Summer Cash Games: A Guide to Las Vegas Poker Rooms, Promotions, & More

July 1, 2021
Summer Cash Games: A Guide to Las Vegas Poker Rooms, Promotions, & More

The World Series of Poker may be planned to run this fall, but plenty of players will be heading to Las Vegas this summer for some poker. Numerous tournaments are already underway as well as the WSOP Online in Nevada and New Jersey.

Cash game players will also be in luck. Plenty of action is underway as live poker begins returning to normal. USPoker put together this summer cash game guide with a look at stakes, promotions, and much more.

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A look at the Vegas cash game scene

Players who enjoy playing cash games have plenty to look forward to over the next few months. Aria director of poker operations Sean McCormack says the Vegas poker scene is returning to normal.

“Cash games have been great,” he says. “We’re happy to continue to welcome back more and more players each day. We are running at 100 percent capacity similar to pre-pandemic except we have remained at eight-handed and our guests’ feedback has been great.”

McCormack expects that to continue despite no WSOP this summer.

“Cash games are going to look great here and throughout Las Vegas for the foreseeable future,” he says. “The pent-up energy in poker players to return to the felt is apparent and a welcome sight.

“After the most unpredictable year, team Aria poker is looking forward to a semblance of normalcy. However normal for us will always be to wow every guest at every interaction in the poker room. Vegas is back!”

Here’s a complete look at Vegas-area casino poker rooms and what players can expect.

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Aria

3730 Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 590-7230

If players are looking for higher-limit action, then Aria is a well-known spot for bigger buy-in cash games. Aria is home to 24 tables and the high limit room “Ivey’s Room.” The poker rooms offer $2 per hour comps and table side dining. No summer promotions have been announced at this time. 

The casino will play host to many large buy-in tournaments this summer. For more information, see USPoker’s extensive guide to live poker tournaments in Las Vegas.

Bally’s

3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 967-4403

Bally’s is located on the Strip and is a Caesars-owned property with 14 cash tables. Comp rates run $1 per hour and the room offers mostly $1-2 and low limit cash games. Bally’s also runs daily small buy-in tournaments and other promotions include: 

  • Top 12 hours earners between 3 am to 7 am Monday through Sunday earn $150 each.
  • Top 12 hours earners between 8 am to 12 pm Monday through Sunday earn $150 each.
  • Play four hours in a day and receive a free food item from LaVazza or Nosh restaurants.

Every Sunday at 6 pm Bally’s offers players a chance to get in on a $4,800 freeroll tournament for grinders who put in at least eight hours of cash game play during the week. 

Bellagio

3600 Las Vegas Blvd South

(702) 693-7291

Bellagio’s 37-table poker room is the largest poker room in Las Vegas. The casino offers $2 per hour comps, but doesn’t feature any summer promotions at this time.

Boulder Station 

4111 Boulder Highway

(702) 432-7577

This casino is located off the Strip and offers 11 tables. Boulder Station is home to daily low limit Texas Hold’em and Omaha games. Other promotions include:

  • Bad Beat Jackpot starting at $125,000
  • High hand cash payouts for Quads to Royal Flushes ($100-$599 daily payouts)
  • Omaha high Bad Beat Jackpot
  • Progressive hand payouts Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Caesars Palace 

3570 Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 785-6566

The Caesars poker room is currently open on the Strip with 16 cash tables. No cash game promotions are available at this time. Caesars spreads mostly $1-3 and $2-5 NLHE games.

Flamingo 

3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702)-733-3485

The Flamingo is located in the center of the Strip and has 10 cash tables. Cash games run 24/7 and generally $1-2 and $2-4 is spread. Occasionally you’ll find a $2-5 or small stakes PLO games.

The room gives $1 per hour comps and also runs small buy-in daily tournaments. Cash game high hand promotions include: 

  • $100 for Quads ($500 if hit on the flop)
  • $200 Straight Flush
  • $500 Royal Flush 

The Flamingo also offers a $10,000 freeroll tournament every Sunday at 10 am for players who accumulate 12 hours of cash play a week.

Golden Nugget

129 E. Fremont St.

(702) 386-8383

Golden Nugget is the only poker room currently open on the world-famous Fremont Street. The Nugget offers 13 tables and $2 in hourly comps as well as: 

  • Progressive High Hand Jackpots for Royal Flush, Straight Flush, and Quads. 
  • Progressive Bad Beat Jackpot

The property recently announced it will be hosting the annual Grand Poker Tournament Series this fall.

MGM Grand 

3799  Las Vegas Blvd South

(702) 891 7434

The MGM Grand is currently open from Thursday at 4 pm to Monday at 4 am, offering 13 tables of action. Promotions include:

  • $100 High Hand Jackpots from 6-10 pm daily
  • High Hand cash payouts for Quads to Royal Flushes ($100-$500 daily payouts)
  • Mini Bad Beat Jackpot 

Orleans 

4500 W. Tropicana Ave.

(702) 365- 7150

The 35-table poker room is the second-largest in the Las Vegas area. Current summer promotions include:

  • Weekend High Hand giveaways
  • Omaha High Hand “Combos 4 Cash
  • Hold’em and Omaha Bad Beat payouts

The Orleans is currently running its summer poker tournament series.

