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10-16-2021 , 08:53 AM
Every now and then I still hear rumors about a Holland room by Railhouse. Any credibility to those?

Whatís the verdict, Kings or Westgate? Feel safe at both? Fun/Comfortable atmosphere? Play level? Cash can tourneys?

Sounds like lately dealers have been better at westgate?

As cold weather approaches itís time to get back in the rooms.
10-17-2021 , 09:36 AM
1) No rumblings on Holland that I've heard. With GLake showing no interest in poker right now that would lend itself to other charity location possibilities.

2) I don't think I've ever worried about Player safety at either location. While it may make some nervous at both locations walking to a vehicle just due to it being pretty dark, you can always try to move it closer as the night moves on for a shorter walk.

Both locations pretty much attract the same Players, with King's having a slightly larger pool just because they are open weekends. Cash has been incredible at both locations and tournaments tend to be 40-60% larger at King's due to location and days of operation.

3) Yes, Westgate has a lot of former GLake Dealers so I lean towards them for sure and it's rarely been an issue waiting on a Dealer to open a table there since they seem to have 2-4 on site before large numbers of Players typically show up. I think the pay structure/rotation is different.

4) Yes, typically poker picks up into Fall/Winter .. and one would have to assume that lots of Players have been patiently waiting to get back to the table for one reason or another. GL
10-17-2021 , 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by answer20 West Michigan Poker
1) No rumblings on Holland that I've heard. With GLake showing no interest in poker right now that would lend itself to other charity location possibilities.

2) I don't think I've ever worried about Player safety at either location. While it may make some nervous at both locations walking to a vehicle just due to it being pretty dark, you can always try to move it closer as the night moves on for a shorter walk.

Both locations pretty much attract the same Players, with King's having a slightly larger pool just because they are open weekends. Cash has been incredible at both locations and tournaments tend to be 40-60% larger at King's due to location and days of operation.

3) Yes, Westgate has a lot of former GLake Dealers so I lean towards them for sure and it's rarely been an issue waiting on a Dealer to open a table there since they seem to have 2-4 on site before large numbers of Players typically show up. I think the pay structure/rotation is different.

4) Yes, typically poker picks up into Fall/Winter .. and one would have to assume that lots of Players have been patiently waiting to get back to the table for one reason or another. GL

Wow, thanks as always answer20! This is super great stuff. I donít comment much but always appreciate your updates and advice.

Iíve played at Kings a few times in years past and of course GL but never tried Westgate. I think I will.
10-19-2021 , 02:33 PM
King's is starting two charities per day this Thursday. Break is 530 to 6 pm .. not sure exactly when they open but license shows 8 am is possible. GL
10-20-2021 , 09:39 AM
Two excellent cash tables at Westgate last night. I got the last seat at the first table around 3PM, so Players are showing up earlier each week.

I'm probably too harsh on this, but there is some incidence of table/seat changing and/or dashing after winning (or losing) big pots. I realize people have schedules, but to see someone sit there for 'many' orbits and then cash out within an orbit of doubling up can bother some folks. Some Players go into the tournament and locker chips, that's no big deal. But if I see a pattern of dashing I just wont give that Player action .. or I'll make sure action is well within my favor at the time. Our game went from awesome to 4-handed in a matter of 15 minutes. I had to leave myself at that time .. probably just a matter of timing for everyone involved.

I'll try to find out what's going on at King's and post it here. There may be a text chain, but I haven't been included as of yet and the Facebook page hasn't been updated in quite some time. They haven't changed the 'voicemail' message as of yet. GL
10-20-2021 , 06:15 PM
Adding to @answer20 - Westgate is having consistently great games. Lots of action players.

Example from Monday:
UTG raise 10
UTG+1 raise to 35
HJ calls
Dealer (action player) calls
UTG all in for 70
UTG+1 all in for 250
HJ folds
Dealer calls with 74hh flops flush
10-21-2021 , 09:01 AM
Looks like King's is aiming for an 11 AM opening today. Hopefully this catches on and become a mainstay for the daytime Players. As long as the charities feel there's value they will continue to pull licenses for these 'events'. GL
10-21-2021 , 12:32 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by legendaryroots West Michigan Poker
Adding to @answer20 - Westgate is having consistently great games. Lots of action players.

Example from Monday:
UTG raise 10
UTG+1 raise to 35
HJ calls
Dealer (action player) calls
UTG all in for 70
UTG+1 all in for 250
HJ folds
Dealer calls with 74hh flops flush

West Michigan Poker
10-22-2021 , 08:25 AM
Pretty good first showing at King's .. two tables were running by 130? Never got a PLO table going but they will try again today.

