Thread Rating:

PokerGrinder
PokerGrinder
Joined: Apr 30, 2015
  • Threads: 16
  • Posts: 1591
Thanks for this post from:
jessa285
September 1st, 2017 at 10:56:49 PM permalink
Tomorrow Eric and I are heading out on our Yukon poker series trip. We are going more for fun than for a profitable tournament series, since sadly the expenses to get there will eat away at the EV of the extremely soft tournaments. What will be extremely profitable are the poker cash games that we will hit on the way there and back.

The game plan is to drive to Cold Lake, AB on Saturday and play sides to get a chip from Casino Dene that night since they don't have poker. The next day is a short (by my standards lol, only 4 hours) drive to Fort McMurray and we will grind there for the day. Then a drive to Edmonton while hitting a casino sort of on the way. We are staying in Edmonton for 2 nights, We will collect the two new chips available since my last time in Edmonton and again play some good poker games.

This is where the tough part comes, the drive to the Yukon. We will drive to Fort Nelson while stopping at two casinos to collect which will take 11-12 hours. The next day is a 12 hour drive to Whitehorse, Yukon. The following day is a shorter 7 hour drive to Dawson City, Yukon where we will stay for 5 nights while the tournaments are running. The cash games are supposed to be amazing as well. We will have time to do sightseeing and be tourists while we are there.

Then comes the fun part again, driving the opposite direction for a few days. We will drive back to Whitehorse the first day. The second day back to Fort Nelson. The third day is a 8.5 hour drive to Prince George (Wiz should remember Prince George from Spring Fling two years ago). There is a casino there and if I remember correctly a poker game. The next day is a 75 minute drive to Billy Barker casino before heading south 4.5 hours to Kamloops for the new casino there. I was there 3 years ago but they built a new casino and closed the old one. Then a 2.5 hour drive to Penticton where we are staying for the night. They also have closed their old casino and opened a new one since I last drove through there. I'm not sure if we will find a poker game there but we also might be too tired to play at that point.

We will make the drive to Vancouver (4 hours) the next day while stopping at the newly rebranded Surrey casino 30 minutes outside of Vancouver. I'm going to play the night in Vancouver after dropping Eric at the airport as he is flying to Cyprus for a series and then onto Morocco for a series.

The next day is when the mega chip collecting starts and poker will cease for 4-5 days. I will be stopping at 30 plus casinos over 2 days as most of them are within 10 minutes of each other. I will be staying in Seattle for 2 nights and will probably go see a Mariners game the second night. From there I will drive to Spokane over 2 days while collecting on the way. I plan on playing poker in Spokane. The next day is a drive to a casino in northern Montana where they have a poker game. The next day is the same at another Montana Casino. The last day of the trip is my drive back to central Canada.

I'm hoping to add around 50 chips on this trip, sadly I think I will be in Edmonton a month early for the new casino and the same for the new casino that is opening up in Vancouver. Also I will be about a month early for the new Spokane Tribe casino, bad timing lol. Oh well I will have to grab those next time that I'm in the area.

I am now going to go grab a couple of hours of sleep since I have to pick Eric up in 5 hours.
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
FleaStiff
FleaStiff
Joined: Oct 19, 2009
  • Threads: 216
  • Posts: 11317
September 2nd, 2017 at 2:43:43 AM permalink
Bush pilots?
Camper planes?
Heated RVs?

Good luck.
PokerGrinder
PokerGrinder
Joined: Apr 30, 2015
  • Threads: 16
  • Posts: 1591
September 2nd, 2017 at 3:16:52 AM permalink
Lol a lot simpler, a Kia Forte and hotels.
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
odiousgambit
odiousgambit
Joined: Nov 9, 2009
  • Threads: 277
  • Posts: 7421
September 2nd, 2017 at 4:24:20 AM permalink
Oh, to be young again!
"Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar I would have stayed." .......... Mark Twain
PokerGrinder
PokerGrinder
Joined: Apr 30, 2015
  • Threads: 16
  • Posts: 1591
Thanks for this post from:
Rigondeaux
September 3rd, 2017 at 9:28:20 AM permalink
Yesterday we drove 840 miles from Winnipeg, MB to Bonnyville, AB. I only managed to sleep for a hour before picking Eric up. We drove the 13 hours with frequent stops including one in North Battleford, SK for dinner. We stopped at the casino there for dinner and had amazing Bannock burgers. I apparently didn't get a club card last time I was there so I got one and turned the $10 FP into $9. We then drove to Cold Lake, AB where we stopped at Casino Dene for a quick stop to collect chips. I won $15 while collecting, Eric didn't fair as well losing $35.

