There were 31 Las Vegas poker rooms before the closure. So far, 19 have reopened.
The four casinos that opened poker rooms the first weekend were 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. Most offer eight-handed games. Bally’s poker room opened with nine seats, the highest in Las Vegas.
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. Most Las Vegas poker tables have partitions to separate player seats.
The Aria poker room opened with the casino on July 1. It will use 15 of its tables. These are partitioned so eight players may be seated per game. The standard Aria cash games are spread. There is one daily tournament.
The Bally’s poker room reopened on September 25. It deals 1/3 no limit Hold’em and 3/6 fixed limit Hold’em. There are nine seats per table.
Bellagio opened its poker room at 10am on June 18. Tables have eight 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 24 hours a day. Cash games are 1/2 and 2/5 no limit Texas Hold’em. It seats eight players per table.
The Flamingo poker room reopened on July 2. It deals no limit and fixed limit Texas Hold’em. It is open 24 hours. Promotions include high hands and an hourly freeroll. It has four tournaments Thursday through Sunday. Those are the only days it is open. There are eight seats per table.
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. There are five seats at tables.
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. It is open from 4pm to 4am Thursday through Monday. It is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The tables are eight-handed with plexiglass dividers.
The poker room at Orleans opened with the casino on June 4. It is open 24 hours daily. The rake is capped at $4. 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.
Planet Hollywood reopened its poker room on October 16. It hosts ten tables. There are eight seats at each. The main games are 1/2 and 2/5 no limit Texas Hold’em. It is open noon to 4am Thursday through Sunday.
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. There are eight seats per table.
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. There are seven seats per table.
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. There are eight seats per table.
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. Games are eight-handed.
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. Tables are eight-handed.
Venetian offers cash games and single table tournaments. The hours are 9am to 3am daily.
Venetian offers a wide variety of tournaments. This includes some daily ones and tournament series.
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. Tables are eight-handed.
The Wynn poker room reopened on September 30. It was moved from Encore to Wynn. It is home to no limit Hold’em, pot limit Omaha and mixed games. Daily tournaments return October 22. Plexiglass partitions are at all 24 tables, allowing for eight seats at each. There are eight seats per table.
Las Vegas reopening poker room FAQ
How many poker rooms are open in Las Vegas?
There are 19 open poker rooms as of October 16, 2020.
Are Station Casinos poker rooms reopening?
Station Casinos reopened poker rooms at Boulder Station, Red Rock Resort and Santa Fe Station on August 3, 2020.
Are there poker tournaments in Las Vegas right now?
Yes. About half of Las Vegas poker rooms have brought back 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.
Are there partitions are Las Vegas poker tables?
In most cases, yes. Any poker room with more than six seats at the table has partitions.
Which Las Vegas poker rooms are still closed?
Binion’s, Cannery, Club Fortune, Excalibur, Green Valley Ranch, Harrah’s, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Palace Station, Rio, Sam’s Town and Skyline have not reopened poker rooms that closed due to the pandemic.