While every major casino offers video poker and poker tables, some have distinct, and often elegant, poker rooms as well as regularly scheduled poker tournaments. Most tournaments are no-limit Texas Hold'em. Buy-in amounts, re-buys, add-ons and entry fees vary with each casino and the time of the day. Get there early to register for the action. For beginners and those who want to improve their skills, many casinos offer free gaming lessons. Most are a half-hour long; all are worth your time if you want to feel more comfortable sitting down to a live game. Here's a look at some of the daily poker tournaments and gaming lessons offered.
One of the newest poker rooms in Las Vegas, it is spacious and has 24 tables. The wide range of games offered includes Texas Hold’em, seven card stud, 2-7 Triple Draw, Badugi and Chinese poker. An added luxury is that players can get chair massages.
Tournaments: Held daily at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Set off with dividing walls from the casino floor, the poker room offers Texas Hold'em and seven card stud as well as several other exciting varieties of the game.
Tournaments: Held daily at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; buy-in is $75 (no re-buys or add-ons).
This 7,000-square-foot facility boasts 40 tables and two high-limit areas -- including the ultra exclusive Bobby's Room. It is smoke-free and offers 24-hour tableside dining, safe-deposit boxes, a full-service cashier cage, pictures of famous poker all-stars and nearly 20 television monitors.
Tournaments: Held daily at 2 p.m.; buy-ins are $100 (Mon.-Thur.), $300 (Sun.) and $500 (Fri.-Sat.).
The resort's Hall of Fame poker room is where the World Series of Poker was originally held. It's since been remodeled. Today, the poker room features 10 tables in a contemporary setting with tableside food service. Historic photos line the walls along with 42-inch and 50-inch flat-screen TVs for player viewing and entertainment. Two full-service bars also flank the poker room.
Tournaments: Held daily at 10 a.m. ($60 buy-in), 2 p.m. ($100 buy-in), 7 p.m. ($75 buy-in) and 10 p.m. ($60 buy-in); no re-buys or re-entry allowed.
This 11-table poker room is one of the few in town that still allows smoking. Located near the main valet and the race and sports book, it offers an array of games including Omaha and Texas Hold'em. There are a variety of promotions including High Hand Wednesdays, Aces Cracked Thursdays and Jumbo Hold'em.
Lessons: Free Texas Hold'em and Omaha lessons held daily (excluding Wed.) at 2 p.m.
Adjacent to Pure Nightclub, Caesars Palace has an 8,500-square-foot poker room and an adjacent 6,000-square-foot tournament room. There are 62 tables and the action runs 24 hours a day.
Tournaments: Held daily at 9 a.m. ($70 buy-in), Noon ($110 buy-in), 3 p.m. ($70 buy-in), 7 p.m. ($110 buy-in) and 10 p.m. ($85 buy-in). On weekends, there is an added tournament held at 2 p.m. ($235 buy-in). Pot Limit Omaha runs every Thur. at 6 p.m.
Walled off from the casino, this simple, yet comfortable room has 12 tables. In addition to a cashier cage, there are four TVs presenting the day's sports action.
Tournaments: Held daily 9 a.m. ($25 buy-in), 1 p.m. ($40 buy-in) and 5 p.m. ($40 buy-in) as well as Sun.-Fri. at 8 p.m. ($30 buy-in).
Lessons: Held daily at 11 a.m.
Though it has relocated several times, this is believed to be the longest continuously operating poker room in Las Vegas. There are 12 tables as well as food and cocktail service.
Tournaments: Held daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The buy-in is $65 for both. An Aces Cracked promotion rewards players when they lose a hand holding pocket aces.
More than just a nice downtown spot to hang out and play a few hands, the Golden Nugget's smoke-free poker room hosts the late night pots of "Poker After Dark" on NBC. There are 13 tables as well as plus décor and comfortable seating.
