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Old 10-29-2010, 05:55 AM   #451
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What is Parx?
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:45 AM   #452
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Ganaram, I don't understand why you don't check out Sands Bethlehem. Mostly highway from Hershey. Except at the moment I don't think they have any PLO, but other than that you should find it quite satisfactory.
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Old 10-29-2010, 11:30 AM   #453
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Parx Casino, 2999 Street Road, Bensalem PA. It's a couple miles away from exit 351 of the PA Turnpike (I-276 once you get past the Valley Forge exit). See the thread on it in this forum.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:52 PM   #454
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looks to be a nice room from all the hype and 92 miles from hershey. Not as close as DP or WB, but way closer than Rivers
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:25 PM   #455
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Ganaram, I don't understand why you don't check out Sands Bethlehem. Mostly highway from Hershey. Except at the moment I don't think they have any PLO, but other than that you should find it quite satisfactory.
Yes, i have been meaning to check it out - thanks for the recommendation.
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Old 10-30-2010, 04:26 PM   #456
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Parx Casino, 2999 Street Road, Bensalem PA. It's a couple miles away from exit 351 of the PA Turnpike (I-276 once you get past the Valley Forge exit). See the thread on it in this forum.
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:31 PM   #457
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Re: Hollywood Casino @ Penn National thread

Ante Up Magazine did a little summary of each PA casino, and here's an interesting quote from the Manager at Hollywood:

PROMOTIONS: "We are moving toward having 'special game' nights, where we would guarantee an available table of a type of game (PLO, LHE, etc.) on certain nights of the week," manager Marc Bilodeau said.


http://www.anteupmagazine.com/magazi...ember-2010.htm
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Old 10-30-2010, 06:34 PM   #458
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Re: Hollywood Casino @ Penn National thread

One of the floor staff told me today that tournaments are coming very soon, most likely by the end of November.

Normally that sort of info would have to be taken with a grain of salt, but she said that the tourney chips have already been ordered and will be delivered any day now (if not already).
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:29 PM   #459
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Ante Up Magazine did a little summary of each PA casino, and here's an interesting quote from the Manager at Hollywood:

PROMOTIONS: "We are moving toward having 'special game' nights, where we would guarantee an available table of a type of game (PLO, LHE, etc.) on certain nights of the week," manager Marc Bilodeau said.


http://www.anteupmagazine.com/magazi...ember-2010.htm
they're only going to be able to 'guarantee' limit holdem on 'special game' nights.

that sorta sucks?
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Old 10-30-2010, 09:55 PM   #460
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they're only going to be able to 'guarantee' limit holdem on 'special game' nights.

that sorta sucks?

From what I've seen so far, LHE never seems to run past 6 or 7 pm, even on the weekends.

That's my experience, anyone seen anything different?
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:35 PM   #461
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One of the floor staff told me today that tournaments are coming very soon, most likely by the end of November.

Normally that sort of info would have to be taken with a grain of salt, but she said that the tourney chips have already been ordered and will be delivered any day now (if not already).
1. I heard the order was in but won't be delivered until January.

2. A dealer told me they were never trained on tourny play, so how long will that take?

3. Can we really expect anything big at this point? They have 14 tables and I heard maybe 2 more coming (not much room for more in there). Maybe SNG's during slow times?
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Old 10-30-2010, 10:47 PM   #462
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Ante Up Magazine did a little summary of each PA casino, and here's an interesting quote from the Manager at Hollywood:

PROMOTIONS: "We are moving toward having 'special game' nights, where we would guarantee an available table of a type of game (PLO, LHE, etc.) on certain nights of the week," manager Marc Bilodeau said.


http://www.anteupmagazine.com/magazi...ember-2010.htm
Link didn't work for me, but this sounds like a terrible response from some one who barely understands and/or cares about the poker room.

Guarantee how? If you don't have players, then its not spread, the end. Plus you already have dead tables daily, so its not like people are being denied starting up a game because theres not space.

Second, I've been told numerous times that they don't offer PLO. If they did they'd get it going, easily. Plenty of the better dealers say they wanna deal it so thats not the issue. I'm lost. Guess running a requested game is the promotion? Isn't that ummm your job?

Wake up management. You are holding everyone back, employees and players alike.
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:52 AM   #463
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Link didn't work for me, but this sounds like a terrible response from some one who barely understands and/or cares about the poker room.

