So after years of rumors of them opening a poker room L'Auberge Du Lac in Lake Charles finally did this past July. I finally make my way out there this past weekend, (I dont head to the boats during football season that much), and I was very impressed.
Its only 7 tables, but all the tables had games running. They had 6 2/5 games and 1 low limit game (dont know/care the details on it). Roger the former poker room manager years ago from The Isle is running this place, I always thought he did as good a job as he could with that $#@!hole.
Things i like
-they allow straddle and mississsippi straddle, great for action and the isle did not all the mississippi version
-allow headphones/phone use. the isle finally relented on the headphones a year ago or so, but they still hassle you about using your phone in a hand.
-NO 1/2 games. This is big time for me, i love playing 2/5, but hate it when both 1/2 and 2/5 are spread at a place. The monkeys that just want to play poker as cheaply as possible are at 1/2 and the 2/5 game is a bit tougher. Without 1/2 in the mix if you want to play poker, you play 2/5. Beautiful.
-Chairs/tables/chips are all way nicer than the isle
-all tables have auto shufflers
-all tables have the players card system built into the table, wehre the dealers scan you in/out. you get $1/hr in comps which is like quadruple what the isle gave you. also if you didnt remember to go and check out at the floor with the isle your play would not get recorded. total bs. this is the same system they have at MGM in vegas and other joints. good $#@!. dealers also know your names beacuse it displays on the screen.
-room is right in middle of casino. kinda like ballys in vegas. i really like this, even thought it can be more noisy/distracting, it is much more inviting to the recreational player. they can just walk by and say 'hey, this is that $#@! i saw on TV, i wanna play. as opposed to having to hike to a different boat and up to the 3rd floor. more fish = more fun.
-TVs that actually work. It was $#@!ing ridiculous at the isle how 3 of the 6 tvs would be broke and the ones that worked looked like they were rigged up with a coat hanger. it required an act of congress to get one of the tvs changed also.
-its just a nicer place in general, hot chicks dont want to go to the isle, they are all over the place at laburge. the isle always felt a little dirty and made you feel like a scumbag.
They only negative i could say would be the size of the room, although if they stay really busy i can see them expanding.
Overall the isle is getting what they deserved. After Harrahs blew away they were the only game in town and acted like it. Eliminating the free hot dogs, cutting down on promotions, straight up stealing from rebuy tourney buyins, terrible customer service, outdated technology, dirty ass room, grumpy dealers, worthless floor, and outdated/stupid rules. I dont see myself ever setting foot in that place again. I did check it out before heading to L'Auberge on saturday, they had 5 tables running, 2 1/2 games and 1 2/5. Very little action. A far cry from a couple years ago when all 28 tables would be full with a list on a saturday.
I was on an extended hiatus since the WSOP last year, and this was the first time i have played poker since then... pretty insane for someone that used to play every weekend, but i just needed some time off and to clear my head.
i did ok, played for a couple hours cashed out up 250 went to bw3 to watch the ufc, then went back for a few hours, up 400 on session 2, then drove home. I only played for about 5 hours but was satisfied with the session.