I’d like to preface this post by saying that Parx is not paying me to write this. I’ve spent so much time there over the last year and a half and I’m extremely grateful to have such a well run poker room to call home. Starting tomorrow Parx is hosting a much anticipated WPT series that includes a $3,500 buy-in televised main event. I encourage everyone to come out for the events and wanted to give you guys a few reasons why you should consider making the trip out here.
1) The dealers and staff are competent, friendly and experienced
I have played a lot of live poker in a lot of different poker rooms over the years. Parx has without a doubt the best dealers and staff I’ve ever encountered. Most of them have a lot of experience having come from Atlantic City. The poker room manager, Ari, does a great job of listening to player concerns and doing his best to implement changes to improve the quality of the room. Everyone has a positive and friendly attitude which makes for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
2) The tournament schedule has something for everyone
I think it is a very difficult task to craft a tournament schedule at this stage of Parx’s development. I think they did a good job of including events for the average player as well as bunching the three bigger buy-in events towards the end of the series so that the people who travel can have a tournament to play every day while they are here. I’m expecting the $340 event on Saturday the 4th to have a pretty big field. I’m really looking forward to the $550 + $500 bounty on the 9th. I liked the idea of putting the 1k after Day 1 of the Main event because it gives those who busted the main a chance to redeem themselves. There are also a ton of small satellites which will give a lot of small stakes players a chance to play the Main. Matt Glantz also tweeted recently that they are going to try to have a 10k rake free event on August 9th.
3) The proximity to Philadelphia
Parx is located just 20 minutes outside of Center City. For those of you who have never really had the chance to come to Philly for a poker tournament, this series is a great opportunity to play some tournaments with great value and have the ability to check out what Philly has to offer if you happen to get knocked out early one day or have a day off. There are a lot of cool things to do whether it’s checking out a Phillies game or doing some of the historic tours. If anyone is interested in more information about what to do, what bars to go to, etc. feel free to send me a message.
4) The cash games
Parx has hosted a few WPT Regional tournaments so far and during those the cash games have thrived. There will be a lot of 1/2nl and 2/5nl games as there always are but there will also be several 10/10 nl games every day and possibly 10/20nl or 25/50nl games. If you like mixed games there will likely be plenty of them as well. I know I”m planning on playing a ton of hours of cash during this series.
5) The proximity of the hotels
Although Parx doesn’t have it’s own hotel, there are several options that players have that are right across the street from the casino. They are offering discounts which you can find on the tournament schedule page. I’ve never stayed in any of the places listed but I’ve heard from others that they are all decent options.
Just a few things to note for those of you who have never been to Parx:
The poker room is in the Parx East buliding, back to the left, not the main building that you see when you come in off of Street Road. When you enter the building, take the escalator all the way to the left up to the third floor and turn left.
Parking is free.
Parx has a poker blog which is updated throughout the tournament series. Check it out here.
There are only a couple food options at Parx but they are pretty decent. Chickie’s and Pete’s is a sports bar located in the main building. Get the combo fries if you’ve never been there. There is also a nicer restaurant in the main building called Parx Grille which is very good. There is a noodle bar in the poker building as well as the ability to order food from the waitresses. I can’t remember what the name of it is (I think maybe the Godfather or something like that) but there is a cheesesteak with bacon on it that everyone says is the best (albeit probably most unhealthy) sandwich to get from them. There are also a ton of food options within 5 minutes on Street Road. Most of them offer a discount if you show your Parx card.
That is all I can think of now but if anyone has any questions at all feel free to contact me on twitter, facebook, etc.
Hope to see you at the tables!