Northwest Indiana is known in he Greater Chicago area as the leader in live poker, and the area will be even more formidable with the addition of another live poker room.
Michigan City's Blue Chip Casino Hotel will feature live poker beginning Oct. 23 at 11 in the morning when Vanessa Johnson, poker room manager for the Blue Chip, commands dealers to "shuffle up and deal".
Blue Chip will be housing eight tables in its new poker room. While it is smaller than the 21 tables in its neighbors Majestic Star Casinos in Gary and 16 tables in Resorts East Chicago, it is by no means less significant.
The new poker room in Blue Chip will be located at the casino's High Limit area.
"We are very excited about bringing live poker to the Blue Chip," said the property's director of slot operations Don Juzwiak.
"Its development has always been on the back burner since we opened the new casino. It was just a matter of deciding where it was going to go. We wanted the room to have an identity all its own, and I think we've succeeded."
"The limits will start at $3/6 for Hold'em and Omaha, and $2/$5 for Stud," Johnson said. "The games will be available at all times. Those will be our lowest limits, but of course we'll spread up to no limit and accommodate whatever games our guests request."
"Another nice touch will be when players stop by to have their names placed on a waiting list, they'll be given a pager to carry ... which will alert them when their seat is available. This will eliminate having to make announcements over the paging system throughout the casino," Johnson added.