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i was playing poker at Harrah's in Chester, and conversation with a few of the players at the table made me realize just how many casinos i've played in now, which is more than i thought given that i only really started this poker room journey about two and a half years ago.

but since then, i've played in 14 casinos around the states: three in southern california, two in oregon, two in tahoe, one in reno, one (soon to be two) in PA, one in new jersey, two in louisiana, and one in mississippi.

i still need to go back to vegas and play there again, as well as washington. i know nothern california has some card clubs too. not sure where else there is to play.

it's been fun though. you'd think maybe i was good at this game or something. and i guess i am, but i'm not great at it. at least not yet.

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Dec. 29th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
gambling/poker is one of the main attractions of vegas, but it's not the only one. there's a lot of shops, shows, &c. i don't actually know much about it; the three times i was in vegas, the first time i just played poker, the second time was part of a DDR tournament, and the third time i was just passing and visiting friends during my drive from OR to NOLA.

if you've never spent a lot of time inside a casino i also find it fascinating just to walk around one, partially because of the overall casino aesthetic, partially because of some casino's individual architectural and personal aesthetic choices, and also for people observation.

still though, i feel that if you're not planning on spending a lot of time gambling, better to maybe go to a casino in a place where there's more going on that has more alternative appeal. such as new orleans. :)
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Dec. 30th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
spring is big tourist time, so yeah it's busy, but that's part of the appeal I think, especially for me who lives far enough away from the quarter that I have the luxury of choosing if I'm going to be a part of that madness or not/

mardi gras day isn't until march this year, so it won't be quite as bad as it could be. late feb you'll still get some parades since they go on for two or so weeks.

you should come. if you want you can stay with me; I have a spare bed in the main room, big enough for two, and I'm very close to the streetcar line for when I'm busy and can't entertain you. if you'd rather get a hotel I can point you in the direction of the cheapest local ones (not too cheap) or suburb farther ones (which would then need a car rental).

drop me an email or something.
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
I heard it's easier to win at poker in Vegas because there are so many tourist players there that are looking to have a good time and aren't necessarily playing to win. I've always wondered if that was true - would you happen to know?
Dec. 30th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
I don't think you can make a blanket statement like that; there are a lot of variables involved than location.

harrahs in new Orleans is a mixture of tourists and regulars. but tourists aren't always worse than regulars. once you sit down at a table for a while you can get a sense of who the fish are vs the sharks, who the passive vs aggressive are, who th tight ve loose are.

sometimes tourists can seem easier in some ways because yes they're just there to have a good time, so they'll play a little too loose, believe that their average hands are good against clear strong winners. but sometimes regulars - particularly cheap stake regulars - can be easy too because they have a routine that's very easy to read and then exploit.

i think it's more dependent upon the stakes you play. 1/2 no limit has similar players no matter where you go, and usually those games aren't tough if you know what you're doing. 2/5 can have some bad players but some good ones too, and once you get higher than that then the tables get tougher. the same is true of lower stakes limit vs higher stakes. play on a 2/4 3/6 or 4/8 and you'll generally get players who are only average. get into 8/16, 10/20, 15/30, that play can also get tougher.

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