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Old 07-11-2018, 02:20 AM   #1
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Tips for Casinos for poker

Hello, i wanted to ask the community for tips for good cardroom locations in the US, ive taken a few trips from Norway to East Coast card rooms but want to explore more. My options are restricted to certain parts of the US because i can only fly to cities that SAS flies to. As for domestic traveling i can survive like 3 hours of greyhound or 1-2 hour domestic flights.

Washington

Boston (ive been to Foxwoods/Mohegan)

Miami

New York (Ive been to AC)

San Fransisco

Los Angeles

Chicago
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:29 AM   #2
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Re: Tips for Casinos for poker

New York City has underground clubs and home games but no legal card rooms. You'd have to go upstate, AC, or elsewhere to find one.

What kind of stakes are you looking for? If you want 2/5 and under you'll be able to find it almost anywhere so start with whatever city looks interesting for other tourist activities. For higher stakes or non-NLH some would be better than others.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:35 AM   #3
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Re: Tips for Casinos for poker

If you go to Chicago the best poker room in the area is Horseshoe in Hammond, IN. It's probably a 20-30 min drive from wherever you are in the city. They spread 1-2 NL, 2-5 NL, 5-10 NL, 1-2 PLO, 5-5 PLO, 5-10 PLO, 3-6 LH, and a huge mixed game I think it's 50-100. Great room, lots of traffic.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:50 AM   #4
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New York City has underground clubs and home games but no legal card rooms. You'd have to go upstate, AC, or elsewhere to find one.

What kind of stakes are you looking for? If you want 2/5 and under you'll be able to find it almost anywhere so start with whatever city looks interesting for other tourist activities. For higher stakes or non-NLH some would be better than others.
Yeah, mostly 2/5, and 1/2 if the cap is high. The best would be a place with nice nature, hikes etc.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:52 AM   #5
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If you go to Chicago the best poker room in the area is Horseshoe in Hammond, IN. It's probably a 20-30 min drive from wherever you are in the city. They spread 1-2 NL, 2-5 NL, 5-10 NL, 1-2 PLO, 5-5 PLO, 5-10 PLO, 3-6 LH, and a huge mixed game I think it's 50-100. Great room, lots of traffic.
Nice, ill check it out!
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:46 AM   #6
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Yeah, mostly 2/5, and 1/2 if the cap is high. The best would be a place with nice nature, hikes etc.
Cherokee, NC would provide hiking, rafting, nature, ect. Not sure if you can get there though. $1/2 $200 and $2/5 $500 or table max

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Old 07-11-2018, 12:24 PM   #7
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Re: Tips for Casinos for poker

How much time do you have and would you consider a road trip in a rental car?
Would you consider flying into one location and leaving from another?
You don't even mention Vegas?
Not very much 'nature' in any of the cities you list?
What time of year is your trip?

If you wanted to do a serious road trip you may want to consider ...

1) Fly into Chicago (Horseshoe Hammond, IN) .. daily 2/5, some 5/10, can be pretty crazy

2) Detroit (Motor City/MGM for 2/5) ... with Firekeepers (deep 1-2) in between (Battle Creek, MI)

3A) Toledo, OH to Cleveland, OH or
3B) Toledo, OH to Columbus, OH

4A) Pittsburgh, PA to Philadelphia, PA
4B) Pittsburgh, PA to Baltimore/Washington (National Harbor is less than 2 years old)


I guess if you will have somewhat limited resources (or time) once here, then consider Baltimore/Washington area and play both MGM National Harbor and Maryland Live. There is plenty of action 7 days a week at both casinos. GL
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Old 07-11-2018, 01:03 PM   #8
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Re: Tips for Casinos for poker

San Francisco itself has nothing, but within an hour's drive there is Oaks in Oakland/Emeryville, Lucky Chances in Colma, but I'm most familiar with M8trix and Bay 101 in San Jose.

The San Jose rooms are similar (and very close to each other) in low stakes, with Bay 101 having more LHE games. Both have deep stacked 2/3/5 (2 is the button blind) NL that is usually action-packed.

There is some "nature" nearby on Highway 280 that goes between SF and San Jose, and the ocean is an hour or two drive, but the Lake Tahoe area has better nature, 4 hour's drive from there.
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Old 07-11-2018, 01:25 PM   #9
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San Francisco itself has nothing, but within an hour's drive there is Oaks in Oakland/Emeryville, Lucky Chances in Colma, but I'm most familiar with M8trix and Bay 101 in San Jose.
Also Artichoke Joe's in San Bruno, Graton in Rohnert Park, California Grand in Pacheco, and a bunch of smaller rooms (Pete's, Livermore, Palace, etc). Some of the Indian casinos (Red Rock, Cache Creek) are arguably within 1 hour.

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There is some "nature" nearby on Highway 280 that goes between SF and San Jose, and the ocean is an hour or two drive, but the Lake Tahoe area has better nature, 4 hour's drive from there.
Clearly pig4bill is not a nature lover.

Across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco is the Marin Headlands - Angel Island, Muir Woods, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes.

If you're going to drive 4 hours, Yosemite National Park is about 1.36 zillion times better than Tahoe.

The SFBA is probably second to Denver and better than Seattle in terms of nature near a poker city. The poker in the SFBA isn't special but the nature is.
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Old 07-11-2018, 01:27 PM   #10
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Re: Tips for Casinos for poker

Why can you only fly to cities served by SAS? Seems like once you got TO the States, everything is fair game via connecting flights, even if it means using a different airline. Plenty of people take trips that require changing terminals or airlines...
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:32 AM   #11
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Re: Tips for Casinos for poker

Thank you for all the great tips!

Just to clarify, the reason for only flying SAS is that i have a deal with them that makes flying to the US very, very cheap. Dont mind domestic flights or greyhounds as long as they are not to long, the stay will probably be 1-3 weeks.

I dont really wanna roadtrip around, rather stay in one place the whole time and get to know it really good.

I didnt mention Vegas, and i probably shouldve, because i just came back from a month of 2/5 and 1/2 (at GN) grinding.
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:28 PM   #12
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Re: Tips for Casinos for poker

Well then I would bounce between MGM Harbor Shores and Maryland Live then. You may want to check out their specific threads here on this site (And the Bravo App) and ask some questions about transportation between the two. From the outside looking in, neither is 'convenient' to the center of other attractions you may want to take in. GL
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