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Poker trip report from Ocala florida

Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by dewey089, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. dewey089

    dewey089 Guru of Value

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  2. redzone

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    Thanks for the interesting report Dewey
    A little humour never hurts as long as no one is obnoxous or rude.

    It looks like Florida is really going hard on poker. Are all these poker rooms connected to a casino or are they dedicated poker rooms?
     
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    Here is the place Redzone

    http://www.ocalapoker.com/

    One cool part of Florida is that they have enhanced all the dog races and horse races and this Jai Alai place with poker rooms, not slots.
    I wish New York had done that, but they seem more intent on getting their soprano "taste" of the action with their low class fake video poker than on providing decent gambling for the little guy.

    This is one of those spots.

    Near Tampa I've gone to a couple dog tracks, including Lucky's, and go to The Silks room, a wonderful poker room right on the horse track at the Tampa Downs. This is the closest and the easiest for driving back to our winter rental here on the Homosassa River.
     
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    Thanks for this Dewey

    I will have to find out where my sisters trailer park is located and then see if poker is close by. She is always after me to come down but I don't want to go somewhere and sit in the shade watching the day go by so now maybe I have a reason.
     
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    Thanks dewey089...Enjoy reading your jaunts:beer:
     
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    Interesting read. I'm a big jai-alai fan and have been to Ocala one time a long time ago. Sometimes they get students from UF in Gainesville which I believe is about 30-45 minutes away. Sadly, the frontons(places where jai-alai is played) are dying a slow death in Florida.
     
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    Well, Steve, I might enjoy this game if I sat with someone who could explain it to me, the way I sit with handicapping friends who play the horses. I like the idea of it and hate to see tradition go away.
    However, I think you are right. It was part of one of the shows on Madmen, but I'm afraid it was not developed in a good light. The character who wanted to invest money in advertising was a jerk with too much money.

    Glad you folks liked the report.
    As for sitting watching the days go by down here,Redzone, we find more activity than we do up North and are busy with folks who have moved here, snowbirds who come like us, and all the visitors who come to get away from winter and swim with manatee or ride the river in the pontoon. Up North, especially in the winter, things are not as active. For one thing, when snowbirds get down here, all their routine goes away and they have some time for fun.
    It has not been a good year for stone crab, as the overabundant octopus have been raiding the traps. Ironic because it is just the opposite for lobster up North because we spoiled and water and overfished the cod so that the lobster, laking a natural predator, overpopulated.
    However, there is plenty of fresh seafood. We ate snapper yesterday and today it will be mullet. Sadly, I did not catch these. I can't seem to get the hand of that. They are as finicky as trout even when chummed.
    Then the flea markets and sales are amazing. We went to one this week where hardback books were just 15 cents and some other things that we thought helpful only a quarter or 50 cents. I love flea markets but up home I can't buy anything because I have too much junk as it is. Here I can get a few things for the rental that we just use here.
    So Florida has been very good to us these past few years. However, poker is a bit far from where I stay so I dont' get down to play much. Steve Bourie just told me that the Hard Rock has some 8/5 Bonus poker games and if I can find them, I may play a bit of that. If I got some free nights at the Tampa Hard Rock, I might get back to playing there.
    I missed Ocala yesterday, but perhaps I'll get back soon. I hope so. I love low stakes games away from the folks who practice everyday.
     
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    Dewey, if you want to see real live jai-alai in person that is year round, you need to take a trip to South Florida. They still play in Dania beach (which is just south of Ft. Lauderdale) and Miami (right near the airport) both places have lowe stakes poker rooms with lots of tournaments(especially Dania). Miami also just opened a slot parlor last year as well. I have been to the Hard Rock in Hollywood and some of the older Indian casinos and was not impressed at all. I guess I'm spoiled being an hour away from Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in nearby CT.
     
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    I'd like to be closer to Foxwoods. From Where I live outside Albany it is about a 3 hour ride on the old folk's bus.
    Still, I take the bus, especially if I can get someone to visit with along the way. Going there is really a frugal trip. Prices range from $11 on sale to $26 full price and that includes a free buffet and $15 in freeplay. Then Foxwoods sends me 10 points most visits just for showing up and I earn points at the poker table, so I might pay for one or two trips and then manage 3 or 4 more free using the points to pay for a voucher.

    On rare occasions I might drive. I may have played poker with you, Steve, if you are a regular and play limit. Foxwoods is a fine poker room with plenty of choices and easy table changes as well.

    Southern Florida has much more opportunity for gambling. I go when I have some company, or have to pick someone up at the airport, playing at the dog tracks and the horse track, but for soft game experiences and really low stakes games, I can't beat this little place in Ocala, and it is less of a drive with much less traffic. I'll go up this Wednesday again and hope not to give back more than I won last trip. I don't really go for the Jai Alai betting. In fact, I guess I have not been curious enough to realize that they don't play there. I thought there was a game somewhere. I almost remember seeing some play one time. I'll have to check it out.
     
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