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Atlantic City Poker Rooms – The Hilton

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It was while wandering through the Hilton looking for the poker room that I noticed my new favorite thing about Atlantic City - non-smoking casinos! The law banning smoking in casinos in AC isn't 100% in effect yet, but most of the casinos have already gone partially or completely non-smoking. Most poker rooms have been non-smoking for a couple of years, but you still have to wade through the miasma of carcinogens to get to the room. Not so in AC anymore.

Of course, I had plenty of time to wander through the Hilton to notice this since the casino is laid out in a labyrinthine fashion, trapping poor poker players in rows of slots and mirrors. Finally I violated the guy code and asked a security guard for directions. It turned out that instead of going down the escalator from the parking garage, I needed to go up. Of course, there were no signs to tell me that, but what can you expect from a multi-million dollar hotel and casino?

Once I found the poker room, I was amazed. There was something present that I have never experienced in a poker room before. There was a window; a huge window looking out onto the real outside world. This certainly helped this medium-sized room feel almost Borgata-sized, by expanding the view and letting me actually see daylight while I played the daily tournament.

The room itself is pretty spacious, with 22 tables and enough room to move between them. Tableside dining is available, but the food trays they use are pretty flimsy, so be careful where you put your food! The $2/hr. comp rate is one of the highest in town, and can get you a good meal at the restaurant next door in as little as five hours of play. 50 hours of play in a month earns you free parking for the entire next month, a pretty good deal at the $4/day player's card rate.

The Hilton spreads fixed and no-limit Texas Hold Em , Omaha and Stud, with daily No Limit Hold Em tournaments at 2PM, 7PM and 11PM. I found the level of skill at the 2PM tournament about what you'd expect from a small buy-in tourney, pretty much a mixed bag. Same for the cash game tables, mixed skill levels and loose play dominated the $1/2 table I tried out, but I managed to squeak out a small profit.

So once I found the poker room nestled away on the second floor I enjoyed my play at the Hilton. The high comp rates, loose play and most importantly, huge window all combined to give me a good experience in my first trip there.

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