Visited one of my old haunts this week, the MGM Casino Poker Room. It was the middle of the week so I wasn’t expecting too much action. When I arrived there were two tables running, one had open seating. It was a must move for the main game. By 6 PM there were three tables running, and by 7 PM there were 4 tables. All of them were for $1/$2 NLHE.
I found the floor management friendly and familiar with many of the players. They were courteous and seemed to lean towards leniency in their rulings. Not sure how I feel about this since there seemed to be a lot of leeway given to the regulars by the dealers.
The regulars were the tilting part of the room to be honest. Especially between 6 PM and 7 PM, there seemed to be a lot of socializing, especially between tables, and not as much focus on the play. People were getting up from their chair every hand, standing by their friends chatting, yelling across the room to other players, soap boxing when the action was on them or talking to the dealers about where they went to school or what they studied. The game was already slow to begin with (only one dealer seemed to move the game quickly ahead and dealt quickly). Having all of this going on and then the tank / folding… I almost left the room.
But I was stuck about $30 so I stuck it out. Eventually took advantage that the table was playing so nitty by raising big pre-flop and continuation bet 86% of the time (only check/folded once). My only big pot came when there was a big pot pre-flop (six players for $14 each), big blind led on a flop that had two clubs for $7 (???), got one caller and then I just made it $40 from the cutoff with A2cc for the flush draw and took it down. I could not believe how easy it was to get them off a big pot like that. Amazing that I only ended up $50, but it was like pulling teeth to get them to call a bet.
Not sure how often I will play at MGM with this kind of atmosphere and nitty play. What have others found there? Is this a middle of the week oddity? Maybe weekend games will be better. Guess I will have to go back to find out.