The Best Places to Play Poker in Las Vegas

Are you heading to Las Vegas and want to fit some poker action into your trip? Then check out what we consider to be the 10 best poker rooms in Las Vegas, both on the Strip and downtown.

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The Bellagio

No doubt about it, the 7,000-square-foot poker room at the Bellagio oozes class. At any point you may see pros like Jen Harman, Daniel Negreanu, and Doyle Brunson heading over to Bobby's Room, which features the highest limit poker action in the world. But you don't need to be a high roller to play in this incredibly well-run 40-table establishment, which has a great mix of people, games, and atmosphere. Limit Hold'em starts at $4 pre-flop/on-flop, and $8 on the turn/river (4/8) and goes up from there. In addition, no-limit games are spread at many levels.

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The Venetian

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The Venetian poker room is a fantastic, well-run room. Each table is given plenty of space and the staff, dealers, and atmosphere are excellent. They also run a popular series of "deep-stack" tournaments. Since the room is right at one of the main entrances, there is a lot of foot traffic, which makes for a lively mix of people. The 39 tables are almost all Texas Hold'em, with a sprinkling of 4/8 Omaha games. The Hold'em limit games start at 4/8 and there are plenty of no-limit games.

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The Mirage

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Named "Best Poker Room in Vegas" by Las Vegas Weekly in 2018, we agree that the Mirage has a number of things going for it. This exciting room features a great variety of limits and games, which also hosts no-limit and limit Hold'em tournaments. It's the only place we know of with 5/10 7 Card Stud, and they start their limit Hold'em at 3/6. 

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MGM Grand

The poker room at the MGM Grand is big, and it offers limit Hold'em at 3/6 and 4/8 with a kill pot, which doubles the amount of the big blind and doubles the betting limits. These games are always fun to play. Since the room is right at the entrance of the Casino, it gets a lot of traffic, so the pickings are always good.

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Caesars' poker room is huge and it's fun. They also have a separate room just for tournaments, automatic shufflers at the tables, and spread 3/6 limit Hold'em and up, 1/2 no-limit Hold'em and up, and Omaha Hi/Lo at 6/12, and sometimes higher. The dealers are great and the drinks flow freely.

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The Wynn

Wynn Hotel Outside
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The Wynn has one of the fanciest rooms on the Strip. The mix of games spread is similar to the Bellagio, and both have automatic card shufflers, great atmospheres, and excellent dealers. If you have enough people to take up a table, they will spread almost anything—we caught six guys playing 20/40 Chinese Poker on a Saturday afternoon.

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The Horseshoe Hotel and Casino is seen on May 30, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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If you want to play poker in a place packed with history, you must go to Binions, birthplace of the World Series of Poker. Their red-wallpapered room is enormous and has over 70 tables, including a feature table, where they hold the final table of their daily and other tournaments. Limit Hold'em starts at just 2/4 here, too.

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Rio All-Suite

A general view of the Rio Hotel & Casino April 13, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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While the Rio is now home to the World Series of Poker, do be aware that it's played in their convention center, not the everyday poker room. Still, there is a certain appeal at playing at the location of the WSOP, there are a good number of tables, plenty of limit and no-limit poker, and tons of promotions and tournaments.

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The Orleans is far off the main strip, but if you're looking for lower-limit Omaha games, it's the place to go. They also spread limit and no-limit Hold'em and have low buy-in tournaments. The 35-table room is big, the waitresses are friendly, and it's a casino filled with lots of locals and long-term residents, so the atmosphere is more low-key than many other Las Vegas poker rooms.

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The Palms underwent a $620 million renovation in the spring of 2018. In addition to the 13-foot tiger shark enclosed in glass at the entrance, it also features a snazzy new Ultimate Texas Hold'em room. Sure, there are only eight tables, but the action is still smokin' hot, with limit games starting at 2/4 and no-limit at 1/2.