As it turns out I'll be in the Tampa Bay / Orlando area this weekend coming up for a friends "bachelor party". Well, it's not a BP in the purest sense as there are only three of us going - myself, the best man and the groom and the groom has been AA for about 3+ years now. We basicly decided to do a long weekend of golf and spring training games in lieu of heavy drinking (which will be my bachelor party).
Unfortunately I wasn't able to fully commit to going until about 3 weeks ago, so I currently don't have tickets to the two Spring Training games they are going to, Rays/Jays on Sat. 3/1 and Yanks/I forget who on Sun 3/2. So I did a little homework and as luck would have it I'm staying about a mile and a half from Tampa Bay Downs, where the Silks Poker room is located.
Any reviews on this room? Is it worth my time? Let me know.
Also, is there a room close to Orlando? From what I read on this board, it appears all the poker rooms in Florida are on the coasts, but none inland. Tuesday night I'll be flying solo in the Orlando area and will be looking for some Action. Again, any advice is welcome. Thanks.
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Here's an email I recently got about the structure:
As far as Multi-table tournaments, the blind structure is very similar but most tournaments run a 20 minute structure unless otherwise specified on the calendar. At this time , the only tournaments with a player limit is the 50 player “no rake” tournament held at 1pm on non-live racing days (normally Monday and Wednesday).
Here is our standard Multi-table blind structure broken down for you.
Level 1 : 25 -50
Level 2 : 50 – 100
Level 3 : 100 - 200
Level 4 : 150 – 300
10 Minute Break
Level 5 : 200 – 400 Ante : 25
Level 6 : 300 - 600 Ante : 50
Level 7 : 400 - 800 Ante : 75
10 Minute Break (Color Up Green Chips – 25 units)
Level 9 : 500 - 1000 Ante : 100
Level 10 : 1000 - 2000 Ante : 200
Level 11 : 2000 - 4000 Ante : 300
Level 12 : 3000 - 6000 Ante : 400
10 Minute Break (Color Up Black Chips – 100 units)
Level 13 : 4000 - 8000 Ante : 500
Level 14 : 6000 - 12000 Ante : 1000
Level 15 : 8000 - 16000 Ante : 2000
Level 16 : 10000 - 20000 Ante : 3000
The exception to that rule is our $40 no rake tournament held on non-live racing days where the structure is 10 minutes and level 4 (150-300) is not included.
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I have at Homosassa FL for the winter months and played at the Hard Rock, the Downs, and Lucky's at the dogtrack. However, I usually just play 2-4 limit, so what I know may not be of much benefit.
I did play 1-2 no limit at Lucky's and found it as easy as playing with my buddies at home. They let me keep chips in my pocket, and so I could refill to $100 whenever I wanted, even a chip at a time. That generally made me third high chip guy at the table all afternoon. Three or four players came with $20 and played until it was gone and then bought in again.
Be sure to get all the bonus pays straight:
At Tampa Hard Rock what used to be a progressive for spade royal is now a conventional bad beat award. Both cards in you hand must play. Because under the old bonus you could collect with just one card toward the royal even dealers are confused.
Also on certain days you can swipe your players card on the floor and they call winners to play a casino wide game on a little stage where you choose a paper record and win the money behind it. One time they went through 45 minutes trying to get a winner. My gyess is that the old folks who come on the buses were gone. I think this was on a Tuesday. You don't hear the call in the poker room, but you can see the selected name on the television screens. Otherwise, you would not know that you can participate. You have three minutes to get to the bar and claim a chance to compete. the lowest win of the day, when I was there, was a few hundred and the highest was over 2 grand.
At Lucky's I missed a $50 win when I went all in on the river with my house against a guy who had pocket Aces. He folded because he did not know that cracked aces were worth $100. Had he called me, we would both have won $50.
Also at Lucky's they gave tickets for every flush or higher. Then once every 2 hours they called ticket numbers until they got two winners. These two were blindfolded and sat at a table covered with chips. They competed by racking the chips blind into chip racks. The winner got to keep all the chips racked. The loser got to keep just half. This had got to be the funniest poker promotion I ever heard of. The room there is small. At first I could not find it as the dog's were not running and I went to an entrance with no cars.
There were other high hand awards so ask about them before you play. Some are only good at certain times. Later in the day I asked how long the cracked aces bonus was good and found it had expired. Good thing too because my next hand was pocket aces. They went to trips on the flop, but still I was glad to know that I had no insurance in that game.
My only decent win was at the Downs playing 2-4. I racked up over $200 which is quite a bit especially since I am a tight player. I got great cards, but I also got paid often by people who should have been out long before the river did not make their hand, people who called on the river with a low pair. I only played there once, but it did not seem that anyone really remembered how I played or were cautious when going against me. The horses were running so player turn over was pretty high and people were distracted by the races.
At Lucky's in the NL people did take note of me and I had to be careful not to expect that guys who played the looser players would play me in the same way. I get confused by that a lot. I'll play tight a long while, thinking I am learning the other players, and then find that the bluffers won't bluff me.
I liked playing but missed the free alcohol in Vegas and Foxwoods and the free food in Vegas. I am used to that making the break even limit days a win.
I played four times, basically broke even three and won the $200 the other day so i go back home this week ahead. But it is a long drive from Homosassa and the bus, while it is a good price, just does not go for long enough. Our Foxwoods bus trips are much better
The drive from downtown Orlando to downtown Tampa is about an hour and 15 minutes. You generally hit some traffic, and the Hard Rock is about 10 minutes on the Orlando side of Tampa and right off I-4. The rest of the rooms in Tampa are on the other side of Tampa, so you will have to add some time to get there.