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Binion's Las Vegas - Poker Room review

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Walking Time Allowed 45 Minutes
Comp Rate $2/Hour
Poker Rate Weekday $29
Poker Rate Weekend $49
Other Information
High Hand Jackpots are offered. The cash games listed above are the regularly spread games in this room. Others games and stakes are sometimes played based on player interest.

Binions Las Vegas Poker Room Review

The new Binion's Poker room grand opened in late October 2008 and was completely redesigned with all new tables, chairs, and new foyer for holding the famous Gallery of Champions and the Poker Hall of Fame.

The Binion's Poker Room is split between two areas. The main area is located against the west wall of the casino and is sunken in from the rest of the casino. A large marble foyer leads downstairs to the Binion's Poker Room. The room is 10 tables and has walls adorned with large historical photographs depicting Binion's long history and the history of the World Series of Poker, which was held at Binions for over 30 years.

The other part of the Binion's Poker Room is the tournament area, which offers several more tables in the northwest corner of the casino. The Binion's Classic Tournament Series as well as some other special daily tournaments are held in this area.

Binion's Poker Room offers No Limit Hold'em with no maximum buy in. Binion's is one of only a small handful of rooms that offer this.

Players earn $2 per hour comps on their Binion's Players Card which can be used for food and merchandise.

Room Quality: 5
The room I believe has been upgraded around 4 years ago and is currently split into 2 areas. The smaller room was where I played a smaller tourney and also all the cash games. Surrounded by pictures of the WSOP legends and nicely away from the main part of the casino it was a pleasure to play there. A second room used for the larger tournaments is somewhat more functional and less nostalgic however it was well presented and for a larger tournament quiet and away from all the noise so was a nice area to play also.
Competition: 3
Bit of a mixture really - Most players appeared to play very tightly (this is tournaments) and were a target for my aggressive raises which paid off in the main. I had good success there taking down a larger Saturday PM tourney (well we chopped but dont steal my thunder!) - re the cash games I only played 1-2 limit and it was quite soft.
Dealers: 5
Best dealers in Vegas as far as i am concerned. Some of the older dealers also more than happy to engage in conversation with me about WSOPs in the past. Spoke to one gentleman at length about Stu Ungar - i love my history so really enjoyed this aspect. As regards the actual dealing - no mistakes and swift floor management decisions when needed. exactly what you want from the staff.
Cocktails: 4
Never had to wait - if you are nice to them they are nice to you. i see so many incredibly rude players that i do not blame the waitresses sometimes if the keep away...
Management: 4
Very well organised - 120 runner tournament on Saturday PM ran like a dream - Structure of tournament excellent - the best structure I played in Vegas that trip though I believe it is only really busy Sat and Sun when money is guaranteed.
Comps & Bonuses: 5
We won a raffle we had free entry to as we were playing limit poker. 280 dollars won so I am marking up as excellent.

Room Quality: 3
The tournament area is only average as it is not contained by any walls but, rather, has a brass rail lining it. Tables have average wear and tear and the chairs are the standard straight back style with no adjustment.
Competition: 3
Tournament competition varies widely from tough (I sat at a table with Susie Isaacs last year) to extremely easy during the Poker Classic series.
Dealers: 4
Most of the dealers I encountered in the 2 events I played in were of excellent calibre but there were a couple of the new "party" type dealer girls that were new to dealing that slowed things down a bit. During a cash game that's fine but during a tournament you want to have experienced dealers.
Cocktails: 5
They have a cooler in the tournament area filled with beverages and beer so most drinks come quickly. If you want a mixed drink it might take a few minutes, but the servers are very nice.
Management: 5
I've never had any issues with any of the management or floor people during the Poker Classic and generally find them very helpful and knowledgeable.
Comps & Bonuses: 4
I honestly don't know much about Binion's comp system.

Room Quality: 2
No disrespect to the birthplace of the World Series, but if you love poker and an action game, this is not the place. I just got back from Vegas and made it a point to check out a number of rooms. I forced myself to play for 45 minutes in a 1-2 game at Binions, but that was all I could take. I usually play 2-5, so this was just not my speed. The game was mostly Seniors and from the talk at the table it seemed like most of them were local regulars. If you like more of a social home game atmosphere with older players, maybe you will like this.

Room Quality: 2
Tables ok. Minimal wear. Some chairs were on rollers and had adjustable height/seat backs. (The chairs were the only + I found at this room. Temperature was ungodly hot. Was there in in early April and the room felt like early August. Was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and wished I could sit at the table in my underwear it was so hot.
Competition: 3
Pretty average crowd. All stacks where very shallow (about $100) so don't expect to make a ton when you make a big hand.
Dealers: 3
Saw no real mistakes.
Cocktails: 2
They serve drinks?
Management: 1
The worst in Vegas. #1 Did nothing when there was a player at the table out of line. This guy was cursing at everyone, making obsene gestures. When another player talked to the manager about it, he did nothing. We didn't find this out till after another player felted the guy for all his stack and was forced to leave. #2 Made a small mistake of my own. Didn't hear another players all in (because of iPod) and put $25 in the pot. Asked if I was allowed to pull it back. Dealer called the manager over. Instead of a simple yes or no the manager instantly started yelling at me, and I mean YELLING. "NO IT WAS YOUR FAULT, THOSE CHIPS STAY IN. EITHER COMPLETE THE CALL OR FOLD YOUR CARDS." Mind you, during this, I never said a word to the manager, the dealer asked him if I was allowed. (I wasn't upset with the ruling, just the managers reaction, and him talking down to me.) These guys have no clue on the words "Customer Service"
Comps & Bonuses: 1
Have no idea nor do I care!!!! (see Manangement Rating)

Author: Alex Ramos

Alex Ramos

Author Bio: Alex Ramos is a casino specialist that reviews online gambling sites and games. A professional and independent blogger not linked to any casino corporate media or association. Alex dedicates its career for online casinos and online entertainment. He is graduated in Computing Science and is working in the online gambling industry since 1997.

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