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River Rock Casino Resort

Discussion in 'Casinos and Card Rooms' started by djexacto, May 16, 2008.

  1. djexacto

    djexacto Well-Known Member

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    The River Rock is pretty much the only place in or around Vancouver I go to play. The poker room is big, 25 tables. They use KEM circlebacks, and BJ chips. Tables all have auto shuffers, and they have the computer operated waitlist thingy. I've seen the badbeat jackpot advertised at over $70,000, but usually its around 30-50k.

    The cash games spread are NL Holdem: 1/2, 2/5, 5/10, and sometimes 10/20.
    Limit HE: 2/4, 4/8, 4/8kill, 5/10, and 10/20.
    PLO/ Omaha 8
    Stud / stud8
    I'm not sure about the omaha and stud stakes, I never really pay to much attention. I think the limitHE might play higher too.

    Tournaments are run daily, with up to 3 per day. Buyins range from $30 to $3,000. >> LINK <<

    Just completed was the Coast to Coast poker championships, featuring Gavin Smith and Brad Booth. I think it was like 7 events total, with satellites running prior.

    The tournament structure for the small buying tournies leaves something to be desired. Starting stack is T2000, with blinds starting at 25-25. Rounds are 20 minutes. They accommodate up to 110 people (10 tables). Here is the usual blinds schedule:

    25-25
    25-50
    50-100
    100-200
    200-400
    10min break
    400-800
    600-1200
    800-1600
    1000-2000
    1500-3000
    break
    2000-4000
    (usually ends before this)

    The chips used for tournaments are hotstamped Paulson solids. I believe the colors are:

    25 - dark green (forest green?)
    100 - charcoal
    500 - purple (plum?? its the darker purple)
    1000 - yellow
    5000 - maroon or burgundy

    There is a pretty good food menu, as well as a wicked buffet nearby, and an international food court downstairs.

    The pokerroom is packed on weekends, I have waited over an hour for a 1/2NL seat, and they were running like 8 tables of it! They do allow phone aheads though which is a plus.

    The play at 1/2nl varies. I have been at some ridiculously tight tables, and some ATC donkfest tables, usually the latter on weekends.

    "The Rock" is located about 15 mins from downtown Vancouver, just over the Oak st. Bridge.
     
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