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Ever since the start of the "poker boom" back in 2003, when an unknown accountant from Tenessee with the unlikely name of Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker, no-limit Texas Hold 'Em has been the game of choice among poker players everywhere.
It's easy to forget that, in the grand scheme of things, no-limit hold 'em is a relatively new game. If you were in Las Vegas back in the 90's or earlier, you would be much more likely to be playing a game like 7 card stud or even a variation of draw poker. While most poker players today are content playing no-limit, there are many who long for the days when this variation of the game didn't have the near monopoly it seems to have on the poker world today. The good news is, if you look hard enough, there are still places in Las Vegas where you can find some alternatives. Here's a look at some poker rooms around town that offer up a bit of variety for those looking to mix things up:
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If you’re counting down the days until you can get a modern take on the French brasserie experience, all without leaving ARIA, the wait is almost over. Michael Mina's BARDOT Brasserie is set to open January 16. We walked by last night and snapped the exposed entry (shown above, initial rendering below) which features some fun bright blue trim on the façade.
The hotel operator we spoke with stated doors officially open January 16 and that an earlier soft opening is not anticipated. In this final week leading up to the debut, it looks like the staff is putting the finishing touches on the design and lighting elements.
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Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:
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Aria has started using the boutique coffee brand, Wolfgang Puck single-use pouch in their room (oddly enough, no hotels in Vegas that have Wolfy's restaurants have his coffee), it's an uncommon thing for anyone to go whole hog in their coffee. There's even very few places in town one could get a Kopi Lewak coffee, the beans famous for making a detour to your cup through a southeast Asian tree weasel's digestive tract.
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While the newly opened Alibi Cocktail Lounge at Aria touts itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients & highly stylized opulence," there's another reason to drink it all in -- you can grab a bite there, too.
Not mentioned anywhere on its website, VegasChatter friend @paperposter alerted us to the -- dare we say -- secret menu. (Disclaimer: it's not secret as there's a printed menu. Secret menu just sounds so much cooler, tho. Kinda like writing 'tho.')
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Aria isn't done shaking things up on the verge of its fifth anniversary.
The resort has announced that Sirio Ristorante (pictured above) will close December 6. The promenade-level restaurant will be replaced with another, as-yet-unannounced dining destination. The Italian restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. if you'd like to experience it all over again, or for the first time, before its final service. To check out the other changes happening around the resort, click here and scroll through our Aria archives.
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From a new bar to a high limit refresh, Aria is working to bring more new.
The resort officially debuts a new lounge today. Alibi Cocktail Lounge replaces what was City Bar originally. If you can't picture it, it's that bar that's just a
stone chip's throw from the resort's casino cage.
Open round-the-clock, Alibi isn't keeping its standard upscale lounge concept under wraps, billing itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients and highly stylized opulence." Or, as we translate it, trendy craft cocktails in a posh, new setting.
VegasChatter reader @paperposter sent in the photos of Alibi you see in the photo gallery below. He reports that the lounge offers video poker at the bar and also will be used for private, high-end blackjack and baccarat tournaments.
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PlayStudios, known for its MyVEGAS Slots app and Facebook game, has announced the launch of its newest product, MyVEGAS Blackjack. MyVEGAS Blackjack is an entirely new and separate app from MyVEGAS Slots and is free to download and play on iOS and Android devices. Much like the MyVEGAS Slots app, you can sync your points between MyVEGAS Slots, MyVEGAS Facebook and MyVEGAS Blackjack.
The newest offering provides core table games players with the chance to earn real world casino, restaurant and entertainment rewards while enjoying a familiar blackjack experience. With the launch of MyVEGAS Blackjack, PlayStudios hopes to capture an entirely new segment of the gaming market. Blackjack players tend to skew male while slot machine players tend to be female.
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The nightclub hailed as def not one of the best clubs in Vegas, but better than some others on Yelp is preparing to leave fans with only hazy memories of what was.
Aria recently opened a new spot for gaming. That’s gaming, not gambling.
The resort has traded in its previous coin-operated arcade on the second floor promenade for a new, state-of-the-art Game Room. The venue includes a bank of giant 50-inch TVs with a choice of PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones available for play. Guests will find Call of Duty and Lego Marvel Super Heroes, rather than Space Invaders and Centipede. There are nearly 20 different games to chose from and the catalogue will be updated often to include popular titles.
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As its name implies, Texas Station is one of the many Station Casinos you'll find spread out around Las Vegas. According to US Poker even though this is the second Station poker room to close this year (Sunset Station is the other) we shouldn’t expect to see moves like this at other sister locations. If Station is your casino in Las Vegas and poker is your game, that means you can still play poker at Boulder Station, Green Valley Ranch, Palace Station, Red Rock Resort and Santa Fe Station.