Where You Can (and Can’t) Play Poker in Las Vegas This Week

Las Vegas poker rooms, and casinos, are reopening soon, some as early as Thursday. Well, a few of them. Most card rooms will remain closed due to the new stringent restrictions set by the Nevada Gaming Control Board. So, the question is, which card rooms will have a game waiting for you this week?

Las Vegas poker rooms reopening

Venetian has one of the most popular Las Vegas poker rooms, and it will soon reopen. (Image: YouTube)

  • Only three card rooms out of 31 in Las Vegas are confirmed to be opening this week
  • Poker tables, per gaming board restrictions, will be limited to four players, maximum
  • Just one poker room on the Strip will open

For the first time since mid-March, live poker will return to Southern Nevada on Thursday. Most of the card rooms in the area, however, will remain closed, some potentially permanently. And the game of poker we’ll see in Las Vegas this week will look different than in the past.

The gaming board is currently limiting poker games to four-handed play. That, of course, isn’t a popular format among poker players, but some casinos will give it a shot, and hope demand is higher than anticipated.

Which Las Vegas Poker Rooms are Reopening?

The three Las Vegas poker rooms opening this week include Venetian, The Orleans, and South Point. Those were three of the last card rooms to close before the coronavirus shut down all gaming in the city. Venetian is the only casino on the Strip that will reopen its poker room.

Venetian is going to try something new to live poker in Las Vegas. Due to the four-handed restrictions, the Venetian poker room will host $100 winner-take-all sit-n-gos. Once four players are seated, the game will begin. Cash games will also be available.

Card Rooms That Will Remain Closed (for Now)

Many of the top Las Vegas poker rooms won’t be opening any time soon. These include the poker rooms at Wynn, Caesars Palace, and Aria on the Strip, along with the Golden Nugget (downtown), and Red Rock Resort (Summerlin).

There simply isn’t enough demand for four-handed poker to justify most of the card rooms reopening. Here is a list of all 31 Las Vegas poker rooms and their current status.

Poker RoomLocationOpening or Closed?
AriaStripClosed
Bally’sStripClosed
BellagioStripClosed
Binion’sFremont StreetClosed
Boulder StationEast Las VegasClosed
CanneryNorth Las VegasClosed
Caesars PalaceStripClosed
Club FortuneHendersonClosed
ExcaliburStripClosed
FlamingoStripClosed
Golden NuggetFremont StreetClosed
Green Valley RanchHendersonClosed
Harrah’sStripClosed
Mandalay BayStripClosed
MGM GrandStripClosed
MirageStripClosed
Palace StationNear StripClosed
Planet HollywoodStripClosed
Poker PalaceNorth Las VegasClosed
Red RockSummerlinClosed
RioNear StripClosed
SaharaStripClosed
Sam’s TownEast Las VegasClosed
Santa FeNorthwest Las VegasClosed
Silver SevensNear StripClosed
SkylineHendersonClosed
South PointSouth of StripOpen
The OrleansNear StripOpen
VenetianStripOpen
WestgateNear StripClosed
WynnStripClosed

Of those 31 casinos, seven won’t be reopening at all this week, even for non-poker games or the hotel. Those include Aria, Bally’s, Excalibur, Mandalay Bay, Mirage, Planet Hollywood, and the home of the postponed World Series of Poker, the Rio.

Once the gaming board relaxes its four-max restrictions, it’s likely other rooms will reopen. Until then, don’t expect to find a lot of places to play unless the four card rooms that are opening this month are busier than expected.

Jon Sofen
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Jon Sofen
LAS VEGAS -- Like many others, Jon began playing poker after Chris Moneymaker’s WSOP victory in 2003. Since then, he's become a prolific writer about the game, offering daily news coverage for the CardsChat community. Away from the table, he's a proud Midwesterner, and possibly the world's biggest Kansas City Royals and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Comments

William H Putegnat wrote...

When will we get back to normal Poker???

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Andy Beal wrote...

Get rid of poker

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Josh wrote...

If you don’t want to play poker Andy, then don’t play. The rest of us who want to play are waiting!

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Jane wrote...

Right now four-handed poker is almost ideal for higher -limit players but not for the rest of us…

Many will just wait…that’s just my opinion..I know because I was a poker dealer for over twenty years…

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Debi wrote...

Good question William – but probably not close to normal until a vaccine is available.

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Dr Papagiorgio wrote...

You Idiot, look at the News and Freak Out. Do some Actual Research and You Won’t Panic at all. It’s Not Even a Virus, it’s a Bacteria. Italy Killed it with Aspirin. They performed Non- Authorized Autopsies, Found the Source of Corona and Eradicated it from their Country. Stock Up on Aspirin People. Look it up for Yourself.

Jake wrote...

Be more specific. There are multiple of us idiots waiting for popular immunity, only to be stymied by schemes to prolong the outbreak. STOP IT with those frigging masks! Go hug
someone with sniffles. Do yourt!

Tracey wrote...

How has it been going In Florida?? Some of them are back to playing 7 handed

Andra wrote...

Derby Lane in St. Pete had their first tournament this past weekend. 80 player max & the had all 80 seats filled. The require masks & use a hand sanitizer bottle as the button. 6 handed.

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