Too often the journey is not an important part of the destination. Most of us fight busy freeways and traffic jams to reach our favorite poker rooms. The rolling green hills ending at sandstone bluffs that ridge the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, heavily forested lands and uncountable lakes offer a journey to the St. Croix Casino located in northwestern Wisconsin, almost as magnificent as the destination. The casino is about one hour's drive from the Minneapolis/St.
Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip the TI, formerly Treasure Island, opened in the fall of 1993. Steve Wynn designed and built the TI adjacent to his Mirage Resort. The pirate themed resort was primarily marketed to family vacationers as an upscale alternative to the adult oriented resorts. With a full size pirate sailing ship permanently docked in Buccaneer Bay, TI guests enjoyed free shows nightly when a British frigate sailed into the bay only to be hit by cannon fire and sink with all hands.
I recently took a marathon trip to Atlantic City, leaving my home in Boston at 1:30 AM, driving through the night, arriving early on Saturday morning, and then playing in all the poker rooms I could find. This included a stop at the Trump Taj Mahal (known familiarly as "The Taj") - once the premier poker room in the area. For stud players like me it still is.
Menominee Indian Reservation/Menominee County Wisconsin, home of Menominee Casino offers the visitor tranquil woods of birch and tall pine, splendid crystal clear lakes and rivers, abundant wildlife, and loads of CASH. Poker players have hit pay dirt at Menominee Casino.
Since its opening in 1991 Potowatomi Bingo and Casino has become a landmark in downtown Milwaukee. The impressive three-story glass torch topped with a massive eternal flame at the entrance signifies the "Fire Keeper" Potowatomi Tribe. But the real fire can be found in their poker room: this place is HOT! Poker Manager Joe Willi's extensive experience and knowledge have made this poker room a favorite destination for players throughout the Midwest, and the place is packed with action. It is also a frequent stop for many sports and entertainment celebrities, local and visiting.
I recently got an email from a guy asking, What about online propping, JV? Do you think it's a career path or what? This brought to mind my own experience as a proposition player at the now defunct Regency Casino in good ol' Bell Gardens, California. I thought it was just super that they'd pay me eight bucks an hour to play poker, and figured that with that kind of cushion there was no way I could lose. Well, I lost $300 on day one, lost $500 on day two, called in sick on day three, and gave up the pretense on day four.
In Las Vegas, TI (Treasure Island) has opened its new Poker Room. The non-smoking poker room is located near the TI parking garage and features eight tables. Eight LCD plasma screens line the room showing the latest sporting events. The poker room also provides 24-hour complimentary beverage service.
Interestingly, the non-traditional table felts feature images of Tangerine, the burlesque nightspot, and images from the Sirens of TI.
We learned in the last two articles how to evaluate what it costs to play poker in a public card room. Here are some other considerations for determining how consumer- friendly a poker room is.
Some places cut the rake or reduce the time charge if the game is short handed. This is more significant when there is a rake. Smaller hands mean smaller pots which means that it is more likely that the maximum percentage will be charged. Remember, the larger the pot, the more likely it is that the maximum rake will be met before the pot is won - meaning a relatively smaller rake.
Party where the stars party, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The Palms is the Vegas home for celebrities from around the world. Movie stars, rock stars, sports stars, poker stars all flock to the Palms, its' like a red carpet event every night. The Palms Resort was the brainchild of George Maloof, one of four brothers from the New Mexico Maloof family, the family worth an estimated billion dollars.
Being a smart shopper applies to your poker room. It's up to you, the consumer to shop around and learn what you need to know to determine whether you're getting your money's worth. First, learn how the house gets its money. Some places have a rake - an amount that the house takes out of every pot. Other places charge time - an amount taken every half hour from each player. Find out, before you sit down, exactly which method is used and how they use it.