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Number of poker tournament entrants

Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by mjames1229, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. mjames1229

    mjames1229 VIP Whale

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    In a few weeks, we head to Paradise with the Poker Guys for a weekend of low-dollar buy-in tournaments.

    (Before you all start in on me, even though the structure may be poor and the players are wildcards, we LIKE hitting all sorts of different $50-$80 buy-in tournaments. None of us choose to bring a child's college fund, hoping to turn it into another college fund for an unfertilized egg. There are seven of us, and low buy-in tournaments at various locations give us quick games - generally three-four hours - which gives those that drop out a chance for other gambling. It also gives us stories for at dinner time and the chance to explore different casinos. So don't judge. We've got a thing we like and we're happy.)

    That all said, we've decided to hit one tournament that costs over $100 to enter. Based on our flights and other things firmly on the schedule, there are three potential games...

    1. The Orleans on Saturday at Noon ($100) - We've played Orleans, but with vastly different players. Once (a Friday afternoon) they were all locals that seemed to target the tourists. Then on a Tuesday afternoon, it was the most friendly mix of locals and tourists imaginable. I imagine a higher cost game will back down some of the friendliness, but what are the players like for this game, and how many usually play? How long does the tournament run?
    2. Caesars Palace on Sunday at 6:00 PM ($125) - We've never played at Caesars as they generally don't have low buy-in tournaments. However that is part of the attraction; trying somewhere new. How many players does this tournament get, and how long does it run?
    3. Venetian on Monday at 7:00 PM ($125) - Again, we've never played there, and want to try something new. How many players does this tournament get, and how long does it run?
    One other thing to consider is we don't really want a tournament that is going to last six or seven hours. We've got seven people, and if one of us makes a deep run, the rest of us is stuck on The Strip with bad gaming conditions which can seem like forever.

    Any help that can be offered on these three tournaments would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
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  2. 93 Octane

    93 Octane Low-Roller

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    I've played the CP $125 several times over the years and like it's structure and chip count but it's not a freeze-out as they allow rebuys the first two hours, it's had as little as 20 and high as 60 when I've played and prob lasts 5 hours to win
     
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  3. yooperguy

    yooperguy Low-Roller

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    I've played the Venetian tournaments a few times. The buy-in is decent for the guaranteed prize pool, there are usually 4-6 tables to start, the levels are 30 minutes so the tournaments take 5-6 hours to the money. Good game for patient players, not a turbo style shove-fest usually. Many good players though. My favorite tournament, if I have the time.
     
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  4. ruralhipster

    ruralhipster Low-Roller

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    One note. I played in the Saturday game a few years back, same friendly dynamic, just a few more serious players and a couple more nut jobs than a typical game. I remember around 5 or 6 tables to start but don't hold me to it. Decent bartop VP, a movie theatre and bowling would make this my choice for a group
     
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