Tournaments: Held daily at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10 p.m., 1 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Lessons: Held daily at 10 a.m.
|Green Valley Ranch|
Located next to the race and sports book, this spacious poker room is open 24 hours and features 22 tables offering Texas Hold'em and Omaha. Tournaments: Held daily at 10 a.m. ($40 buy-in).
|Hard Rock Hotel|
Located in the HRH Tower, this intimate poker lounge with four tables features plush velvet-covered swivel chairs.
Tournaments: Held daily at noon ($55 buy-in); held Tue.-Sun. at 8 p.m. ($55 buy-in); held Mon. at 8 p.m. ($25 buy-in).
Adjacent to the race and sports book, this fully enclosed poker room has 12 tables. It also offers big-screen TVs, cocktail service and tableside food delivery.
Tournaments: Held daily at 8 a.m. ($25 buy-in), 10 a.m. ($60 buy-in), 3 p.m. ($60 buy-in), 8 p.m. ($80 buy-in) and 1 a.m. ($60 buy-in).
There are three tables in this small room located near the self-parking garage. Players have been known to receive free chicken wings occasionally. No tournaments or lessons are available.
|LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino|
This poker pit that features five tables is located in the resort's former high-limit room just in front of the LVH Theater. It features a full array of games -- including Hold 'Em, Stud, Stud 7 or Better and Omaha 8 or Better. World Series of Poker champion Tom McEvoy is the celebrity poker host here.
Tournaments: There's a full menu of tournaments ranging from Survivor Touraments, Ladies Tournaments, No Limit Tournaments and HORSE Tournaments.
The 10-table poker room is adjacent to the race and sports book. Favorite games range from Texas Hold'em to Crazy Pineapple and Omaha High. Cocktail service is available.
Tournaments: Held Mon.-Thur. at 10 a.m. ($40 buy-in), 3 p.m. ($50 buy-in) and 7 p.m. ($50 buy-in); held Fri. & Sat. at 10 a.m. ($40 buy-in), 1 p.m. ($50 buy-in) and 5 p.m. ($100 buy-in); held Sun. at 11 a.m. ($50 buy-in), 2 p.m. ($50 buy-in) and 5 p.m. ($100 buy-in).
Lessons: Held Mon.-Thur. at 2 p.m.
This 22-table, non-smoking poker room features high ceilings, a striped carpet, televisions broadcasting sporting events and a modern, roomy space to play. It's situated by the Centrifuge bar and the resort's race and sports book. Tableside massages are available along with convenient food and beverage service.
Tournaments: No Limit Hold 'Em tournaments held daily at 11:05 a.m. and Sun.-Thur. at 7:05 p.m. for a buy-in of $80 and Fri.-Sat. at 7:05 p.m. for a buy-in of $125. Every Tue. at 7:15 p.m., there's a HORSE tournament with a $120 buy-in.
Lessons: Held daily at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The poker room is located directly across from the main cashier cage on the casino floor. It has 19 tables with adjustable-height chairs. There's also a small lounge for players waiting on their next game.
Tournaments: Held Sun.-Fri. at 11 a.m. ($60 buy-in) and 7 p.m. ($80 buy-in); held Sat. at at 11 a.m. ($110 buy-in) and 7 p.m. ($110 buy-in).
This stylish poker room has nine tables. Texas Hold'em and casual games of Horse and Omaha are played here all day. The décor consists of dark wood, soft lighting and period paintings from poker games long ago.
Tournaments: Held daily at 9 a.m. ($50 buy-in), 6 p.m. ($60 buy-in) and 11 p.m. ($60 buy-in). A "Football Madness" promotion run on Monday nights during football season.
The busy, 24-hour poker room boasts 35 tables. There are high-back, swivel-adjustable leather chairs, plasma screens and a full-service cashier cage. Cocktail service is available.
Tournaments: Held daily at noon and 7 p.m.; buy-ins are usually $75 (except on Fri. at 7 p.m., $125).
