Atlantic City tournaments

So I'm headed to AC for a day or two next week, and was considering doing a tournament while there. I'm very inexperienced in general, but I've played tournament style at a friend's house a few times and always finished in the top 2 out of 8 or so players. From what I've read, the best low-cost tournaments to do are at the Showboat, where $65 gets you $10K worth of chips and the blinds go up every 20 minutes. My questions for anyone who knows are these:

1) Am I likely to run into seriously skilled players or would they not bother with a $65 buy-in game?

2) How does the payout normally work at these tournaments? Do the top 10 get paid, or the top 3, or what?

3) How much time should I expect the tournament to take?

4) Any rules of etiquette I should know, having never played in a casino before?

Thanks in advance!!

Anybody? There's no way nobody here has played in a casino tournament before.

1.) 90% of the players will not be seriously skilled players. That said, out of the 9 players at the final table....most likely at least 5 or 6 of them will be very good players.

2.) Expect the payout to be like top 6 or 7.

3.) 5.5-6 hours.

4.) I do and say whatever I want, so this question doesn't matter to me.

wooosaaaa5 - 1.) 90% of the players will not be seriously skilled players. That said, out of the 9 players at the final table....most likely at least 5 or 6 of them will be very good players.

2.) Expect the payout to be like top 6 or 7.

3.) 5.5-6 hours.

4.) I do and say whatever I want, so this question doesn't matter to me.


well you can listen to this retard, or you can give us some more info...

why expect the payout to be top 6-7? Payouts depend on how many people enter the tourney.

and DO NOT do or say whatever you want...don't be a mouthy dink...don't splash the pot..don't comment on anyone's play/hands...just be cool

What additional info do you need?

I'm going to play in a Friday early afternoon tournament, so it's not going to be a big one. It's only a $65 entry fee ($53 of which goes into the pot) so I'm not exactly risking a lot. The Friday night and weekend tournaments are bigger and more lucrative, I assume. Still, I have no idea whether to expect 50 people or 150.

So number of payouts depends on number of entries? I was assuming that they have a fixed number (like 3 or 5 or 10) and each of those positions get a fixed percentage of the total pot. So I take it it's probably more like top 5% or top 10% of entrants get money?

When it comes to etiquette, I'm not a big mouth, so I doubt I'll piss anybody off. I was just thinking stuff along the lines of "don't put chips in your pocket". You know, stuff that could get me yelled at or DQed.

Ze Dano - 
wooosaaaa5 - 1.) 90% of the players will not be seriously skilled players. That said, out of the 9 players at the final table....most likely at least 5 or 6 of them will be very good players.

2.) Expect the payout to be like top 6 or 7.

3.) 5.5-6 hours.

4.) I do and say whatever I want, so this question doesn't matter to me.


well you can listen to this retard, or you can give us some more info...

why expect the payout to be top 6-7? Payouts depend on how many people enter the tourney.

and DO NOT do or say whatever you want...don't be a mouthy dink...don't splash the pot..don't comment on anyone's play/hands...just be cool




This guy is retarded. A tournament at the showboat will pay out 6 or 7, maybe even less.

Definitely comment on others when they play poorly. Challenge them to a fight if they argue with you. I honestly do this every time I play.

LOL, you sound like a real treat.

My apologies..I've never played at The Showboat. My answer was based on tournaments that I have been in before, where the payouts are based on # of entries. I've seen top 5 get paid with 50 or less players, and top 10 with more than 50 players.

Obviously, things like the WSOP payout hundreds of people, based on the thousands that enter. Must be a percentage thing?

And going back to the etiquette part...the advice I gave in my original post is valid...the advice that the donkey (woooosaaa5), not so much

good luck in the tourney!

Thanks, dude. I think I'll last for a while just because I tend to be a very conservative player. In the home games I've played, I've usually only entered half a dozen hands by the time the first player is eliminated.

Hey, if I can get 2 or 3 hours of entertainment out of $65 in a casino, I'll consider that a bargain!!

The tournament went great. I lasted about 4 hours and finished 12th out of 64. Only the top 6 got paid so I didn't win anything, but it was still a really fun time.

I finally lost when the blinds got large and I decided to go all-in with A8. I sort of had to because I was only 2 hands away from being big blind again, and I believe I had about $12K worth of chips with a big blind of $8K, so I had to just pick a semi-decent hand and go with it. This dude with a monster stack (at least $60K, maybe more) called me with Q6 suited, probably just because he could. I paired my ace on the flop, but he ended up getting the flush on the river.

I highly recommend the Showboat poker room in AC. Relaxed environment and great tournament format/value!!

With blinds at 4K-8K, 60K is not a monster stack at all. He doesn't even have 8 BBs. Unless he was the BB in the situation where you went all in, that's an awful call and he would not have heard the end of it from me.

It could have been more like 100K, I really didn't look closely. I can't remember if he was one of the blinds, it's possible that he was. It didn't shock me at all that he called with something marginal. The guy was playing ultra-aggressive once it got to the later rounds, basically doubling or tripling the BB pre-flop on about 50% of hands. Most people didn't have the stack to challenge him on most of those raises, so he'd just eat the blinds over and over again.

I really didn't want to go all-in with something mediocre like A8, but I only had 2 hands left until BB, and I was worried those 2 hands would be some total junk even worse than A8 and I'd be completely SOL.