2018 WSOP Hotel - need input

Jeffrey OJeffrey O Red Chipper Posts: 38 ✭✭
Hey everyone - I'm considering making my first trip out to the WSOP Main in June/July. What the recommendations on hotels... I've included all the WSOP discount rates below. I'm not a big traveler so if there's cheaper ways I'm all for being as nitty as possible for this trip.

Any suggestions for a rookie making his first trip.

RIO - $62/night
Bally's - $62/night
Ling - $62/night
Flamingo - $67/night
Harrahs - $67/night
Paris - $80/night
Planet Hollywood - $80/night
Cromwell - $130/night
Caesars - $161/night


Comments

  • SplitSuitSplitSuit RCP Coach Posts: 4,032 -
    Hey Jeffrey,

    I never suggest staying at RIO UNLESS you plan on playing there exclusively.

    If you plan on playing at a variety of places, eating at a variety of places, and having more flexibility overall - I would do a midstrip hotel and walk where you want to be that day (if nothing else, you end up getting a good chunk of exercise in during the day lol). If you want to play at RIO that day, take a quick Uber (or, if you are really trying to do the cheap thing - find a close-by hotel that offers a free shuttle over to RIO).

    If you are trying to keep the trip cheap because your life/bankroll is low, I would skip the trip. If you are just trying to keep it cheap for the challenge, then rock and roll =)
  • jeffncjeffnc Red Chipper Posts: 4,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I usually stay at the Imperial Palace. I mean The Quad. I mean The LINQ*. There are a lot of weeknight rates in the $47-55 range in June and July, which are the standard rates you can find on the website. I don't know if they offer any WSOP discounts or anything else.

    It's right in the middle of the strip, with easy access to Venetian, Bellagio, Mirage, and Caesar's. I don't normally play at The LINQ, but I think it's important when playing poker for a week to get some good walking exercise at least!

    *this place has changed names several times
  • Paul_KPaul_K DFWRed Chipper Posts: 330 ✭✭✭
    All of the properties you mentioned are Caesars props. Flamingo, Linq, and Harrahs are all pretty perfectly located mid strip and are cheaper on average. There are plenty of inexpensive food options nearby plus a Walgreens to stock up on bottled water, snacks, etc...

    Harrahs provides a free shuttle to the Rio. Runs every 30 minutes or so (not 24hrs though. 8am-2am or something.

    Flamingo has a fun poker room. Harrahs has... a poker room. Caesars is across the street, great room. @Doug Hull and the Mirage just a short walk away. The Linq... well apologies to @jeffnc ... but it just smells funny. Not good, not bad... just weird. They've added something to the air, maybe trying to cover up the old IP. Is that just me? Anyway...

    Venetian, great room with the bonus of a new bad beat jackpot. This is great... not because you have a chance in hell of ever winning it. But because there are a ton of players that think they do and will chase it.

    Use your players card for everything and get one at every different managed property you visit. If you room with and put in a decent amount of play at Caesars/total rewards props, make sure you ask the casino host to evaluate your play the night before or morning of checkout. It's very possible they will comp the room (for weekdays) and only charge you the $30 per night resort fee. At the very least, you will likely find that you have comped weeknight rooms for your next visit. I'm a cheapskate nit myself and I always have weekday comped rooms with TW.

    Have fun!
  • Zero CoolZero Cool Red Chipper Posts: 270 ✭✭✭
    If your planning on playing mainly at the WSOP then I would just stay at the Rio its a good hotel that's cheap. If you plan to play more at other places then I suggest somewhere near Harrahs as it has a free shuttle to the Rio (you just need Caesars total rewards card but that's free).
  • Skors3Skors3 Red Chipper Posts: 667 ✭✭✭
    I have stayed at the Linq the last couple summers and have had no issues with it. The rooms are clean and the hotel is right in the middle of everything. Unless it's back, the Linq no longer has a poker room. And I don't recall any weird smells.

