Other Australasian casinos (not Crown or Burswood)

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In Sydney for a couple days. Played 2 hours of 1/2 at Star City, finished up 275. For those that have played here, you probably know about the sex-on-a-stick waitresses. **** me dead, there was a hot blonde, hot brunette, hot Asian, even a hot redhead! Almost Vegas attire compared to Crown waitresses that wouldn't look out of place in the era of Queen Victoria.
 

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One thing I thought was odd at Star City. You pay $5 time on the hour. But twice I saw new players arrive at a table 5 minutes past the hour, say 2 hands after time was taken, and the dealer asked them to just pay $3 for time. Wouldn't happen at Crown.
 

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Spent the weekend in Sydney and got to the newly redone 'Star' twice.

I've never seen poker played so badly, and seen tables run so few hands per hour.

Played 1 session at 1/2 during the day and left up $500 or so. People just literally could not fold and would call 3 streets with TPWK. There were players signing up and sitting down that literally did not know the rules.

Played another session at their 5/5 game which was only marginally tougher though I got coolered in a sick spot. QQ v A9 all in on an AQA flop. 9 hits the turn obviously. Ground back up to bank a $125 profit.

Trip wasn't for poker but I think i'll definitely be making a poker-oriented trip in the near future.

Though the waitresses were ok and in a room full of sweaty dudes were probably made to look better by their attire. There was this one with glasses who I liked the look of, but no way is it even close to Vegas standards at a half way decent property. Crown needs to do something about their wait-staff (as if this is news although that asian bar tender is generally very good at his job (others are terrible), we need tits obvously).

Dealers are also douches who are incredibly precious (as if a game in Melbourne gets stopped and warned for dropping the f-bomb in casual conversation, this of course escalated into a 5 minute argument requiring the floor to come over to basically tell the dealer to get on with doing his job).

Hadn't spent a lot of time in Sydney before but I have to say I love it as a city (better than Melbourne on a pure lifestyle note imo).
 
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Hey all,
Has anyone ever played poker at Canberra casino?

A mate and I are heading that way later this week and they have a small tournament on Thursdays (10-40 players)

Was wondering if anyone plays or has played here b4 and could let me know any details regarding the quality of players there?
 

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Never been to Canberra. Always thought I'd go one year and combine with an AFL game. And buy some porn and fireworks and stuff.
 

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Played at Jupiters on the weekend, it seems everything I've heard about the poker is true. Played for just shy of 3 hours on $2/$3 and left $500 up at the end of it.The highlights of the evening were:

* Several players go all in for $20-$110 with ace rag
* An Asian guy who went all in blind twice for ~$100
* Two players on the table who had never played poker at a casino before
* The retirees with money to burn who happily called 4bets with seemingly any two cards
* Players reguarly calling overbets on a dry board with high cards

In short I'll definately be heading back to Jupiters next time I'm in Brisbane.
 

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Never been to Canberra. Always thought I'd go one year and combine with an AFL game. And buy some porn and fireworks and stuff.
went to casino canberra on friday night. it reminded me of that dodgy casino in vegas vacation

also, tried to buy fireworks, they banned them 4 years ago apparently!?!
 

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Played a bit of Holdem and "PLO" at Canberra Casino, which looks like something out of London in the 1990s. I have to share one hand:

Game is 1/2 Omaha, 200 min no max buyin. Couple of monster stacks on the table. I have about $200. I have AA92d in middle position, someone straddles and I overlimp. Guy two to my left with about 2 grand in front of him raises to 30. A couple (three?) of the limpers call, and I pot, which was about 150. Original raiser repots, but someone calls out that it's capped. Both of us look puzzled, and they explain that Canberra has a three raise cap on all streets for Omaha and Holdem. Cue some ranting about the bizarreness of this. The theory is that someone cut and pasted the Limit Holdem rules when they introduced the games, and now they're stuck because they need legislation to change the rules!

Anyway, after all that, original raiser (who is very annoyed about the ruling) calls, and another guy calls also. Flop comes JT3 with two hearts. I shove in the rest of my $50 or so, and the raiser now says "**** this" and pots it. The other guy tanks and calls maybe $300 more. Board runs out something like 3 and 6 with no flush. Raiser had KJT6cc for a counterfeited two pair, and the other guy had like Q9 and rags with a flush draw. My aces hold up.

Good game.

tldr: Canberra Casino has the weirdest rules in the world, I wait for aces and win.
 

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I like the fact he made it $30 first time around (when he should have been capped at $11 based on my reading of the hand)
 

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Nah, it was ok, there were enough limpers.

The strategic effect of the capped betting is quite significant. The straddles tend to make the game smaller rather than bigger. The third raiser has a lot of power: if there is a straddle and a small raise, you can minraise to completely protect your hand (e.g with a middling run down you want to see a flop with) or pot it to drive players out with a big pair.
 

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3-raise cap is bad enough but to include a straddle is downright bizarre. I'd 4-bet in position all day long knowing that original raiser can't raise me off my hand and will be OOP if they call.
 

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3-raise cap is bad enough but to include a straddle is downright bizarre. I'd 4-bet in position all day long knowing that original raiser can't raise me off my hand and will be OOP if they call.
It was totally weird, and the staff and players all acknowledged this, but apparently changing the rules requires an act of parliament.
 

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spent last week in tassie and visited both casinos there.

country club in launc had one table running on a sat night which was 1/2 with most ppl sitting on less than a full stack. i didn't bother.

hobart had no poker to speak of (only runs wed and Saturday) but it did have great blackjack rules at a minimum bet of $10 (auto shuffle), dealer does not draw on s17 etc.

there was a surprisingly huge roulette game running as well.

amazingly no baccarat as far as i could tell in either casino.

on a non-gambling note the tasmanian scenery is amazing. i'd never been before but i'm already making plans to go back.
 

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New poker room in canberra opening in the next few weeks after they've reno'ed the whole casino. Looking forward to seeing how they set it up.
 

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went to nagaworld in phonm penh cambodia today.

no poker to speak of (not sure if it's spread) but there's some amazing blackjack games there.

$10usd min, dealer sits on any 17, surrender etc. only downside is auto shuffle.

free drinks and a nice property to boot.

would recommend
 
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Being a bit of a casino enthusiast haha would love to hear some recommendations of some casinos either in Australia or any surrounding countries that has either decent poker games or just an enjoyable casino experience!
 
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