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Softest Tournament in Vegas

Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by Timothy Miller, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. Timothy Miller

    Timothy Miller Casino Host

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    Mind you I only have a sample size of 1. I started off my day playing a ring game over at the Golden Nugget and one of the other players suggested for entertainment value I should go to " Poker Palace " on a friday at 6pm.

    So i did. Not the best neighborhood but not terrible either. The outside of the casino looked like it was built in the 50's a white concrete castle with red tips. Inside was a very large non smoking area separately maintained far from the smoking area which i thought was interesting. This was definitely a locals small time casino. I immediately got a card and was awarded $50 in FSP. Nice start!! I cycle for 200 turn it into 400 and change playing video poker dimes diminish it back to my original bet in some attractive slot machine while I wait for the poker room to be manned.

    Eventually someone shows up to the empty room and i ask about the tournament... $20.. 5k in chips rebuy for $10 until the break. You get 1k more for signing up early and for 5$ bucks another 2k..

    The tables had that old speed felt, so a dream for dealers but you could write your name in the grime on the table. The staff and the other players were very personable. I imagine this would be a great place to cut your teeth on tournament play. The action was smooth.. though we did have to fix a few pauses with math for multiple all in's of different values. Understandable it's not like these guys have been dealing all day.

    We never reached the second break. I chopped my $25 investment when we were at 3 and took $300 dollars.

    I did like that after the re-buys stopped a sheet was passed out telling you what the payouts would be for the tourn as well as what the chop would be with x players.

    All in all. Not a bad experience.

    Here is a quote from the wiki for 'poker palace'

    Jeff Haney of the Las Vegas Sun gave the Poker Palace a zero-star rating on his list of the best sportsbooks in Las Vegas, calling it, "An extremely low-limit locals joint. We do mean locals. If you're a tourist and you end up here, you're probably very, very lost."
     
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  2. Tarstarkas

    Tarstarkas Low-Roller

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    Very interesting.......thank you for the story...I think I will put the Poker Palace on my list for my trip next week
     
  3. VegasBaby!

    VegasBaby! Low-Roller

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    Hmmmmm, this is interesting. Thanks for the report.
     
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    mjames1229 # of visits includes only trips w/ hotel stays

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    We played the tournament at Club Fortune this past trip. $46 entry chock-full of nitty locals and ended with over 40 entries. We spent a lot of time at bigger casino poker rooms that weekend that weren't nearly as much fun (or as soft).

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  5. TJC

    TJC Low-Roller

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    I stopped by there a few weeks ago on the way back to DT from the NASCAR race. I had to laugh at the multitude of machines with "out of order" signs. Was there still a big ol' 8 foot pile of boxes in the corner of the poker room?
     
  6. spicole

    spicole No shirt, no shoes... NO DICE!

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    Love this report, thanks for sharing!
     
  7. Timothy Miller

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    I saw no boxes but several machines were definitely out of order. Nice that they marked them for you my time there they were just off.
     
  8. sscccoach

    sscccoach Tourist

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    I've played in the Poker Palace poker tournament many times. I like the little place. They have nickel 9-6 jacks or better to kill your time until the tournament starts. If you want, you can play $1 blackjack. Their food is dirt cheap as well.
     
  9. thegov2k2

    thegov2k2 Low-Roller

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    My one and only time there, just to use a matchplay, it looked like they were dealing blackjack using decks of cards they picked up at Walgreens.
     
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  10. TuscaloosaJohnny

    TuscaloosaJohnny Tourist

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    I recall Ashley Adams writing about Poker Palace in Poker News last summer. So if you sign up for a card there they give you $50 in slot play? That's pretty incredible. (And I thought the promos at Ellis Island were good...)
     
  11. thegov2k2

    thegov2k2 Low-Roller

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    I'm guessing it's some sort of random award like at Ellis Island.
     
  12. Timothy Miller

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    It was a random reward. I spun a wheel for it.
     
  13. Trunkrat

    Trunkrat Tourist

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    My poker palace observation: I saw a woman get a cup of chili (or soup) from a vending machine. There was a microwave so you could heat it up.
     
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