Vegas Strip Poker Rooms

TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
I just updated our article/resource concerning poker rooms on the Las Vegas Strip. If anyone finds any errors, please let me know here or via DM.

Thanks ~ Kat
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  • persuadeopersuadeo Red Chipper Posts: 4,388 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Since I'm associated with Sahara, I can offer some corrections.

    The room opens at 11 am and closes only when the last table breaks.

    It never spreads 1/3. The main games are 1/2 NL, 4/8 mixed games on various days including a fixed Friday night gathering, 1/1 PLO on Tuesday, and 2/3 200 bb min, no max NL on Thursday.

    The 1/2 info needs updating: it is 60$ min, 200 max, with a 1/2 match the biggest stack. This has ended up mattering quite a bit of late, as huge stacks have ended up being normal.

    One of the last to abandon covid restrictions, the plexiglass comes down on June 1.

    There is a poker room rate offered for 5 hours of play.

    A small additional note for one of the most popular rooms, Caesar's: it would seem important to mention that 2/5 and 5/10 regularly get going there.

    Further, as of June 24th, the strip will be shaken up a bit. Resorts World will take a bite out of other poker rooms, and has already hired many dealers away from them. It will be listed on Poker Atlas, like Sahara, and not Bravo.

    Otherwise this remains the best article summarizing LV poker around, and should be given a sequel to cover the rest of the scene.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    Thanks for those corrections, I'll update.

    You think I should expand to off-strip? Whenever I try to explain Boulder Station I freeze.
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  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    The Resorts World development is going to be very interesting. I'm told a 30-table room.
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  • persuadeopersuadeo Red Chipper Posts: 4,388 ✭✭✭✭✭
    TheGameKat wrote: »
    Thanks for those corrections, I'll update.

    You think I should expand to off-strip? Whenever I try to explain Boulder Station I freeze.

    Well, I think you sort of have to in order to be complete. Red Rock is a big part of the poker scene, South Point is the current high water of 5$ blind action, and the Golden Nugget is simultaneously the home of many small-stakes locals and spontaneous huge games, yet at the same tables.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    persuadeo wrote: »
    TheGameKat wrote: »
    Thanks for those corrections, I'll update.

    You think I should expand to off-strip? Whenever I try to explain Boulder Station I freeze.

    Well, I think you sort of have to in order to be complete. Red Rock is a big part of the poker scene, South Point is the current high water of 5$ blind action, and the Golden Nugget is simultaneously the home of many small-stakes locals and spontaneous huge games, yet at the same tables.

    Right. The original purpose of the article was to pull back the curtain on the Strip for tourists, but posts here suggest some find their way to SouthPoint. I've only been downtown once since 2007 for an overpriced meal.
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  • CriminalBizzyCriminalBizzy Las VegasRed Chipper Posts: 96 ✭✭
    I would be interested in hearing more about resort world poker room opening if there is news about it.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    I would be interested in hearing more about resort world poker room opening if there is news about it.

    In an odd example of synchronicity, ten minutes ago I messaged one of their new shift managers requesting such info when it's available. June 24th is the scheduled opening date, but as of now there's no firm decision on rake structure or games spread. Based on past experience I'm guessing it may have some interesting perks for players initially, but that is just a guess.
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  • CriminalBizzyCriminalBizzy Las VegasRed Chipper Posts: 96 ✭✭
    I have heard that new poker room openings are great when they first open because of all the fish lol.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    I have heard that new poker room openings are great when they first open because of all the fish lol.

    Typically more true in completely new markets, but maybe RW will attract a slightly different clientele.
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  • KossKoss Red Chipper Posts: 112 ✭✭✭
    Wow, lots of room closures in all but the most well known rooms. That's unfortunate, and possibly COVID accelerated the demise of some dying rooms. Although some of the more lawless less known rooms had already shut down in recent years. Hard Rock & Hooters used to have some wild late night games. Hopefully good showings by Resorts World and the next WSOP can inject some life into the Vegas poker economy.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    Koss wrote: »
    Wow, lots of room closures in all but the most well known rooms. That's unfortunate, and possibly COVID accelerated the demise of some dying rooms. Although some of the more lawless less known rooms had already shut down in recent years. Hard Rock & Hooters used to have some wild late night games. Hopefully good showings by Resorts World and the next WSOP can inject some life into the Vegas poker economy.

    I actually think the closures are mostly a good thing, with apologies and sympathies to those who lost their jobs. For a healthy poker scene, tourists need to be able to go to a poker room and be able to get into a game asap. I'm convinced that's easier with a smaller number of rooms.

