Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:16 am Posts: 8587 Location: 11.5 Miles from the Strip
This is actually my local room (i.e. the room I live closest to).
Earlier this month I played (and won) a tournament here and had a great time ($50 out the door, including one RB for 3K total chips, 20min levels).
Though I still prefer The Strip for my general poker needs, the fact that Santa Fe is 2 miles from me (5-7 minute drive) vs the Strip at 11.5 miles, and a 30-45 minute drive, it is sometimes too good to pass up despite the typical local style action.
The NL game is generally very tight passive with a few TAGs thrown in there, and a couple LAGs. The 4/8LHE game runs hot or cold depending on which locals are sitting in it. There is one that is a LAG maniac that pushes every pot to the limits. Win a couple of those (esp with the half kill), and you can do better then the NL table.
Overall, it is a nice, comfortable room, but one that I only go too when I am too tired to go to the Strip (or want to go to the only room where I can be looking at my first hand in under 15 minutes).
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Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:16 am Posts: 3101 Location: At my computer
14 tables are in the room. I have some pics that I"ll post soon.
They are spreading 2/4, 3/6, 4/8 limit holdem. They had an interest list for 2/4 O8, and they had a 1/2 NL game as well. In total, 8 tables were running, 6 of them were 2/4, one 4/8, and one 1/2 NL game. Lots of open seats for the 2/4 games everywhere, but a list long enough for a second NL game were up. I talked with a friend of mine who got sent up there to deal from GVR to help with the opening. 16 dealers for 8 games and they weren't opening another NL game. Why, I have no idea.
This is my first time here and i like what I'm reading. Someone needs to go over and check out the New Santa Fe Poker room. It's really nice. It's almost the same size as Red Rock but with less tables (14) and not as crowded. You almost feel like it's Red Rock. They added on / remodeled that whole area, along with a brand new sports book and buffet. Station Casinos are really come a long way from their beginnings, can't say the same for Coast Casinos/Boyd Gaming. They have the usual 2-4, 4-8 w/ 1/2 kill, and even sometimes a 3-6, along with the 1-2 and 2-5 NL. Competition is mostly locals, but not as cutthroat as Red Rock. Have had 2 big scores there. Dealers / Mgt friendly and competent for the most part. Cocktail service seems decent, but I usually don't order drinks when I play. I just wish they would stop using Copag cards and go back to KEM's (but all stations use them) but other than that, it's a tremendous upgrade from the old room. Just wanted all to know about the remodel. It's a real nice room.