For the first time since mid-March, the Planet Hollywood poker room in Las Vegas is now open for business. The Caesars Entertainment-owned card room reopened Friday at noon, but will only be open during limited hours.
Planet Hollywood is located on the central part of the Strip, right across the street from Bellagio, which is home to one of the most popular poker rooms in the world. The Las Vegas Strip is widely considered the top destination for poker in the US, given that 15 card rooms reside on that one street, Las Vegas Boulevard.
At Planet Hollywood, one of Caesars’ eight Southern Nevada properties, you’ll find a medium-sized poker room with 11 tables, most of which offer low-stakes cash games. The Planet Hollywood poker room also hosts cheap daily tournaments and a popular annual summer Phamous Poker Series.
Poker returned to the Strip casino on Friday for the first time in seven months. While it’s return is welcome, players may be disappointed to find the room won’t be open 24/7 — at least temporarily — due to limited weekday tourism demand in Las Vegas since COVID-19. For the time being, poker at Planet Hollywood will only be offered Thursday to Sunday from noon until 4 am.
Games will be played with a maximum of eight players per table, and plexiglass dividers are in place to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Per state health guidelines, face masks are required at all times, unless eating or drinking.
Planet Hollywood Poker Room Big Boost to Las Vegas Poker Scene
Slowly but surely, the Las Vegas poker industry is returning. Prior to COVID-19, there were 31 open card rooms in town. During the initial casino reopening weekend in early June, only four poker rooms returned to action. With the Planet Hollywood poker room reopening, that number is now all the way up to 20, a beautiful sight for those who were worried the global health pandemic would kill live poker.
All of the top card rooms in town are back. The Encore poker room at Wynn reopened its poker room on Sept. 30, but is temporarily moving back to the Wynn side of the property due to a lack of demand in the Encore casino.
Las Vegas is home to some of the most popular poker rooms in the world, such as Bellagio, Aria, and Venetian.