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Old 01-04-2012, 10:55 PM   #26
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

I stayed @ the Ameristar Casino. Excellent rooms, lousy casino. Rates were $150, but I try to contact a casino host for reduced rates.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:44 AM   #27
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

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Read previous threads from WSOP CE Hammond or CPC to find out where people have stayed and opinions on them. The same questions and issues arise every single time.
Yeah, this.

Also, Super 8 is a noticeable step below Ramada and Magnuson just so everyone knows
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #28
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Read previous threads from WSOP CE Hammond or CPC to find out where people have stayed and opinions on them. The same questions and issues arise every single time.
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Looks like schedules are coming out some time in January...
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:43 AM   #29
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

There's a page about the tournament series on the Hammond Horseshoe's website, 3rd Annual Chicago Poker Classic, but it's identical to the flyer that dimeat already posted. I keep hoping to find structure information there...guess I'll just keep checking back a couple times a week for now.

I'm hoping to get a better sense of what this series is like, so here are some questions for those willing to answer:

What are the rebuy tournaments like here? I don't play many of them, so looking for more details on how exactly these go down. I see on Cardplayer that last year's PLO w/rebuys got 109 entrants and 685 rebuys. Averaging 6+ rebuys per person, I guess the rebuy period was long and the rebuyers about averagely loose? The NLHE rebuy tournament doesn't have the numbers listed, but doing some rough math it looks like it averaged just shy of 6 rebuys per person as well. I suppose a lot of rebuys would be natural in tournaments with a 240 or 350 buy-in, but only a 100 dollar rebuy.....

How about the HU tournament? Anyone who played it have any input on what it was like or how tough it was? It looks like you had to win 3 HU up matches to cash (paid 32 out of 238 players), that's about all I could glean online so far.

How turbo-y are the turbos? Or are these new this year?

Nightly 130s start at 8PM....must get over really late, or is it just a super fast structure? Or are the turnouts just not that high on these? Also, I assume the added 3K ME seat in the 8PM nightly is given to 1st place on top of the 1st place prize (and could be negotiated in a potential chop)?

Other general insights/tips about this location and tournament series greatly appreciated for a Chicago-area poker newb.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:55 AM   #30
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

Rebuy Tournaments - you get 2k to start, 2k more for rebuys and can double add on for $200 if you want at the end of 4 levels. There is heavy action during the rebuy period especially in the PLO.

HU tournament - they were just shy of either 128 or 256 last year and a few got byes. It was a well structured HU tournament with plenty of satellite qualifiers. I had a match go for 2 hours last time before I lost .

Turbos are new this year so we'll see how it goes...

The nightlies do have a fast structure and it still goes pretty late into the night depending on field size. You are correct the 3k seat is added to 1st place on top of the prize pool.
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Old 01-10-2012, 12:02 PM   #31
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:39 PM   #32
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

cant come soon enough imo
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:49 PM   #33
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

Thanks much for the input boiler! I think I might come for the whole series.

Looking thru old Hammond threads right now for hotel advice as someone else mentioned to do, but it's like a needle in a haystack trying to figure out what's the best choice. I'll have a car, which is great, but it opens up so many more potential options to shoot down.....much easier when the only logical choice is a casino/hotel :S
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:35 PM   #34
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Do they run the tourneys elsewhere in the casino? Do they still run cash games during the tournaments? Thanks!
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Old 01-11-2012, 08:58 PM   #35
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Do they run the tourneys elsewhere in the casino? Do they still run cash games during the tournaments? Thanks!
The tourneys are in The Venue, cash games will be going.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:15 AM   #36
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:28 PM   #37
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

Should probably note that during event #1a (and probably #1b) the tables in the poker room are used for the tournament, so cash games can only start once those tables break (there are usually lots of alternates, so it can take a while before the tables start breaking).
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:16 PM   #38
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

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Thanks much for the input boiler! I think I might come for the whole series.

Looking thru old Hammond threads right now for hotel advice as someone else mentioned to do, but it's like a needle in a haystack trying to figure out what's the best choice. I'll have a car, which is great, but it opens up so many more potential options to shoot down.....much easier when the only logical choice is a casino/hotel :S
basically your options are the 3 hammond ones (Ramada, Magnuson, Super 8), driving to one of the communities further south of hammond for similar hotels, or stay somewhere a bit further but connected by highway (like towards Chicago or at the Blue Chip casino back east on I-90). That might be a good choice for you if you want to stay at a casino property, because they'll spread games there too
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:39 PM   #39
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

So from the sounds of it, this tournament series sounds like a good one. Are there caps on the entries? I'm most likely headed down for the last weekend of the series in March.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:09 AM   #40
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

i don't think there are caps, for wsopc they used the cash tables when they had an unexpectedly high amount of tournament players. i'd expect ~1k for each starting day of the first event.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:33 AM   #41
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

FWIW, I played the HU tourny last year and stayed in Chicago and drove in. Long drive, but I loved staying in a cool city with **** to do after being done with the grind for the day. Not sure how long I'm coming out for yet or where I'm staying, but hard to pass on the Chicago option.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:50 AM   #42
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

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i don't think there are caps, for wsopc they used the cash tables when they had an unexpectedly high amount of tournament players. i'd expect ~1k for each starting day of the first event.
Yeah, lookin at last year, it looks like event one is massive, then towards the end it's like a quarter of the entries.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:50 PM   #43
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

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FWIW, I played the HU tourny last year and stayed in Chicago and drove in. Long drive, but I loved staying in a cool city with **** to do after being done with the grind for the day. Not sure how long I'm coming out for yet or where I'm staying, but hard to pass on the Chicago option.
Definitely the best way to go, Chicago is a great city, I'll be staying in Lovely Gary, IN at the Majestic Star which is actually not that bad of an option.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:14 PM   #44
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

Got any structures yet? or have I missed them somewhere....




