There were 31 Las Vegas poker rooms before the closure. So far, 16 have reopened.
The four casinos that opened poker rooms the first weekend are Golden Nugget, Orleans, South Point and Venetian. Five more followed later in June and in July. August brought six more rooms online.
Gaming regulations originally only permitted four players per table. South Point led the way in getting that increased to five. All Las Vegas poker rooms are now spreading at least five-handed games. Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, and The Orleans now have six-player games due to partitions that separate players from each other and the dealer. Sahara has seven-seat tables. Venetian is expanding to an eight-seat poker room. The three Station Casinos poker rooms and South Point also have eight seats per table.
On June 17, Nevada gaming regulators added a requirement for masks at table games that later included all casino patrons. Las Vegas poker players must wear a mask.
The Aria poker room opened with the casino on July 1. It will use 15 of its tables. These are partitioned so six players may be seated per game. The standard Aria cash games will be spread. No tournaments will be offered at this time.
Bellagio opened its poker room at 10am on June 18. Tables have six seats and partitions. Cash games include Texas Hold’em, Omaha, stud and mixed games. The Bellagio poker room is open 24 hours a day.
Boulder Station reopened its poker room on August 3. It is home to Omaha Hi in Las Vegas. It also spreads no limit and fixed limit Texas Hold’em.
Caesars Palace’s poker room is open Thursday through Sunday starting June 18. Cash games will be 1/2 and 2/5 no limit Texas Hold’em.
The Flamingo poker room reopened on July 2. It deals no limit and fixed limit Texas Hold’em. Its hours are 10am to 4am Thursday through Sunday. Promotions include high hands and an hourly freeroll. It is not currently spreading tournaments.
Golden Nugget was the fourth poker room to open in Las Vegas after the COVID-19 closure. Cash games of no limit and fixed limit Texas Hold’em are spread. The max rake is $3. There is a $1 jackpot drop. The room is open 24 hours.
The jackpot drop is used for progressive high hand bonuses for four of a kind, straight flushes and royal flushes. A pocket pair is required for quads. Straight and royal flushes must use both hole cards. The progressives are tied to the card for quads, the highest card in the straight flush, or suit for royal flushes. Jackpots are doubled between 8am and 2pm daily.
MGM Grand’s poker room reopened on July 3. Its hours are 4pm to midnight Sunday, Monday and Thursday and 4pm to 2am on Friday and Saturday. It is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The tables are six-handed with plexiglass dividers.
The poker room at Orleans opened with the casino on June 4. Its hours are 8am to 4am daily. The rake is capped at $3. There are no promotions available until further notice. The Orleans poker room has the widest variety of cash games. These include no limit Texas Hold’em, fixed limit Texas Hold’em, pot limit Omaha, fixed limit Omaha hi/lo and fixed limit Omaha Hi.
Poker Palace is a small North Las Vegas poker room. It is open on Friday and Saturday nights for a 6:30pm no limit Texas Hold’em tournament. A cash game sometimes appears when the tournament concludes.
Red Rock Resort is the only poker room in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas. It reopened on August 3. It spreads mostly fixed limit and no limit Texas Hold’em. Tournaments have not returned to its poker room.
The Sahara poker room reopened on June 18. It is home to mostly no limit Texas Hold’em and mixed games. The rake is capped at $4. There is a $1 jackpot drop. The hours are 6pm to 2am during the week and noon to 2am on Saturday and Sunday. The Sahara poker room will remain open after 2am if there is a game running. Food will be delivered to the table. However, it will all be prepackaged.
Santa Fe Station is one of three Station Casinos poker rooms that reopened on August 3. It deals no limit and fixed limit Texas Hold’em, as well as Omaha Hi/Lo. It is in the far northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley.
Silver Sevens offers one live poker table in its table game pit. It is usually a 2/4 fixed limit Hold’em game.
South Point’s poker room, the last to close before the shutdown, opened with the casino on June 4. It operates 24 hours a day.
The South Point poker room is dealing cash games with a $3 rake and $1 promotional drop that covers freerolls and high hands. The cash games offered are no limit Hold’em, fixed limit Hold’em and pot limit Omaha.
Texas Hold’em high hand payouts are $50 for four of a kind, $100 for a straight flush and $250 for a royal flush. For quads, a pocket pair must be used. For straight and royal flushes, both hole cards must be used. In Omaha, the high hand pays $50 for a flopped four of a kind, $100 for a straight flush and $250 for a royal flush.
Venetian was the first poker room to announce its return. However, it opened the day after the rest of the casino did.
Venetian offers cash games and single table tournaments. The hours are 9am to 1am.
The no limit Texas Hold’em tournaments have a $100 or $230 buy-in. The winner takes it all, though chops are allowed. The prize pool for the $100 is $425. The $230 is $1,000. The house and dealers split the rest. These are dealt in the part of the poker room to the right of the cage.
According to Bravo Poker, the main cash games are no limit Texas Hold’em and pot limit Omaha. The rake is capped at $3. There is a $1 drop for a bad beat jackpot.
The Westgate poker room reopened on September 10. It opens at 10am on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10am on weekend days. It is dark Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Westgate poker room is located in the sportsbook area.
Las Vegas reopening poker room FAQ
How many poker rooms are open in Las Vegas?
There are 16 open poker rooms as of September 10, 2020.
Are Station Casinos poker rooms reopening?
Station Casinos laid off its poker staff during the closure. It will reopen poker rooms at Boulder Station, Red Rock Resort and Santa Fe Station on August 3, 2020.
How many seats are there at Las Vegas poker rooms?
Some poker rooms only seat five players. Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand and The Orleans seat six players. Sahara has seven-handed tables. Venetian, South Point and Station Casinos deal up to eight players at each table.
Are there poker tournaments in Las Vegas right now?
Yes. Caesars Palace, Orleans, Sahara, South Point and Venetian are among the Las Vegas poker rooms spreading tournaments.
Is smoking permitted in Las Vegas poker room?
No Las Vegas poker rooms permit smoking.
Are masks required at Las Vegas poker tables?
Yes. It is mandated by a governor’s order.