So I have a Vegas trip coming up this weekend and last Friday my wife and I decided to head up to Cripple Creek to pad my bankroll a little. So I made a hotel reservation, dinner reservations and we drove into the Rockies. After we checked in we walked across Bennett Ave. to the Midnight Rose. The Rose was spreading 1-2-100, technically a limit game as Colorado mandates no bets more than $100 but it plays like NL, and a 2-5 spread limit, a local favorite single $2 blind game left over from Colorado's previous max bet law of $5. There's a list for both games and my wife and I add our names to the 2-5. My wife gets a seat after about 15 minutes and get seated after about 35 minutes. As I sit down in the 1 seat I get the "you're-not-gonna-believe-these-players" look from my wife in the 5 seat. She's half right; these players are something awful but it's very believable in Cripple Creek. I slowly chip up for about 2 and half hours, getting close to doubling my original $100 investment. As our dinner reservations creep up my wife cashes out somewhere around even and I decide to play until right before I have to pay the blind. On my last hand I get dealt in very early position, second only to the big blind to act. Lots of preflop action; bet, raise, reraise after my check. The rest at the table keep calling and the betting gets capped by the 2 aggressive players. Usually I fold AK to a reraise preflop in a limit game but this is my last hand and no one left at the table has made a decent decision all night. Not to mention the pot is huge. I decide I have to flop broadway or better to raise and 4 to a flush or top 2 to call. Flop comes . I check and the original bettor and reraiser go at it and again, no one folds. Turn puts out a . I make the nuts and become the bettor/reraiser. Everyone folds except the initial 2 aggressors. River puts out a second Jack. I don't remember the suit; I only remember realizing I don't have the nuts at a table where people are playing any 2 cards. Action is to me first: check, check, bet, call, call. Bettor shows a , I turn over my Ace high flush and the caller shows Jack 4 off suit for the boat. Why no reraise? I don't know either. We call that getting "Cripple Creeked." I leave about $15 or $20 down. We come back after dinner and there's a new list. My wife and I add our names again. She sits first and the list I'm on fills up enough to start a new table. I ask the floor if there's any interest in a structure game? He replies he'd love to spread a 4-8 game so as the new dealer is counting his setup the floor states "there's been some interest in a 4-8 game, anyone have any objections?" There's only one other person at the table the looks happy to play 4-8 and everyone seems like they don't know what's going on and they don't realize they can say no and make everyone play 2-5. So the dealer starts a traditional 4-8 structure game and for the first half hour has to explain every single hand that you have to bet $4 (or $8) nearly every action. I sat down with the chips I had left from my first session and backed them up with another $100 in cash. After about an hour I realized I didn't need the cash. I was sitting at about $220 in chips. Players kept busting out and either leaving or going to sit at 2-5 until finally there were only 4 of us and we decided not to play shorthanded. I stood up with a hair over $300 and moved back to my original 2-5 table. I got no cards for about an hour or so and the players here were getting worse the drunker they got. I cashed out for $280. Cripple Creek is not a good place to exercise your bluffing skills or early aggression but it does consistently reward a patient player.
Joined: Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:28 am Posts: 248 Location: Hutchinson, KS
Nice report. As someone who has never played at Midnight Rose because of the preference to play at the Gold Creek it would have been enjoyable to read some contrast between the two places. Are you aware that at the Double Eagle/Gold Creek with 4 hours of play you can get a reduced room rate...and often get your room for free?