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Old 09-08-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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Buckeye Charity Poker (Willoughby Hills, OH)

Just drove by today and the place looked pretty busy with a cop out front. From what i gathered online this is touted as the largest Pokerpro cardroom. That's right, all electronic tables! Anyone get there our plan on being there this weekend? i wouldn't mind a viable option to the Shoe.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:22 PM   #2
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Re: Buckeye Charity Poker (willoughby hills, ohio)

Where is it exactly? I'm in Trumbull County.
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:41 AM   #3
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Where is it exactly? I'm in Trumbull County.

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Not sure of county as I dont know Cleveland that well, but Buckeye is 1 mile off of exit of I-90 and Bishop road. parking right at front door.

I know you all have had a variety of experiences with charity operators over the last few decades , but I can say with certainity that these guys are 100% legit. This is a beautiful room that will be here for a long long time.

Games are choppy now because they just opened, but after a month of or so, Im pretty sure you will get all the .25/.50 PLO, 1/2PLO 3/6Limit and 1/2 NL you want $4 rake. bigger games on weekends. 100Max player tourney everynight at 7PM.

Finally, I can say because I have first hand experience in this room, the appropriate and expected amounts of money are in fact going to the charities

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Old 09-11-2012, 08:43 AM   #4
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It is right off 90 east at the bishop road exit. The drive from where you're at would be the same as if you were driving to downtown Cleveland, just about 20 minutes shorter.

I was able to check this place out for myself yesterday and I'll write up a full TR in the next day or two. Have to sayi really like the place and impressed with the Poker pro tables.
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:30 AM   #5
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Typo in last post, you can exit at bishop road going either direction on I-90
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:38 PM   #6
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Re: Buckeye Charity Poker (Willoughby Hills, Ohio)

I've played the pokerpro tables before, and I like them. Although, I have to say I've always been in the minority with that opinion. I especially like them for tournaments. Bottom line is that the action is faster. You see twice as many hands/hour than you do with a live dealer. We would do a 45-50 person tourney every wednesday night 2.5 hours. Four dollar max rake for cash games is also sweet.
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Old 09-14-2012, 01:06 AM   #7
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Re: Buckeye Charity Poker (Willoughby Hills, Ohio)

I can see how it would be good for tournaments, but as far as cash games go it was a pretty big let down.

Positives:
+ The room itself is nice and open
+ There is a giant projection screen in the room which can be viewed from just about anywhere
+ There are free drinks / snacks
+ The waitresses are friendly / quick
+ Speed of game (solely with respect to the actual dealing of cards, flops, etc)

Negatives:
- It doesn't seem like a nice area (I could be wrong, I live in the burbs)
- No action at all whatsoever (felt like a .25/.50 game)
- People played extremely slow
- No game selection (stakes, game type - There was only 1 table of 1/2 running 7 handed
- There is no dealer to uphold the integrity of the game (people talking about the board, or what a player might have)
- The tables themselves made the game feel less sociable
- At first impression the day to day personnel don't seem to very knowledgeable about the poker industry as a whole

Overall, the negatives outweigh the positives pretty heavily and I doubt I'd ever go back. I'll keep my play at Rivers for now.
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:32 PM   #8
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I can see how it would be good for tournaments, but as far as cash games go it was a pretty big let down.

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As2s...

thanks for comments and I appreciate your input. Remember the room has been open for all of about 5 days. Once the marketing efforts to 18+ and rec player crowd kick in. this is what I expect the action in the room will look like with mulitple games of each every day. more on weekend. all at $4 rake

NL 1/2 (50min 200Max) and "Juicy 1/2" (.50 ante 150min 500Max), 2/5 on weekends

PLO .25/.50 and 1/2 occasional 6MAX 1/2 PLO

Limit 3/6

"NoRiskNoLimit" .10/.25 rake free micro stakes no limit game for beginners

Deepstack Tourny with guarantees everynight at 7PM 100player max. buyins range from $10 - $75 vary by night

$150-$200 Freezeout every Sat at noon with 5K Guarantee (which will grow,
5K guarantee is for the $150 there this weekend plus $500 added prize pool)

$500 50K Guarantee coming later this fall. 100 Player Max
$1000 100K Guarantee during a non-NL day at circuit event 100 Player Max


So time will tell, but some pretty significant marketing efforts are under way that are going to attract the 18+ and young and old rec crowd. for the most part grinders will go where the good action is, the electronic aspect of the room is somewhat irrelevant.

