Is poker fading in Vegas?

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  1. TDVegas, Jul 21, 2019

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    It's either fading or the casinos overbuilt their poker infrastructure. I feel it's a little of both.

    Aria, Bellagio, and the Venetian have probably cannibalized a lot of poker from other places in Vegas.

    The MSPT is strong here so some people get their big tournament poker fix without going to Vegas. They're at Meskawki this week so I may play in a satellite or two and try to parley it into the main tournament.

    At Prairie Meadows the new poker room is smaller than the old one. I quit playing the tournaments here because now if you don't get there 2 hours early and play cash games you end up on a waiting list for the tournament because all the tables are full.

    They did that because on a return per square foot basis poker doesn't pencil out and a lot of the impatient poker players lose money on other games while waiting for their poker seat, lol.

    Splitting 10's and doubling down on hard 12 and 13 is a common theme for Prairie Meadows BJ players since they moved the poker room right next to the main pit. Some of them think they have a read or tell on what the next card out of the shoe is going to be;)
     
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    without reading the article, my first thought would be many players don't have the need to go to vegas to find a game. Casinos all over offer poker rooms.
    travel costs, hotels, food, much easier to travel one hour to local casino and go home after a few hours.
    probably a lot less card sharks hidden amongst the tables also.
     
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    Poker is such a slow monotonous grind, that most poker players are going to play where their overhead is minimal. I'm sure there was a big spike in poker play, when the WPT first started televising, but reality has set in, for most. It is a very difficult game to play well, and playing well, is no guarantee of anything. I got interested in the game about ten-twelve years ago, read about 1/2 a dozen books on it, and decided it was more "grind" then I cared for. Never played a single hand of casino poker. :cool:
     
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  5. The Midnight Skulker, Jul 23, 2019

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    Nor have I despite thinking I am a decent player...not a master but at least a journeyman. I have to disagree with Liman; I would think locals joints would have more master players than the tourist destinations, particularly those in wide spots in the road on major thoroughfares like Wendover, NV. I would also be more concerned about playing against teams; I understand the bigger casinos look for and discourage such, but wonder if the smaller ones look the other way, or not at all.
     
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  6. TDVegas, Jul 23, 2019

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    Red Rock poker room must have a very good reputation as it's usually going like gangbusters. Fairly large room as well. I've even spotted the Bulldog Orel Hershiser in there.

    Sun Coast down the road had a tiny room...not even sure if it's still going. I don't believe Rampart has a poker room. In this area, if you're a local....you'll play poker at Red Rock. I'm sure there are plenty of local sharps looking to take advantage of the fact that it's a resort type casino attracting out of towners who like to play poker on occasion.

    Looks like monsoon season has arrived...definitely feeling the humidity.
     
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  7. Liman

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    Midnight I once met a guy who told me he makes his living waiting for mr Miami Beach who has been playing poker for 50 years and thinks he's going to clean up in Vegas
    Those are the guys he waited for
    He pissed me off one day so I never spoke with him again
     
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