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Old 04-19-2017, 11:10 AM   #101
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Originally Posted by jdr0317 View Post
Wrong question IMO.

Haha! Word!!

Look for a 20/40 at Live! on Saturdays. It may go in the afternoon or in the evening. There is a reliable player pool who was/has been (?) playing each and every Saturday, and I know they still try to get the game going because I receive the emails from the guys who try to round up enough players for the game to start. The floor there is very good about reserving a table: they'll fill 51 of the 52 tables on a weekend and hold that last one back for the LHE players, as they know that this is good for the room, overall and over time, and they'll change up a dealer rotation when necessary to ensure that the game starts as soon as possible.

It's not a tight game, but don't mistake loose-aggressive for spewtarding. There are spots. Otherwise, I'll decline to comment on the strength of play in that game.

But the lack of a healthy LHE "pyramid" has been THE issue with having an overall-healthy LHE economy in the D.C.-Baltimore-Delaware region. There are plenty of 4/8 games (with unbeatable rakes, for the most part), but there are hardly any 6/12 or 10/20 games to feed the larger games. (A 10/20 used to go regularly at Live! a couple of years ago, but that was only for about 6 months, and then it died.) 1/2 PLO is extremely popular amongst the mid-range, non-NL-cash-players, and they'll even organize games like 1/2/2 5-card PLO and 1/2 PLO 8. There was a fairly regular 6/12 HORSE game that went at Live!, but I don't know if that ever goes anymore. I'd even go so far as to say that there is a reliable expectation that a 5-card PLO game will go either at Live!, MGM, or the Baltimore Hoseshoe at least 4 nights per week. 2/2 and 5/5 PLO cash are 24-7, and they'll play much higher when conditions warrant it.

Bravo is relatively reliable for the non-NL-cash games there, including the wait-lists for games that may go. But if you want to be "in the loop" re when and where to play all the LHE games, just approach a reg at one of the LHE tables and say, "Hey! I heard there's an email chain/listserve to find out when the games are gonna go. Can I get on that?" I 100% guarantee that they'll be more than happy to oblige if they are winning that night. (Don't try this in a 4/8 game, however. They won't know and will look at you like you're a douche.)

Before it's opening in December, MGM National Harbor was proactive about getting the MD Gaming Commission to approve the other games for the mix (i.e., ace-to-five, deuce-to-seven, triple draw high, badugi, badeucey, badacey, and razzdugi). Around the time I left D.C., in December, there was talk about getting a 30/60 or 40/80 13-game mix going at the new room at MGM, but I don't know if that's been a go or not. Regardless, I see it as a good sign that they were proactive about getting the mix games approved because we need any mid-stakes limit play we can get in that area for the (good) larger games to remain healthy. (Although I should say: we've long had plenty of mid-stakes, mixed home games in that area, which do feed the larger LHE games, and a lot of residents are still avid AC and Parx players on weekends, and will play the larger LHE games during the week.)

Overall, I recommend checking out the poker scene in that area because (1) I'm in Europe now so you wouldn't be taking my action; and (2) there's plenty of proverbial meat on the proverbial bone.

Just keep in mind that cost of living in the D.C. Metro Area is extremely high (up there with SF and NY), so grinding 60/120 may be the functional equivalent of grinding 40/80 (or even 30/60?) elsewhere... Except for bankroll requirements.

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