Poker in Cripple Creek, Colorado
My husband and I just got back from a two month trip to Colorado. We had not intended to stay so long, but we found a great money making opportunity at the Midnight Rose Poker room.
But first, an over view of the poker situation in CC. Dismal!!! When we there there a few years ago there were several options. Cold Creek and Buffalo Billy's both had poker rooms. both have closed due to the downtown in the economy. Wildwood still has a poker room, but they are open only on Th, Fr, Sat., and Sunday. And seldom more than one table open, and usually, no table at all. Wildwood is unplayable, however, because of the unbearable noise from the rest of the casino. There is a constant slot payout noise playing at high decibel. I really think it is a piped in noise to cause a feeling of excitement in the slot players. We even bought ear plugs at Wal-mart, and still the noise was intolerable.
That left the Midnight Rose poker room as the only viable poker alternative in Cripple Creek. Starting in April they discontinued the bad beat jackpot. Instead they give $100 to the high hand every hour. On weekends there are four hours each day it goes to $250. They will continue this until the bad beat money is used up. We found this to be much better than a bad beat that only may hit once every six months and then benefit only one table. We hope to get back there before the promotion ends.
We started when the poker room opened every day, 10am. There would usually be only one table (they are feeling the bad economy also). by noon maybe another table would open. Several times one table was all they had all day!! On weekend evenings there may be 3 or 4 tables. And we DID rake in the high hand bonuses!! By the time we left we had made over $4000 in bonuses only.
We played a two to ten spread limit game. If a second table opened it would usually be a 1, 2 blind to 100 spread limit. We never felt comfortable playing that. Unfortunately, we both lost a bit on table play, But the perks and bonuses more than made up for it. Ok, I'll be honest, I lost $200 over the 2 months, spouse lost $900.
Other perks are Mon, Tues, and Wed, play 3 hours and get a free room. The room comes with $20 in food coupons. There is a poker menu with cheep cheep great food, the players card pays $1 an hour and paid for all the food we ate.
The main reason we extended our stay was that on Sept 14 there was a $10,000 free roll for the players with the most hours in the last three months. Unfortunately, neither of us placed in that, but with all the bonus money in our pockets, we left for home very happy.