Joined: Thu May 03, 2007 12:28 am Posts: 3690 Location: Drawing Dead and Getting There.
Cross-posting this from a THREAD discussing parking for their summer tournaments, since I made a bunch of more general comments:
They told me something different [than a 3/hr time limit] last time I played there a few weeks ago, so I just now called them to clarify. They said the poker room supervisior could sign the parking slip making it good for free parking for the entire time a customer was playing in the poker room, not just for 3 hours, and that this can also be done for those playing in tournaments held outside the regular cash room. This is also what I recall them telling me last time, when I also asked about any time limit for the validation while playing. This is different from how I remember it from a few years ago.
I think there is another form of validation, which you can also get at the casino cage as well as at the poker desk, that is only good for 3 hours. They didn't say this, but I think it may matter that one remembers to point out that you need more than just a generic three-hour validation at the time you cash out. I haven't used Nugget's parking in quite a while (not since before they built the new tower) but I expect I probably will sometime in the near future, and I'll plan to post a note here about it after I do. Parking arrangements are a big f'n deal to consider for me anytime I'm thinking of going to any of the Fremont properties. I won't park in an apparently available space on the street in that part of downtown, ever. The parking patrol in their little golf carts are relentless and vicious and never sleep, and there are small obscure signs that nail you with a contribution to city hall's favorite charities, like: "No parking for street sweeping from 10:00PM-3:OOAM M,W,F; 6:00PM-10:00PM Sa,Su,H; 7:00PM-10:00PM T,Th; violators will be towed." And Soprano/Gotti/Gambino & Associates Towing & Municipal Services, Inc. thanks you.
I have played several sessions at this poker room in the past month since I was nearby for other reasons, and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. I hadn't played there in well over a year, and expected slack business, short tables, and tight play. I found none of that. On days when many other rooms in town had weak business this place was packed, the atmosphere was full of energy, and my tables were loose and filled with tourists from around the globe. This was also true of the casino floor in general, including enthusiastic crowds at the table games on days when I'd seen some prominent casinos with few tables going and even one without a single active pit game. I suspect the opening of a large new tower expanding their hotel room capacity is helping them a lot. But, it was only several sessions, I'm not a regular there, things can vary a lot from week to week in any Las Vegas Casino Resort/Hotel property, and your mileage will probably vary depending on who and what is booked into the hotel at the time.
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Just to clarify one thing on the 4 hour comp for a $10 food voucher. It is for 4 straight hours of cash game play. If you play two hours of poker in a cash game and then play in one of the daily tournaments for two more hours that does not qualify for a voucher. Even if you return to a cash game after the tournament for an additional two hours that still does not qualify for a voucher (but... after the disappointed look on my face the floor did give me the voucher). The voucher is good at the snack bar over by the sports book and they have plenty of good eats to choose from. And the voucher is also good at the buffet. It is a few bucks short for the breakfast or lunch buffet but overall the GN buffet is one of the better buffets downtown (though slightly under the Mainstreet Station for breakfast).
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I played few grand series events 3 years in a row. Very nice tourny room with tons of space. Left section for non-holdem tournys and right section for NLH. Some dealers had never dealt anything but holdem thus a little hiccup for non-NLH games and i m ok with that. Few things i would like to point out something and hope they could do something about it.
1) There's no more free tea just coffee. I assume the cost is a little too high to provide tea bags. I would like to see some hot water pot there to keep me warm instead of just hot coffee.
2) 8 games mixed was very nice addition this year. The problem was during NLH and PLO round, the SB and BB was following the LIMIT structures. For example (i dont remember the exact blind level) the blinds for FLO8 500/1000 and when it change to NLH blinds remain same (or more). I think it should scale down to something like 100/200 + ante.
3) Structures was great ... that's for early game. i was fortunate to make a few deep run but once it gets to final tbl or close to it, structures was awful. The average stack is 4-5 big bets for LIMIT games. AT one point i had 7big bets and i was the table chip leader down to 2 tbls and i think that's a little on the low side.
Other than the above mention, kudos to GN for doing a great job.
The very best poker room I ever played in. The tourist brings n the action and the local responds to it. It feels homey all sorts of people play in there, I hate playing on the strip, you have people playing like donks just because they are on vacation. They really take the fun of poker away but I guess they are there to donk their money away. I love golden Nugget the Manager there name Nathan is the best one there. The day shift manager Andy he is a real piece of work, I am not sure he is qualify for the job, very mean he was so mean to my 5 friends who came in at different times all my friends from california but a tweet up never to play at the golden nugget.