My next much anticipated poker road trip is set to kick off Saturday morning as I travel to Kansas City for three nights, an approximately three and a half hour drive from the immediate Wichita area. Besides a change of scenery, my motivations to travel include the opportunity to play games other than $1-3 no-limit hold’em, to hit poker rooms I haven’t visited in well over a year, and to put in a substantial amount of seat time at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway and Harrah’s North Kansas City. I have very recently joined Ante Up Magazine as Oklahoma/Kansas Ambassador and this trip will provide me with my first opportunity to visit a room in that capacity.
My planned itinerary looks something like this. Upon arrival I plan to find my way to a seat at Hollywood Casino’s poker room. Outside of checking into the hotel I've booked a room at I plan on spending the rest of my day and night at Hollywood.
Day two, Sunday, is Daytona 500 day so finding a decent seat to watch it from is important. With the start time being 1 pm, I imagine that will impede the possibility of playing the 11 am, $160 deep stack no-limit hold'em tournament at Hollywood. With 30 minute rounds it certainly is tempting. The deal breaker may be the blind structure for it. I may just elect to play cash games until heading over to Harrah's, where I’ll be staying for the next two nights.
I’m hoping to make it over to Ameristar Kansas City sometime Monday. It has been several years since I’ve played at Ameristar and it would be a good day to spend some time there. Ameristar has a 7 pm, $60 no-limit hold’em tournament that night and it might be enjoyable to take a stab at it. I will return home sometime Tuesday after playing more...somewhere...that morning.
Between the three poker rooms I should have the opportunity to play a variety of games besides the commonly offered no-limit hold’em. I enjoy a variety of games and the fact that Ameristar and Hollywood combined offer low stakes limit hold’em, with and without a half kill, Omaha hi-lo split eight-or-better, and pot-limit Omaha it will be a nice change from the no-limit hold’em I am used to playing. When I return I look forward to offering a full trip report. Wish me some run-good!