Las Vegas Poker Rooms

November 25, 2007 |

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If you are looking to gain some much needed experience before heading to a European Poker Tour or a World Poker Tour event or a even the World Series of Poker, Las Vegas is the place to be.

The Strip is the ideal location as large buy-in tournaments with relatively small fields can be the steppingstone as you play against seasonal players with long blind levels and with the chances of finishing in the money extremely high.

Coming up with a shortlist is a very difficult task, but here are four poker rooms in Las Vegas that offer some good action right through the weekend.

You can start off the weekend by heading down to the Wynn Las Vegas and the $540 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament. This tournament takes place every Friday at noon and it usually averages about three tables. Players start with $5,000 in chips with blinds starting at $25/$50 and go up every 45 minutes. This tournament will give you some high level action but won’t have you playing all day.

If you are looking to spend more time at the tables The Venetian is the place to be. Already with a poker room renowned for its “deep stack” tournaments, this $550 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event usually attracts four or five tables and starts at noon every Saturday. The blinds start at $25/$50 and increase every 40 minutes but with $10,000 in starting chips expect to see a lot of action.

On Sundays, you can head towards one of the most beautiful casinos on the strip, the Mirage where a $430 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event takes place at 5pm. Players receive $4,000 in chips to start with and blind levels increase every 30 minutes.

With pros like Daniel Negreanu and Jennifer Harman playing high stakes poker at any given time, the Bellagio is definitely worth checking out. There is a $540 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament running from Sunday through Thursday and starts at 2pm.  Players receive a lower $3,000 in chip stacks and the blind intervals change every 40 minutes.

Finally if you can afford it, there is a steep $1,080 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event every Friday and Saturday. It starts at 2pm with the blinds starting at $25/$50. Players receive $5,000 in chips with blind levels increasing every 40 minutes.

The combination of new players trying their luck, rounders and the presence of poker professionals make the Bellagio Poker Room a must try.

At the end of the day, win or lose, no matter which poker room you choose to visit while in Las Vegas one thing is for sure, you are going to have the time of your life.

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