Poker rooms in Las Vegas

Friday night poker will never be the same once you get a taste of playing poker in Las Vegas. Being an avid poker player since childhood (yes we were taught to play cards as children in our family), we have risen to new heights with playing in the sumptuous poker rooms in Las Vegas. Poker has come to the attention of the younger set and is probably one of the most favorite ways to gamble at the moment.

Poker tournaments abound in Vegas, and guaranteed you’ll find a poker tournament going on every day at one or another of these casino hotels. The most popular Las Vegas poker games are Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud poker and Omaha poker. Whether you play small stakes or high stakes poker games, there is a poker table for you.

The cost to buy in usually ranges from about $40 up to $2000. A few years back I was attending a meeting and one of the theme nights was “Poker Night”. A Las Vegas dealer filled us in on what and how to play “Texas Hold ’em” and life has never been the same. I discovered the game of my dreams, We’ll try to explain the tips he gave us and give some ideas on the best places to play. Don’t be mislead, however it can be deadly on the pocketbook, but bluffing and winning has never been more fun.

Some of our favorite places to play in Las Vegas are at the major casinos, one of the most luxurious rooms of course, is in one of the most luxurious hotels, The Bellagio by name. Texas Hold ’em is a very popular game here as well as 7 Card Stud. Wednesday and Fridays are the poker tournament days. There are at least 30 tables – so name your poison! Bellagio hosts the World Poker Tour championship in April, this is my dream to play for the $1,000,000 stakes in a World Championship.

Circus Circus is a good place for lower limit games and tournaments. It has been voted “Best Poker Room in Las Vegas”.
The Luxor offers daily Texas Hold ’em tournaments with low limit tables. If you look over the crowd you may see me among the players at The Luxor during the week.

For a large variety of limits as well as poker games, The Mirage is the place to go. You can play 7 Card Stud or Omaha 8 at your choice of 31 tables….and Texas Hold ’em can be played as well. Poker tournaments are held Sunday through Thursday, buy-ins on those nights range from $60 to $120. The Mirage hosts a Mirage Poker Showdown tournament in July.
When you get tired of ogling the girls around the pool at The Palms, you might want to wander into their poker rooms. A low limit room deals Texas Hold ’em with spreads of $2 to $4 and $4 to $8. High stakes poker room offer No Limit Texas Hold ’em and progressive High Hand Jackpots.
Find no limit poker tournaments every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at The Sahara. $40 to buy-in.
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In the meantime here are a few things to know about Texas Hold ’em (I’m not sure if I mentioned – this game is also sometimes called “Let ’em ride”.

A hand begins when one or more players to the left of the dealer post a “blind” bets. A blind bet is the same as an ante in other games.

Each player gets 2 cards dealt face down, after you get these two cards, you can make a bet or fold. My dealer suggests if they’re not high cards – fold ’em! Betting starts to the left of the big blind, and continues around the table. To continue playing you must call a 2 unit bet.