Joined: Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:21 am Posts: 81 Location: West Des Moines, IA
I'm no expert on the Lumiere, but I have played there a couple of times while visiting family/friends in St. Louis. My trips were all on weekends, so can't speak about weekdays. The 1/2 nl games were very nice on weekends. From a competition standpoint, I'd say the games I've sat in at Lumiere are about twice as loose and twice as easy as a weekend 1/2 game at PMdws. Lots of over semi-bluffing and stacking off with middle pair.
The casino is definitely not a high-rollers only joint. The tables and chairs are nice and new, like the rest of the casino. It isn't really a "room" per se, but an area partitioned off by a half-wall. So it is smokier than a lot of joints. No complaints about floor or dealers. One minor annoyance is there is only one cage area, so it is kind of a pain to get chips. The saturday night buffet was very good, imo. Crab legs were consistently refilled, didn't have to fight for them. They have guy behind a grill, grilling actual ribeyes and filets, not some random flank steak. Your experience may vary, but I thought it was the best casino buffet I've had outside of the top couple in Vegas (Wynn, Bellagio).
I haven't been to any of the other casinos in St. Louis since the Lumiere opened, but a good rule of thumb for Missouri poker is Ameristar for limit and Harrahs for no limit. I believe that still holds true in St. Louis. At this point, I would guess the only reason to go to Harrahs over Lumiere is if you are staying substantially closer.
The only reason to ever to into the President is to get parking for the landing validated and I'm still not sure it is worth it.