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Hoping a change of scenery would change my luck, I took a ride up to Jackson Rancheria to check out the new digs.

Unfortunately, my luck was still stuck in a rut (drug one pot in 2 hours, and I just left when my top pair got thrashed by a T3 hand that rivered 2pr) so I'll just comment on the "cardroom" experience.

I got there about 12:10. I walked in the entrance by the parking garage and wandered about the casino for about 15 minutes trying to find the poker room. I asked for help and was directed to one extreme end of the casino. Still lost, I asked for more help and they walked me all the way back to the entrance I came in and pointed up the escalator.

"Oh"

I looked around for a sign that I had missed and there was a "49er Poker Room" sign turned sideways (you could see it coming from the casino, but not when you walked in the door). Good work people. So when you get there, just go straight up the escalator.

There are 2 very good things about the location of the cardroom:
1 - It was pretty quiet, away form all the stupid noisy slots.
2 - It is right next to a restroom. Most casinos find a way to put cardrooms 20 minutes away from a restroom, so this was nice change.

I went up and they had one, 10 player table full and a few on a waiting list. I got on the list and finally got seated about an hour later when the waiting list got big enough to open a second table. They opened a 4/8 table (the first one was 3/6) and after about 20 minutes of waiting for a dealer and figuring out who wanted which table we finally got started.

There was one guy at our table who I recognized from somewhere. I don't know where (I'm thinking Cache Creek, but I can't be sure). I remembered him as being a pretty solid player (which held true in this session). There were a couple of "kids" and a bunch of Jr. Geezers at both tables an not much in between. The tables (I was watching the first one before seating) were both about the same, lots of calling, some raising (but not crazy) and not a lot of "moves" - everything was pretty straight forward. If they had a hand they would bet, if not they would check and call if they had a dream.

Our end of the table was running really cold. 2 of us were getting shit to work with and the other 2 were getting decent cards that wouldn't hook up. There were 3 or 4 guys at the other end who were catching everything they got involved with. We jut sat and watched all of our chips migrate.

When I finally had enough for that sesion I picked up my last few chips and went to cash out. They don't have a cage in the poker room. "We don't handle any money here." "What? I gave you my Benjamin standing right here." "Yeah, well you gotta go downstairs to the cashier to cash out." For a brief moment, I was glad I didn't have 12 racks to cash out. What a PITA!

They had 4 tables set up and were in the process (while we were playing) of setting up another 4-6 tables, so they're looking to expand.

The rake is 10% with a max of $4.

The brush said that it was unusually quiet for that time of day.

They don't have any jackpots or promos going yet.

They also don't have the auto shufflers and 2 of the 3 dealers that I had were pretty slow - we were maybe getting 20 hands an hour in.

JR is 23 miles from my house (half-hour) which is closer (time wise) than the Derby and about the same as Rancho's and DJ's, so I'll probably give it a few more shots. I'd really like it if they got some jackpots going - the only time I ever had a "legitimate" bad beat (based on casino JP defintion) I was at a place that didn't have a jackpot (sound familiar Quads?) and that pretty much sucks. The staff was freindly but a little out of groove. I can't put a finger on it, but it was just a little different feel than say the Derby.
 

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Interesting and good to know about that room. I'll have to check it out some time. Curious on a couple of questions:

Tourneys?
Hold'em only?
Omaha? 7CS?
3/6 and 4/8 or anything else in the plans? (5/10, 8/16? NL?)
Clean?
Non Smoking Room?
 

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Tourneys?
Didn't ask, didn't see any sign of them.

Hold'em only?
Omaha? 7CS?
AS best as I could tell it is only Hold 'Em at this point. Didn't direcly ask the question though.

3/6 and 4/8 or anything else in the plans? (5/10, 8/16? NL?)
I think for now they only spread 3/6 an 4/8. Definately no NL yet. I'm sure that more traffic will get them to spread more games. They'll have 7 -10 tables setup in the very near future so I'd guess they have pretty big plans.

Very

Non Smoking Room?
Yes, but it is a "phony" barrier - just step outside the ropes and you're in a smoking environment. Even though it is on a mezzanine above the entrance, I didn't notice any smoke in the air.
 
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