The Aria Poker Room

Aria - Poker Room

Aria - Poker Room (Photo credit: Miss Shari)

I belong to the Wednesday Poker Discussion Group here in Las Vegas, WPDG, and one of our members suggested that the place to be on a Sunday from 12 noon until at least 6:00 pm is the Aria Poker Room.

If your budget or bankroll can handle the upswings and downswings, the action at the Aria Poker Room is a thing to behold.  In the five hours that I played in a 1/3 No Limit Table, I saw over $5,000 change hands.

There was one gentleman with his personal assistant that bought in for the maximum of $300 and proceeded to gamble it away in less than 20 minutes, reloaded and gambled it away again. His favorite thing to do was to go “all in”. He must have been watching TV poker and thought that this was the best way to play and win.

Small and large pots were being pushed to many different players at the table. Many were tourists on their last day in Vegas and they either wanted the action or the chance to break even.

BAD BEAT STORY ALERT! SKIP THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HEAR IT! (Bad beats are only interesting the the loser for the most part).
I was positioned to receive some of these chips, but, alas, it was not my day. My AA lost to QQQ on the flop and my KK lost to QQ when a Ten hit the river giving him a straight to my lowly one pair. And this was the same player. END OF BAD BEAT STORY ALERT!

Would I go there again on a Sunday? Yes? I would recommend buying in for at least $200 ($300 is the maximum buy-in) and be prepared to reload at least twice.

aria poker room

aria poker room (Photo credit: mk30)

The room was very nice and the chairs were the most comfortable ones that I have seen so far. Adjustable too.  The dealers were very competent  and friendly and for the most part, very professional.

You can follow Aria Poker on Twitter, @AriaPoker. The Aria Poker Room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are located at  3730 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV. The Poker Room phone number is  (702)590-7230

See you at the tables!

Bankroll update: Beginning balance $1,000, Ending balance $879, -$111 this visit.

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Where to play? Where to play?

Bally's Hotel and Casino. Las Vegas, NV, USA –...

Bally's Hotel and Casino. Las Vegas, NV, USA – perspective corrected and cropped version of Image:Ballyshotelcasino-lv.jpg. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vegas is home to many casinos that offer poker of various buy-ins and flavors.

To be sure, you can find a cash game or a tournament in any price range to fit any budget.

The following is a list of some of the casinos that offer No Limit Holdem at various limits.

There are even out of town casinos that are close enough to Vegas and also offer poker. These too are as easy to find as searching the web.

There even is an app for that, called “Bravo Poker Live” available on the web and as an Android app.

I’m choosing to play the No Limit Holdem games at either the .50c/$1.00 or $1.00/$2.00 levels with $50 or $100 minimum buy-ins in order to preserve and/or grow my bankroll. Those casinos that offer low buy-ins are as follows:

Binion’s, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $60
Circus Circus, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Rio, $1/$3 NL Holdem, min. $60
Sam’s Town, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $40
Boulder Station, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
MGM Grand, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $60
Rivera, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Stratosphere, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $40
Hooters, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Palace Station, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Texas Station, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Sun Coast, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $50
Club Fortune, $.50/$1,00 NL Holdem, min. $20
Poker Palace, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $40
Excalibur, $1/$2 NL Holdem, min. $60

To be sure, this list is not complete and is constantly changing.

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Included are links to either the “Poker Room” or “Casino” website, the address and phone number, and if available, the Twitter name to follow.  Links and phone numbers were checked using Google search. Your results may vary.

Aria Poker Room, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)590-7230
@ARIAPoker

Arizona Charlie’s Poker Room, 740 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)258-5200
@AZCharlies

Bally’s Poker Room, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)967-4403
@BLVPOKER

Belliago Poker Room, 3600 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)693-7291
@BellagioPoker

Binion’s Poker Room, 128 E. Fremont, Las Vegas, NV (702)366-7361
@TDPaulBinions

Boulder Station Poker Room, 4111 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas, NV (702)432-7577
@BoulderStation

Caesars Palace Poker Room, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)785-6566
@CLVPoker

Excalibur Poker Room, 3850 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)597-7625
@ExcaliburVegas

Flamingo Poker Room, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, (702)733-3485
@FLVPoker

Golden Nugget Poker Room, 129 E. Fremont, Las Vegas, NV, (702)386-8383
@GNPokerNews

Green Valley Ranch Poker Room, 2300 Paseo Verde, Henderson, NV (702)617-7017
@GVRCasino

Hard Rock Poker Room, 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV (702)693-5874
@HardRockHotelLV

Harrahs’s Poker Room, 3475 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)369-5040
@PokerHLV

Hooters Poker Room, 115 Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV (702)597-6036
@HootersCasinoLV

Luxor Poker Room, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)730-5510
@LuxorLV

M Resort Poker Room, 12300 Las Vegas Bl., Henderson, NV (702)797-1777
@MResort

Mandalay Bay Poker Room, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)632-7790
@MandalayBay

MGM Grand Poker Room, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)891-7434
@MGMGrandPoker

The Mirage Poker Room, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)791-7291
@MiragePoker

Monte Carlo Poker Room, 3770 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)730-7780
@MonteCarloVegas

Orleans Poker Room, 4500 Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, NV (702)365-7150
@OrleansPoker

Palace Station Poker Room, 2411 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV (702)367-2453
@PalaceStation

Palms Poker Room, 4321 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas, NV (702)942-6961
@PalmsPokerRm

