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  • New Poker Room at Ho Chunk

    Well I had heard about it and felt it my duty to check it out and give you folks a trip report.

    Ho Chunk is near the Wisconsin Dells just North of Madison. It's been there for a number of years but they just opened their poker room. I think we may be at the beginning of a reversal from rooms closing to new ones opening.

    The casino is a 3 hour drive or a 40 minute flight in my little car with wings. Unfortunately the aircraft was in for maintenance so I made the trip Saturday morning by car.

    I got there at 10:30 and found the poker room tucked away by itself. The room has a closing time during the week (didn't catch what it was) but they are open 24 hours a day over the weekend. About 20% of the players were still playing from Friday night. For this reason alone, an early morning visit is a wise thing. I waited an hour to get seated in a 5/10 HE game. By the time I was seated the waiting lists were a mile long. There were 10 tables and they were using 7 due to dealer shortage.

    The 5/10 game had a full kill. The real interesting game was the 10/20 with a full PROGRESSIVE kill. 10/20--20/40--40/80--80/160 if the kill button stayed with the same player. There had been a hand of 80/160 during the night that everyone was still talking about.

    The floor people were barely adequate. I was happy they were not called on for a decision. I think they raided the restaurant staff to find bodies for the poker room. The dealers were only a little better. They all had name tags that said "blackjack dealer" on them. It seems they cross trained about 30 of them to deal poker. I saw a dealer forget to take any rake until she was ready to push the pot. She stopped and took the rake then...a big no-no. This move was topped though when I saw a dealer rake the whole $4 right away assuming he would have a $40 pot. Bet, fold, fold, fold, fold, fold and he actually took $2 from the rake slide and put it back in the pot.

    The players were typical for any low limit game. Alot of calling stations and a few self proclaimed "book" experts. In other words the game was beatable.

    I didn't beat it though. Four hours of play gave me a negative $50 result. I play these games very selective and I wasn't getting anything that met my starting standards. I played 6 hands beyond the flop and got bad beat on two of them. I was also guilty of taking a flop of J88 to the river with 87 in the hole only to be beat by a better kicker.

    It does not look like there are any tournaments as yet.

    All in all it was a pleasant time. As has been said before, "I shall return" but I think next time I will opt for the 40 minute trip.

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    How long is the commute if you swing thru Grand Forks to pick me up on the way?


    Thanks for the report! See ya in a couple weeks!

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