Originally Posted by mitchell
Just visted for first time yesterday. Will list some negatives for you to think about as well as some positives.
1. Columbus has many PLO players that play multiple times a week. However your decision to make PLO time rake is going to make it hard for you to get games off. 16 dollars an hour to play is punitive considering there are local clubs that let you play as long as you want for 20 dollars. Also, the dealer speed at this point is slow, we had one shift where the button didn't make it a full round in a half hour. It takes extra time for the dealers to collect off everyone and call the floor to drop rake. I know taking 160 an hour off the table sounds good to you, but it won't matter if you can't establish a regular game. Please consider making PLO regular rake at the 2/5 level.
2. Not giving a time comp for play seems petty. Hollywood Indiana reduced theirs, but still gives .50 per hour. Part of the draw of a casino is being able to get a free buffet or free drink every once in a while.
3. Blinds in big games are 2/10 and 5/25. Effectivly this means there is no true small blind or reason to straddle. Columbus poker has always been 5/5, 5/10, or 10/25. Please consider a more balanced blind structure.
4. I was told twice yesterday by floor and by dealer, that they didn't think the poker room was doing reduced rake for less than six players. Reduced rake does'nt cost casino anything, as you get more hands out with less players. Also, I saw one game end, and another not start because rake reduction wasn't offered for short hamded play.
1) Inside is as nice as any casino I've been too.
2) Dealers and staff were much better prepared than when Cleveland opened.
3) 100% buy in rule is a very good idea, and it's similar to what we have been playing in clubs.
Thanks for playing with us. Just to answer a few of your concerns above:
1. We can take regular rake in the PLO games if players request it. No problem there.
2. We are not giving comp time but we will be having other ways to get free buffets, etc..plus swag, cash, and other giveaways. We cannot comp or offer reduced price drinks in the State of Ohio.
3. The blind structure is designed to be favorable to regular players and create more legitimate action in the small blind. A live straddle is a mathmatically negative value play at any blind structure; putting money at risk unnecessarily, without the benefit of having looked at your cards, and out of position. I do agree with you that the straddle creates action, but it does that regardless of the blinds. What the point of these blind structures in larger games is that it saves players $3 (in $2/10) or $5 (in $5/25) per round. I am 100% good with your opinion on this one, but we may just have to agree to disagree.
4. We do a reduced rake (upon request), with 5 players or less. 10% to $4 max.
Thank you for your additional comments too. We appreciate hearing the good stuff as well.