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Find Las Vegas Poker Rooms and Best Tournaments.

Friday night poker will never be the same once you get a taste of the poker in Las Vegas. Being an avid poker player since childhood (yes we were taught to play cards as children in our family) we have risen to new heights with playing in the sumptuous poker rooms in Las Vegas. Poker has come to the attention of the younger set and is probably one of the most favorite ways to gamble at the moment.

Read our Las Vegas poker room reviews and choose which daily Las Vegas poker tournament will test your skill and suit your pocketbook best. Guaranteed you'll find a tournament going on every day at one or another poker rooms at the casino hotels. The most popular Las Vegas poker games are Texas Hold 'em, Seven Card Stud poker and Omaha poker. Whether you play small stakes or high stakes poker games, there is a poker table for you.

The cost to buy in usually ranges from about $40 up to $2000. A few years back I was attending a meeting and one of the theme nights was "Poker Night". A Las Vegas dealer filled us in on what and how to play "Texas Hold 'em" and life has never been the same. I discovered the game of my dreams, We'll try to explain the tips he gave us and give some ideas on the best places to play. Don't be mislead, however it can be deadly on the pocketbook, but bluffing and winning has never been more fun.

Some of our favorite Las Vegas poker rooms are at the major casinos, one of the most luxurious rooms of course, is in one of the most luxurious hotels, The Bellagio by name. Texas Hold 'em is a very popular game here as well as 7 Card Stud. There are 30 tables - so name your poison! Bellagio hosts the World Poker Tour championship in April, this is my dream to play for the $1,000,000 stakes in a World Championship!
Bellagio Poker Tournament Information
* Daily Tournaments
No Limit Hold'em
* Sunday - Thursday
$300 + $30 Buy-in (Max. Two Re-buys)
Tournament Begins At 12:00 p.m.
Players Start with $10,000 In Chips
35-minute levels
* Friday & Saturday
$500 + $40 Buy-in (Max. Two Re-buys)
Tournament Begins At 12:00 p.m.
Players Start with $10,000 In Chips
40-minute levels
The Hard Rock Hotel Casino has 18 tables with best buy chips in Vegas. 40 plus 5 for 4000 in chips and get the addon for another $5.00 25 Minute levels are great for the novice...but watch out for the masseuses, music and plush couches that may dull your incentive!
Caesars Palace is the home of the NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship, and the only Las Vegas site for a World Series of Poker Circuit Event with a separate room just for tournaments. Automatic shufflers at tables, and $3/$6 Limit. Caesar's Palace offers daily tournaments:

* 9am  -  $65 - Daily No Limit
* Noon -  $80 - Daily No Limit
* 3pm  -  $65 - Daily No Limit
* 7pm  - $150 - Daily No Limit
* 10pm -  $80 - Daily No Limit

and weekend Tournaments starting at 2:00pm $225 Saturday & Sunday.

You'll love The Venetian Poker room, lots of space with 39 tables (mostly Texas Hold'em). No Smoking! so know before you go. You'll find no limit games as well as limit games starting at $4/$8. The Venetian has tournaments every day at 12:00 pm and 8:00 pm, there is no tournament at 8pm on Saturday night. Sunday through Thursday, the buy-in for the 12 pm tournament is a freezeout that will cost you $340, and the 8 pm tournament has a $110 + 15 buy-in with one $50 rebuy allowed.

Friday and Saturday, the 12 pm tourney's price goes up to $550, and the Friday night tournament is $200.

Play in the hallowed hall of World Series of Poker at the Rio. The mystique of the celebrated venue makes up for this unusual poker room in the Rio's Convention Center. 10 Tables with limit and no-limit play. The poker room holds a no-limit Texas Hold'em tournament every day at 10 am with a $60 buy in. Mondays through Thursdays there is an additional tournament at 6 pm with a $125 buy-in. Of course the time to go is during the WSOP so you can watch the action!

Circus Circus is a good place for lower limit games and tournaments. It has been voted "Best Poker Room in Las Vegas".

The Luxor offers daily Texas Hold 'em tournaments with low limit tables. If  you look over the crowd you may see me among the players at The Luxor during the week.

For a large variety of limits as well as poker games, The Mirage is the place to go. You can play 7 Card Stud or Omaha 8 at your choice of 31 tables....and Texas Hold 'em can be played as well. Poker tournaments are held Sunday through Thursday, buy-ins on those nights range from $60 to $120. The Mirage hosts a Mirage Poker Showdown tournament in July.

Mandalay Bay has at latest count 10 Poker Tables.

When you get tired of ogling the girls around the pool at The Palms, you might want to wander into their poker rooms. A low limit room deals Texas Hold 'em with spreads of $2 to $4 and $4 to $8. High stakes poker room offer No Limit Texas Hold 'em and progressive High Hand Jackpots.

Find no limit poker tournaments every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at The Sahara. $40 to buy-in.

If you think you need poker lessons and you probably do, a good place to find poker lessons in Lasvegas is Excalibur, you can't beat the cost of their lessons. Free!

In the meantime here are a few things to know about Texas Hold 'em (I'm not sure if I mentioned - this game is also sometimes called "Let 'em ride".

A hand begins when one or more players to the left of the dealer post a "blind" bets. A blind bet is the same as an ante in other games.

Each player gets 2 cards dealt face down, after you get these two cards, you can make a bet or fold. My dealer suggests if they're not high cards - fold 'em!  Betting starts to the left of the big blind, and continues around the table. To continue playing you must call a 2 unit bet.

The dealer deals three cards, these cards are community cards and each player matches up these cards with their "hole" cards. Another round of betting takes place, all bets are in increments of 2 at this point. 2 more cards are dealt face up, after each card betting once again, after the 4th card is dealt, betting is in 4 increments. Then a fifth card is dealt and followed by a final round of bets, all bets now in increments of 4. These cards combined with your 2 make up a 5 card hand, you can use the hole cards or not in figuring your best 5 card hand! Bluffing is big in this game, since no one knows who may have the best cards in the hole, sometimes the biggest bluffer and the best "poker face" wins.

At any time, when there is only one player remaining, the pot is awarded to that player, and this is where all the bluffing comes in, that player does not need to show his cards. (so you'll never know!) If more players stay in, at the end of play all hole cards are shown and each player makes up the best possible 5 card hand, you may use both, one or none of your hole cards to make up your hand. As in other poker games, the same hierarchy of winning hands counts, from a straight flush, 4 of a kind, full house all the way down to one pair or just high card.

These are the bare rudiments of the game, I think the tip to be gained here is "if those hole cards aren't high - get out".

Enjoy the poker rooms and the big poker revival taking place, it's fun!

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