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  • AC-Trump Tajmahal

    Welcome to Uptown Atlantic City NJ. We continue our poker playing tour of AC with a stop at the Trump Tajmahal. Located in the uptown area of the boardwalk the "Taj" is one of the oldest and easiest cainos to find in AC. The poker room is located just inside the main entrance off Atlantic Blvd. and is currently the largest poker room in AC. The Taj is a nonsmoking poker room with 69 tables that can be expanded to 100+ for tournaments. Host to WPT major events and several other major events such as the Taj Classic in December, (http://www.trumptaj.com/casino/tourn...04/default.asp) this room is one of the busiest rooms in AC.
    This poker room is not for everybody. It is large,bright and noisy. The casino runs a mock game show called "The apprentis" (not the TV show) just outside the poker room entrance which is down right annoying and added to the slots noise makes this room the noisiest room in AC (IMO). The staff is spread out between a supervisors desk that is located in the back of the room, a tournament desk in the west corner and a sign up desk at the front entrance. Getting questions answered often means walking back and forth between the two/three and the supervisor desk is elavated about five feet above floor level which means if you have to ask a question you are looking up big time. Seemed kind of impersonal and awkward to me. The staff at the sign-up desk didn't seem to have the answers to many questions such as "where is the nearest mens room" and refered even the simplest questions to the supervisors desk. Did I mention that this room is also crowded with smallish tables packed close together. In the high limit area the tables are spread out a little more.
    As the largest and busiest room in Atlantic City this room has about every game and limit you can find in the City. I have seen some higher limit games at the Borgata but generally speaking if it is played in AC it is played here. Getting onto a low limit table is usually very easy with a very short waiting list except during major tournaments. The Taj has a daily No Limit Holdem tournament schedule:
    Tournament Schedule: Beginning July 26,2004 Daily Schedule (current as of Sept 22)
    Monday N/L Hold'em $100+$20
    Tuesday N/L Hold'em $50+$15 Single Table Satellite
    Wed N/L Hold'em $50+$15
    Thursday N/L Hold'em $50+$15
    Friday N/L Hold'em $200+$25
    Sat N/L Hold'em $1000+$10 Single Table Satellite
    Registration begins at 2pm (unlimited) except Tues. and Thursday at 4pm All events start at 6:30pm
    The Taj does have a comp card policy comparable to the Borgata with low limits earning 50 cents per hour, middle limits $1/hr and High limits $2/hr. Unfortunately what is a middle limit game vs a high limit game was one of the simple questions I couldn't get an answer to. There is no room rate for poker players as far as I can figure. I asked and got blank looks from several staffers including the supervisor desk. They didn't seem to understand the concept much less my question.
    For me playing in this poker room is not something I do because I like it. I play here because this is where the big tournaments usually are. I rarely play ring games here. The ring games seem to have a focus of playing as many hands per hour as is humanly possible resulting in dealers that rush play, have little patience with beginner players and take little time to organize the pot so that players can keep track of the pot size/ rake. There also seems to be a high number of dealers who do not speak/understand english very well. My tournament experiances here are the exact opposite. The dealers were patient and skilled resulting in a well run/enjoyable tournament.
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