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$1/$2 No-Limit Hold em a bad idea at South Point Casino?

Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by jazzy, Jun 11, 2015.

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  1. jazzy

    jazzy Newbie

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    I am staying on the south end of the strip and don't fancy having to fight through the muck (see what I did there) to get to some of the main casino's on the strip. But I am reading reviews and quit a few people are saying South Point, for lack of a better word, is a shark pit. Filled with locals and grinders so the average player should stay away.

    Any experience anyone else may have had? Is this true? Is there a better option nearby?

    Thanks
     
  2. Sinatraatthesands

    Sinatraatthesands Low-Roller

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    It isn't a shark pit, Aria is a shark pit. South Point is a bunch of locals trying to trap each other hoping and praying somebody in town for 48 hrs and no patience will actually be dumb enough to walk in that room which almost never happens anymore. South Point is always at almost full capacity and no tourists play there anymore. What does that tell you. To be fair there are a couple rooms where the tourists all min buy and play like this as well. If you play 1-2NL at South Point you'll need the nuts to win a pot that goes past the flop. Just suck it up and take the free shuttle or a cab and play at Mandalay Bay or MGM and thank me latter.
     
  3. jazzy

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    Thanks for the tip. That makes perfect sense. We opted to make the trip up to Green Valley ranch. From South point it is only about 1 mile different in distance than going to the strip.

    I actually found the same thing. All locals. Literally, everybody knew everybody when I was playing. All by first name. Half just played text book super tight only premium hands. No action at all but very predictable. Which doesn't make sense since GVR has nothing but a bad beat jackpot and that's it. Not sure if people were just sitting to get their "hours" in. Didn't look into any of the other promotions.

    Since you mentioned that I have been looking at Aria. May go try that one tonight. Can't imagine many "shark" at the $1/$2 level which is what I will be playing. Would not be worth their time. Will follow up tomorrow and let you know how it goes.

    I read on poker atlas that Mandalay bay doesn't have Wifi in the poker room and it is not that nice??? Is this true? Seems so primitive this day and age. The reviews were not very inspiring.

    Can you explain more why you believe Mandalay Bay is a solid place to play? Thanks for the feedback
     
  4. Sinatraatthesands

    Sinatraatthesands Low-Roller

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    I don't care about WIFI so I don't factor that in. The recommendation of Mandalay Bay was based on several factors. Mainly the free shuttle from South point which either drops off at Mandalay Bay or Excalibur and it's closest to South Point. You wouldn't really have to venture onto the strip at all and deal with traffic if you took a cab. Some rooms typically have pretty tight games. Like I said a great game can break out anywhere but there are places it's much more consistent and some it's very rare. When I give advice I have no clue about your skill level so I just assume your about average, I have nothing else to go on. Money flows pretty freely at Mandalay Bay. The players aren't great and they always have at least 3-5 tables going. Aria is a great room and very popular.

    Keep in mind most of the best players play at Aria, Wynn, Venetian and Bellagio. So do most of the worst players. If you can tell the difference by taking a single glance at somebody and can mix up your play you'll do fine there. I live here and play to make money not have fun. I realize people on vacation can be looking for something different. I don't care about how nice the room is or the promos. Some people come here and want to play against the toughest players or see people they've seen on TV playing in the high stakes rooms. You could win 3k easily at Aria 1-2. You could also easily lose everything you brought with you. That's not me anymore, There's places I can go make less and if I lose it's just other peoples money I'll get back anyway.

    Good luck and have fun whatever you decide. If you went to Mandalay Bay and didn't like it it's only about a $6 cab ride to Aria or vice versa.
     
  5. jazzy

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    Nope. Not on vacation. We just moved here. Looking to play for money.. not fun either. I would say I am just about average... or rather, above average because I can confidently say I win more than I lose. Because I keep track each time I play of all my earnings and totals.

    I am just looking for a place i can call my poker "home" for a little bit. Some place I like going and where I can catch bad players and tourist on vacation who are just playing for fun and have money to burn.

    I was being optimistic and just hoping Green Valley or South Point would be great places since they are the closest to me.

    We went to Aria last night and there were about 45 names on the list for $1/2 and estimated hour and a half wait. SO we decided to grab a bite an just wait it out and went to the little cafe and saw $28 for a sandwich lol.

    Now I am all for having a good time but I can't just see dropping $60 on lunch between my wife and I while we wait. The casino is nice, just wasn't my crowd... if that makes sense.

    So we played a little at Mandalay Bay on your recommendation. Saw a TON of HORRIBLE play... NOT kidding. Unfortunately I never had any hands before these peoople got busted out.

    Played a few hours at South point too and doubled up.

    So yeah.. now you know a bit more about me.

    Any and ALL feedback you have on ANY room would be helpful for me. I am going to spend a night in all of them to see which I like the best anyway, but would LOVE to hear experience from a local who plays regularly.

    So, so far this week I have played MGM, Mandalay, South Point, Green Valley Ranch and watched at Aria. Right now GVR was may favorite overall (not based on the players) with MGM and MB tied at second
     
  6. kps

    kps High-Roller

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    With your skill you may want to look at Planet Hollywood for an occasional visit. I played 2/5 NLHE and was shocked by the ridiculous play going on at the table the last Sunday in May.

    I am average but had a field day as I played tight which at times did hurt me as players picked up on how I was playing. Seemed like most at the table felt because they started with 1k or so buy in they were of an elite status which didn't translate with their play but they were more than willing to go back in their wallet for another 1k.
     
  7. jazzy

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    Great tip. have not tried Planet Hollywood yet. WIll give it a go
     
  8. kansaisupra

    kansaisupra Low-Roller

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    If you moved here, meaning you have a car, I'd play in every room to see what room fits best with you.

    As you probably have guessed 1/2 outnumbers all games by far. So, assuming your a 1/2 player here is my suggestion.

    1) the crappier the casino the crappier the players. (shorter stacks, shorter buyins)
    2) Always use a players cards. (free money)
    3) Daytime games are way different then after hours games
    4) Happier and louder the table, usually the better the game.

    Vegas specifics
    1) Generally speaking, Planet Hollywood tends to have the best 1/2 games. (deeper stacks, more drunken tourists) Generally YMWV
    2) Morning games, (Mirage, Monte Carlo, Venetian, Flamingo) senior citizen hour. Again YMWV
    3) Promos: Learn the promos offered by each casino. (some, personally I think are traps to make you stay longer ex, MGM) But if you do the math it adds up. Ballys, Monte Carlo, MGM, offer free rolls for X amount of hours played. Honestly, I am not paying for the freeroll (jackpot drop) if I dont plan to participate in the freeroll. So figure out what promos work for you and go from there.

    As far as station casinos go, I am not too sure. I know there local joints. I prefer to play with tourists so I never really play there.
     
  9. jazzy

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    OH WOW!!!

    Took the 2 tips and hung out in Planet Hollywood tonight!!!! INSANE! Has to be the loosest play I have seen since i been back.

    Easy money all night.

    There was not a single "chop" or a pot less than $50 almost the whole time I was there. So much action preflop it was insane. $20-$50 was the preflop raise on almost every hand.

    Thank you for that. Had a great night. Will be going back.

    Side note: I have no idea what "YMWV" means :confused2:
     
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