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Bellagio Poker Room Review

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The Bellagio poker room is always busy

Bellagio has one of the most recognized poker rooms in the world. Many World Poker Tour Events have been played here and some of the world’s best players frequent this excellent poker room. Bellagio’s poker room takes on the reputation of its luxurious hotel – classy. On your next Vegas vacation, perhaps you should take a stroll into the Bellagio poker room. Chances are you’ll find your favorite game going at any time of the day.

General Poker Room Information

Comps:  $2 per hour
Daily Tournaments:  $335 (2:00 PM on weekends) and $125 (2:00 PM on weekdays)
Bad Beat Jackpot:  None
Number of Tables:  39 (with additional separate room for major tournaments)
Cash Games Played:  Limit and No-Limit at all levels, hold ‘em, PLO, Stud, etc.

Bellagio is a frequent host of World Poker Tour Events. They also host many high-roller tournaments. Bellagio is one of the most famous spots for poker tournaments in the world. They also have more than 20 cash games going pretty much any time of day. There is a long wait list for just about any game between noon and midnight. However, the list generally moves quickly so you will hardly ever have to wait more than an hour to get in a game.

The most famous section of the Bellagio poker room is Bobby’s Room, which was named after the legendary Bobby Baldwin. In Bobby’s Room, you’ll find the top players in the world playing for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, and Barry Greenstein are some of the Bobby’s Room regulars.

What I Love Most About the Poker Room at Bellagio

I’m not sure why but I really love playing in a poker room that the famous poker players and celebrities play at. I find more celebrities playing at Aria than Bellagio but I do occasionally come across some at Bellagio. Even if I’m not in a game with them, I think it’s cool to see them play in Bobby’s Room or at another table. Most of the top poker players are friendly to other poker players in the room. However, they’re not so kind to the dealers. Most dealers have told me they rarely tip and are rude to the dealers after losing a hand.

Bellagio is a packed poker room. That’s a good thing and a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. I prefer playing in a packed poker room. I don’t mind having to wait for a seat. I hate playing in poker rooms where I have to worry if a game is going to break down before I want to stop playing. That will never happen at Bellagio. Even at 3:00 in the morning there are a dozen or so games going, with the tables full.

Grading the Bellagio Poker Room on a 1 to 10 Scale

Room Comfort Level:  9
Quality of Opponents:  8
Daily Tournaments:  7
Comps:  9
Staff:  7
Profitable Cash Games:  8
Overall:  9
Las Vegas Rank:  3rd

I rank Bellagio’s poker room slightly below Aria and Venetian for two reasons. First off, I’m not a fan of Bellagio’s daily tournaments. They do get some bonus points because they frequently hose some of the biggest poker tournaments in the world. But their daily tournaments aren’t near as profitable as what you’ll find at Venetian or Aria. Also, the customer service at Bellagio could use an upgrade. Other than that, it’s a great poker room and I definitely recommend it.

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