Here's a list of what we think are the ten best Las Vegas hotels for poker players. What do you think?
When professional poker players come to Las Vegas to play, they come to the Bellagio. The 7,000 sq ft poker room houses 40 tables and the pros home away from home, Bobby's Room, with two private tables for high rollers only. It also hosts some of the highest buy-in tournaments in Las Vegas with buy-ins of $1,000, $5,000, and $50,000 to attract the best players in the world.
If you want to play poker but are new to the game or just not willing to lose hundreds of dollars on one hand, then Flamingo Las Vegas offers the best poker room for you. With table limits no higher than $6 as well as numerous bonuses for high hands such as Royal Flushes and Four of Kinds, the Flamingo is the best spot to give the poker table a try. There are also $65 buy-in tournaments for those wanting to live their WSOP dreams on a smaller scale.
The poker room at Venetian Las Vegas is arguably the most elegant room to play at in Las Vegas. At 14,000 sq ft with 59 tables it is also the largest. The action available is a nice mix of high and low limit players. The Venetian also offers poker players special rates on suites; here is how to qualify. About the only downside is if you are a smoker; the room is smoke free.
Sometimes there are simply too many professional players in town and Bobby's Room can only hold a few. When this occurs they head to the Aria Resort and Casino and its Ivey Room that features $200/$400 high limit tables. For those with lighter wallets the low limit tables go no higher than $80 and feature a variety of poker games to choose from. The Aria also has daily $100-$200 buy-in tournaments for players to enjoy.
It should come as no surprise that the poker room at Wynn Las Vegas is stunning. Featuring a sleek design and great dealers, the room at Wynn has a nice mix of pro and novice players. Table limits start as low as $1/$2 and head all the way up to $2,000/$4,000. The Wynn also offers guaranteed tournaments of $10,000 and $25,000 over the weekends.
Though the poker room at Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino is not high on many pro players list of recreational rooms; there is no doubt it is number one when the WSOP Main Event comes to town. If you feel you have what it takes to win; and $10,000 for the buy in, then come to the Rio for a cut of the massive $60 million plus WSOP prize pool.
The dealers at the Caesar's Palace poker room are among the friendliest and best skilled in Las Vegas. The room itself is 4,500 sq ft with 16 tables with additional space available for larger tournaments. Caesar's Palace also has daily tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $100-$150.
The Mirage is another great resort to play at if you prefer low limit tables as the majority of its 25 tables offer limits no higher than $12. There are a few tables for the high limit players as well though with limits up to $1,000. One of the poker room's biggest draws is the bad beat jackpot which is paid out for losing with aces-full or better. If the Flamingo is crowded, then the Mirage would be an excellent second choice.
The poker room at the MGM Grand is one of the largest in Las Vegas; and by far the largest on The Strip's south side. The room has a nice mix of high and low limit tables as well as hard to find games like Dealer's Choice. Their daily tournaments can be bought into for $50-$70, but they also hold invitational tournaments for players that amass hours of play. The room is also smoke free which is excellent; unless you smoke.
The poker room at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is the smallest on the list with only three tables but the atmosphere in the room is among the best in Las Vegas. Due to its size the tables offer plenty of action, splash pots, and bad beat jackpots. You also shouldn't be surprised to find yourself playing across from a rocker or movie star since celebrities love the off Strip casino.