Stopped at Crowne Plaza (Executive West) @2015 DCC

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While at the Derby I dropped someone off at the airport and thought, hell I'll check out the old Executive West for kicks and memories.

I parked at the back (the outside is the same) and walked in the door and whoa! They did a really nice job remodeling everything. The old bar is completely gone, the swimming pool area had a wall built across half of it so the old open part is a big meeting area, the restaurant and new bar are really nice. A nice job overall.

As I was leaving someone walked out of the old tournament area and I scooted in as it was locked when I first came in and walked by. There was a lady right there from the hotel and I spoke to her about why I snuck in. She ended up being the food manager who ran the snack bar at the back during the DCC. She remembered Greg and Chad immediately and started reminiscing about working with them daily, how much fun the 2 weeks were and brought up the Filipinos and Alex in particular, how much fun they were. She said everyone loved having the tournament there and the only real complaint was cigarette burns in the carpet.

She took me around so I could take pictures of what it looks like now and everyone she introduced me to echoed everything she said. They all enjoyed the tournament there and all the people that came and said there are way worse groups that come.

They said they couldn't figure out why the tournament never came back after the remodel and we all figured it was something with management or after being in the casino they never bothered to go back and talk to them.

It was a great little visit (45 minutes) and brought back good memories for me and everyone I talked to.

Thought some of you guys would like to see what it looks like now.

Looks like on my phone I can only do one picture at a time, so here's the main tournament room-right side.
 

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Main tournament room right side. The wall on the far right opens to more space.
 

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Big meeting room next to the main rooms. All the little rooms became this.
 

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Big meeting room. On the other side of the back walls is the swimming pool. This is across the main tournament area.
 

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The restaurant and new bar area. Restaurant is on the right and the bar on left.
 

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The snack bar/arm wrestling area, lol. The back entrance is on the right.
 

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The snack bar/arm wrestling area, lol. The back entrance is on the right.

Very nice. I wonder whether Greg has talked to them recently.

I'd send these to him in case not, and in case the economics could work out. This would be so superior to Harrahs; space, location, ambiance.
 

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Nice! I believe Greg has had or has multi-year deals for stability of location with Horseshoe as they did with the E West before. I do not know the status of where they are at now. The other thing is, I know Greg has not given up on the idea of a national circuit with ideally four events like the DCC. Tunica was created to be part of that, but between Bonus Ball (which was a definite conflict with Tunica), and the economy and eventually the Tunica facility itself closing up, that one sputtered. But I know Greg has not given up and is still pursuing options with Ceasars/Harrahs which owns the Hoseshoe. Atlantic City, the Gulf Coast and Vegas would all be good spots to spread the DCC flavor around over the course of the year.

To me the big question is, can they all be sustained as 9-day events or would it be better to have three shorter ones that could work into a "long weekend" sort of format that culminated in the full menu at the annual DCC. I would suggest that, but not sure how you would snip out which events, or otherwise change things so they could run say in 5 days instead of 9.
 
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