    I'm sure those prices don't include the daily $35 (ish) resort fee so keep that in mind with your finances.
  • jeffncjeffnc Red Chipper Posts: 4,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The Linq... well apologies to @jeffnc ... but it just smells funny. Not good, not bad... just weird. They've added something to the air, maybe trying to cover up the old IP. Is that just me?

    It's possible. I used to call it the Venereal Palace. But hey - it's cheap. I guess the price has gone up since they remodeled, it used to be ridiculously cheap. Now it's just cheap for center strip.

  • Jeffrey OJeffrey O Red Chipper Posts: 38 ✭✭
    Thanks Everyone!
  • bigburge10bigburge10 Red Chipper Posts: 1,311 ✭✭✭✭
    How is El Cortez not on your list?
  • Paul_KPaul_K DFWRed Chipper Posts: 330 ✭✭✭
    bigburge10 wrote: »
    How is El Cortez not on your list?

    Ha! I played at Cortez back in 2007, when they still had a poker area. $1 game (just one blind), late night. Half the players were meth-fueled and agitated as hell. Pretty sure there were multiple concealed weapons present. Probably at least a half dozen homemade prison shanks, at best.

    The hotel itself actually has a pretty neat history behind it, and it's kind of cool to see a place that basically has had no updates in decades. But I don't think I'd stay there lol.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,388 -
    All of the properties you mentioned are Caesars props. Flamingo, Linq, and Harrahs are all pretty perfectly located mid strip and are cheaper on average. There are plenty of inexpensive food options nearby plus a Walgreens to stock up on bottled water, snacks, etc...

    Harrahs provides a free shuttle to the Rio. Runs every 30 minutes or so (not 24hrs though. 8am-2am or something.

    Flamingo has a fun poker room. Harrahs has... a poker room. Caesars is across the street, great room. @Doug Hull and the Mirage just a short walk away. The Linq... well apologies to @jeffnc ... but it just smells funny. Not good, not bad... just weird. They've added something to the air, maybe trying to cover up the old IP. Is that just me? Anyway...

    Venetian, great room with the bonus of a new bad beat jackpot. This is great... not because you have a chance in hell of ever winning it. But because there are a ton of players that think they do and will chase it.

    Use your players card for everything and get one at every different managed property you visit. If you room with and put in a decent amount of play at Caesars/total rewards props, make sure you ask the casino host to evaluate your play the night before or morning of checkout. It's very possible they will comp the room (for weekdays) and only charge you the $30 per night resort fee. At the very least, you will likely find that you have comped weeknight rooms for your next visit. I'm a cheapskate nit myself and I always have weekday comped rooms with TW.

    Have fun!

    The Harrahs-Rio shuttle has been axed.
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  • stumhstumh Red Chipper Posts: 83 ✭✭
    I’ve only been to LV once. I stayed in the Imperial palace. This was in 07 I think.

    As everyone else says, it’s mid strip and you can walk pretty much everywhere. It was great for that. I also played in its card room a lot. If it’s now gone then that’s a shame... but to be honest there were better rooms and I am sure that’s even more so.

    Good luck!
  • jeffncjeffnc Red Chipper Posts: 4,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    stumh wrote: »
    If it’s now gone then that’s a shame... but to be honest there were better rooms and I am sure that’s even more so. /quote]

    You didn't like the racing stripes that the old, dirty auto shufflers left on the back of all the cards?
  • Paul_KPaul_K DFWRed Chipper Posts: 330 ✭✭✭
    TheGameKat wrote: »
    The Harrahs-Rio shuttle has been axed.

    Argh... that is very bad news considering i recently made my reservation at Harrah's with the shuttle in mind. Thanks for the update, Kat.

    I assume the Bally's has also been axed?
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,388 -
    TheGameKat wrote: »
    The Harrahs-Rio shuttle has been axed.

    Argh... that is very bad news considering i recently made my reservation at Harrah's with the shuttle in mind. Thanks for the update, Kat.

    I assume the Bally's has also been axed?

    Yeah I think what happened was people were parking for free at Rio and shuttling back to center strip where parking is $10, so they got rid of the shuttle. It's conceivable shuttles may be put back on during the series on the grounds it would be very useful for CET/WSOP customers, but that doesn't always seem to be their priority. I'll ask around.

