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Old 02-05-2011, 10:37 PM   #3251
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You manage a very nice poker room sir!!!
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Old 02-06-2011, 01:38 AM   #3252
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I'm looking forward to a visit to Parx on Monday early afternoon. You gotta love the diversity on the live game report and choices that this room offers. I'll write a TR, which I'll post later Monday night.
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:28 AM   #3253
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The HOSE game lasted until about 6:00 pm. We played a round of every game but stud eight. The floor called for a new $15-$30 game and most of the players migrated to that game.

After the game I immediately got seated in a $1-$2 game so no worries that the game broke up.
Ahhh then it reformed again later in the evening. I got there when the 2nd 15/30 opened up, the HOSE started up around 8 I would say.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:13 PM   #3254
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Thank you Mike!!!! Nice meeting you as well.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:57 PM   #3255
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RE: The 2/5 game.

sat down yesterday around 4:30 taking my first 2/5 shot and found a table that was ridiculously weak/tight. Which isn't in itself bad, but you gotta grind it out a bit more rather than taking a massive pot from a fish. Little later some whales came along and the game got ridiculously juicy, made around 1.2k. This might be because of the weekend; I would have to play during the week to get a better feel. Probably gonna go back and play some 1/2 some more to build my roll, since I'm not really rolled for 2/5.

Don't know if anyone I've played with posts here. I'm generally wearing a dark brown hooded jacket, the name's Elliot. See ya at the tables!
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Old 02-07-2011, 12:02 AM   #3256
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The HOSE game lasted until about 6:00 pm. We played a round of every game but stud eight. The floor called for a new $15-$30 game and most of the players migrated to that game..
Wait, so you started the rotation game and it broke up in round #4? Ouch... though I see from other posts that it reformed later.
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:36 AM   #3257
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RE: The 2/5 game.

sat down yesterday around 4:30 taking my first 2/5 shot and found a table that was ridiculously weak/tight. Which isn't in itself bad, but you gotta grind it out a bit more rather than taking a massive pot from a fish. Little later some whales came along and the game got ridiculously juicy, made around 1.2k. This might be because of the weekend; I would have to play during the week to get a better feel. Probably gonna go back and play some 1/2 some more to build my roll, since I'm not really rolled for 2/5.

Don't know if anyone I've played with posts here. I'm generally wearing a dark brown hooded jacket, the name's Elliot. See ya at the tables!
Grats on the successful 2/5 shot. This is Gabe btw.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:01 PM   #3258
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I played for the first time at parx last friday. I really like the room. It was very big and nice looking. I walked in and was just like "wow!". So kudos on that. I was content with the 1.50 high life drafts. There was one thing I wasnt so keen on. Now I have only played here once and only at one table and only at 1-2, so im not sure if its all the time like this. But the table I was playing at players didnt really bet according to the pot. Normal raises are 2-4x the BB preflop as an average (obviously some situations may vary this) but there were players constantly opening raises at like 15-22+ dollars and were doing it all night. Then post flop some idea. Like if the pot had 20 dollars in it they were throw 35 with no regards to the pot size. I know you can technically bet what you want, but i dont know. Maybe this is only at the 1-2 tables since there are a lot more fish there. Any opinions?

Oh and also, I now know what everyone was saying about the potholes! Absolutely RIDICULOUS!!! x.x
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:13 PM   #3259
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Normal raises are 2-4x the BB preflop as an average (obviously some situations may vary this) but there were players constantly opening raises at like 15-22+ dollars and were doing it all night. Then post flop some idea. Like if the pot had 20 dollars in it they were throw 35 with no regards to the pot size.
Welcome to live 1/2 NL. This is standard regardless of location. Tread cautiously though. Some of those big raisers don't know what their doing and are just massive LAGs, while others know exactly what their betting and why. The reason why a competent player would bet so much is if the table is super cally, and he wants to get value from all the calling stations who are typically holding marginal hands.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:44 PM   #3260
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They really need to fix that 10 foot pot hole lmao.

Also, that is standard 1/2. My friend is a big winner and opens to 15. I tend to make it 12-14 at 1/2. My open at 2/5 is 20 or 25.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:21 AM   #3261
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I would say $12 is the standard opening raise
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:23 AM   #3262
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TR Parx 2/7/11

Players who live close to this room are lucky indeed

I had a meeting in the northern Philadelphia area this morning and thought I'd stop by Parx. I was hoping to say hello to Ari, but missed him. Some 2 plus 2'ers may know that most of my poker hours are logged at DP where BTW, during the week the game is a little more nitty and maybe a little harder to beat because the level of play may be better within the group of regs playing during the weekdays. I attribute that to the distance from DP to Baltimore, where most of the casual weekend players drive from.

At parx I played 1/2 at a relatively soft table, but was unable to take advantage, so I won't write about wins or loses. Safe to say, it was not a winning session. blah,blah blah,whine...... but I was ahead when the money got in, but still that's poker. Been on a cooler lately, but that's another story.