We then drove 20 minutes to Bonnyville for the night and encountered the rudest hotel worker. He was pissed that we woke him just after 8 pm to check In and was also pissed when I thought he was charging us too much. Then he scolded me for having changed the booking a couple weeks ago from one bed to two beds. He was pleasant. The hotel room was fine, it's a long stay place as it has a kitchen. The beds were comfy and the room was clean which is all that matters to me.

We are about to go for breakfast and then drive to Fort McMurray to grind for the day.

Chips collected 4 (1 for my collection)
Total miles - 840
Gas - $50.96
Hotel - $28.47
Food $22.10
Gambling +24
$10FP = $9
Poker - N/A

I have converted kilometres into miles, and gas, hotel and food into USD for members benefits but I will be keeping the gambling in Canadian dollars as that is easier for me.
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
Paradigm
Paradigm
Joined: Feb 24, 2011
  • Threads: 40
  • Posts: 2054
September 3rd, 2017 at 1:16:40 PM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

...The next day is when the mega chip collecting starts and poker will cease for 4-5 days. I will be stopping at 30 plus casinos over 2 days as most of them are within 10 minutes of each other. I will be staying in Seattle for 2 nights and will probably go see a Mariners game the second night....


PG, are you collecting chips in Seattle area or is the above a Vancouver reference? The newest casino in WA is unfortunately 2+ hours south of you in Ridgefield, WA...beautiful property, but no poker yet (Ilani is the name).

Great American also just opened a new card room in Des Moines, WA, but I think all their rooms may use the same chips so if you already have one from a previous visit to their other properties, that may be covered.

If you make it to Muckleshoot, they have two different chips for each "side" of the casino (non-smoking vs. smoking). The two sides of the casino appear to be just an really effective way to separate the smokers from the non-smokers, but a bizarre regulation actually has them as separate casinos and the chips from one side can't be used on the other side.
Hunterhill
Hunterhill
Joined: Aug 1, 2011
  • Threads: 39
  • Posts: 1470
September 3rd, 2017 at 1:39:10 PM permalink
$28 for a hotel,that's pretty cheap.
The mountain is tall but the grass grows on top of the mountain.
FleaStiff
FleaStiff
Joined: Oct 19, 2009
  • Threads: 216
  • Posts: 11317
September 3rd, 2017 at 6:51:58 PM permalink
Quote: Hunterhill

$28 for a hotel,that's pretty cheap.

Depends on the area and perhaps since someone named Eric was mentioned, the 28.00 only reflects PokerGrinder's half?

Separate chips for smoking and non-smoking... WOW, what a great opportunity for analysis of just how much a nonsmoking establishment can be a premium.
PokerGrinder
PokerGrinder
Joined: Apr 30, 2015
  • Threads: 16
  • Posts: 1591
September 3rd, 2017 at 11:45:16 PM permalink
Quote: Paradigm

PG, are you collecting chips in Seattle area or is the above a Vancouver reference? The newest casino in WA is unfortunately 2+ hours south of you in Ridgefield, WA...beautiful property, but no poker yet (Ilani is the name).

Great American also just opened a new card room in Des Moines, WA, but I think all their rooms may use the same chips so if you already have one from a previous visit to their other properties, that may be covered.

If you make it to Muckleshoot, they have two different chips for each "side" of the casino (non-smoking vs. smoking). The two sides of the casino appear to be just an really effective way to separate the smokers from the non-smokers, but a bizarre regulation actually has them as separate casinos and the chips from one side can't be used on the other side.



I won't be making it to Ilani this time around, way too far south.

Thank you so much for the Great American find, I'm not sure how that slipped past me. They do all use chips of their own so I will add it to my list. That's interesting as far as Muckleshoot goes, I guess I'll grab one from both sides. Are they considered two different casinos/licenses?

The gas and hotel costs I have listed are only my half as Eric is paying the other half.
You can shear a sheep a hundred times, but you can skin it only once. Amarillo Slim Preston
Paradigm
Paradigm
Joined: Feb 24, 2011
  • Threads: 40
  • Posts: 2054
September 4th, 2017 at 6:36:01 AM permalink
I believe Muckleshoot does have two seperate licenses as they are considered separate casinos...don't quote me on that. They do now have a single cage between the two "sides" and I bet you get all the correct details from the cage manager if you get a chance to talk to him/her.

Bummer on Ilani...they also use some pretty cool cards with the face cards being tribal themed royalty images.

  • Jump to: