Poker is one of those card games that has seen a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years, with televised events, world championships and multi-million-dollar tournament prizes making this betting game a widespread hobby.
A game of both luck and strategy, poker was developed in the early 19th century in the United States and involves bluffing opponents as well as using what cards players are given in the hopes of winning the prize pot. There are various types of poker, the three main types being draw, stud and community card poker with the most popular version played across the U.S. being Texas Hold’em, as played in the World Series of Poker.
An entertaining game to play and watch, it is easy to see why the game is so popular among card players and betting enthusiasts alike. If you’re looking to take a piece of the action, there is only one place to head to for the best poker rooms around, and that is the gambling capital of the U.S. – Las Vegas. Whenever you’re looking for some high-stakes fun we have shortlisted five of the best poker rooms to head to in the glitzy city, and they won’t disappoint.
The Golden Nugget Poker Room
Host to a number of television series’ including High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark, the Golden Nugget Poker Room and High Roller Suite are the places to be seen in Las Vegas.
With a hotel themed around the gold rush, visitors to this famous poker room may feel as though they are onto a winner before they have even started playing. Expect to find 13 (smoke free) tables fitted with golden felt and spotlight lampshades above that emit low levels of filtered golden light. Tables are equipped with phone chargers; seats are high-backed and plush and flat screen TVs sit above tables displaying tournament information. With a variety of bonuses, promotions and rewards up for grabs too, you can be sure of an exciting time, whether you’re playing 3 Card poker, Pai Gow, Let it Ride or Mississippi Stud.
Bellagio Poker Room
One of the most renowned and plush hotels on The Strip has to have a lavish poker room, and this one happens to have a spot on the famed World Poker Tour too. With 7,000 square feet of space and boasting 40 tables with two high-limit areas, the Bellagio Poker Room also benefits from 24-hour table side dining and state-of-the-art technology. There is also a complimentary beverage service, safe deposit boxes, 42-inch plasma screens and an ultra-modern overhead music system, while walls are adorned with artworks of past big-name tournaments and events as well as high stakes poker greats.
Players can have a go in the exclusive, high-limit, Bobby’s Room, which is named after Bobby Baldwin. Bobby is well known as the 1978 World Series of Poker champion and he was also the MGM Resorts international chief design and construction officer.
ARIA Poker Room
The five-star ARIA Resort and Casino boasts a plush poker room and also offers qualifying poker players exclusive room rates too, so when you have, hopefully, seen a win or two you can head straight upstairs for a sophisticated stay. 24 tables host an array of games including 7 Card Stud, no-limit and limit Hold’em, Three Card Poker and pot Limit Omaha, while twice-daily tournaments offer a range of ways to win big – all with a delightful cocktail in hand, if desired.
Caesars Palace Poker Room
Head to Caesar’s Poker Room at any time of day to take part in the action with daily guaranteed tournaments in one of the most action-packed rooms in the city. 16 tables are laid out within 4,500 square feet of space and all have free Wi-Fi and charging ports at each seat. Players also have the option to order food directly to their seats by requesting the menu and ordering via their mobile phones – they can also charge this directly to their rooms to waste no time, meaning that no part of the action is missed.
Wynn Poker Room
Featuring luxurious interiors, the poker room at Wynn is as elegant as it is enjoyable. Floral filled galleries, skylit art and a huge variety of games are on offer across the casino floor, but it is the lavish poker room which should receive the praise. Boasting large screens showing a range of sporting action, daily tournaments, and an array of tables with comfortable chairs, the carpeted, wall panelled, sleek room will enthral all visitors.
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