Where are the places for poker?

I haven't been to Vegas since I was 12. I am going this weekend and am only interested in playing Texas Hold 'em. I am curious to know how small the tables can get in value and which casinos accommodate this game most.


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The poker boom of the last 10 years or so has made finding a good game in just about any price range very easy. There are somewhere between 15 and 20 Strip casinos that have poker rooms, and perhaps a half-dozen Downtown. The biggest poker rooms on the Strip are found in the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, the MGM Grand, the Mirage, the Venetian and the Wynn. Even at these upscale places, you can almost always find $1/$2 no-limit Hold 'em available.

If you want to play Downtown, your places to look are Binions, the El Cortez, Fitzgeralds, the Golden Nugget and the Plaza.

I'm no player myself -- I don't have the patience to sit through the long spells of waiting for decent cards -- but there's an excellent website I check whenever I have questions regarding poker. I highly recommend AllVegasPoker.com. It's a very good resource and worth checking out. Let them know the good folks at FirstTimeLasVegas.com sent you their way.

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3 responses to “Where are the places for poker?”

  1. Lambo said:

    Stay away form Harrah's... too many gold chain clad hairy chested old farts pussing their bigg stacks around...

    For REALLY good poker hit the up the Bellagio, those players know what thery are doing... as long as you do too you will make out fine.

  2. Steve the Texan said:

    Bert, the 40- to 60-year-old crowd is always going to be a a very small minority in the Strip nightclub scene. Two dueling piano bars -- on in Harrahs and the other in New York New York -- do draw a crowd that varies widely in age, though. Those may be worth checking out. You may also want to take a look through our nightlife section of the site.

  3. Bert said:

    Please suggest a couple of nightclubs that attract a culturally diverse group of African-Americans/Asians/Caucasians in the 40 to 60 age range. I will be traveling there the first week of August - during the sweltering heat of the summer. I have visited once before and stayed in the Venetian. Any suggestions on what to do - in air-conditioned locations?

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