The Bicycle Casino
is the world's second largest poker cardroom
Founded by George Hardie Sr. in 1984, located in Bell Gardens, California
, the Bicycle Casino offers a wide variety of poker games and limits, as well as pai gow poker
and California blackjack
Financing to build the casino was provided by Sam Gilbert
, who used money laundered from drug smuggling.
For several years during the 1990s, after being seized due to a tax lien
, the casino was owned by the United States government
, providing millions of dollars of revenue to the government.
The casino is home to the Legends of Poker
, a tournament series established in 1995 that now includes a stop on the World Poker Tour
. Prior to the Legends, the casino's main tournament series was called the Diamond Jim Brady
Live at the Bike
The Bicycle Casino was the first brick and mortar
casino to broadcast live poker games over the Internet
. Live at The Bike
ran five nights a week, and was accessible via the casino's website. The show sometimes featured guest commentary from professional players like Barry Greenstein
and Kenna James
. A sign in back of the hosts was signed by any notable player who provides guest commentary in the booth.
Live at the Bike became a subscription service in mid-2006. The live broadcast was canceled in March 2007, but returned in January 2011 on... Read More