Also please rem that Buckeye is supporting lots of local cleveland charities. This will of course matter to some more than others.

But thanks again for taking the time to check out the room and post a TR. I do hope you'll check it out again once the cash games get their footings.

Lou

PS I will be up there next Saturday to play in the $150 5K... $200 bounty on me but it will most likely not be claimed
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Old 09-15-2012, 09:10 PM   #9
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Re: Buckeye Charity Poker (Willoughby Hills, Ohio)

Buckeye Charity had a $150 $5,000 Guarantee today at 1PM.

15 Players paid creating a $2,750 overlay.

Guess NE Ohio Players didnt think they would actually pay, well they did. They will continue to pay any tournament with a guarantee of which there will be plenty each week

Chop that final 8 agreed to and Buckeye paid:

3-8th $200
2nd $1,000
1st $ 2,000 (I think 1st and 2nd chopped)

20% of prize pool always to charity, rest to players

Same deal next Sat but at 7PM instead of 2PM - $150 with 5K Gtd prizepool. There is talk of a $500 on Sat at 2PM. Check schedule on Monday for that and tourny schedule for other tournaments each nite at 7PM

just sayin

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:55 PM   #10
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Re: Buckeye Charity Poker (Willoughby Hills, Ohio)

I've had the chance to play here a few times now. I have only played tournaments and I think this is the best way to run tournaments bar none.

For someone comfortable on a computer playing poker, this interface is pretty easy to pick up and understand almost naturally. I really enjoy all the available statistics and other functions that just aren't available in a more standard live card room, but can understand the over load to someone not accustomed to so much poker stats.

The room is just over a week old now and I feel that it is a very real alternative to the Shoe for tournaments of a lower buy in with a decent structure and sensible starting time. The few times I've been there I have only seen cash go once which is a shame because of the ability to play so many more hands and the range of games able to be played easily and dealt mistake free is awesome.

The play here has been pretty soft and there is a good ability to make money with some of the dead money that wanders in. Me included

The schedule for tournaments this week as far as I understand it will be similar to last weeks schedule which I've included; I apologize for the cell phone pics but my scanner isn't saving files properly so it is all I have




All in all I really enjoy this place and will continue to show my support and spread the word as much as I can in hopes this can take off. There seem to be some really good guys in charge and I think this can both be a benefit to local poker players, but also a great fundraiser for local charity.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:10 AM   #11
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Re: Buckeye Charity Poker (Willoughby Hills, Ohio)

I visited yesterday afternoon, arriving about 4pm and played 1-2NL and .25-.50 PLO, which plays about as big as 1-2NL. I've been a fan of the poker pro machines for a couple of years, but I know from talking to many brick/mortar players that I'm in the minority. Buckeye is in a storefront building within a suburban shopping center. Upon entering, my immediate thought was Vegas Sportsbook as the first thing that grabs your attention is the huge screen showing NFL football. Instead of theater seating in front of the screen, however are what looked to be about 20 poker pro tables. There are several other smaller but nicely placed televisions so that multiple games can be shown. The place is nice. All they need is more players and more action. Poker pro tables have to be a superior solution for players in charity rooms than having to deal with volunteer dealers. Early rating is two thumbs up--lets see if they can get some action going. Check out Buckeye Charity Poker.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:00 PM   #12
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Had 3 tables last night for $10rebuy, first place paid just under$500. There were two cash games going as well. Room is gaining traction and id like to see the growth continue obviously. Diversity is good in any market and buckeye is a nice change from the shoe
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:00 PM   #13
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Re: Buckeye Charity Poker (Willoughby Hills, Ohio)





Is there a difference between regular 1/2 NL and action 1/2 NL besides a $50 vs $60 minimum buy in?

