Detroit Area Poker Rooms?

CarrieCarrie Red Chipper Posts: 71 ✭✭
I'm about to hop a flight to Detroit for business and will have a little time to play and was wondering if there are any Redchippers in the area (didn't see a thread) and if you have recommendations about the three rooms I see there downtown. Thx!

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  • dnoyeBdnoyeB Red Chipper Posts: 84 ✭✭
    edited October 2017 Accepted Answer
    I live in the area.

    Greektown is definitely the most casual. Even the house is a bit lax. I waited with 4 people an hour to get into a tourney. They should have split the 2 existing tables. They seem inexperienced. Fewest active tables. Oddly and probably due to the small number of people when folks tilt they can go hard. Kicking chairs and cursing, etc.. Otherwise, people are friendly. Free cookies and comps per hour \o/ poker room is away from casino games area. Also Friday an every hour high hand giveaway. Other giveaways. 1-2 max buyin is $400 I believe. You can rebuy at the table.

    MGM you take the elevator to the tables. The people here seem older and more agitated. More apt to call clock. Less smiling. All business to me. Not a fun time but they run more tables than greektown. Maybe 6-10. Free sandwiches and other fridge snacks.

    Motor City room is adjacent to the games so lots of smoke gets in the room. Actually they have two rooms. Plus they had to remove some games and add more tables. Very busy. 1-2 2-5 3-6 PLO etc. Always call ahead at least 45minutes. Friendly and many regulars but mostly poor players including yours truly. The floor is solid no nonsense. Dealers are mostly fast and friendly. I hate the smoke but I suffer it every Friday. The 1-2 max buy is $200.

    Also MGM is the fanciest casino with snazzy restaurants and a spa. Motor City is OK. Greektown I just exit the casino and eat in greektown...

    All 3 are downtown Detroit but greektown is in the heart in a pedestrian busy area.

    Neglected to mention Caesars across the bridge in Windsor. Haven't been yet.


  • CarrieCarrie Red Chipper Posts: 71 ✭✭
    edited September 2017
    I'm here, landed about an hour ago. Greektown is walkable and I've played there once briefly. The people seemed friendly. And small doesn't bother me - I'm definitely still learning and don't need to go broke lol. I see they have a $55 tourney tomorrow and if work doesn't crush me, I may play it.

    Too bad about Motor City - not sure if I can handle the smoke. How many tables do they run? Doesn't look like they have Bravo.

    Are you nearby?

  • eugeniusjreugeniusjr Red Chipper Posts: 376 ✭✭✭
    I live on the west side of the State. MotorCity is the busiest casino. I won't make it there this week.
  • persuadeopersuadeo Red Chipper, Table Captain Posts: 3,068 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What is exactly is the smell of Motorcity?
  • bigburge10bigburge10 Red Chipper Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭✭
    persuadeo wrote: »
    What is exactly is the smell of Motorcity?

    Imagine an old locker room smell mixed with cigarettes.
  • CarrieCarrie Red Chipper Posts: 71 ✭✭
    Thanks for the input @bigburge10 . I tried both. I went to greektown for a $55 (really $85) tourney but only three of us signed up. It paid top 3 but since 1st only paid $82, I figured that wasn't a good ROI
  • bigburge10bigburge10 Red Chipper Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭✭
    Yeah, those tourneys are hit or miss, especially with the large bad beat jackpot at motorcity.

    Good instinct to not play!
  • CarrieCarrie Red Chipper Posts: 71 ✭✭
    Edit: Bah! Wrote a long response about all three rooms that must have been eaten underground on the commute. Will try to recreate later.
  • eugeniusjreugeniusjr Red Chipper Posts: 376 ✭✭✭
    Carrie wrote: »
    Edit: Bah! Wrote a long response about all three rooms that must have been eaten underground on the commute. Will try to recreate later.

    Ach! Too bad. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think about the rooms.
  • CarrieCarrie Red Chipper Posts: 71 ✭✭
    edited September 2017
    So, I agree that Greektown is probably the softest. I had a good time there and had a good table but once the big stacks left, I tried to get a table change. I asked the floor, and he said OK, and after a long while sitting shorthanded at a pretty dead table, I got up and ask again. He kind of hemmed and hawwed and I looked and saw that there were seats open at a couple other tables. I said I know you don't want my table to go short, but the alternative is for me to go to another card room. He didn't say anything to stop me from leaving, which I thought was just really bad practice to lose a customer. All in all, it's a nice sleepy little room where you can probably do pretty well if they have any tables going but there were only about three while I was there and that was even later at night when it seems like most cardrooms pick up not slow down, but it slowed down as the night went on. Walkable from downtown so that was the big plus.

    I caught a Lyft over to motor city, and that was like entering Nirvana. It seemed like all the tables had action and it was very lively. Maybe it was a good night but I didn't notice any smell of locker room or smoke. I wish I'd gone there instead of going to Greektown earlier. I had assumed from the comments about it being smoky, that people were able to actually smoke at the tables. I am pretty sensitive to smoke and I have to say that it really wasn't noticeable deeper into the card room. It may be worse at the front tables close to the casino, but it's a fairly narrow and deep card room so that helps being in the back. The action was good and the people were very friendly. I sat between two nice smelling guys so I didn't have to deal with the locker room LOL. It was great to be in a space where there were lots of tables going even up till about 3 AM when I finally left. Particularly since I'm used to playing in the card rooms here at home that usually have at least 30 tables going.

    The food on offer was actually really good. The guy who owns little Caesars pizza apparently owns the casino as well. So there was an abundance of pizza but they also brought out things like ribs, fruit bowls as big as your head, chicken, sandwiches, and other snacks. There was also the typical drink Fountain as well as drink service from the waitresses. Having free food was a novel experience since that's definitely not provided where I play.

    I didn't go to MGM this time but I have been there before. It didn't seem like there were that many tables but now pokeratlas shows that they have about 18 tables I think, and I think I've heard that they're in a different space so maybe they upgraded since I was there in the spring. Last time I was there I ran into a bit of a racist/xenophobic situation where I had to intervene so it left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth. I'm willing to try it again though particularly if it's a different room than I've visited in March this year. It's definitely more convenient to get to from downtown than motor city. I believe MGM provides food in the poker room as well and the M life comps are something that's appealing since I have an MGM close to home.

    I'll be back the week of October 15 if anyone in the Detroit area wants to meet up and play a session in the evening, although it wouldn't be a late session since I'll be working.

    Not sure if I am remembering everything I wrote in my post that got deleted on the metro ride but I think I've covered most of it. All in all, Detroit feels like a good town for poker.

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