    As to the WSOP... It kills Vegas action as soon as the circus breaks down the tent. Most of the money leaves town, locals who do well take two months off, and those who don't are out of action.
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  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    And in 2006 there was literally a tent. They stuck me in it to play a $5k lol.
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  • KossKoss Red Chipper Posts: 112 ✭✭✭
    I'll agree it's better to not have a room than to have one that consistently struggles to get a game going. And there's certainly no lack of healthy competition in Vegas still. But it's nice to be able to walk down and find a game no matter which casino I find myself in while stumbling through town. I learned early on Vegas was a different animal. My friend and I went into the hard rock back in the day and there were no games but the room was open. The guy said if we wanted to start playing heads up, once the table got going, he thought it would fill up quickly by people just walking by. I was used to poker rooms being off in a corner and people who went there were there for that purpose only. This guy was nuts. I think the game filled up in under 5 minutes by people who just walked by, saw cards, and sat down. That kind of experience will likely be less frequent now, and made for a unique poker experience that's hard to find anywhere else.

    And I'll concur that off-strip but within reasonable Uber range would be nice to show as well. The Golden Nugget is an absolute blast that every Vegas poker tourist needs to play at. I've heard nothing but mostly bad things about grumpy old nits at the Orleans, but if you want to play LHE or L08 I think that's about your only option anymore, or more of the same at Red Rock I suppose. I've never been to South Point either but looking on Bravo they have frequent tournaments and unique cash structures, so maybe that's a place I should check out as well.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    SouthPoint runs good tournaments. The only downside is a handful of rude locals and a couple of dealers who simply cannot figure out side pots.
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  • GTOLifeGTOLife Hudson Valley, NYRed Chipper Posts: 907 ✭✭✭
    I thought we meant "Strip Poker" rooms. I scrolled down the thread looking for Cuomo's post.
  • AKQJ10AKQJ10 Red Chipper Posts: 20 ✭✭
    edited July 30
    TheGameKat wrote: »
    You think I should expand to off-strip? Whenever I try to explain Boulder Station I freeze.

    If your article doesn't include the Boulder 4/8 limit Omaha high game, it's almost like you're not writing about poker at all.

    But seriously.... LOH is insanely high-variance and as you would expect that game plays with 8 or 9 to the flop every time, so it's quite an experience. Boulder is one of the maybe two venues I've ever gotten to play LOH+. Looks like they started an 8/16 LOH too. Has anyone played in that?

    --

    Regarding Downtown LV -- I absolutely love the nostalgia of the old-time gambling halls, in part because I stayed at the Horseshoe my first trip there.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    A friend of mine plays the 8/16 after his shift. I think I wrote about the 4/8, hang on.

    Aha. Buried in the archive.
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  • mosss45mosss45 Mainz GonsenheimRed Chipper Posts: 4
    Awesome article. I liked it ... Two years ago was in Las Vegas and going to visit this fun place again soon. My observations from the last trip
    ...Playing in Vegas is now very out of towner unfriendly to those of us who do not have the ability to play enough hours and stay long enough to chase promos.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    mosss45 wrote: »
    Awesome article. I liked it ... Two years ago was in Las Vegas and going to visit this fun place again soon. My observations from the last trip
    ...Playing in Vegas is now very out of towner unfriendly to those of us who do not have the ability to play enough hours and stay long enough to chase promos.

    Post-COVID the number of rooms running freerolls, which are the most unfriendly to tourists, has dropped considerably.
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  • KossKoss Red Chipper Posts: 112 ✭✭✭
    I'm a regular out of towner who has played in many rooms and I can't say I've had any experience with promos like that. I don't think the big rooms (Wynn/Aria/Bellagio) even really have many? I know poker room rates are sometimes a thing where you get a room discount if you commit to X hours of play, usually something like 5 per day.

    The only weird experience was at Hard Rock back when they existed and had poker. I think I got there at like 12:30am, there was 1 table going, and they said "sorry man, but you missed the promo." I'm like "what do you mean? I'm just here to play cards." Apparently they had some deal where if you played the whole time during off hours, something like 12am to 3am, you got a bottle of liquor. Sure enough, I look over at a table near the room and there's a bunch of pints of Jameson, Captain Morgan, and other moderately priced liquors. I play anyways, it's mostly a nit fest, and at 3:01am the game breaks, and everyone else grabs their liquor bottle and goes home.
  • TheGameKatTheGameKat Las VegasPosts: 5,045 -
    Right, Wynn/Aria/B don't take a promo drop and are still in business.
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