Bet in the Bay Area! Ever wonder which casino in the Bay Area is the best one to play? In 2013, 2014, and 2015 the California Grand Casino was voted Best Casino in the San Francisco East Bay by the Bay Area News Group, […]

How to play EZ Baccarat

EZ Baccarat: Baccarat is one of the most popular table games in American Casinos, and the undisputed king in Macau.  Many variations of the game exist worldwide, varying by region.  At the California Grand Casino we play EZ Baccarat, a variant popular in all of California and the San Francisco Bay area. How to play: […]

How to Play Pai Gow Poker

California Grand Casino, located in the San Francisco East Bay, hosts an exciting Pai Gow poker game.  It is one of the most popular games at the California Grand. Our Pai Gow Poker game is very simple–you can learn to play it in less than a minute. Pai Gow Poker, also called double-hand poker, is […]

Fritz Taking a Well Deserved Rest

Fritz taking a well deserved rest! We are very sad to announce that Fritz England has passed away.  He played poker here for decades.  He was always a gentleman both on and off the tables and he will be missed by all of us who knew him. Though he was 96 years old when he […]

Go For the Green Promotion

Come down to the California Grand Casino this weekend for our Go For The Green Promotion! From 12pm to 3pm this Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can enjoy $7 burgers and beer, watch golf, and be entered for your chance to win tickets to a Professional Golf Tournament in Napa California! August 13-16: http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/ October […]

Learn To Play Event

Learn To Play Poker With 97.3 The Game’s John Lund – October 9th Right now is the best time to be a poker player. Poker fever is running high. Poker is among the most popular card games in the world. New players are entering into the game every day in large numbers. As a result […]

A Poker Life – Part 2

A Poker Life At California Grand Casino – Part 2 Hey everyone glad to have you back for the second installment of my journey from learning how to play poker to being one of the many familiar faces at the California Grand Casino in San Francisco’s East Bay! In Part 1 of A Poker Life […]

Why You Won’t Find Slots

Why You Won’t Find Slots at California Grand Casino I hope you are all enjoying your summer as much as I am! We’re very lucky to be living in a great area with amazing weather and so many wonderful recreational options. My friends that are new to the Bay Area are always amazed when they […]

Poker Table Etiquette – Part Two

Poker Table Etiquette – Part Two I hope you have all been enjoying the summer and the hot weather that comes with it! It is by far my favorite season with all of the fun activities that can be done. When I need a break from the heat there’s nothing better than playing some poker […]

Poker Table Etiquette

Poker Table Etiquette – The Flow Is Good For The Game I’m sure you’ve all experienced playing at a poker table where everyone is having a great time. People are in good spirits cracking jokes (okay not all are funny) and enjoying each other’s company (and money) all while playing the game that we love […]

The Information Game – Part Two

Welcome back poker fans! I’m hoping you enjoyed reading my last article on the Information Game. If not take a moment and read it now. Seriously it’s a keeper especially if you enjoy the game of poker. All caught up? Good now we can address what we didn’t last time. In the previous article we […]

High Hand Promotion

California Grand Casino is Blowing Up Sundays with our New High Hand Explosion poker promotion. Whether you play limit or no-limit you don’t want to miss this Texas Holdíem Showdown at the California Grand Casino in Pacheco; where we will be giving away a total of $1000 from 8a-8p every Sunday! Here’s how it works: […]

$40 Free Match Play!

$40 Free Match Play Promotion Rocks! I’ve been in marketing and advertising for over 20 years here in the San Francisco Bay Area. During this time I have conceptualized created and launched many ad campaigns and promotions for various clients including Safeway, Pepsi, Macy’s, the Fairmont Hotel, the San Francisco Ballet, and the San Francisco […]

Continuation Betting

Opening Pots and Continuation Betting Something I’ve noticed while playing in our games here is the frequency of people opening pots by raising and continuation betting on the flop. I see a large number of people that make a continuation bet literally every time that they raise before the flop. Continuation betting is generally a […]

The Billy Beane Report

California Grand Casino is excited to bring the A’s General Manager Billy Beane Report to you every Thursday at 4pm on 95.7 The Game during the Damon Bruce Show. The A’s have won two consecutive division crowns and are currently holding serve with the early returns so far for 2014 season. Billy is considered the […]

Seat selection in Poker

Seat selection in Poker – Why move? Something to always consider when sitting down at a poker game is seat selection. The players who judiciously pick their spot all have their own individual theory or preference when it comes to where and why to change seats. When you enter a game at the California Grand […]

Playing Small Pairs in LHE

Playing Small Pairs Before the Flop in Limit Hold’em Poker Small pairs can be very tricky hands to play. In limit Hold Em games a case can be made for all of your pre-flop options calling raising and folding. As with most things in poker there is no right answer but understanding the specific situation […]

Playing Small Pairs NLHE

Playing Small Pairs Before the Flop in NO Limit Hold’em Poker The holiday season is the perfect time to take a step back and be thankful for all of the wonderful things in life. If you’re anything like me one of those wonderful things is taking all of someone’s chips with a well hidden hand. […]

Poker Tournament Tips

Happy holidays everyone! The holidays are a wonderful time to get together with family and friends and do the things you love. If you love poker like I do then the additional free time this time of year is a great opportunity to try your hand at tournaments! Some of you may be familiar with […]

David Okimoto

David Okimoto (or “Oki” as his friends call him) is a semi professional poker player living in the East Bay and currently works in many different capacities for the California Grand Casino. His interests are many, but his passions are sports, sports, and sports! Oki is a long suffering San Jose Sharks fan and season […]

The Information Game

THE INFORMATION GAME … By Cardshark5 Happy New Year and welcome to 2014 everyone! I hope 2013 was a wonderful and prosperous year for you all. The New Year is a time when many people take the opportunity to make resolutions and fresh starts.† I have never been one for resolutions myself but when it […]

Poker Lore ….The Nuts

Ever wonder why “the nuts” refers to the best possible hand? The phrase comes from the Old West when not only chips and cash were used at the poker table but any other good that could be valued. A player could end up betting his horse and wagon which were represented by the nuts and […]

Progressive Jackpots

Progressive Jackpots – Your Chance at a HUGE Payday! Welcome back readers! While the weather may be getting colder, the action is always hot inside the California Grand Casino! Many of you are familiar with our huge bad beat jackpots, which allow a person who loses a pot with a superior hand to make a […]

To Bluff or Not to Bluff!

To Bluff or Not to Bluff, That is the Question! Welcome back my friends! I hope that you’re enjoying the change in seasons and the additional sunlight that comes with it. The season isn’t the only thing changing around here…when you have a moment, check out our brand new website! All the information you need […]