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What is your favorite Vegas poker room?

Old 01-09-05, 09:10 PM
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What is your favorite Vegas poker room?

I was in Vegas for about a week back in late July, early August. Since I was there on business without any close friends, I spent my free days and evenings doing a tour of almost all the casino poker rooms in town. I visited every one I knew about and played in most of them ($2-$4 mostly). Ballys had not opened theirs yet at that time but I saw where it was going to be (all the tables were still covered in plastic). The Rio had not even begun construction on theirs yet so far as I could tell.

I did not play at The Bellagio as they did not deal any cheaper than $4-$8 and there was a big wait for a seat at those tables. I also did not play at The Mirage as they were really packed with the WPT event going on while I was there. I did rope-gawk during the tournament a few times and sat in on the filming of part of the final. I think they have aired it by now. It was the one where Gabe Kaplan made the final table.

The one I enjoyed playing in the most was The Orleans. It is roomy with good dealers, easy to get to from the garage, and very well run. I also really liked The Excalilbur and one of the ones on Fremont (not the Horseshoe but across the street and down a little bit, The Golden Nugget maybe?).

Mandalay Bay was probably my least favorite. It is cramped and very smoky and didn't deal under $4-$8 if memory serves. I smoke but if a poker room is going to allow smoking it needs to be a large and well-ventilated area. The Flamingo was also way too cramped but I played there more than any other since I was staying there.

So for those of you that have played in several, what have been your favorites or least favorites?
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Flamingo for fishing, especially on Friday/Saturday nites. Last time I was there the 4/8 table had 1/2 blinds. I think itís my fave.

If you found the Flamingo cramped, stay away from the Palms. Also too many locals.

I like the Bellagio mainly because itís where I played my first casino game. But the last time I was there, the wait was too long for my liking. I canít leave the wife at the blackjack tables for too long.

Luxor is decent and has 2/4 tables.

Too many locals at the Horseshoe.

I like the layout at the Mirage, but didnít play there Ė too long of a wait (there was actually a line??)

Samís Town has about 10 tables if you donít mind traveling to the next state. Also cramped.

Love/hate the Sahara. My first final table. But the last time I played there, they had a tourney waiting list and crammed in 12 to a table. I figured when they seated the waiting list and a few got eliminated, theyíd let us spread out. But NOOOO! They broke the two tables at the front so they could open up cash games.

A friend at work keeps telling me about the Orleans. Gonna try that next time.

If you want cramped, try Commerce (in L.A.). Space between tables should be measured in millimeters.
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I like the Mirage because they treated me much better than the staff at the Bellagio. I like the layout of Mandalay as well, but there aren't nearly enough tables. The Orleans has a lot of locals it seemed, I think mostly because the jackpot was pretty high at the time.
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are locals bad?
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Old 01-10-05, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by moorehed
are locals bad?
Not as such.

Youíre sitting at a table where everybody knows each other. Do you suppose they have an advantage? But mostly thereís a lot less action.

Letís put it this way: would you rather play against a bunch of tightasses or some frat boys out for a good time?
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i meant was it bad to be in a game w/locals... so you are saying a majority of the locals are better players than the tourists... thanks!
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Bump to see what the new opinions are. I haven't been back to Vegas since last time so my opinions have not changed.
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I'm going in two weeks, so I'll let you know.
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
I'm going in two weeks, so I'll let you know.
I'm going to Vegas over the 14th and 15th, is that when you're gonna be there?
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I just found this site and it is very nice and seems fairly up to date. Dave and Wally, you might want to check this one out:

http://www.allvegaspoker.com/reviews.php

Looks like the Aladdin may be a good place to play. Even as a smoker, it is also nice to see that almost none of the Vegas rooms allow smoking anymore or restrict smoking hours to the wee hours of the morning.
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During my last trip to Vegas, we played poker at several of the different casinos. Overall my favorite place to play was the Bellagio. We played in a $4/$8 game, which is a bit higher than my standard $2/$4, but we really wanted to check it out. A decent game overall. It started off rough with me going down $100 in about four hands with decent hands. After that things started improving and I was up about $120. Ended the session down about $40 but had a great time. The day we were playing (June 19th) they had the big game going on. I was able to watch Doyle, Phil Ivey, Chan, Farha, and a few others play. It was a real treat.

Other than that, we played at IP's were we stayed. Managed to get both nights comped with our play at the poker tables. We also played at the MGM Grand, which I really liked and did well there - finished up about $200 in 4 hours at the $2/$4 table, which was pretty soft. Also played a little $1/$2 NL at Aladdin, which was Ok - nothing great. Visited the Wynn but did not play, as we were looking to see if Daniel and Barry were playing their $500k heads-up Stud match, which they were not. Finally, we stopped by the Rio to watch some of the WSOP events they had going on, but didn't play in any of the side games, which I regret now.
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