One Pocket HOF dinner location

NH Steve

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I have been informed by the Horseshoe staff that they no longer have any available room facility there to host our Hall of Fame dinner. That is a result of the renovations that are moving the casino from the boat to the mainland (as a result of law changes I presume). Too bad, the Derby City Classic has been a great place to hold our dinner for about 15 years now, going back to the Executive West (and East) and then for 10 years a few different spots in the Horseshoe -- from one year the tables upstairs were covered and that's where the dinner was, to a bunch of years at "Legends" and "Smoke & Rye", to last year at the Diamond room on the boat.

In the beginning we also had some roving locations -- one in Shreveport for Eddie Taylor and another in South Carolina for Nick Varner. One in Boston for Boston Shorty in fact.

So here we are, looking at coming up with something new for 2020... and entertaining suggestions.
 

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Daisies in New Albany has the buffet setup and its the closest to the Casino that i can think of..... I eat breakfast there and its inexpensive. Maybe they would do a private party?
 

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I have been informed by the Horseshoe staff that they no longer have any available room facility there to host our Hall of Fame dinner. That is a result of the renovations that are moving the casino from the boat to the mainland (as a result of law changes I presume). Too bad, the Derby City Classic has been a great place to hold our dinner for about 15 years now, going back to the Executive West (and East) and then for 10 years a few different spots in the Horseshoe -- from one year the tables upstairs were covered and that's where the dinner was, to a bunch of years at "Legends" and "Smoke & Rye", to last year at the Diamond room on the boat.

In the beginning we also had some roving locations -- one in Shreveport for Eddie Taylor and another in South Carolina for Nick Varner. One in Boston for Boston Shorty in fact.

So here we are, looking at coming up with something new for 2020... and entertaining suggestions.
sorry to hear this steve….i know the event means a lot to you....

perhaps possibly call in the "big gun" and have HOFer greg sullivan lean on the horseshoe a little....wtf....that big of a place and they can't swing it - BS....
 

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I have been informed by the Horseshoe staff that they no longer have any available room facility there to host our Hall of Fame dinner. That is a result of the renovations that are moving the casino from the boat to the mainland (as a result of law changes I presume). Too bad, the Derby City Classic has been a great place to hold our dinner for about 15 years now, going back to the Executive West (and East) and then for 10 years a few different spots in the Horseshoe -- from one year the tables upstairs were covered and that's where the dinner was, to a bunch of years at "Legends" and "Smoke & Rye", to last year at the Diamond room on the boat.

In the beginning we also had some roving locations -- one in Shreveport for Eddie Taylor and another in South Carolina for Nick Varner. One in Boston for Boston Shorty in fact.

So here we are, looking at coming up with something new for 2020... and entertaining suggestions.
sorry to hear this steve….i know the event means a lot to you....

perhaps possibly call in the "big gun" and have HOFer greg sullivan lean on the horseshoe a little....wtf....that big of a place and they can't swing it - BS....
worst that can happen is get another "no" from someone in position to say "yes." very well could be an individual in a supervisory/mid-manager position who doesn't want to dick with it; without knowing that the event is part of the overall DCC culture....icbw (but certainly wouldn't take a "no" without at least trying a different angle....)
 

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worst that can happen is get another "no" from someone in position to say "yes." very well could be an individual in a supervisory/mid-manager position who doesn't want to dick with it; without knowing that the event is part of the overall DCC culture....icbw (but certainly wouldn't take a "no" without at least trying a different angle....)
Yes, that is my next step. Diamond has been clear that it means a lot to them as well -- as part of the DCC experience. So I will be talking to Greg or Chad for sure.
 

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If the Horseshoe won't budge, and doing the dinner during the DC event is the priority, there must be somewhere else in Elizabeth, New Albany or Louisville that can host the HOF dinner. Hire a bus to transport everyone to and from the Casino. Can probably get a better dinner, too.
 

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One Pocket HOF dinner location

Maybe consider changing the HOF dinner during Bogies Senior event?
 

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If the Horseshoe won't budge, and doing the dinner during the DC event is the priority, there must be somewhere else in Elizabeth, New Albany or Louisville that can host the HOF dinner. Hire a bus to transport everyone to and from the Casino. Can probably get a better dinner, too.
Louisville is a ways to go. I'd figure an hour each direction, and in a hotel is going to be expensive.

The Exchange Pub + Kitchen on Main in New Albany has a room upstairs for sit-down groups up to 40. https://exchangeforfood.com/
I've had a couple of good meals there. It's a 15-minute drive from the Horseshoe.

There's another brew pub across the street from the Exchange that might do groups. Probably cheaper than the Exchange.