I might be a little biased as I respect the management of this room immensely. I'm very partial to men/women/managers who respond to their customers and in this case, the poker community's needs. This room is managed efficiently . It's obvious that they have gone out of their way to improve the room and therefore, options that we have within the Mid Atlantic region. I like innovation and people who think and act accordingly, even if they have to stick their neck out a little. I like alternative games other than Hold em, a full room and staff that understands that we pay our way through the rake and we should be treated as the paying customers that we are. And therefore, we should be listened to and even catered to on a certain level. Many rooms are not run this way and appear to be managed as the profit centers that they ultimately are. Though actions which create profits today, if not well considered, may create negative revenue in the future. I've said before that Parx has, IMO the potential to be a "world class poker room" and my visit today did nothing to dissuade me from that belief. Sure, I noticed a pot hole or two in the parking lot, but I noticed more than one of those on my trip up I-95 too. I took special interest in the restrooms (don't get any ideas guys) because I read that they weren't kept clean. But, they were sparkling clean and modern. There was not a hint of smoke, but looking at the bar area, which I was close to, there were never more than five or six guys puffing on them. The parking situation seemed excellent. Once in the door, the signing was clear and the room was staffed sufficiently. It's a modern facility unlike many rooms located within the horse racing industry's often older structures. It takes me much longer to get from my car to the poker room at most AC venues and during daylight, security was clearly present at Parx.

This room has a welcoming, new, clean atmosphere with competent seating staff and an accommodating floor. I'm not crazy about the chips or even the 2 dollar chips playing in a 1/2 game, but that's such a minor issue it's not hardly worth mentioning. I'm a shuffler and these chips are not shuffle friendly. I also wish that cash could play behind, but the chip carts were there in a flash when called for.The waitress staff were fast and pretty, dressed the way a guy likes them to dress. Did I say pretty? That might be a bit understated

They had a awesome group of games available, including multiple level limit games, 4/8 Omaha 08, 1/2 and 2/5 all at noon on a Monday, which is a slow day and traditionally slow time. The dealers were excellent to a person. Sure, I'd have enjoyed the visit more if I won, but I'm glad I went. Honestly, I simply don't see the reason to ever visit AC again, unless I want to go to a show or particular tournament. Vegas offers me little more in poker, but does have pretty lights, a strip and lots of hookers, with a pretend volcano and ship to ship battles. I can get that at the movies. I understand that Parx, with that large room, will have tournaments in the near future and I've heard a rumor that they plan a special "classic" style tournament in early fall.

Here's the key to this room IMO...again. They have a proactive manager who doesn't mind shouldering responsibility and taking personal accountability for the product that's produced. Not many mangers operate that way. Too many are bullied into submission by their boss's who have too small a handle (or can't comprehend the poker player) on what poker guys are looking for in a poker room. And you don't have to look much further than Chester to see a good example of that scenario played out. I know it's better now, but it's no Parx and never will be, simply because of the organization and their corporate take on poker in general. Some players may disagree with me, but I believe that Parx will one day rule the mid Atlantic poker community. With their easy location, proximity to very large population base's including NYC and Philadelphia, coupled with their management who know what we want, they certainly have that goal within their grasp in the next few years. These guys are not your everyday suit. They play the game too. Who better than the know what a poker player wants than a smart poker player. Playing should be a prerequisite to any person being promoted into a position which burdens the responsibly of success. Visiting Parx, it's hard to imagine that this was the last Philadelphia area room to open. They are light years ahead of some of their counterparts that seem hand cuffed by regulatory bodies, who simply are more interested in justifying their existence than offering a pleasant and easy place for players to go and enjoy themselves. Some have understaffed cages, schedule too few on dealers causing problems when the room is unexpectedly busy. Corporations are all about planning....they think planning is the bible and they want staff planned to the person. And then it's just oops. Tables can't be spread until the next shift arrives. There are rooms run solely for the profit of the corporation in Pennsylvania and in West Virginia by a certain very large casino management group. Penn National is one that doesn't care about us. Harrah's, on a different level, seems to operate likewise. They don't appear to care at all about their reputation or the desires of their consumers. They think poker players are little more than degens and they run their rooms accordingly. Parx is NOT one of those places. BTW, I like the nine handed game much more than I expected to. I do, hwoever, wish the thrid man walking rule was enforced better. there is a third man walking rule....right? As I sat in seat five, I was awarded two cup holders.

I had planned a valentines weekend with my wife at the Borgata, but maybe because I post too much about other newer rooms much closer to me, I don't feel welcome there and apparently I am not poker rated nor being offered a poker rate for a room. Don't think for a minute that one won't stick with me. . I'm five miles from Delaware Park which has become my home base. I respect those guys to a person too. I want to visit Parx more, because if nothing else, I really try to support the rooms that support the player and this room rates high on that list. The only regret (except the lighter wallet) was that I didn't see Ari to tell him what a great job he's doing with Parx. Maybe if someone reads this, they can pass that on to him. I'll still visit AC's Borgata and Taj on occasion, but I just don't know what would get me there short of the beach or my wife. If it's poker I want, Parx is half the distance to AC and I can almost throw a rock to Delaware Park. What more do I need?.