Planet Hollywood Poker Room, 3667 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)785-9150
@PHVegas

Poker Palace Poker Room, 2757 Las Vegas Blvd N, North Las Vegas, NV (702)649-3799
(No Twitter account)

The Quad Poker Room, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)794-3225
@QLVPoker

Red Rock Poker Room, 11011 W. Charleston, Las Vegas, NV (702)797-7766
@RedRockCasino

Rio Poker Room, 3700 W. Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV (702)777-7650
@RioVegas

Rivera Poker Room, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)794-9620
@RivieraPoker1

Sam’s Town Poker Room, 5111 Boulder Hwy., Las Vegas, NV (702)454-8092
@SamsTownLV

Santa Fe Station Poker Room, 4949 N. Rancho, Las Vegas, NV (702)515-4315
@SantaFeStation

Southpoint Poker Room, 9777 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)797-8073
@SouthPointLV

Stratosphere Poker Room, 2000 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 702-944-4950
@LVStratosphere

Treasure Island Poker Room, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)894-7291
@TIpokerLV

The Venetian Poker Room, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)414-7657
@VenetianPoker

Wynn Las Vegas Poker Room, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV (702)770-7654
@WynnPoker

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Credits:  Photo from Wiki, List of poker room names – AllVegasPoker,  Google for search and verification, Al Gore (Inventor of the Internet)

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What to do – what to do!

Money Bankroll Girls February 08, 20113

Money Bankroll Girls February 08, 20113 (Photo credit: stevendepolo)

I have a current bankroll of about $1,000.00

According to the cash management rule of thumb for poker:

Having 20 buy-ins for No Limit Holdem, my maximum buy-in should be no more than $50 or a .25/.50 for a No Limit Hold’em game.

Having 300 big blinds for Limit Holdem, my maximum buy-in should be no more than $3 big blind games for Limit.

Having 40 buy-ins for Sit-N-Go’s, my maximum buy-in should be no more than $25 for these type of tourneys.

This means that I am currently underfunded to play poker in Vegas.

On the plus side, I am adding $240 to my bankroll a month from my allowance. (Diane and I each get a monthly allowance to cover day to day items not in our monthly budget plan).

I also have the ability to grow my bankroll by adding to it by winning.

Living in Vegas, I have found some .50/1.00 games of NL Holdem that would allow me to buy-in from $50 to $100.

There are some limit games that would allow me to buy-in at $30 or $40 minimum but that would put me over the $3 per big blind recommendation.

As far as Sit-n-Go’s at $25 or less, the lowest buy-in I found is $23 with $9 being charged for the admin fee.

Because I am impatient, I am currently playing at games over my bankroll as I play in $1/$2 NL Holdem games with a minimum buy-in of $100.

Most of the “Sit-N-Go’s” (really MTTs or Multi-table tournaments) that I play cost between $45 and $55 to play.

As far as Limit cash games, well, I play so badly, I find no reason to play them at all.

My most affordable game that I play is “Free”. That’s right, free online poker.

Well, not really free but $20 a month (close to as free as you can get for a poker player).

This allows me to play up to four games a day every month, or at least 112 tourneys minimum to as many as 124 tourneys a month. These free daily tourneys have a bonus feature.

If you finish in the top three or four depending on how many players are enrolled in a month, you can win a buy-in up to $200 to use in a live tournament of your choice. The staking allows me to keep 60% of my winnings with 40% going back into the staking pool. This is a win win situation and provides motivation to improve, both online and life as well.

Based on the above, I am going to be giving up my live tournaments and concentrate on cash games and the online game. (Well, not really give them up. If I win enough playing cash games, I will buy into some of the tourneys with my profits, such as they are).

If I get staked from being an online winner, I hope to translate that to a win in a live tournament here in Vegas.

Being here in Vegas has given me so much flexibility and has me very excited about the possibilities. Who know, even online poker might become a reality here in Vegas as well.

Are you excited about the poker possibilities in your own life?

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Playing a Grumpament

Courtesy of hardboiledpoker.blogspot.comFebruary 1st, I saw on Twitter that @PokerGrump aka Bob Woolley, was leaving Las Vegas and that a special send off party was being given in his honor. The twitter hashtag was #Grumpament and the tourney was being held at the Treasure Island Poker Room.

This would be a chance meet up with people that I have been following on Twitter for years, IRL (in real life). I got to the casino early and got the required ‘Player Card’ (each casino chain has their own rewards card, which also keeps track of how much you gamble and on what).

I registered for the event then went in search of the real life people that were going to be here to send off @PokerGrump.  I got to meet many people, some of whom I might not have remember for this post.

In addition to @PokerGrump, there were: @Alaskagal1, @WriterJen, @FTrainpoker, @Snapple95, @Robvegaspoker, @PokerVixen, @Mitzula, @ChrisAbramski, and @ckbwop.

At the 7 pm tournament there were almost 30 people playing on three tables.

I lasted about an hour after the first break before running out of chips, cards and luck. My poker skills only got me so far.

Of interest during the event,  was a gentleman to my immediate right. He apologized all night long  to the players next to him for his supposed bumbling behavior. He made numerous errors and had to be helped by everyone at our table, even the dealer.

He ended up at the final table. I think we were hustled. Instead of him being the “fish” in our poker pond, he was the “SHARK” swimming around in search of our chips.

After the tourney, many of the players ventured to a local watering hole to wish Bob well in his new adventures.

@PokerGrump,  safe journey!