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Argosy Cincinnati Poker Room Opening

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Poker in the Midwest has improved significantly with the May 25th opening of the Argosy Casino Poker Room in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Located 15 miles west of Cincinnati, it is the largest poker room north of Louisville and south of Detroit and on its way to becoming the best action in the Midwest.

Players will find a wide variety of games and stakes at the 15 tables. Limit holdem is spread from $3/6 up to $50/100, with the core NLHE games being $1/3 and $2/5. NLHE can be a wild game at the Argosy, and the $10/20 NLHE game attracts the best the area has to offer. Even on a week night, Pot limit Omaha, Omaha H/L with a full kill, and 7 card stud tables are surprisingly filled, given the fact that the whole world has gone NLHE.

Argosy has spared no expense to make this a destination for the passionate poker player. Nine high definition televisions fill the room, providing necessary background scenery for any poker game. New tables come with automatic shufflers, speeding play along. Veteran poker manager Robert McGovern brings experience and exciting ideas to the Midwest poker scene. McGovern was formerly the Poker Room Manager at the Goldstrike Casino in Tunica, as well as Tournament Coordinator for the World Poker Tour. "When Argosy approached me about their vision for poker, I jumped at the chance to be part of this," said McGovern. "We hope to create the Bellagio of the Midwest here."

Veteran tournament director Linda Johnson hosted the Grand Opening June 2-4. "We had a soft opening the week before, and I expected 20 people or so to show up," said McGovern. "Due to the great marketing team here at the Argosy, we had to open 11 tables within the first hour. The opening weekend exceeded our expectations, with over 80 players in our inaugural Sunday tournament. Linda was a big hit all weekend, and she commented that we had the best lighting over the tables she had ever seen."

Each table has six designer track lights elegantly exposing the felt and action. Make an untimely bluff, and you won't be able to hide in the darkness.

The Argosy runs daily tournaments Monday-Thursday, including the Monday Bounty tournament, where every player has a $20 bounty on their head. With McGovern's World Poker Open experience and WPT connections, look for the Argosy to host a big event sometime in the near future.

Adjacent to the Argosy is a 300 room hotel with terrific rates for those planning a trip or even stopping by unexpectedly. Having played at several different limits one evening last week, I can tell you that if it's a packed room and tons of action, the Argosy is a great place to land. Veteran poker player and Cincinnati blogger IGGY says this about the Argosy, "Get there early or prepare to wait," which is a universal sign of a great poker room.

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