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Old 02-08-2011, 01:37 AM   #3263
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i stopped reading after you said the bathrooms were "sparking clean and modern." either you're from a trailer park in West Virginia, or you've been cryogenically frozen for the past 30 years.

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Old 02-08-2011, 03:28 AM   #3264
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Went for the 1st time last week as well- Ladies rooms were super clean, not luxurious by any means, more like a race track bathroom, but clean!

All in all- was impressed by the size of the room, the variety of games, and how well run it is. I agree that I think this will become a huge huge room. Look at how the LA poker rooms have worked out- I see the same kind of scenario in Philly. Once tournaments are up and running, the room will just continue to grow and grow I believe.

My table was super duper nit land with a few drunks that should have been playing looser for the amount of booze they drank. It was ok, no easy money, but I had fun anyway. Wondering why they did not put the auto card shufflers in a different position on the table? Seems awkward. Dealers were mostly decent, some seemed a little green. $2 chips were weird- put probably great for the dealers as I noticed a lot of people were tipping with the $2.

Probably a good thing they con't to charge for booze- seriously if you get bombed what the heck do you do? Sleep in your car? At least if you are paying for the liquor, maybe people won't have sooooo much.

All in all, I'll be back- it has something special going on, and I think more and more people will discover PARX
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:52 AM   #3265
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i stopped reading after you said the bathrooms were "sparking clean and modern." either you're from a trailer park in West Virginia, or you've been cryogenically frozen for the past 30 years.
Went to Vegas three weeks ago and the rstroom at the Venetian and Mirage were about par to the Parx facility. Where do you like to pee best and who's restroom is nicest of all poker rooms? That should make for decent poker discussions. What's wrong with trailer parts in WV?
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:25 AM   #3266
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i stopped reading after you said the bathrooms were "sparking clean and modern." either you're from a trailer park in West Virginia, or you've been cryogenically frozen for the past 30 years.
The bathroom situation has improved somewhat compared to earlier. Almost every time that I've gone into the bathroom now, there's an employee cleaning. Also, on Sunday night, someone had drunkenly passed out on the floor of one of the stalls so he clearly thought the bathroom was clean enough for that (true story).
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:32 AM   #3267
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The bathroom situation has improved somewhat compared to earlier. Almost every time that I've gone into the bathroom now, there's an employee cleaning. Also, on Sunday night, someone had drunkenly passed out on the floor of one of the stalls so he clearly thought the bathroom was clean enough for that (true story).
Thats disgusting but really funny haha

Also, When I went for the first time last week the bathrooms were clean as well.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:33 PM   #3268
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I really like how the urinals are all crammed together without any dividers between them. last night two geniuses were on either side of me, talking about this forum. now i see why it's called "2 + 2."
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:37 PM   #3269
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I really like how the urinals are all crammed together without any dividers between them. last night two geniuses were on either side of me, talking about this forum. now i see why it's called "2 + 2."
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:42 PM   #3270
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Went there for the first time on Saturday and I was impressed with the room. Was able to play a solid 10 hour session with no qualms. Nice to see that half the dealer staff is from Borgata, as I'm already familiar with a lot of them.

Anyone have any good hotel suggestions for the area? I saw the Red Roof Inn on the way back onto the turnpike but does anyone have any recommendations?
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:50 PM   #3271
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Anyone have any good hotel suggestions for the area? I saw the Red Roof Inn on the way back onto the turnpike but does anyone have any recommendations?
Just do what I've seen others do, sleep on the benched downstairs. Seems like a good idea
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Old 02-08-2011, 06:21 PM   #3272
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Went there for the first time on Saturday and I was impressed with the room. Was able to play a solid 10 hour session with no qualms. Nice to see that half the dealer staff is from Borgata, as I'm already familiar with a lot of them.

Anyone have any good hotel suggestions for the area? I saw the Red Roof Inn on the way back onto the turnpike but does anyone have any recommendations?
Sheraton 4 pts is nice, but might be a bit expensive. I stayed there when visiting/house hunting. Its on Rt. 1 towards Philly.
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Sheraton 4 pts is nice, but might be a bit expensive. I stayed there when visiting/house hunting. Its on Rt. 1 towards Philly.
I was thinking something more motel side but without the glass shards and shell casings in the parking lot . I'm not looking for luxury, just a bed to lay in after a 16 hour session to get ready to the next day's 16 hour session.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:48 PM   #3274
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There is a Marriot right in the Parx parking lot.

https://www.marriott.com/reservation...ertyCode=PHLBS
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:40 AM   #3275
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I found the first downside to playing at Parx instead of AC, they stop serving alcohol at 2. Of course this is for all PA casinos but it still helps some of the degens sober up by the morning.
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