If you are on site you can probably sign up for a seat at 1030, otherwise they will start to answer the phone at 1100.

Last hands at 510 so the charity can be 'long gone' by 530 and then the new charity can start at 600.

FKeepers had a really good 2/5 RxR going on Wed well into the evening.

No word out of SEagle, but they had been trying to get poker back going in Oct, actually Sept, but have had staffing issues as the poker Dealers are stuck in the pits until they can hire and train new pit Dealers (and retain them for more than a week). GL
10-25-2021 , 08:58 AM
Looks like FKeepers is getting back to 'normal' .. via the FK thread .. GL

Tournaments are back at FK starting Nov 1.

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday at 1pm & 6pm
$40 NL holdem - 20 minute levels - 10k starting stack

Thursday 1pm
$40 NL holdem - 20 minute levels - 10k starting stack

Thursday 6pm
$60 RxR PLO+NL holdem - 20 minute levels - 12k starting stack

Sunday 6pm
$60 Pineapple poker - 20 minute levels - 10k starting stack
(Player is dealt three cards but must discard one preflop)
10-25-2021 , 09:11 AM
PSA of sorts .. Put in quite a few charity hours as of late and while I've dealt with this type of behavior in the past it just bothered me more so last week. Hopefully I'm not trending towards OMC!!

Please be aware of angle shooters at your table and don't be afraid to call them out immediately in front of the table. There's some Players who may not even know when an angle has been attempted and/or they've fallen victim to one.

There's one specific Player who is causing misdeals, showing cards, giving off physical tells (both false and true), talking during hands (OPTAH) and acting out of turn in an attempt to change pending action.

Granted I fully admit that I'm more fired up about this due to the angles 'working' but none the less I figured I'd at least put it out here for the 10 people who still come looking.

Poker is coming back more and more each week as Players feel more comfortable coming out in public and as the weather changes here in the Fall. So if you are going to play I hope you can enjoy yourself and get whatever you aim to from coming out .. but please pay attention and don't be afraid to hold your ground and/or speak your mind.

Now, there's a nice way and an 'elevated' way to go about this. I would suggest you aim your comments at the Dealer and not the person (sorry Dealers) .. and ask questions, not make pointed 'accusations'. "Can he do that?" or "Is that allowed?" are much better than just calling someone out (which you trying to do anyway).

Ramble, ramble .. GL
10-27-2021 , 09:19 AM
We have a local Player who is pretty deep in the RxR event at the WSOP (event 50), having survived a very long Day 1 and is deep into the money with about 70 to go out of 1600-ish.

The word from a few out there is that cash games are so good that there are not as many tournament entries as you might expect. GL
11-13-2021 , 11:10 AM
We have another local that is 'very' deep into the money in a tournament at the WSOP .. and low and behold PLO is involved! If you want to check out the listings for Event #71, PLO Bounty, you will see they are down to the final 15 Players going into Saturday play out in Vegas. Don't be fooled by the prize money involved as each bounty is worth $500, so it would be hard to imagine that all of the remaining Players don't have their BI (or 2) covered already via eliminating Players from the field. I don't think this tournament will be streamed as 'the' feature table on PokerGo, but there's always a chance they could make it to one of the secondary tables. More than likely they will play to a winner when play resumes today at 6pm 'our' time.

There were a few cashes in the $10k ME, but I haven't thoroughly checked to see what happened last night. There were lots of shorter stacks from all over Michigan going into the money bubble with a lot of them busting from 700-1000th place .. including one gas station owner from Muskegon who ran AK into AA to bust.

Charity rooms are still humming along 7 days a week with King's 'day shift' getting one table going right away and typically a 2nd 1-3 hours afterwards through the changeover at 5PM. GL
11-19-2021 , 02:03 PM
Firekeepers is holding a $350 Black Chip Bounty on 'black' Saturday, Nov 27. I believe it's 20k chips with 30 minute levels starting at 1PM. Yes, there's a big college football game that day, but it's their first 'big' tournament since before CV. GL
11-29-2021 , 01:09 PM
Remember that Westgate is opening at 2PM Mon-Thur .. tournaments daily with $100 BI on Thursdays

King's opens at 1030 with (usually) cards in the air by 11 Thur-Sun. Occasionally PLO will go during the day, but they wont run it at night due to chip availability.

FK got 301 entries in the black chip on Sat, very good turnout .. certainly more to come with that kind of turnout. GL

      
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