Based on what everyone had told me about Biloxi, I wasn't expecting much from the place ... except the typical deplorable level of play by the locals.
The airport and what I saw of the town on my way to the casino seemed to be on par with what I was expecting.
However, I was pleasantly surprised with my first impression when arriving at the Beau Rivage (or the "Boo Riv-ij," as Jamie Rosen insists on pronouncing it).
At first I had to agree with a friend's description of it as "The Bellagio of the South." Albeit a much smaller and scaled-down version of it, the Beau Rivage is owned by MGM-Mirage, the same company that built the Bellagio.
It is designed similarly and they use a lot of the same style effects as the Bellagio, such as signs and the chips.
Unfortunately, I would soon learn that the similarities to Bellagio are on the surface only. The level of customer service is nowhere near the Bellagio, and the tournament was run pretty poorly as well.
Although the first break was 15 minutes long, they made the second one only 10 without notice. I came back thinking I was a couple minutes early, only to find out I was being blinded off!
In addition, the floor staff wasn't sure until four levels into the day whether or not there would be a dinner break. The posted tournament info called for six levels with a dinner break after the fourth if the tournament reached 300 players. It was just short, so we were to play five with no dinner break.
The tournament director actually got on the microphone during play to have the players "vote" on whether or not we should play a sixth level.
However, after just a few of the hundreds of players objected, he told us that a decision to do so would need to be unanimous anyway for the gaming commission in Mississippi to approve it anyway.
Did he really expect to get a couple hundred people to all agree ... on anything, for that matter???
As a result of all this superb planning, there was less than nine hours of play on Day 1. Day 2, however, took more than 16 hours to complete, as they needed to play down to the final 27 players who would finish in the money to stay on *schedule*. Well done, Beau Rivage ... well planned.
So anyway, on to the tournament ... The structure was pretty standard for the Matt Stout Blog Entries