The Planet Hollywood Online Circuit Series runs Feb. 17-28 with 12 gold rings up for grabs and more than $1 million guaranteed.

Planet Hollywood 

3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 785-9150

Planet Hollywood is currently open from Thursday at 10 am to Monday at 10 am. Hollywood currently operates 11 poker tables and players can take advantage of these summer promotions:

  • Receive one entry into a $80 daily tournament for every six hours of cash play
  • Play four to six hours for a food voucher 
  • $800 daily cash drawings 

*** Note: Planet Hollywood will be closing the poker room on July 11.

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Poker Palace 

2757  Las Vegas Blvd North

(702) 649-3799

The Poker Palace is open nightly. The casino offers seven tables, nightly tournaments, and $1-2 cash games.

Red Rock

11011 W. Charleston Blvd.

(702) 797-7766

Red Rock Casino offers eight-handed games and hosts 20 tables. Currently, players can receive $1 per hour comps while playing poker. Current promotions include:

  • Bad Beat Jackpot starting at $125,000
  • High Hand cash payouts for Straight Flushes to Royals ($100-$599 daily payouts)
  • Progressive hand payouts Monday, Wednesday, Friday
A look at the new Resorts World poker room. (photo courtesy Resorts World Las Vegas)

Resorts World 

3000 Las Vegas Blvd. South

(702) 676-7000

This is the first new casino on the Strip in a decade. The new room promises an upscale atmosphere with 30 tables. Other amenities include:

  • Dedicated high limit area
  • Wifi, USB chargers, and table side dining 

Sahara

2535 Las Vegas Blvd.

(702) 761-7891

Sahara is located on the north end of the Strip and has seven tables. Players earn $2 per hour in comps while playing live cash games. Other promotions include: 

  • Bad Beat Jackpot (Aces full of Queens or better beaten by Quads)
  • Daily High Hand cash payouts (Royal $300, Straight Flush $100, Quads $50) 

Each week players that play at least 12 hours of cash games qualify for a $2,000 Sunday Freeroll. Earn an extra 1,000 chips for each hour over 12 hours.

Santa Fe Station 

4949 N Rancho Dr.

(702) 515-4315

Santa Fe Station hosts eight-handed cash games and houses 14 poker tables. The casino is known for hosting many low limit games. The property gives poker players $1 per hour comp rates and the following jackpot offers:

  • Bad Beat Jackpot starting at $125,000
  • High Hand cash payouts for Straight Flushes to Royals ($100-$599 daily payouts)
  • Progressive Straight Flushes

Silver Sevens

4100 Paradise Road

(702) 733-7000

With only one table, Silver Sevens can be listed as the smallest poker room in Las Vegas. The casino opens the poker table daily at 2 pm. Limit Hold’em is the main game and players earn $1 per hour in comps. Other promotions include:

  • Play three hours and get a $10 food comp
  • High Hand Jackpots
A view of the South Point Casino. (photo courtesy of South Point Casino)

South Point

9777 Las Vegas Blvd South 

(702) 797-8073

South Point Casino is home to 30 tables and offers a variety of Hold’em and mixed cash games every day. This summer the property hosts several cash game promotions including:

  • A three-tier Bad Beat Jackpot 
  • High Hand cash payouts for Quads to Royal Flushes ($100-$599 daily payouts)
  • $750 per hour for Hot Seat and High Hands on weekends 
  • Weekly Ace of Spades Flush Rush: every Monday and Wednesday win up to $2,500

From May 1 through July 31, play at least 150 hours of cash games to qualify for a tournament with a $40,000 top prize on Aug.14.

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The Venetian 

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South 

(702) 414-7657

The Venetian is one of the largest poker rooms in Las Vegas and offers 32 cash games on the Strip. The poker room offers a $175,000 Summer Freeroll tournament promotion. To qualify for the Aug. 8 tournament, players must play cash between May 17 and July 31. Other additional qualifiers include:

  • Top 96 players who earn the most hours will earn a seat
  • All 96 qualifiers are guaranteed $1,000 minimum
  • Freeroll winner takes home $20,000

For the entire month of August, the Venetian will award $300 to the highest hand every 30 minutes. The promotion runs from noon to midnight daily. 

Westgate

3000 Paradise Road

(702) 732-5223

Westgate is located off the Strip and is home to six poker tables. This summer the following promotions will be offered:

  • High Hand Special: $200 for Royal, $100 for Straight Flush, $50 for Quads
  • Free parking
  • Play 30 hours between Monday and the following Monday and receive $200
  • Freeroll tournament bonus – play five hours Thursday after 7 pm and get a free entry into Friday night’s $1,000 guaranteed tournament.

Wynn

3131  Las Vegas Blvd South

(702) 770-7654

The Wynn currently has 28 poker tables and offers $1.50 per hour comps. Currently there are no special promotions this summer. The casino  will be hosting the Wynn Summer Classic from May 27 to July 14.

Other poker rooms

The following poker rooms are temporarily closed:

  • Binion’s
  • Green Valley Ranch
  • Harrahs
  • Palace Station 
  • Sam’s Town
  • Rio
  • Mirage (set to reopen on August 27)
  • Excalibur (permanently closed) 
  • Mandalay Bay (permanently closed) 
  • Plaza (permanently closed) 
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