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Old 10-11-2017, 06:54 AM   #201
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sitting on top of the waitlist for ever while watching multiple regs come in and get sat.

open targeting of new players to the point where in the $1/$2 plo at Edgewater, (which played much bigger than that,) in over two hours literally no single hand of any kind went as far as the turn if I, the new guy, wasn't in it;

listening while a guy explains in great detail (at the tournament table, during play, after calling off with trash, and hitting a miracle,) how he and his buddy's rig tournaments by team playing and getting all-in against each other so one of them will double up and go forward with a big stack. (He was more concerned with us thinking he was a donk than he was with admitting to cheating. I looked at the Dealer and he just shrugged. When I talked to the Floor about it later his attitude was basically "so what, what do you expect me to do about it.")

Pretty much any way you can think of to drive rec's away from the game, I've seen it or experienced it in the Poker.


The regs wouldve called in. Ive played there for years and the wait list does not get cheated.

The players, well yeah theres alot of bull**** amongst regs that can sometimes happen, but this definitely not the norm.

The tournament strategy of going all in with your friend is a terrible strategy. If idiots are doing this thinking its a good strategy, thats great.

Its a reg heavy room because there arent enough tables and the wait lists discourage new players, but the things you mentioned are definitely not any sort of norm.
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:22 PM   #202
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The regs wouldve called in. Ive played there for years and the wait list does not get cheated.

The players, well yeah theres alot of bull**** amongst regs that can sometimes happen, but this definitely not the norm.

The tournament strategy of going all in with your friend is a terrible strategy. If idiots are doing this thinking its a good strategy, thats great.

Its a reg heavy room because there arent enough tables and the wait lists discourage new players, but the things you mentioned are definitely not any sort of norm.
I assume you are jumping in to defend Edgewater? Well, since the wait-list gets "manipulated" in pretty much every card room on the planet, I'd think it's safe to say that at a room as poorly run and as reg-heavy as that place was, rec's were not always treated fairly by the list.

I've been playing poker for over 40 years. I know when I'm being targeted. It happens to rec's and newcomers a lot in all kinds of games, but they weren't very subtle about it in the PLO at Edgewater. It's akin to collusion and should be discouraged by anyone who cares about the game.

The point I was making about the guys playing as a team was that they were openly colluding, and the dealer and floor could have cared less. (This was at river rock, but I've seen plenty of what could be described as "Team Play" in the casinos around here over the years. I've never seen anyone running the games challenge or discourage it.)

I appreciate that you, as a reg, have taken the time to tell me, a rec, how things were for a rec in your room. Since I was only there occasionally, and felt discouraged about returning, I missed out on coming back other times when I would not have seen multiple players seated after being assured that I was next up, and I could have enjoyed some plo sessions where I was getting a fair game, and not playing my one hand against 8 heads up matches simultaneously. My loss I guess.

I sure hope the Parq is better run but I don't count on it, especially not if the staff or managers from Edgewater are involved...

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Old 10-24-2017, 08:54 AM   #203
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Looks like the rake is going up city wide Nov 1st to 10% $7 max, Pretty massive jump from 5% $5 max not including bad beat jackpot $$.

Curious how this will affect the games and if it happens all throughout Alberta not just Calgary
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Old 10-24-2017, 04:20 PM   #204
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it wont affect the games much at all it will just transfer the money from any winning players over to the casino. the losing players will just loose a little faster and more.
ultimately in a few years there will be less games of all sizes.
the winning players will be the ones that only sit in good games and jump around to them and quit immediately when the game gets poor. as what is usually needs to be done anyway.
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:47 AM   #205
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it wont affect the games much at all it will just transfer the money from any winning players over to the casino. the losing players will just loose a little faster and more.
ultimately in a few years there will be less games of all sizes.
the winning players will be the ones that only sit in good games and jump around to them and quit immediately when the game gets poor. as what is usually needs to be done anyway.
Ya of course but curious to see if the rake changes in Edmonton or Red Deer as well.
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Old 10-25-2017, 11:30 AM   #206
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probably will if they think they can make more bottom line most any business will up the charges.
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Old 10-25-2017, 05:59 PM   #207
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99% it's province wide.
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Old 11-02-2017, 05:08 PM   #208
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99% it's province wide.


Confirmed province wide.


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Old 11-14-2017, 12:12 PM   #209
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Hello fellas, im planning to go to calgary for a month and want to play some cash, but i have some questions.

My plan is going in from mid february till april 1st, and i will be close to downtown, (Inglewood-East village) Cowboys is my first choice but i want to know how often they open 2/5? if not, is there a casino on calgary that opens 2/5 often?