Guarantee how? If you don't have players, then its not spread, the end. Plus you already have dead tables daily, so its not like people are being denied starting up a game because theres not space.

Second, I've been told numerous times that they don't offer PLO. If they did they'd get it going, easily. Plenty of the better dealers say they wanna deal it so thats not the issue. I'm lost. Guess running a requested game is the promotion? Isn't that ummm your job?

Wake up management. You are holding everyone back, employees and players alike.
I don't get the guarantee thing either. It seems the only thing people want to play is no limit.

And wasn't the previous rumor about expansion that it was supposed to have happened by now? Including MTT's? The link did work for me. When they were there they saw Omaha 8 limit being spread? When did that happen? I've played there several times now and they have a hard time getting a limit HE going. Am I missing something?
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:10 AM   #464
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Re: Hollywood Casino @ Penn National thread

hey check it out - some good news for a change re Penn National............

I just got back from the room and tonite we finally got a PLO 1/2 running, and it actually lasted awhile and went very well.

Big Kudos to Bill the dealer who took it upon himself to get the game started and actually went around the room, table by table - on his break no less - soliciting names of those interested in PLO. He generated a list, got the approval, and we got it going.

The game itself started out as 1/2 PLO8 (hi/lo), but we eventually determined that most of the guys preferred straight Omaha and we switched it to 1/2 PLO hi.

In addition to that, this last thursday we got a 4/8 hi/lo game going in the afternoon that lasted until 5pm. That game also ran well and there was actually some decent action for a limit O game (mostly thanks to a dude named "Herb" who raised virtually every pot preflop, so as there were always at least 5 callers, the pot started out with like $40 or more - we had some $150 - 200 pots; not bad for 4/8 O8

As for the 1/2 PLO tonite (it ran from maybe 10pm thru 2 am), the action was good; the O8 portion had a lot of action - i think we had a couple of $2-300 scoop pots. By the time we hit the straight Omaha things slowed down a bit, but still ok.

The play level IMHO was pretty much all over the place with some dudes who clearly didn't know what they were doing to guys who seemed to know the game well.

There was a lot of interest on the PLO and we cycled thru maybe 15 or 16 players by the time the game broke.

Nice to see it finally go. I would suggest in the future if we get it going regularly that we try to keep it as friendly as poss as I think there are a lot of guys who would like to try the game live and will be more interested in playing if the game seems friendly or whatever - you know what i mean.
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:07 PM   #465
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Re: Hollywood Casino @ Penn National thread

When the room opened I asked if they were going to put together a list of names and times to try and get bigger games going. The person at the podium looked at me with blank, lifeless eyes and sort of looked at me like it was the craziest idea she had ever ever heard of. And then sort of shrugged and mumbled something. That was months ago and the time, I would think, to have capitalized on the publicity and interest in the casino getting table games. Now that they are not running at full capacity based solely on the interest generated simply because it is new and shiny they are apparently trying to play catch up and do the things they should have done from the start. I hope they are successful. If they want names for a 10/20+ LHE game, someone PM me.
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:56 PM   #466
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hey check it out - some good news for a change re Penn National............

I just got back from the room and tonite we finally got a PLO 1/2 running, and it actually lasted awhile and went very well.

Big Kudos to Bill the dealer who took it upon himself to get the game started and actually went around the room, table by table - on his break no less - soliciting names of those interested in PLO. He generated a list, got the approval, and we got it going.

The game itself started out as 1/2 PLO8 (hi/lo), but we eventually determined that most of the guys preferred straight Omaha and we switched it to 1/2 PLO hi.

In addition to that, this last thursday we got a 4/8 hi/lo game going in the afternoon that lasted until 5pm. That game also ran well and there was actually some decent action for a limit O game (mostly thanks to a dude named "Herb" who raised virtually every pot preflop, so as there were always at least 5 callers, the pot started out with like $40 or more - we had some $150 - 200 pots; not bad for 4/8 O8

As for the 1/2 PLO tonite (it ran from maybe 10pm thru 2 am), the action was good; the O8 portion had a lot of action - i think we had a couple of $2-300 scoop pots. By the time we hit the straight Omaha things slowed down a bit, but still ok.

The play level IMHO was pretty much all over the place with some dudes who clearly didn't know what they were doing to guys who seemed to know the game well.

