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Inside The Venetian's New Poker Room

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
September 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM | by | ()

The Venetian opened its newly remodeled poker room yesterday and we were among the first visitors. While we were checking out the beautiful large space, the final tables were still being put together. On the outside, the room is branded as the Sands Poker Room.

Las Vegas Sands owns the Venetian and Palazzo and this is very likely part of a global branding plan. We had a quick Twitter exchange with Pokerati yesterday who mentioned something similar. Speaking of Pokerati, one of our favorite poker websites, the Venetian has been proudly displaying their "Best Poker Room" award from Pokerati since 2008. It's pretty cool that the award comes to the new room.

While signage outside may be more global with the name Sands, everything on the inside is branded with The Venetian logo. Once in the room, you know that you're in The Venetian.

One of the worries our poker playing friends had about the new room is that The Venetian would cram tables close together in an effort to maximize the space and that there would be limited room to stretch out. That was considered as the tables had ample room between the back of its chairs and the next table.

Wider space between gambling areas is something you'll notice when walking through the casino. The Venetian Poker Room comes complete with its own cashier cage so you don't have to walk across the casino to cash in your winnings.

The click clack of poker chips can be annoying to non-poker players and that shouldn't be a concern as the room is closed off from the rest of the casino by beautiful stained glass windows. Even though there are flat screen TVs throughout the room you can still look out the window and see into the Cantor Gaming sportsbook.

There are three entrances and two areas for checking in for when poker play gets busy. There's even a small lounge in the corner of the room where players can sit while they wait for their turn. Next to the lounge is a table with coffee and tea service so there's no need to wait for a cocktail waitress if you get the need to caffeinate yourself.

The only thing missing in the poker room is a separate rest room for players, but the room is only a minute away from the nearest restroom on the casino floor. The new poker room is a part of major renovations to The Venetian casino that have been taking place over the summer. The changes have made the casino feel brighter, bigger, yet more cozy. The poker room is a great representation of those changes.

We have to think poker players will love the new poker room, especially since there's no overflow into the casino now. This sets up The Palazzo to keep their poker tables out for deep stack tournaments which have grown in popularity in the past year.

Archived Comments:

Looks nice, but....

I'll never play there. I will never give Sheldon Adelson a dime of my money


Sheldon is a political lighting rod, no doubt. But one can't deny his commitment to the property. It looks like they did an amazing job.

The ability to see through over the the sports book while still keeping the venue enclosed was a nice move. Poker players bet sports and it keeps that little extra buzz going.