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Indiana Jonesing

Hey folks. A couple of days ago, I wrote about my desire to make a random trip to Tunica or Biloxi because I had never been to either place and I wanted to experience some new poker destinations. While perusing the PoBloSphere, or Poblos for short, I came upon another idea: Indiana.

The truth is, I know jack shit about Indiana. In fact, all I know is that they have casinos and corn, which, if you do the math, that means...well, shit. I guess I don't know anything useful about Indiana.

Except for the poker, that is.

So, here's where you come in. My goal isn't necessarily to go to Biloxi or Indiana or any other place. My goal is simply to travel to an offbeat poker destination. As long as the location has 1/2 NL or something similar, I'm good to go. Hell, even if the location only has limit poker, I'm in, because I am a Poker Player, not a NLHE Player or a Tournament Player, but a Poker Player.

Can you think of anywhere else that might be interesting for a poker trip? Naturally, California is a great location, but I am trying to find somewhere that is not Vegas, AC or California. And if you have any tips on Indiana or Mississippi poker, please share. I'm looking for advice for hotels, transportation or anything else you can offer.

Until next time, make mine poker!

posted by Jordan @ 3:26 PM,


At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey HOP,
longtime reader/lurker , very sporadic poster. Live in hoboken, work in midtown. Just played in a very sweet/action filled homegame last night you may have heard about around the midtown area. 1/3 blinds , but boy was it action packed.
thought we might be able to exchage some info.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

Hey Fido. Hit me up with an email. Just click on the Email tab at the top of my site. I'd be glad to discuss NYC homegames.

At 5:03 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

My ex lives down the hill from the Caesars Riverboat in Elizabeth IN.

When I was there there wasn't much action but then Moneymaker changed it for all of us.

Might want to check it out, Just outside Louisville,KY!


At 11:11 PM, Blogger Jamie said... has a cardroom directory that, while not complete, is a start. That is, if you want to go trolling for poker rooms in out of the way places.

Once again, I extend the invitation to hit me up at anytime for a long weekend in any poker destination you'd like. I'm up for it.

At 5:24 AM, Blogger Sleech said...

Niagara Falls has two nice poker rooms ( three if you count Buffalo ).

At 9:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are 5 or so cardrooms in Iowa, one just south of Iowa City (Riverside Casino), one in Waterloo, one in Des Moines (Prairie Meadows) one in Sioux City (I think) and the kicker in Tama Iowa, at Meskwaki Casino. All spread 1/2 and likely get 2/5 on busier nights.

My wife grew up on a farm ~20 minutes from Tama, and so my trips out there are not so painful, as I usually get in 2 or so sessions, giving me a break from the farm.

People are nice, and the evening usually brings a few nits, a few LAG's and some donks driving trucks through the area. Dealers are good, but there is no drinking in the casino, as it is on a dry indian reservation...

At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jordan, I read your blog a lot but never commented before.

I went to college in St. Louis (now in law school in philly), and can testify to the high quality poker rooms there. Harrah's St. Louis and Ameristar, both about 10-15 mins from downtown St. Louis, always have 1-2NL, and Harrahs sometimes has a 2-5NL game as well. Ameristar is fun for a change of scenery, and spread Limit O8 and once a week they have an uncapped-buyin PLO game. I never figured out what the blinds were because I was too busy trying to figure what the orange chips were worth :)

There are also a few riverboats closer to downtown StL, one of them (I forget its name, but it's right across from the Arch) has decent games but a really trashy feel.

One last beneift to St. Louis, as opposed to MS or IN, is that you can actually find other cool stuff to do. The Loop has some cool restaurants and bars (think South Street Philly, if you've ever been there), the Central West End can be fun, and you can always ride to the top of the Arch and do all that other happy horseshit.

Now that my StL tourism bureau pitch is finished, I wish you well in your hunt for the less-traveled card rooms.

PS - I took a cross-country road trip this summer and played in a ton of other rooms (in MO, IN, NV, AZ, and OK), so if you want any extra info I guess you can try to find some way to let me know.

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Gordon Greene said...

St. Louis is top of the pack. I love me some St. Louis ribs.

At 6:46 PM, Blogger surflexus said...

I think Tunica is probably a good choice. There's lots of poker rooms to choose from and lots of readers/fellow bloggers that would join you for some poker. Make sure and let me know if you are coming down this way.

At 4:09 AM, Blogger iamhoff said...

If you're really looking for Indiana, try Hilljack...the Home of Daddy. Not sure what the pokerage opportunities might be, but there's always HTFAD.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger lj said...


At 12:17 PM, Blogger Uncle Chuck said...


At 5:17 PM, Blogger Lewis Cash said...

Come on pretty mama...

OK, sorry.

Just thought I'd give a shout out for us way out on the west coast. Oregon has some good casinos with poker rooms around the Portland area. If you are looking for a vacation as well as poker, I'd suggest Lincoln City, which is on the Oregon coast. The small town is great, the beach is fun, and the casino has poker!

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Ignatious said...

damn, a trip to indiana to play poker? that mighta been the last place i would've guessed.

that being said, caesers outside of louisville has a hopping action-packed room. there are three hoosier boats right outside of my stomping grounds here in cincy but i can't really recommend em.

Tunica is one shitty little dump of a town but there's plenty of poker to be played there, esp if you can time it during a circuit event.

At 9:22 AM, Blogger MattyEbs said...

I was going to mention Arubs, I've played in Motor City in Michigan which had good action and has STT where you sit around a table and are dealt virtual cards , bet virtual chips but can still see your opponents.

Been to Biloxi good action same as New Orleans...both have circuit events..I'd be down for checking out St. Louis

Other places...I'll have to think...but I've always wanted to hit the LA cardrooms..till next post


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