Resorts World, Las Vegas’ Newest Casino, Opens 30-Table Poker Room (Pictures)

At long last, Resorts World — a mega-resort featuring the Strip’s newest poker room — opened to the public on Thursday night. The spacious card room hosts 30 tables, including a high-roller room, all inside a luxurious casino that is 13 years in the making.

resorts world las vegas poker

Resorts World is the first new resort on the Las Vegas Strip to open since 2010. (Image: CardsChat News)

On Nov. 1, 2006, the iconic Stardust Casino, which opened on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip in 1958, was demolished. In 2007, Boyd Gaming began construction of its Echelon Place project on the Stardust’s grounds, but that plan was halted in 2008 due to the tough economic times.

Five years later, Boyd sold off the location to Genting Group, which immediately set out to build Resorts World, a casino hotel that was expected to partially open in 2016. But the groundbreaking for the future resort was delayed numerous times, and construction didn’t even begin until late 2017.

Fast forward to 11pm on Thursday, June 24 when the casino finally opened to the public, becoming the first new resort on the Las Vegas Strip since the Cosmopolitan in December 2010. Thousands of guests stood outside the casino leading up to the grand opening.

Many waited hours to get in as admission was limited to one entrance, while others gave up and went home. The long, jam-packed line extended nearly a half-mile along Las Vegas Boulevard. Only VIPs were invited to a pre-opening ceremony and granted early access.

The grand opening weather couldn’t have been more perfect, with temps dipping down to the mid-80s, a bit cooler and more pleasant than the usual 100-degree temps this time of year.

Can Resorts World’s poker room compete?

The Resorts World poker room is the 21st active card room in Las Vegas, which is still 10 fewer than the pre-pandemic days. On Saturday afternoon, more than 36 hours after the casino opened, seven low-stakes games were running out of 30 tables (25 regular tables, two high-roller VIP tables, and three private tables).

resorts world poker room

Resorts World’s poker room is large and modern. (Image: CardsChat News)

The card room will have its work cut out competing against more established rooms in town, like Aria, Bellagio, Venetian, and Wynn, four of the most famous poker rooms in the world.

For now, the games played appear to be limited to low-stakes cash games ($1/$3 and $2/$5), along with the occasional mid-stakes games ($5/$10). The card room doesn’t offer any daily tournaments at this point, but those may be added in the months to come. Games are played eight-handed and there are no plexiglass dividers at any of the tables, much like everywhere else in town now that the pandemic is beginning to fade away.

A look inside the new casino

Resorts World has far more to offer than just a poker room. The state-of-the-art facility features a slew of restaurants, a spacious casino floor, a gorgeous pool, and a modern sportsbook.

resorts world casino

A giant sphere-shaped mirror inside the newest Las Vegas casino. (Image: CardsChat News)

On Saturday, the casino was packed full of excited guests getting their first glimpse at the brand-new resort. Lines were, as expected, quite long, especially at the cashier’s cage and the players club. Resorts World has a mix of high-end and affordable dining options, including a food court, which was rather crowded this weekend.

food court

You won’t find Micky D’s or Subway at the Resorts World food court. (Image: CardsChat News)

The resort features an innovative casino and is the first in Las Vegas to use cashless technology at all table games. Casino chips include radio-frequency identification technology (RFID) with sensors implanted at every table so the casino can monitor every bet made. This is a convenient benefit for players who will no longer feel they aren’t being fairly rated for their play. The casino will know exactly how much a player is betting when evaluating their play.

Customers can still use cash at a table game, but it isn’t necessary. All they need is a player’s rewards card hooked up to a virtual wallet, and the dealer can scan their phone instantly for access to additional chips. Table games were mostly packed on Saturday, although there were a few tables with open seating, and players seemed to enjoy this innovative feature.

table games

Resorts World didn’t have any problems attracting customers during its opening weekend. (Image: CardsChat News)

Resorts World is located across the street from Wynn, one of the most luxurious Las Vegas casinos, and just south of Circus Circus, an old-school Vegas casino that has seen better days.

Written by
Jon Sofen
Semi-pro poker player with 17 years experience on the felt and more than five years working as professional poker media.


Harlan Doocy wrote...

I just think it’s great that things are opening up again, and what great timing for a new casino to open up! Great technology = great business!

Marcwantstowin wrote...

Being a genting casino member, I wonder if I’ll get a free drink on my first visit? Looking forward to being there in person. Looks nice and hopefully a lucky casino for me

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Did you know about our poker forum?

Discuss all the latest poker news in the CardsChat forum