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.
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.