Poker Returns To Las Vegas—But It’s A Little Bit Different

Larry OlmstedForbesLife

I’ve enjoyed a long love affair with Las Vegas poker rooms. I played regularly in high school and college, but it wasn’t until a work trip to Vegas 30 years ago that I played in a controlled, competitive, casino environment, and I loved it.


Earlier this month, the Nevada Gaming Board issued new poker guidelines limiting tables to four players – a very low number considering most tables typically seat up to ten. But almost immediately this was raised to five, still a small number that noticeably changes strategy in Hold ‘Em to what is known as a shorthanded game. The first rooms to open were at lower profile casinos mainly patronized by locals, the Orleans and South Point, but now the big Strip tourist resorts have jumped into the fray. It’s notable that South Point had planned a total renovation and expansion of its poker room, and the timing happened to coincide with the resort’s June 4th reopening. Adding eight new tables raised the total to an impressive thirty, and for social distancing fans, South Point claims to have the most room between tables in Vegas. They also added upgraded 55-inch 4K televisions throughout the room, two new 90-inch televisions, and phone charging stations at every seat.

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