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Old 01-12-2009, 04:55 PM   #1
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Can I have some of your opinions on where the best places in aruba are to play?
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:49 PM   #2
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anyone know the rake structure? how often do games go and what are the biggest stakes?
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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Aruba rocks, i just have to say it
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:46 PM   #4
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do a search and just use Aruba, plenty of hits but you have to hunt a bit.

this is copied from a post I found. I am going in Feb myself and staying close to the radisson, lucked out there.



"I was in Aruba during the Aruba Poker Classic.

There are two poker rooms on the strip, at the Radisson and the Excelsior Casino at the Holiday Inn. I'm not sure how filled the Radisson's room will be (if at all?) when the tournament isn't there, but I much preferred it to the Excelsior because of how much better run it was and (sry) i just felt more comfortable being around mostly tourists/some locals then all locals. Plus the dealers were really cool and funny.

The Excelsior is super shady but the games are good. I played a lot of 2/5 but I saw games as high as 25/50 PLO during the ten days I was there. They'll spread whatever you want generally. between NLHE, LHE, PLO, etc for pretty much any stakes if people are interested. The locals softplay each other but most of them are atrocious so w/e. Just keep an eye out for stuff while you're sitting there playing and if you notice the cheating, just leave, because the floor isn't going to do anything. Also enjoy playing with the guy that murdered that girl a few years ago since he's a reg.

Take a cab back to your hotel if you're on the strip, even if you're a few hotels down. Just do it. "
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:59 PM   #5
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Can I have some of your opinions on where the best places in aruba are to play?
1. Radisson
2. Holiday Inn.
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Old 12-31-2009, 11:01 PM   #6
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I just got back. Hyatt now does a cash game that starts late if it goes.

As for the normal Dail tournaments dont play them. Played at the Holiday Inn Excallaber and its rigged. I made some moved at a table with four locals that were buddy buudy with the floor. Got moved and I was no where near the BB. I questioned it and the floor had some half all excuss about something.

The stucture is an all in fest and everyone playes it that way. There is ZERO room for a skilled player ZERO. Push with AA and get 7 callers, raise 9 callers. rebuys unlimited til like the 5th level which will not get you more than 7 BB after level 1. Dont play, its rigged anyway as well as cash. I know the players are cheating and if the house is not helping they are not trying.

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Old 01-02-2010, 11:07 AM   #7
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I just got back. Hyatt now does a cash game that starts late if it goes.

As for the normal Dail tournaments dont play them. Played at the Holiday Inn Excallaber and its rigged. I made some moved at a table with four locals that were buddy buudy with the floor. Got moved and I was no where near the BB. I questioned it and the floor had some half all excuss about something.

The stucture is an all in fest and everyone playes it that way. There is ZERO room for a skilled player ZERO. Push with AA and get 7 callers, raise 9 callers. rebuys unlimited til like the 5th level which will not get you more than 7 BB after level 1. Dont play, its rigged anyway as well as cash. I know the players are cheating and if the house is not helping they are not trying.
I have played in Aruba several times, most recently 3 weeks ago. I much prefer the Radisson to the Holiday.

Main cash game is a $2-2-5 NL (blinds = $2 and $2, $5 to call). Game usually starts around 9-9:30 PM. Max buyin = $2000. Straddle is allowed in any amount from any position (!). Rake is 5% up to $10 max.

Game basically plays like a normal 2-5, altho can play much bigger if there are big stacks, big straddles and/or loose play. They also usually have one or two limit games.

Game depends hugely on player mix, varies a lot from night to night as tourists come and go.

Offduty dealers do play, and they and locals obviously know each other. They do softplay each other sometimes , but I haven't seen anything which looked like collusion.

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Old 01-03-2010, 03:49 AM   #8
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I could perhaps let you know in July. Probably won't play much if any poker but may hear/see some ..... going to Aruba for my honeymoon.
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Old 01-07-2010, 02:51 PM   #9
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Really thinking about this and the noticed it's like $3500 for a week there and flight. Not really something I can't afford, but when I consider it's half the price for the Dominican and all the juicy pokers, I wonder. hmmm...
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Old 01-07-2010, 04:37 PM   #10
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great cash game in Radisson, no max buy in , yeah, you have to deal with regs, but you have that no matter where you play, i dont see any collusion whatsoever and locals and dealers were extremely friendly
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Old 10-29-2010, 01:56 PM   #11
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Heading to Aruba in a week with the wife and wanted to get in some poker once or twice. We're staying at the Radisson and I know they have poker room but I'm not sure what games are spread. Would love to play 2-5nl or 1-2nl. I was there in 2003 and they had no nl games going and only a 4-8 limit game. From searching i saw that they use to spread a 2-5 or 5-10nl game but the last post was over a year ago. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:03 PM   #12
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Re: Poker in Aruba

I would agree with what most people said here. I was in Aruba in August and played at both the Radisson and the Holiday Inn. The Radisson was nice, had a variety of players and agree with what was said above, the stakes and play vary wildly because of the stacks. I was playing 2-5 one night, and the guy sitting on my left had over $1500 in front of him while most of the players were playing with between $150-300. But, since many of the big players seemed like tourists, play was generally pretty friendly.

Holiday Inn seemed sketchy from the moment I walked in there. I lost a bit and didn't come back.

Otherwise, definitely jealous that you are going. That is an amazing little island. And, the complimentary beer at the tables is Balashi, a really good beer made from the island's purified water. Awesome.
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:22 PM   #13
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Radisson was the best place to play for me last Feb when I went. they had 4-8 limit, 2-5 NL and a PLO game that was playing with greens and blacks(and higher). bar is in the poker room, so I stuck to limit and got pretty trashed both nights. balashi on tap in the room, good lager. plus the full bar assortment.

first night dead at the table, which seems normal as people would be tired from sun all day. second night was a lively table with drinkers.

have fun, Aruba is an awesome spot. Beach during the day, and poker and drinking at night.
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:25 PM   #14
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Heading to Aruba in a week with the wife and wanted to get in some poker once or twice. We're staying at the Radisson and I know they have poker room but I'm not sure what games are spread. Would love to play 2-5nl or 1-2nl. I was there in 2003 and they had no nl games going and only a 4-8 limit game. From searching i saw that they use to spread a 2-5 or 5-10nl game but the last post was over a year ago. Any help is appreciated.
I'm in Aruba right now. The Radisson poker room is closed for renovations; don't know when (or if) it will reopen. However, the 2-2-5 NL (blinds 2 and 2, 5 to call) game goes every night at the Holiday Inn (Excelsior)casino, which is not too far down the street. Game starts about 9 PM.
(We also got a 5-5 PLO game going last night, but it only lasted a short while.)
Generally, after a while, there will be some big stacks and plenty of action. Some of the locals are good, some are terrible. Games are bigger and better on Friday and Saturday nights, as you'd expect.
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I'm in Aruba right now. The Radisson poker room is closed for renovations; don't know when (or if) it will reopen. However, the 2-2-5 NL (blinds 2 and 2, 5 to call) game goes every night at the Holiday Inn (Excelsior)casino, which is not too far down the street. Game starts about 9 PM.
(We also got a 5-5 PLO game going last night, but it only lasted a short while.)
Generally, after a while, there will be some big stacks and plenty of action. Some of the locals are good, some are terrible. Games are bigger and better on Friday and Saturday nights, as you'd expect.
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I'm going to be in Aruba this Saturday. Any word if the Radisson poker room was re-opened? Which NL games are they spreading & times? Radisson seems to be the preferred room over the Holiday Inn.

I'll be a few miles away...I'm assuming a cab would be a safe and reasonable option.
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