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Seven Las Vegas Poker Rooms You Have To Visit
Las Vegas is seen as the gambling Mecca of the world. With more than 100 casinos to choose from, many with big, bustling poker rooms, poker players are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a Las Vegas poker room.
Most Las Vegas poker rooms spread a variety of no limit Hold’em cash games, with the busier venues able to offer different poker variants such as pot limit Omaha, Seven Card Stud, Dealers Choice, and daily tournaments.
These are seven Las Vegas poker rooms you should visit should you find yourself heading to Sin City.
The Wynn Poker Room is situated in the beautiful Wynn Las Vegas casino, the world’s seventh-largest hotel. With a 28 table capacity, the poker room at The Wynn is both spacious and luxurious. Low-to-mid-stakes cash games are the Wynn’s specialty, with dozens of $1/$3 and $2/$5 games running throughout the day.
Tournaments players are well catered for with daily events taking place plus several major festivals each year, usually around the time of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) when everyone is in town, including The Wynn Summer Classic.
Bellagio is one of the most luxurious casinos in the world, never mind in Las Vegas, and attracts wealthy poker players in droves. While the Bellagio’s 40-table poker room does offer lower stakes such as $1/$3, this is the place to go if you play higher stakes.
You will find that games run at Bellagio 24-hours a day; it is always super busy, particularly in the higher stakes games.
Bellagio is also the home to the world-famous Bobby’s Room, named after the 1978 WSOP Main Event champion and all-round poker legend Bobby Baldwin, who is set to play in the biggest buy-in poker tournament ever. It is in this room that the highest stakes games are played, sometimes with blinds of $10,000/$20,000 or higher. You may just catch a glimpse of your favorite poker star if you frequent Bellagio’s poker room.
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the home of the WSOP, has a small poker room for most of the year but turns into a poker hotbed when the WSOP is in town.
Dozens of cash game tables run during the day and into the night during the WSOP with every stakes imaginable. Also during the WSOP, the poker room runs what are billed as Rio Dailies, low stakes tournaments with buy-ins of between $100 and $360 that attract more than a thousand entrants and payout huge prizes.
Like the Bellagio, you have a good chance of spotting a poker superstar at the Rio if it is WSOP time.
MGM Grand was once the largest hotel complex in the world and was the casino that was robbed in the 2001 film Ocean’s Eleven. The venue also has one of the largest gaming floors in Las Vegas with 2,500 machines and 139 poker and table games.
Billing itself as the $1/$2 No Limit capital of Las Vegas, MGM Grand is the place you should head if you are new to cash games or want to play against weaker opposition. There is always a $1/$2 no limit hold’em cash game playing here as the hotel has a lot of footfall due to its sheer size and number of rooms.
Perhaps the best feature of the MGM Grand poker room is it is non-smoking, a policy the casino is very strict about.
You simply have to visit Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas if you head to Sin City. While its poker room is nothing to shout about and is hardly ever in use, the casino is steeped in history because it was the original poker room used by the likes of “Sailor” Roberts, Doyle Brunson and Amarillo Slim back in the day.
Binion’s is also where Chris Moneymaker won the 2003 WSOP Main Event and started the poker boom and is likely why you have so much choice for playing online poker today. It’s amazing to see the conference room that Moneymaker won in, it isn’t as glamorous as you would think.
While you are Downtown, head next door to the Golden Nugget. This iconic casino is known for having the widest selection of table games and will often have games that no other Las Vegas venue has; they even play table games by the pool!
Poker players will remember that it was the Golden Nugget that hosted the televised High Stakes Poker and several of NBC’s Poker After Dark. To be able to play poker in the same poker room as the legendary players who frequented these shows is something else.
Aria may be one of the newer casinos on the Las Vegas Strip but its management team knows how to run a poker room. You will find no-limit Hold’em, PLO, Draw games, and Mixed Games with blinds from $1/$2 up to as high as you are willing to play.
Super High Roller tournaments are common at Aria during the summer months, including regular $25,000 buy-ins that draw in the biggest names in poker. Will you meet your favorite poker player at Aria? There is a good chance you will!