    The good news is Uber/Lyft is cheap and faster than the shuttle used to be.

    Cheers ~ Kat
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  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,388 -
    Incidentally, from Harrah's it's actually not awful walking to Rio because you can go through the Mirage and out the convention area, so you're not in the heat all the way. But I walk everywhere and many look at me in a funny way when I make such suggestions.
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  • jeffncjeffnc Red Chipper Posts: 4,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yeah, well most people spend 15 minutes driving around a parking lot looking for a spot to open up near the door, rather than walk 60 seconds. Most of them are fat too, natch.
  • Zero CoolZero Cool Red Chipper Posts: 270 ✭✭✭
    Its also only about $8 for an uber between Rio and Harrahs
  • persuadeopersuadeo Red Chipper, Table Captain Posts: 4,085 ✭✭✭✭✭
    it's a fine walk that I make multiple times a trip. You see the freeway from a nifty cage, run into broke people, casino staff, and random cheapskates. Well worth it.
  • Paul_KPaul_K DFWRed Chipper Posts: 330 ✭✭✭
    Hmmm... good tip to duck thru the mirage.

    I always felt bad for those sun-baked folks in the nifty cage as I passed them by on the shuttle. Looks like I'll be joining the ranks!
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,388 -
    I found one other option, but with this being the first WSOP the Rio one is nixed, the Gold Coast shuttle to the Strip (Linq area) might be packed and seats Gold Coast guests first...

    https://www.goldcoastcasino.com/stay/amenities/shuttle-service
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  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Posts: 2,388 -
    I've also been reminded city bus route 202 is an option, but... I'm sure it's fine.
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  • MatthewMatthew Red Chipper Posts: 27 ✭✭
    The Rio is the absolute pits. But if you have to do it, check the air filter in the in-room hvac unit as soon as you check in. I stayed there 6yrs ago for my 1st WSOP and got sick with a nasty head cold within 2 days. Being sick at wsop SUCKS!!!!

    The next year I had to stay there again and my wife decided to take a look at the air filter in the AC unit and it was absolutely disgusting. Those things are supposed to be rotated out on a schedule and it was obvious that ours got overlooked. It covered in a thick coating of black colored lint. So we called it in and a maintenance man came by to change it out for us.

    I'd definitely recommend staying on the strip and have a variety of rooms to play in. Cash games at the Rio in general are brutal. The action can be great at times, but it's a non-stop revolving door of players jumping in and out of games. You're rarely playing with the same players for more than an hour. Many of the dealers are not regular dealers and are very weak and slow. There are no automatic card shufflers and no comps available. It's often times hard to get a floor person to your table to resolve the endless disputes that occur as a result of weak dealers that can't run their games well. It's almost always difficult to get a chip runner to your table. It's freakin FREEZING cold in the cash game room. But if you're looking for 2/5 or 5/10NLHE games, it's probably the place to be.
  • jeffncjeffnc Red Chipper Posts: 4,746 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Matthew wrote: »
    Many of the dealers are not regular dealers and are very weak and slow. There are no automatic card shufflers and no comps available.

    The dealer situation can be a joke, but usually comps are available - you just have to go out of your way to ask the right floor person. I have always gotten them.

    I was playing Big O a couple years ago and got up to take a walk, and passed by a Holdem table where a girl was having a very hard time keeping up with the action. I thought, she's in for a long day. Meanwhile at our table, we had the typical table jerk who complained about every slight thing. Guess who showed up dealing at our table next? She had such a hard time that she literally started crying after 10 minutes and told the floor she couldn't take it anymore.

    I asked a good dealer why they didn't just assign him to the Omaha and Big O tables. He said the games were so slow and tips were so much less per day that if he never got any Holdem tables, he'd quit. So they have to rotate them. Some of the dealers barely know how to play Holdem. There was a $25/50 Omaha game next to me with some known pros in it. They got all in and asked the dealer to run it twice. She didn't know what they were talking about.

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