The second major snowstorm of late February put a damper on my Kansas City poker road trip to enjoy visits to Ameristar Kansas City, Harrah’s North Kansas City, and Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. I was forced to return home early as I was not in a position to potentially be stuck in the area an extra day longer than planned. The planned three night trip was reduced to an overnight and the three casino stop was reduced to Hollywood only. I was glad the drive from the Wichita area was only a few minutes over three hours in length.
Of the games Hollywood spreads on regular or at least semi-consistent basis I was looking forward to playing a game other than no-limit hold’em. Arriving at the room early evening this past Saturday night I found just a game, unfortunately not at stakes I like to play…but it was a game. After waiting a short time while I visited with Brian Grote, Hollywood’s Poker Room Manager, I joined a $2-4 limit hold’em table. Every one of the room’s twelve tables were running. Games running were three $2-4 limit hold’em, and nine no-limit hold’em tables at varying stakes: $1-3 (6), $2-5 (2), and $5-10 (1).
The room uses Genesis Gaming Solutions’ Bravo Poker poker room management software to track games, waiting lists, and player time. As a player, accurate action checking is easy to accomplish using the BravoPokerLive smartphone app. The action shown using the app accurately reflected current action.
As my trip was cut short I was unable to take a seat at other games the casino spreads, including $4-8 w/half kill Omaha hi-lo-split eight-or-better (Tuesday and Thursday mornings), $20-40 limit hold’em (Fridays at noon), $20-40 HO (Wednesdays at 4 pm) and $2-5 pot-limit Omaha.
Something new that players will want to keep on their radar is a $125+25+10 no-limit hold’em tournament that Hollywood held for the first time Sunday, February 17. Featuring 30 minute rounds and an ante-structure that kicks in after the first break, this event drew 119 entries, created a first place prize of $4,460, and paid 12 places. Starting at 11 am, registration begins at 9 am, only nine of the rooms twelve tables are used. 90 players start the event. Alternates and re-entries can get a seat through the first break, which arrives after the first four levels. The tournament will run on the last Sunday of each month with the exception of March. Because the last Sunday in March is Easter, the March tournament will run on the fourth Sunday, March 24. Players can get some good play with this tournament. As of 7 pm, and eight hours of play, there were 13 players remaining. The poker room also has $65 buy-in tournaments Mondays at noon.
While my trip was short it was enjoyable. I netted a small profit after playing several hours of $2-4 limit and $1-3 no-limit hold’em. In looking forward to the visiting the room again I hope that it doesn’t take nine months to visit again.