Does the Bellagio have online poker?
Updated: It has been learned that the MGM Corporation of Casinos will open up an online poker site within Nevada in mid 2013 in conjunction with Party Poker and Bwin but so far none of that has come to fruition. Until Federally ran poker comes about we still recommend our visitors to check out our homepage to see where you can play poker.
Bellagio is a famous casino located on the Las Vegas strip, owned by MGM Resorts International. While their brand name has a lot it could offer to online poker, its unlikely we’ll see a Bellagio branded online poker site in the immediate future. For starters, and this isn’t the primary reason, Bellagio’s parent company (MGM) is doing quite well on the land-based side of the casino business. In fact, MGM Resorts International is the second largest land-based gaming company in the world with over $9.8 billion in annual revenues. Their company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MGM) and owns 15 properties in Nevada, Mississippi and Michigan, and has 50% investment stake in four additional properties located in Nevada, Illinois and Macau, China. But, if there is one thing we’ve learned is that if you don’t keep up with technology, then technology will pass you up!
The primary reason there isn’t a Bellagio online poker site is because MGM Resorts International doesn’t seem to have the interest at the moment. Current state laws have changed with the legalization and regulation of online poker in Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey thus far. These state have issued gambling licenses for companies to legally operate US online poker sites.
Will Bellagio be the First US Licensed Poker Site?
The quick answer is no, they were not. USA states have been issuing online gambling licenses, and it seems MGM would have no problem getting one if they really wanted one. This is entirely hypothetical, but if they did receive a license it would make sense for them to launch MGM Poker, Bellagio Poker, Mirage Poker, or an entirely generic online poker brand. MGM is a huge brand instantly recognized by most gamblers and industry members, and an online poker site could most certainly benefit from holding the MGM brand name. Running a poker site is tough work though and would be uncharted waters for MGM. Their company might be better advised to build one of their other brands in case they want to make an, what would very likely be a very lucrative, exit from online gambling in the future.
Personally, while Mirage Poker would have worked at one time, the Mirage no longer packs the name it once did. This casino was once one of the most luxurious locations on the strip and is now literally surrounded by billion dollar casinos with the Venetian directly across the street, and Encore and Wynn within walking distance in one direction and Caesars and Bellagio within walking distance in the other. While Mirage is still a fine casino it is outclassed and trumped by its neighbors and no longer holds the same notoriety it once had. Considering MGM dropped Mirage from their company name in June 2010, this probably says enough.
Bellagio Poker Details
The brand that seems the most interesting for MGM Resorts International to build an online poker brand from is the Bellagio. After all, Bellagio has been the long time home to several annual World Poker Tour (WPT) events including the seasonal championships. They also host The Big Game in their live poker room Bobby’s Room, named after Bobby Baldwin. In this room you’ll find Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Patrik Antonius, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Allen Cunningham, Tom Dwan, Eli Elezra, Sammy Farha, Ted Forrest, Barry Greenstein, Gus Hansen, and Jennifer Harman battling it out with others in No Limit and Pot-Limit games where $100,000 can be bet per hand or fixed limit mixed games with stakes of $2,000/$4,000 or $4,000/$8,000. Bellagio is no doubt one of the most famous live poker rooms. Would it make sense for a Bellagio online poker site? Well, it certainly makes sense to consider it, and it will be interesting to see what MGM’s does in the near future.
We’ll be following any leads that might develop on MGM or Bellagio online poker, and update this page when such leads are discovered.