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Discussion in 'Casinos and Card Rooms' started by Jimulacrum, Jan 9, 2018.
First visit to the new room in Salem. Ceramics, same type as Boston Billiards.
Not terrible chips.
I hear not a lot of cash tables there...
I think the rake is higher there than at other rooms - someone was talking about it at my game on Saturday. The owner is trying to use the Negraneau argument that "higher rake means higher stakes". OOOOOOOOOOOOK, buddy. Boston Billiards in Nashua is still my favorite NH room.
There was exactly one cash table running last night, while there were seven or more running down the street at Chasers.
Cheers is currently doing a promotional lower rake of $4+1, so actually lowest in the state currently, but my understanding is that their standard rake will be $6+1 when the promo is over (not sure when).
6+1 is not going to be good for the poker economy. That room will fail.
ROchester is 5 +2, but the 2 is paid out in high hand jackpots every 2 hours in a 1-3 table room, so the money is always coming back into the game.
Yeah, I told this to the owner of Cheers on 2+2 in the New England thread, and he insisted that he "know(s) rake better than anybody" and that doing $6+1 not only wouldn't hurt him but would somehow provide a more profitable game for serious players.
If he starts offering something that truly no other room offers, and it makes his room some kind of amazing experience compared to Chasers, then maybe he can overcome the fact that his rake is 20% higher than everyone else's. (I'm ignoring promos because they're essentially a long-term flip.)
But as it is, Cheers is just another poker room with fairly normal amenities. Slightly better deals on drinks, food, etc. won't make up the difference because people know they're paying for it—whether they avail themselves of the amenities or not. That extra 20% is not small; even recreational players who don't bean-count rake dollars will eventually notice that money is being drained off the table pretty rapidly.
Boston Billiards in Nashua now offering .50/hr comps and putting USB chargers in table in the next 2 weeks.