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Definitely the best way to go, Chicago is a great city, I'll be staying in Lovely Gary, IN at the Majestic Star which is actually not that bad of an option.
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:31 PM   #45
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Definitely the best way to go, Chicago is a great city
Except for parking. :/
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:12 PM   #46
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

Couple specific hotel questions, if anyone versed in Chicago can give me some input.

Toying with the idea of staying at a chain I like in the Lombard/Oak Brook area. Mapquest says my drive between here and the Shoe would be 51 minutes for 36 miles (using IL-110 and Interstate I-90). Does this really sound feasible (considering most of my driving would be none rush hour), or is this way off?

Also considering staying in Indiana. Sort of have it narrowed down to a couple hotels, one in Merrillville, and one in Portage. Both are nearly identical distances from the Shoe according to maquest (35ish minutes). Which town do you think would be nicer for a visitor to stay in? Or should I not stay in Indiana at all and focus on southeast Chicago?

I'm considering the Doubletree in Alsip as well, but one friend told me that's not the greatest area either, so I dunno...I personally figured it would be ok, but only been to Midway area once 10 years ago and don't really remember anything.

From what I've read here and other places, I really don't want to stay too much closer to the casino, as the areas might be a bit shady. Hearsay I know, but will have a car so no harm driving a few more minutes if my stay is substantially more comfortable. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:55 PM   #47
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Couple specific hotel questions, if anyone versed in Chicago can give me some input.

Toying with the idea of staying at a chain I like in the Lombard/Oak Brook area. Mapquest says my drive between here and the Shoe would be 51 minutes for 36 miles (using IL-110 and Interstate I-90). Does this really sound feasible (considering most of my driving would be none rush hour), or is this way off?

Also considering staying in Indiana. Sort of have it narrowed down to a couple hotels, one in Merrillville, and one in Portage. Both are nearly identical distances from the Shoe according to maquest (35ish minutes). Which town do you think would be nicer for a visitor to stay in? Or should I not stay in Indiana at all and focus on southeast Chicago?

I'm considering the Doubletree in Alsip as well, but one friend told me that's not the greatest area either, so I dunno...I personally figured it would be ok, but only been to Midway area once 10 years ago and don't really remember anything.

From what I've read here and other places, I really don't want to stay too much closer to the casino, as the areas might be a bit shady. Hearsay I know, but will have a car so no harm driving a few more minutes if my stay is substantially more comfortable. Thanks in advance.
I wouldn't stay at oakbrook. While it is the nicest of the four towns, by far, it's def the farthest and rush hour could rough. I've stayed at the Double Tree in Alsip, not bad. The area is fine and I know if a couple good bars near there if interested. GL
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:02 PM   #48
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Re: Chicago Poker Classic 2012 - Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago) Feb. 23 - March 5

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Couple specific hotel questions, if anyone versed in Chicago can give me some input.

Toying with the idea of staying at a chain I like in the Lombard/Oak Brook area. Mapquest says my drive between here and the Shoe would be 51 minutes for 36 miles (using IL-110 and Interstate I-90). Does this really sound feasible (considering most of my driving would be none rush hour), or is this way off?

Also considering staying in Indiana. Sort of have it narrowed down to a couple hotels, one in Merrillville, and one in Portage. Both are nearly identical distances from the Shoe according to maquest (35ish minutes). Which town do you think would be nicer for a visitor to stay in? Or should I not stay in Indiana at all and focus on southeast Chicago?

I'm considering the Doubletree in Alsip as well, but one friend told me that's not the greatest area either, so I dunno...I personally figured it would be ok, but only been to Midway area once 10 years ago and don't really remember anything.

From what I've read here and other places, I really don't want to stay too much closer to the casino, as the areas might be a bit shady. Hearsay I know, but will have a car so no harm driving a few more minutes if my stay is substantially more comfortable. Thanks in advance.
Drive the extra 25 minutes and stay near the Sherriville/Merrillvile area. I personally like the Holiday Express. Good luck! I won't make this tourney this year.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:14 PM   #49
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Drive the extra 25 minutes and stay near the Sherriville/Merrillvile area. I personally like the Holiday Express. Good luck! I won't make this tourney this year.
+1, that sounds like a better plan. Chicago traffic is completely unpredictable, and you could be in heavy traffic at pretty much any hour of the day.
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:02 PM   #50
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Got any structures yet? or have I missed them somewhere....
Right side of page.........

http://www.horseshoehammond.com/casi...ic-detail.html
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