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The Players Casino & The Patio Restaurant – A Winning Pair

Been reminiscing about the great food at Cooke’s Smokehouse? Well, Chef West Cooke is back with his great cuisine at The Patio in the Players Casino.

Deal me a hand and pass the cheese balls.

Chef West Cooke

Chef West Cooke

When you think of local and local eats, it’s hard not to reminisce about places like Cooke’s Smokehouse and Chef West Cooke’s menu filled with flavorful home-style eats or the wonderful atmosphere you received as he and wife Shoshanna made each customer feel right at home. Their food and friendliness have been sorely missed… until now. With the opening of the Players Casino, and with it a new restaurant and lounge called The Patio, Chef West’s wonderfully refreshing cuisine returns.  His menu offers an unbelievable array of culinary treats, from chow mein soft noodles to West’s signature ribs.

Sho Cake cupcake

Sho Cake cupcake

And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the desert tray arrives filled with delectable creations by Shoshanna Cooke. From carrot cake to cheese cakes, the selection changes daily which will make you want to come back each day to sample more.  Yes, we know what you are dying to hear… her mouth-watering Sho Cakes cupcakes are indeed on the menu. You can also drop in to purchase these treats to go seven days a week.   All this amazing food and at a price point that will leave you and your wallet smiling! While you are there, make sure to check out West’s other talent – photography. The Casino proudly displays his photographs throughout the building.  West’s passion for both food and his community can be seen in each and every dish he makes and in every shot he takes. His work gives the Casino a great local flair. players-casino

All In

In the mood for a game of cards? The Players Casino offers a range of poker and blackjack options for everyone from the novice player to the experienced veteran. You can always find a tournament that is right for all player levels. The new location is clean and open and their friendly and experienced staff makes you feel right at home as you join in for a game or two.  Prior to their move from Ventura Avenue to the new location, the Players Casino was one of the smallest card rooms in the state of California. With this move, they were able to expand to 18 tables which put them somewhere in the middle of the size rankings of the state’s 89 non-tribal card rooms. In 2005, Ventura voters passed a measure that assesses a 15% tax on all of the card room’s earnings. This is one of the highest rates paid by any business in our area. The Players Casino is estimated to bring over $1 million a year in sorely needed tax revenue to Ventura. Whether you’re looking to play a hand or two, sit by the outside firepots while enjoying  a refreshing cocktail and great meal,  or perhaps just watch a game on one of the many flat screens located throughout the restaurant, the Players Casino has a it all.

More info on the Players Casino and The Patio restaurant Website: Check out the Players Casino website for details on all that is going on as well as the great new offerings on the menu: Location: The Players Casino is located just off the 101 Freeway at Johnson Drive at 6580 Auto Center Dr, Ventura, CA 93003. Hours: They are open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day.

All photos by Chef West Cooke

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