2nd, how about the rake and comps?

3rd, How about the level? is there a lot of fishes or the field is nitty?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-15-2017, 01:37 PM   #210
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Hello fellas, im planning to go to calgary for a month and want to play some cash, but i have some questions.



My plan is going in from mid february till april 1st, and i will be close to downtown, (Inglewood-East village) Cowboys is my first choice but i want to know how often they open 2/5? if not, is there a casino on calgary that opens 2/5 often?



2nd, how about the rake and comps?



3rd, How about the level? is there a lot of fishes or the field is nitty?



Thanks in advance.

Cowboys generally runs 1/2 NL and 1/2/5 PLO during the week.

Grey Eagle is pretty similar.

Deerfoot had bigger games during their last series, but not sure that’s always the case.

Rake is 10% max $7 + $1 BBJ

Comps: LOL

Games always depend on who’s where and when. Can be reg invested or super juicy or anywhere in between.



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Old 11-15-2017, 05:15 PM   #211
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If you won't have a vehicle just stick with Cowboys. Like prairiebreeze said, they are all pretty much the same, but Deerfoot and Grey Eagle have button straddle, so they would be closer to 2/5 for the most part.

There is no comps at Cowboys and they got rid of free rounds at the same time they increased the rake. Not sure about the others. The rake is max $5 everywhere as far as I know and I heard Deerfoot has a $2 BBJ drop (no idea if that's true, I doubt it is, but worth asking about) but they tend to have much bigger jackpots.

I'm still just playing 1/2, but the players there are god awful terrible, I can think of 1 player at that level I think is a good player. I can't imagine 2/5 is much harder. If you are a good player, none of the regs should scare you, they are for the most part nits but their strategy talk can make for some good comedic relief. If you're in a game in Calgary and don't think it's juicy, you need to hit the lab and hit it hard.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:08 PM   #212
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Anyone know when the next decent sized tournament series is gonna be?
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Old 11-16-2017, 02:27 AM   #213
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The rake is max $5 everywhere as far as I know and I heard Deerfoot has a $2 BBJ drop (no idea if that's true, I doubt it is, but worth asking about) but they tend to have much bigger jackpots.
It is true, The second $1 is on pots over $100 and goes towards there high hand promo not the bad beat.

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Anyone know when the next decent sized tournament series is gonna be?
Deerfoot has one at the end of the month on the 25th, $700+24 LINK
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Old 11-16-2017, 06:18 AM   #214
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Thanks but I'm looking for multiple tournaments with some bigger cash game action on the side, anywhere in Alberta.
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Old 11-18-2017, 01:43 PM   #215
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Thanks but I'm looking for multiple tournaments with some bigger cash game action on the side, anywhere in Alberta.


Yeah good luck because that only happens about 3-4 times a year.

The casinos are killing poker in Canada.


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Old 11-18-2017, 06:49 PM   #216
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This is the slowest time of year for MTTs in Calgary, the next series is probably Deerfoot in January.
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Old 01-06-2018, 12:37 AM   #217
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Hey Kind of confused from facebook group talk + here since I only caught bits and pieces of it, I know above it says all of them are at $5 max but was that before changes? seems like it went from them saying it was a mandatory rake raise to some casino's saying they are not changing?

Did all/any casinos in Calgary end up going through with the change to 10%/$7 cap rake change? Or did some stay on $5 cap?

Finally hopping back into live near end of January so want to shop around if any casinos kept the lower rake option.
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:59 AM   #218
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Hey Kind of confused from facebook group talk + here since I only caught bits and pieces of it, I know above it says all of them are at $5 max but was that before changes? seems like it went from them saying it was a mandatory rake raise to some casino's saying they are not changing?

Did all/any casinos in Calgary end up going through with the change to 10%/$7 cap rake change? Or did some stay on $5 cap?

Finally hopping back into live near end of January so want to shop around if any casinos kept the lower rake option.
Before the rake was 5% cap at $5 now it is 10% cap $5 at least in Calgary, Edmonton has mostly gone with the $7 10%. So the rake did increase in Calgary but it was the % not the $ cap.

Few differences in the promo's in Calgary though, Deer foot charges more for there promos but also give more and the $1/2 has gone up to $1/3. IMO the best place to play is grey eagle for NL ( small rake/promo and generally bigger game with $500 max/button straddles) And cowboys for plo ( always games running ). Cash casino is also great for plo/dc, Not always a game running but they give back $2/hr for food/drinks.

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