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Can You Reserve A Private Gaming Table?

February 26, 2015 at 2:22 PM | by | Comments (7)

One of our readers, Chris, recently asked the following question about setting up a private poker game at a Vegas casino for an upcoming trip:

Help: I'm a daily reader and appreciate the constant Vegas updates. I'm planning a July bachelor party and the groom-to-be is interested in seeing if we can reserve a few tables at one of the casinos to host 20 of us for a private poker game. I don't think I've seen a story on this but would appreciate if you could put your collective heads together.

While it's quite common to see table games such as craps, blackjack, or roulette reserved for certain players, things are a little different when it comes to poker. According to Nevada gaming laws, casinos may not specifically prevent anybody who is lawfully on the property from sitting in any poker game that is taking place in the casino. Many people see the high limit rooms such as Bobby's Room at Bellagio or Ivey's Room at Aria and presume that these are private games. This is not the case. The fact that these games take place in walled off areas of the poker room, often with security personnel lingering nearby, does not mean that your average Joe off the street can't take a seat in the game, presuming he has enough money in his pocket to meet the minimum buy-in.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Poker Dollars

February 13, 2015 at 2:18 PM | by | Comments (4)

There are many factors you should consider when deciding where to play poker during your time in Vegas, such as what games and stakes are offered, how much you receive per hour in comp dollars, tournament offerings, the level of competition, and so on.

Another factor that should not be overlooked is what promotions a given room offers and how much value you are likely to get out of those promotions. Most poker rooms in town offer some sort of incentive for players in the form of high hand bonuses, bad beat jackpots, "aces cracked" bonuses, or hours-based free rolls. What many people don't realize is that the house isn't giving away free money with these promotions, they are simply taking money that players have contributed to a fund and giving it back out in the form of a bonus.

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Hard Rock Is Changing Backstage Pass (Again)

February 11, 2015 at 4:26 PM | by | Comments (4)

It’s been almost two years since the Hard Rock made any changes to its Backstage Pass players club so it’s time to shake things up. They’re kind enough to give a little warning so you can prepare for the changes and even jump a tier or two if you want.

Effective March 31, the invite-only Nirvana tier of Backstage Pass will be replaced with a tier called Multi-Platinum Access. The only way to receive an invitation to this level is to achieve a tier score of 300,000 in a calendar year. The General Admission, Entourage and Platinum Access tiers remain the same. New tier benefits will be announced later this year.

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Hollywood Poker Open Returning To M Resort

February 4, 2015 at 8:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

The World Series of Poker won't be the only big poker tournament taking place in Las Vegas this summer. For the third straight year the Hollywood Poker Open will be rolling into the M Resort for several days of action.

This year's event will run from June 25th through June 28th and will be highlighted by the $2,500 buy-in HPO championship which is estimated to have a total prize pool close to $2,000,000. Player have been qualifying for the event throughout the past year in regional events around the country, but this is an open event that anybody may participate in. Last year's championship drew 692 players and was won by Simon Deadman of the United Kingdom, who pocketed a cool $351,000 for his accomplishment.

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Cashing In On Super Sunday Poker Promotions

January 29, 2015 at 7:51 PM | by | Comment (1)

There are a plethora of ways to spend Super Sunday in Vegas, most of which we've detailed in our Big Game Party Guide, but another way to enjoy the game is at one of the many poker rooms that are offering special promotions for the Super Bowl. Here’s a look at some of the goings-on around town this Sunday, February 1:

Excalibur

The festivities at Excalibur get running four hours prior to kick-off. All cash game players will earn raffle tickets that will be used for various drawings during the event. Every field goal will be worth $50, touchdowns will be worth $100, and a safety will reward a lucky winner with $400. One hundred bucks will be given away at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters, and $200 will be rewarded at the end of the 4th quarter. Should the game go into overtime, there will be a drawing for $300. Players can earn addition drawing tickets at the beginning of each quarter during the game.

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Searching For Anything But Hold 'Em

January 23, 2015 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (4)

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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The LINQ Hotel Closes Its Poker Room

Where: 89109
January 19, 2015 at 7:45 PM | by | Comments (8)

Another poker room has folded in Las Vegas.

Just three days after we reported on its imminent closure, the poker room at The LINQ Hotel saw its last game.

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Updating Some Poker Rooms Around Town

January 15, 2015 at 3:16 PM | by | Comments (2)

The Silverton poker room.

An empty poker room, a soon to be closing poker room, and an electronic poker room highlight this look at what's currently going on in the Las Vegas poker landscape. Shuffle up and deal!

Silverton

The poker situation at Silverton has pretty much been in limbo for the past two years. The off-Strip property's room closed back in early 2012 only to pop back up near the end of 2012 as part of Cantor Gaming's new sports book. Word was the cards would start flying once the sports book opened, but that day came and went and the poker room has yet to see any action. A recent visit to Silverton confirmed that, yes, the five-table poker room is still there in all of its painfully bright red glory, but it still is not open for business.

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Colossus Is Coming To The World Series Of Poker

Where: 3700 West Flamingo Rd [map], 89103
January 7, 2015 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (3)

The annual festival of nonstop card-playing known as the World Series of Poker has come a long way since its beginnings at Binions Horseshoe way back in 1970. That inaugural year saw the winner decided by a vote among the seven players who participated. It wasn't until the following year that a tournament format was introduced, with a whopping six players ponying up $5,000 to determine who the best poker player was. In 1972, the buy-in was raised to $10,000, which attracted eight gamblers, and since then what is known as the Main Event of the WSOP has grown by leaps and bounds. Last year’s event drew 6,683 participants.

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Closing Out 2014 With Two Poker Shindigs

December 23, 2014 at 11:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you wake up the day after Christmas just itching to play some poker (and, really, who doesn't?), Planet Hollywood and Venetian have got you covered with the latest installments of their popular tournament series.

The PHamous VII Poker Weekend kicks off Friday, December 26 and features a $500 buy-in no limit hold'em tournament with a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. The event offers two different starting days, Friday and Saturday both at noon. Those fortunate to survive the first day will reconvene on Sunday at noon when the tournament will play down to an eventual winner. This is an unlimited re-entry tournament, which means if you bust out at any point before start of play at noon on Sunday you are free to pony up another $500 for a fresh stack of chips and another shot at fame PHame and glory. If $500 is a little more than you're looking to spend, satellites will be offered throughout the weekend for just $70.

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Mirage Poker Room To Go On Hiatus, Return Smaller

Where: 89109
December 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM | by | Comments (4)

One of the oldest poker rooms on the Las Vegas Strip is about to be dealt a new hand.

The poker room at The Mirage will reportedly close for renovations January 24, with a tentative reopening date set as May 15. When the new room emerges it will be noticeably smaller in size, clocking in at 12 tables, down from the 19 that are currently in use. The new room will be located in the same general area that it currently sits, however the elevated portion that is usually reserved for high-limit games will be removed. The casino’s main cage is also being relocated to an area that sits inside of the current poker room’s footprint. A source inside the poker room reports that all dealers will be laid off during the roughly four months of renovations and will then be rehired based on seniority.

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That Was Quick: Say Goodbye To Yahoo! Poker (As You Know It)

November 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

A few weeks ago, we told you that Yahoo! might be preparing to take on the big boys in the online poker world. Since that time, Ultimate Poker has closed and Yahoo! has announced it will be closing its classic online games portal, including Yahoo! Poker.

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