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MGM Grand Detroit poker room

to get to the poker room, you have to go past a bouncer and up an elevator where both the poker room and one of the night clubs exist side by side.  There's enough separation between the two that it's not a big deal, when i was playing i never really noticed any outside noise.

The room itself holds 9 tables.  The tables are laid out pretty spaciously - they could have fit a few more tables in there, but i'm not sure what sort of demand there is at that room since out of the nine tables there were only five games running on a holiday thursday evening.  It took me about 25-30 minutes to get an actual seat.  I should have called ahead.  For some reason even though they used the Bravo system, their information didn't show up on my Bravo app.  I'm not sure why.

The dealers were competent at their job but they were generally pretty quiet.  not unfriendly, but not very talkative or social.  There was one exception, but he pretty much talked to just one person who he knew outside of work, and he was a pretty bad dealer in his unprofessionalism.  He was only half-focused on his job as dealer, the rest of it was focused on watching the baseball game.  Dealers at Harrah's New Orleans will glance at the tvs sometime, but they only ever glance.  This guy was blatantly watching, with his eyes glued to the tv while he was shuffling and while action was going on.  He also didn't have great customer service skills.  He asked me when i first sat down (he was the first dealer) if i wanted to post my blind to come in right away, and when i said no, he said, "um, okay" in a way that felt judgmental.  He made similar sorts of commentary to other people every now and again when they would do things that felt strange to him.  nothing big and not for too long, but it was clear that he didn't really like the job or was in a super bad mood and couldn't "keep it off the field" (in band/drum corps terms).

All of the tables were 1/2 (there was an interest list for 2/5, but that game never started) and on my table all of the players were horrible.  There were four players that were super tight nitty - if they ever invested money in the pot, you fold, period.  There were three player who were more aggressive and better players, but they were generally pretty easy to read - strong means weak and weak means strong.  there was one person in particular who always overbet the pot when he was on a draw, every time without fail.  he busted before i got a chance to exploit that knowledge on one particularly stupid hand where he flat-called when he flopped trips and then tried to bluff-bet the river when the board paired again (Q66, 3, Q) when it was clear the other player had a Q.

a lot of the hands i was getting were trash, so my image was fairly tight.  in the span of 1.5 hours, i played maybe 4-5 hands, and in all situations i never had to show my cards to anyone.  only one of them was a semibluff, where preflop i reraised a $15 bet to $65 with KK intending to ship the flop if it was heads up because the guy who initially raised had a super wide raising range.  Board had an A, and i shipped the turn and villain folded.  all of the other hands i had strong enough and monopolized on my image and my understanding of the players.  One guy bet on a K board when i had KQ which to me meant he likely had air or he had a weak kicker, so i raised his turn bet so that if he called he'd likely check the turn and i could check behind (in the offchance that he had a monster which was less likely but still possible), and he mucked when i raised.

All in all it wasn't a bad experience and i wish i could have stayed longer, but i have a prediction that the casino across the street, Motor City, would have been a better room.  if i go back to the detroit area any time soon i'll give it a try and see what happens.

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Jul. 7th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
the new orleans harrahs is where i play once a week. it's a great action poker room. i don't play anything else in the casinos. i'm not much interested in anything else other than poker.
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Jul. 7th, 2014 11:10 am (UTC)
i understand completely. :)
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