It’s been a while since I’ve been to the Normandie but I was talking to a poker friend and was reminded of all the action they used to have on Saturday nights. I don’t know if it’s still going on but it sure was fun back in the day.
There’s not much else going on at the Normandie as far as poker, but on Saturday nights, some of the people from Caribe (back in the day) go there for a $500+ no limit game. Steve, his brother Mike, Dr. Laura, Mickey, and some new people are there for some crazy action.
For me, it’s a challenge because Steve uses every trick in the book to confuse and annoy the players. Not only that but it’s pretty much like a private home game in that people will make deals during the hand, including asking another player if he wants half the action. Cards are passed to other players for examination before more prop bets are taken. Of course, showing one or both cards is nothing unusual at a game like this. All things that would not be allowed in a casino are allowed. Side bets and props are the norm.
On top of all this, there’s some crazy action, pre-flop and post-flop. $3,000 pots can happen on an unraised pot. This is no game for pussies, that’s for sure. Sometimes new players will come in and will leave after a few hands because of all the craziness. Other times, the craziness causes new players to go on tilt and give away all their money before they leave mumbling obscenities.