This comfortable low-limit poker room has nine tables and 11 plasma TVs, most of which are playing sports. No tournaments or lessons are available.
|Palms (Cantor Poker at the Palms)|
Located inside the newly opened 9,840 square foot Cantor Race & Sports Book, on the west end of the casino, this state-of-the-art facility is one-of-a-kind. Cantor Poker at the Palms offers 2-4 Limit Holdem, 1-3 & 2-5 No Limit Holdem, and on the weekends, 1-2 Big O. In addition, there is a special VIP/high-stakes table that’s enclosed by glass walls and polished Macassar Ebony wood panels. Not to mention, you’ll find yourself steps away from Race & Sports betting windows and a stunning 1,290 square foot LED screen. This non-smoking poker room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tournaments: Held daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; the buy-in is $60.
Located on the casino floor next to the Heart Bar, the 24-hour poker room is home to 12 tables. There are cash games featuring $1-$2 and $2-$5 no-limit Texas Hold'em as well as $3-$6 limit Texas Hold'em.
Tournaments: Held daily at 10 a.m. ($50 buy-in); 2 p.m. ($70 buy-in) and 7 p.m. ($70 buy-in).
Lessons: Held daily at 9 a.m.
This five-table poker room offers no-limit and limit cash games. It is located on the main casino floor, not far from Fat Tuesdays. There are four flat-screen televisions.
Tournaments: Daily No Limit Texas Hold 'Em tournaments are held at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The buy-in is $30.
Home of the World Series of Poker since 2005, the Rio’s poker room expands when the tournament is in town to include several of the resort’s meeting rooms and theaters. During the year, however, it is comprised of 10 tables located next to the race and sports book.
Tournaments: Held daily at noon ($45 buy-in), 6 p.m. ($65 buy-in) and 9 p.m. ($80 buy-in). Promotions include a progressive royal flush starting at $1,000 and increasing daily and $100 drawings.
Located near the casino's Strip entrance, it has six tables and several different monthly promotions for cash game players.
Tournaments: Held daily at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ($60 buy-in).
Lessons: Available for free upon request.
With 11 tables it's the largest poker room on Boulder Highway. There are comfortable chairs with wheels.
Tournaments: Held daily at 10 a.m. ($23 buy-in); held Wed.-Mon. at 1:30 p.m. ($30 buy-in); held Thur.-Tue. at 7 p.m. ($45 buy-in); held Fri. & Sat. at 11 p.m. ($30 buy-in).
Located in a separate room on the main casino floor, it features eight tables and is open 24 hours, seven days a week. Players enjoy cocktail service and tableside dining from the menu at Roxy’s Diner menu. Tournaments: Held daily at 11 a.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.; the buy-in is $45.
Located adjacent to the race and sports book and the Bullfighters Bar, this eight-table room is open 24 hours.
Tournaments: Held daily at 2 p.m. ($43 buy-in); held Sun.-Thur. at 7 p.m. ($43 buy-in).
Modern yet intimate, this poker room is home to seven non-smoking tables. It is situated next to the sports book and Little Richie's Chicago Style Beef & Dogs. Multiple flat-screen TVs update players on sports scores and poker tournament details. Cocktail service is available.
Tournaments: $1,000 house-funded guaranteed tournaments held twice daily. There are static payouts of $250 for a royal flush and $100 for a straight flush.
This fine smoke-free poker room is exquisite in its décor. There are 21 big-screen TVs, comfortable chairs with wheels and safe-deposit boxes. Food service is also offered. It has 39 tables offering not only Texas Hold’em, but also seven-card stud and Omaha with limits starting between $4 and $8. A separate high-stakes area houses seven high-limit tables with butler service and gourmet dining.
Tournaments: Held daily at noon ($130 buy-in) and 7 p.m. ($100 buy-in).
This 26-table poker room offers a variety of games and limits to suit all levels of play. This includes no-limit and limit Hold'em, Omaha, seven card stud and mixed game combinations.
Tournaments: Held daily at noon ($100 buy-in).