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.