Monday, April 13, 2009

Chicago area poker trip - By the numbers

It's been a long day. After waking up today in Milwaukee, WI and driving to Chicago, IL for lunch, I flew out of Midway airport to LaGuardia to have dinner with friends and I'm not comfortably back home.

Which means that I really don't have the energy to type up a full trip report. So for now, I'll crunch the numbers and post the results. It was a VERY successful trip.

The Numbers
Cars Rented: One (Nissan Versa)

Miles Driven: 1,210

Tanks of gas used: 3.75

Total Driving Time: 22 hours, 57 minutes

States Visited: 5 (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan)

Casinos Visited: 16

Poker Rooms Visited (Defined as using a live dealer): 14

PokerTek Poker Rooms Visited: 1

Profit as a result of Poker: +$932.75

Profit as a result of Table Games: +$85

Casino Employees interviewed: 6

Casino Employees yet to be interviewed over the phone: 1

Types of Poker Games played: 13 ($3-$6 Limit Hold'em, $3-$6 Limit Hold'em w/full kill, $4-$8 Limit Hold'em, $5-$10 Limit Hold'em, $4-$8 Limit HO w/half kill, $6-$12 Limit HO w/half kill, $10-$20 HO w/half kill, $3/$6 O/8, $5-$10 O/8, $0.50/
$1 No Limit Hold'em, $1-$2 No Limit Hold'em, $2-$5 No Limit Hold'em, No Limit Hold'em Tournament)

Poker Sessions (Switching games counts as a new session): 21

Total Session time: 45 hours, 3 minutes

Avg. Session Length: 2 hrs, 8 minutes, 43 seconds

Best Session for time spent: A 31 minute session playing $5-$10 Limit Hold'em at the Hollywood Casino in Aurora, IL yielded $172 in profit.

Best Overall Session: A 1 hr session playing $1/$2 NLHE at the Ameristar East in Gary, IN yielded a $252 profit.

Worst Overall Session: An 88 minute session playing $5/$10 O/8 at the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf, Iowa yielded a $194 loss.

Shortest Session: A 30 minute session playing $1/$2 NLHE at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, IN yielded a $37 profit.

Longest Session: A 6 hour and 35 minute session playing $3/$6 O/8 at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee, WI yielded a $181 profit.

Times I felt skeeved by the nastiness of the hotel room I stayed in: 3

Number of matzoh related items I ate: Zero

Number of matzoh related items available for purchase: Zero

Number of confirmed Jews spotted during the entire trip: One

Number of times I overheard Anti-Semitic remarks at the poker table: Two (In neither case were the participants aware I was Jewish. Both times, the remarks revolved around how people should own a particular stock because 'The Jews like it')

Number of Aryan Nation members I ate dinner within earshot of: One, possibly two

There are more stats, but I can't think of them right now. Overall, a good trip pokerwise. Not so much in terms of sightseeing. I didn't get to stay in Chicago at all, except to visit for a brief 3 hours on my way back to the airport to come home. At least I got to eat deep dish pizza though. It was at Pizzeria Due and is highly recommended!

That was on the list of things to do. On the way to the airport, I passed, completely by accident, the Jelly Belly factory in Kinosha, WI.

I stopped off to take the tour but they were, sadly, closed for Easter.


BWoP said...

Average age of the players at your table???

Jamie said...

Somewhere between old and ancient, CK! At least the Omaha players were. The No Limit players tended to be younger.

Memphis MOJO said...

Nice trip, nice recap. Also, thanks for the photos.

So you know if anyone has done what you're trying to do? There must be a Guiness World Record or something out there.

Landen said...

how in the world do you stop off at the jelly belly factory in kenosha BY ACCIDENT?!?! it's a good ten minutes off the highway! i can see stumbling into the mars cheese castle - at least that can be seen from the highway.

Jamie said...

I saw the roadsign from I-94 and made the trip. And I *did* stop at Mars Cheese Castle! But I thought Murray's Cheese Shop in the village was better, so I didn't buy anything.