Also why would there be a maximum buy in for LHE?
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:29 PM   #14
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Is there a difference between regular 1/2 NL and action 1/2 NL besides a $50 vs $60 minimum buy in?

Also why would there be a maximum buy in for LHE?
Firstly, thanks to all who have visited the room and taken the time to post a TR. They appreciate all feedback, good or bad. I'm working to get an Offical Room Rep for the thread. I'll answer questions as best I can for the time being.

Sorry.. typo in max buy in Limit, no Max

Action 1/2 (aka Juicy 1/2) is a specialty game they are spreading (typo on sheet that list it as two games. Will most likely run 6-handed. 1/2 Game with .50 ante, $150min $500 max. Its designed for action junkies. Shortstacker and Nits need not apply Just an example of the various games they can run for you all.

The .25/.50 PLO is already running daily.

"NoRiskNoLimit" 10/.25 NL $10min $25max is also running daily. Designed for folks just learning the game.

7PM $50 NL Freezeout had 30+ players tonight. There is $500PLO tourny this Sat at 2PM, and of course the $150 NL 5K Guarantee Sat night at 7PM.

Thanks again for playing. Buckeye guys are legit. I do beleive this is going to continue to grow to be very cool part of the Cleveland poker scene

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Old 09-19-2012, 02:10 PM   #15
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Re: Buckeye Charity Poker (Willoughby Hills, Ohio)

an official rep from the room would be nice. I thought the 5K guar was $100 entry at noon on Sat??
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:08 PM   #16
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an official rep from the room would be nice. I thought the 5K guar was $100 entry at noon on Sat??
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working on official rep. Sorry for confusion on tourny schedule. opening week was a little crazy.

Here is current weekly tourny schedule. Next week schedule will be posted on Sunday on their website, and will be very similar to this with the exception of Friday night 7PM freezeout will probably be a $150 or $200 instead of just a $50.

MONDAY @ 7PM $10 REBUY NLH $500 PRIZE POOL GUARANTY

TUESDAY @ 7PM $50 FREEZEOUT NLH

WEDNESDAY @ 7PM $50 PLO – ONE REBUY

THURSDAY @ 7PM $20 REBUY NLH $1000 PRIZE POOL GUARANTY
*Thursday night is College ID night. meaning special gift for college gang.

FRIDAY @ 7PM $50 FREEZEOUT NLH

SATURDAY @ 7PM $150 FREEZEOUT NLH $5000 PRIZE POOL GUARANTY

SUNDAY @ 2PM $500 PLO
7PM $50 FREEZEOUT NLH
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:33 AM   #17
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Re: Buckeye Charity Poker (Willoughby Hills, Ohio)

I played the $20 rebuy tonight. I only played for around 70 mins, got coolered right after the rebuy ended.

The place was nice, there is a lot of room between the tables because the room is very large. It's nice but it also makes you pretty far away from all of the TVs so they seem small. There is one big projector though. Free water and soda, there was some type of free food like hotdogs or something.

The cashier appeared to be getting trained so it took longer than it shoud and when registering for the tournament at the desk they were double checking something with the tournament so people couldn't register right away. The place is new though so I'd expect this to get a lot better.

The tournament started a little late, there were around 10 people registered around starting time. It started with 21 players and there were 2 who bought in late at my table (not sure about the other 2 tables). Was probably around 15 mins, I didn't look at the time so I'm just guessing.

There were a few times when people weren't paying attention when it was their turn. The other players always said something but not immediately, they are a lot more patient than a real dealer would be. There were a few times when people were talking about their hands after they folded and the flop came. Not saying anything specific just that they would have hit something.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:26 AM   #18
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I played the $20 rebuy tonight. I only played for around 70 mins, got coolered right after the rebuy ended.

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Dermen. thanks for playing and taking the time to post a TR. We ended up with 26 players for last Thursdays 7PM $20 Rebuy. Total prize was just under $1100 (first was ~$440)

Today, Sat 9/22 at 7PM sharp is the weekly $150 with a $5K guarantee. I am actually playing in that with a pretty good bounty on me (Buckeye paid $3000+ overlay in this tourny last week and will do it again if required)

If any 2+2ers come out and play in that tourny, please find me and say hi.
I might have a poker gift for you.

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Old 09-22-2012, 09:17 AM   #19
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I'll be at the 7pm tournament and looking forward to my gift. your bounty wouldn't be bad either, again.
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:41 PM   #20
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Dermen. thanks for playing and taking the time to post a TR. We ended up with 26 players for last Thursdays 7PM $20 Rebuy. Total prize was just under $1100 (first was ~$440)

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No problem, I had fun and I'll for sure be back for some of the smaller tournaments since I have no money lol
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:37 PM   #21
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I'll be at the 7pm tournament and looking forward to my gift. your bounty wouldn't be bad either, again.
Says the guy who chopped the $20 rebuy heads up with 2:1 chip lead you're too nice.

Four separate freeroll Bounty's in tonights 7PM $150 $5K. anywhere from $50-$200 on me, Will Burge, and a few others. tonight I'm playing for real.

I'm 7,345th best poker player in the world according to Hendon Mob database, just sayin
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:11 AM   #22
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More like a1.1 to 1 advantage and with blinds like they were, it was more or less bingo.and with your bounty in my pocket it was an easy deal lol


just saw on schedule though that the 10 dollar rebuy with $500 guarantee starts with 1000 less chips then weeks past I would like to see that changed if it's possible before 7 p.m. tonight.
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More like a1.1 to 1 advantage and with blinds like they were, it was more or less bingo.and with your bounty in my pocket it was an easy deal lol


just saw on schedule though that the 10 dollar rebuy with $500 guarantee starts with 1000 less chips then weeks past I would like to see that changed if it's possible before 7 p.m. tonight.

Chilie. I was justing busting your chops about the heads-up tourny chop. It was an obvious 50/50 chop spot. and yes I am sure my bounty helped the decision

Yes, understand your point about the starting stacks for $10 Rebuy. We'll get feedback from players tonight and see if they like the new 1500 starting stacks are the 2500. The Thursday $20 rebuy is starting at 2500. The Freezeouts are 5,000 10,000 or the Deepstack 15,000.

The rest of the 7PM Daily Tournaments are freezeouts with a few new Bounty Tournaments, $50 PLO Each Wednesday, and of course the $150 $5K on Sat, which will hopefully soon be a $10K Guarantee.

New Weekly Schedule Below

Buckeye Charity Poker Weekly Tournament Schedule

Thanks to all for continuing to support the opening and growing business at Buckeye.

Aside from normal cash games.... the .25 / .50 PLO is running almost everyday now. I played in it last night. two words A BLAST !!! Once that game has multiple tables everyday... we plan to start a 6MAX 1/2 PLO.
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:13 PM   #24
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Anyone playing the midnight mayhem tournament tonight? Special bounty on espn Cleveland radio personality whose name escapes me right now. Anyone have an idea?
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:00 PM   #25
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Re: Buckeye Charity Poker (Willoughby Hills, Ohio)

I checked this room out last night (10/12/2012). Heard they have been open for about a month. I didn't get to the room until about 10:15PM, not very busy. Gentleman at the front desk was very nice, introduced me to the poker pro tables, etc.

I sat down at a 1/2 NL game, it was OK, especially at first, but then got short pretty quickly. Most of the players have been playing a good bit and all had some good idea how to play poker. I finally got up and left just before midnight, as we were really just passing money back and forth and being dwinlded down by the rake.

Being it is about 20 minutes from my house, I'll probably be back, but they need to get some more customers. I woudn't mind playing any kind of micro stakes either.

I did not stay for the midnight tourney as I'm not that big of a tourney player.


All things being equal, I'd still rather play with cards and chips, but rooms like this is where these tables can be a real success. This is also a lot more convienent for me than the Horseshoe, but being an average to below average NL 1/2 player, I need a little better game selection.

We'll see how it grows.
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