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WSOP Players Get Special Hotel Rates And You Can, Too

May 22, 2014 at 6:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

May means itís time for the 45th annual World Series of Poker. As tens of thousands of poker pros, amateurs, fans, and dreamers make their way to Las Vegas, they will take up residence in the cityís hotels. Caesars, which runs the WSOP, offers special rates for entrants at host hotel Rio as well as its other properties across the city. Many will take them up on the offer, but quite a few will instead take advantage of special year-round poker rates not generally advertised to the public. The cool thing about these rates is that theyíre open to anyone, not just the poker pros.

Poker rates arenít heavily advertised by casinos for the simple reason that poker is not a major source of revenue. Poker accounts for less than 2% of Strip gaming revenue, which just barely beats out sports books. Slots and table games, by comparison, each account for more than 45% of overall gaming revenue. As such a small contributor, itís no surprise that many casinos choose to go without poker rooms altogether. Those that do offer rooms would greatly prefer that players move to games that generate more revenue. Still, poker remains a popular game. Like professional sports betting, poker is one of the few games where a player can gain an edge and come out ahead over the long term. Long term play is exactly what card rooms are after. Competition between poker rooms is fierce and they are willing to pony up some pretty good deals in attempt to recruit new players. Here are some of our favorites:

Aria

Ariaís poker rate comes with both a lower play requirement and lower nightly rate than most of the other offers out there. The Aria poker room is also one of the newest on the Strip, making this our favorite deal.

  • Rate: Normally $119, Sun-Thurs; $159, Fri & Sat; Likely to be $99, Sun-Thurs; $139, Fri & Sat during the WSOP
  • Play requirement: 5 hours of play per day
  • Contact: Kathleen (702) 590-7230
Binionís Ė Four Queens

Even though Binionís hotel is still closed, their poker room offers discounted rooms at sister property Four Queens. The low rate is a bargain, but youíll need to plan ahead. The Binionís poker room frequently goes dark, making it difficult to log hours. If youíre visiting during a slow time, we advise choosing another option.

  • Rate: $50 on weekends; less during the week (if available)
  • Play requirement: 4 hours of play per day
  • Contact: Binion's Poker (702) 366-7361
Venetian

The largest poker room in Vegas also has the most popular poker rate in the city. Book directly through the Venetian and then have your rate adjusted after reaching the required hours. Only entry level suites are eligible for the poker rate.

  • Rate: $129, Sun-Thurs; $179 Fri & Sat
  • Play Requirement: 6 hours of play per day
  • Contact: Book directly through Venetian, check-in with poker supervisor for a rate adjustment
Wynn

Wynnís poker room matches the caliber of its hotel rooms. Not as busy as the neighboring Venetian, it is a very relaxing place to play.

  • Rate: $119, Sun-Thurs; $199, Fri & Sat
  • Play Requirement: 6 hours of play per day
  • Contact: Wynn Poker (702) 770-7654

The rates above do not include taxes or resort fees. Rates and requirements do change so be sure to check before booking.

Even some of the smaller rooms offer discounts for poker players. MGM Grand, Luxor, The Mirage, and TI have all offered poker rates in the past. Smaller rooms generally offer discounts in the form of a percentage off normal rates so the cost for each night will vary.

If youíre thinking that five or even six hours a day sounds like a lot of poker, keep in mind that most rooms allow you to split the play requirement among all guests registered to the room. If you break it down across two, or even four people, you can grind it out in no time.

(PHOTO: Yaniv L. on FourSquare)

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Poker and sports books

I know this isn't the point of the story and I'm sorry for going off-topic here, but I had no idea that poker and sports betting were such low revenue sources. The square footage and manpower required for either option is astronomical compared to the 8 sq ft required by a slot machine.

Huh, I just had never thought about that before... Thanks for the info.

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