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Where to go.. Vegas Low/midstakes holdem

I’m traveling to Vegas in November to run the marathon with a couple of friends.. I’ve been to Vegas ones, in 2013 for poker, now we’re considered more of casual players.

How are the games there now? Which casinos are the best, in value? In comfort/service?

I also have a friend that crushed at online fixed back in the days.. we’re can you find high stakes limit Holdem these days?

We’re traveling from Sweden, all insights are valuable for us
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  • Jax1234 Posts: 60Member
    edited September 17
    For 1/3, 1/2, I recommend the Golden Nugget (uncapped buy-in), the Orleans (good promotions), and the Wynn ($500 max buy-in). I do not recommend playing 1/2, 1/3 anywhere else as the games tend to be comprised of mainly scared-money regulars who will short-buy during non-peak months like November.

    For 2/5, I recommend the Aria, Wynn, the Venetian, and Caesars Palace. The softest 2/5 game from my experience is probably at Caesars Palace but it usually doesn't run except on weekends. The Wynn 2/5 game probably plays the biggest because the max buy-in is $1500. The Aria is probably the toughest 2/5 game. The Venetian has good promotions.

    I do not recommend the Bellagio 2/5 game as the max-buy in is $500.
  • JoneseyJonesey Posts: 121Subscriber
    edited September 18
    I play in these games daily (or nightly) and agree w @Jax1234 assessment, although things change based on what’s going on in town (like when NASCAR is here try 2-5 at Southpoint for example). A lot of times I play Aria during the week and Wynn (Encore actually) on weekends. Finding really soft 2/5 games can be difficult. (Btw I can’t stand the Caesar’s third man walking rule so I don’t play there much).

    Bellagio has a regular 20-40 limit Holdem game. Not aware of anything higher being spread regularly.
  • Skurtram Posts: 3Subscriber
    I always wanted to see the Golden Nugget, now we have even more incentives to do so
  • CycleV Posts: 1,113Subscriber
    For casual players, focusing on "best place to play" is missing the forest for the trees. You are a tourist, see as much new stuff as you want to/are able to. The memories are going to be worth far more than whatever theoretical extra 1BB or 2 BB you can earn in "value".

    If you're downtown, The Nugget is worth checking out. It's a dive (I like it though!) and seems like pre-boom Vegas. Along the strip, as long as you pop into a couple of different places, you'll enjoy your experience. For example, combine a visit to the Bellagio fountain with 2 hours in the room. Or if you're seeing a show somewhere (which of course you should), play at that place for 90 minutes. The smaller poker rooms (P-Ho, Bally's) are all basic and not worth going out of your way for.

    FWIW whatever you and your mates did back in the day, the games are different now. I'd hate for someone to expect to win based on what they did 5+ years ago. I recommend dropping down a level, especially if you will enjoy the free alcohol. You're a subscriber here so idk how much you play, but esp if your mates don't play much, they want to donk around and see flops. Much easier to do with money you don't care about.

    Download the Bravo app, it lets you know how many tables are running in each room. You can call ahead to get put on the waitlist. And The Orleans has a ton of limit games. It's not a sexy joint by any stretch, but it's the best range of LHE, and has some O8 and (iirc) PLO you can donk around in.

    Save a chip from every place you play. Sounds corny but again, it's about depositing into the memory bank.

    I assume you're on 2p2? The Las Vegas Lifestyle section is full of decent posters and great advice. Ask specific questions to get specific answers. Or ask specific q's here. Plenty of us have been there a lot, but the "where is best place to play" question, it is kinda meaningless tbh.
  • Skurtram Posts: 3Subscriber
    Thank you @CycleV, for the insightful response. I think I got a lot of value out of this vague post
  • BartBart Posts: 5,959AdministratorLeadPro
    So do you guys suggest I continue some of my challenge at Caesar's 2-5NL? It could be that I just got lucky with the red rock's 2-5 game, but as the podcast from this and what will be next week shows, the games were pretty damn good.

    Lastly how does the 2-5 $1500 cap Wynn game compare to some of these other 2-5 games around town and the average 5-5 $1k cap game in LA, if anyone knows?

    Bart
  • lotto33 Posts: 25Subscriber
    Bart said:
    So do you guys suggest I continue some of my challenge at Caesar's 2-5NL? It could be that I just got lucky with the red rock's 2-5 game, but as the podcast from this and what will be next week shows, the games were pretty damn good.

    Lastly how does the 2-5 $1500 cap Wynn game compare to some of these other 2-5 games around town and the average 5-5 $1k cap game in LA, if anyone knows?

    Bart
    Caesar's 2/5 IMO is the best 2/5 in Vegas. It gets really splashy and the quality of the players aren't very good. The room is run terribly though and the regs are the worst i've ever seen.

    There are more good regs at the Wynn 2/5 from other rooms i've played in (im a vegas local and have been playing regularly for a few years). IMO i think Wynn and Venetian have the best action while Bellagio and Aria have more knowledgeable players who won't splash or gamble as much.
    by 1Bart
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