There was a lot of interest on the PLO and we cycled thru maybe 15 or 16 players by the time the game broke.

Nice to see it finally go. I would suggest in the future if we get it going regularly that we try to keep it as friendly as poss as I think there are a lot of guys who would like to try the game live and will be more interested in playing if the game seems friendly or whatever - you know what i mean.
Based on the general play there I'm not surprised at all there were some decent pots built. When you get four cards everyone wants to play especially if you can win with a hi or low hand. Most players love almost any two cards in hold em there. This is why I've beeen hoping they get Omaha going. It can be a fun game. And profitable. Even limit is good as you found out. Maybe they could have various games listed all the time that might generate some interest?
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Old 10-31-2010, 04:45 PM   #467
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Since we are sharing ridiculous Hollywood happenings...

My buddy was at a 1/2 table last monday. The dealer flipped up the buttons first dealt card. After the button got his second dealt card face down, the dealer said he couldn't give the button the very next card on the deck (what would be the burn card). His explanation was that a person could not receive back to back cards from the deck. I had never heard this before.

I was told he then proceeded to take the 2nd card from the current deck. As my buddy was explaining the situation, I realized why I never heard this before....The dealer was now changing the flop. What the...
that's a standard misdeal -- no one can be dealt two cards consecutively.
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:53 PM   #468
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Maybe they could have various games listed all the time that might generate some interest?

If anyone from the casino is reading (viks ?) -- this is something they should be doing all the time, I think.

Don't just wait for someone to walk up and ask to start an interest list. There should always be interest lists for other games. It doesn't have to 4 pages worth or anything, but at least have some sort of variety. If those other games are always up there, who knows what might happen....
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If anyone from the casino is reading (viks ?) -- this is something they should be doing all the time, I think.

Don't just wait for someone to walk up and ask to start an interest list. There should always be interest lists for other games. It doesn't have to 4 pages worth or anything, but at least have some sort of variety. If those other games are always up there, who knows what might happen....

Yeah, I mean they do it for 3/6 limit, why not another game? This room just seems to be behind every other room. Why not an Epic Buffet comp with 4 hrs of play at 4/8 limit. I'm sure you'll get some good limit games going then. I'll be there.

And whatever happened to the 2nd floor and tourneys? If by a miracle they allow a casino in at Gettysburg or the west shore, this place could be in even more trouble. Nice commercials though.
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:41 PM   #470
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Yeah, even though that Holiday Inn casino proposal is ridiculous and a longshot to ever happen, I hope it does. We desperately need some competition around here. Even Gettysburg would maybe help a little.

As someone posted earlier in this thread, Hollywood Casinos seem to have a knack for popping up in areas with zero competition. Good for business, bad for the players.
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:53 AM   #471
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Last I heard from G-burg area newspaper, the Gettysburg casino is planned to be managed by Hollywood, even though it would privately owned. Naturally, they will do what they can to stop competition for both Harrisburg and Charlestown.

PLO - so glad they spread it. Hope to play soon. Should be plenty of easy money at the table, just like most games there in general.

Tournies - I've heard mixed bits of information, but it sounds like progress is being made in some fashion to get them going eventually. Wish they could actually post real info, as opposed to various, sometimes conflicting dealer reports. We want donkaments!
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:24 AM   #472
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Little tidbit about the group trying to get the casino going in Mechanicsburg.

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/ind...west_shor.html
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Old 11-03-2010, 01:06 PM   #473
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that's a standard misdeal -- no one can be dealt two cards consecutively.
So anytime the BUTTON's 1st card is turned up it's a misdeal?
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So anytime the BUTTON's 1st card is turned up it's a misdeal?
This varies from house to house. Some places allow two consecutive cards to be dealt to a player so they just treat button "up cards" like any other position. Some places don't allow two consecutive cards so they either A) call it a misdeal or B) give that player a card from somewhere in the deck other than the burn card.
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Old 11-04-2010, 02:21 PM   #475
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I was recently in the area and a buddy suggested to go play there. I actually turned him down because I really don't like the vibe in this room. The floor is so damn inconsistent that it freaks me out that I'll get screwed out of a $200 pot b/c of something stupid.

I've never had such a feeling in a poker room. I haven't played there in a month and a half, has anything changed?

It's funny, I always look at the floor as the police of the room. Here, I feel that they are either corrupt or just incompetent. Either way, it scares me to play there.
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