It is disappointing but not surprising that the Horseshoe cannot do a sit-down dinner for a group.
 

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If the Horseshoe won't budge, and doing the dinner during the DC event is the priority, there must be somewhere else in Elizabeth, New Albany or Louisville that can host the HOF dinner. Hire a bus to transport everyone to and from the Casino. Can probably get a better dinner, too.
That's an interesting idea. It might be too much of an impediment for some people though. There is so much going on at the Derby people don't want to miss out on anything already.Plus there is already the issue of people attending the dinner and match scheduling for those still in one (or more!) of the tournaments.

Holding it with the US Open One Pocket or another event might be a better choice. Too bad, it has been a great event within the event of DCC for almost 15 years now.
 

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That's an interesting idea. It might be too much of an impediment for some people though. There is so much going on at the Derby people don't want to miss out on anything already.Plus there is already the issue of people attending the dinner and match scheduling for those still in one (or more!) of the tournaments.

Holding it with the US Open One Pocket or another event might be a better choice. Too bad, it has been a great event within the event of DCC for almost 15 years now.
Buffalo's is the biggest event other than the DCC. We would be happy to host the event on the Wednesday before play starts. All the top players are at Buffalo's each year, as well as many of our members. Doing it Wednesday frees up everyone for the dinner and gives us all an added excuse to come to New Orleans. I would be happy to help you out in the planning.

Joe
 

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Buffalo's is the biggest event other than the DCC. We would be happy to host the event on the Wednesday before play starts. All the top players are at Buffalo's each year, as well as many of our members. Doing it Wednesday frees up everyone for the dinner and gives us all an added excuse to come to New Orleans. I would be happy to help you out in the planning.

Joe
Joe
That’s a great idea and very generous of you to help out
Do they have a room and the ability to cater it?
Larry
 

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Joe
That’s a great idea and very generous of you to help out
Do they have a room and the ability to cater it?
Larry
There are literally dozens of restaurants within 5 minutes that have a banquet room and the ability to cater. With the green light, I will begin to make a list. This is literally no problem. New Orleans is built for these kinds of parties.
 

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Buffalo's is the biggest event other than the DCC. We would be happy to host the event on the Wednesday before play starts. All the top players are at Buffalo's each year, as well as many of our members. Doing it Wednesday frees up everyone for the dinner and gives us all an added excuse to come to New Orleans. I would be happy to help you out in the planning.

Joe
Sounds good to me Joe, all great reasons too!!
 

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Buffalo's is the biggest event other than the DCC. We would be happy to host the event on the Wednesday before play starts. All the top players are at Buffalo's each year, as well as many of our members. Doing it Wednesday frees up everyone for the dinner and gives us all an added excuse to come to New Orleans. I would be happy to help you out in the planning. Joe
I was thinking the same thing, Joe. Buff's has become action central, and the tournament itself would probably draw anyone in consideration for the HOF. There should be enough interested folks to attend a dinner in the area.

I don't know how many usually attend the HOF at DCC. 50, 75? It might be illuminating to take an unofficial survey from the N.O. area folks and others in order to determine how many might attend. That would probably be necessary anyway so as to estimate the size of the banquet room needed.

~Doc
 

TxOnePocket

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Both purposed alternative dates are back to back weeks in May, I would think the Vegas alternative would be cheaper and easier and draw way more players.
 

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I don’t know of any venue that has 600 bank players, 450 one pocket players besides the DCC. Besides the dinner, there are many who don’t go to the dinner that go to the induction. 75-100 for dinner and another 50-100 for the induction. You would think since the hotel charges nearly triple the normal room rate for having a full house, the hotel would be more accommodating. I know this is true because one year JR Hendy, (should be inducted as someone who influenced and taught one pocket on the Best Coast for fifty years) and I stayed for the full ten grueling days for under $400. The hotel changed the loophole.
Most people won’t even go back to their room for fear of missing something so leaving the hotel? Put down the pipe.
 

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Both purposed alternative dates are back to back weeks in May, I would think the Vegas alternative would be cheaper and easier and draw way more players.
The US Open has been very poorly attended in the last five years. 15 of the top 20 one pocket players in the world will be at Buffalo's.
 

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Buffalos and the US Open are back to back weeks this year, at least that is the tentative dates on the latter.

Edit: after rereading ur post I get what you are saying, wasn't the main reason for the low turnout the turmoil with ownership/management?

Also while checking into rooms for DCC it suggests several surrounding areas if not staying at the casino, but as someone already chimed in with the few times I attended @ the Executive West I never left during either 5 or 7 day stay.
 
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