Bouncing ’round the Rooms

Las Vegas poker action and buzz

by , Jan 12, 2012 | 1:14 pm

This is Pokerati’s new Las Vegas poker room column, and I’m the hired hack on the beat.

As a journalist who recently emigrated from the other side of the Mississippi River to divide his time writing and grinding in Las Vegas, the poker capital of the world, I hear a lot of buzz around town. Much of it is just noise, sometimes it’s early rumblings of actual news, and occasionally it’s just really good FYI for Vegas live-poker-room regs.

We hope to have a little bit of everything here for you. Some of the topics I’m looking to explore:

* Just about every casino has a daily tournament — some just a short-handed sit-n-go while others play like a mini-multitable bracelet event. Where can you get the most play for your buy-in? And what’s really going on with the juice?

* Different rooms have different rules. Some, like Tropicana’s Jamie Gold Room, are throwing many of the standards out the window. Which rooms have the strictest rules? Aria, for instance, has a rule against talking to gain information in a heads-up pot. Why?

* More and more casinos are offering rakeback-type promotions. The “get paid to play” trend sweeping through town varies from place to place. What rooms have the best deals? Is it possible to be a live rakeback grinder? What kind of players do these promos attract? What are the upcoming promotions to look out for?

* How should you go about finding the best action, or any action? Is it Venetian’s updated online list of cash games or Bellagio’s Twitter feed? What should you do to get a seat at the juiciest table in the house? Where should you be playing on a Friday night? Can you find a good game on a Monday?

Whether you play every day or visit Vegas once a year, I’m here to keep you informed about what’s happening in the games around town. Whether you’re a tournament grinder, cash game specialist, or maybe even just a live-poker bonus whore, we’ll scope out the action. We’re at the table right beside floor managers, dealers, locals and tourists, and we can’t help chatting it up.

Las Vegas is a 24-7 poker hot spot like no other — what happens here sets standards around the world —  and we want to help you maximize your time on the felt.


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6 Comments to “Bouncing ’round the Rooms”


  1. Michael Gentile
    says:

    So many good questions. I can’t wait for the answers.


  2. Dave Ferrara
    says:

    Thanks, Mike. I’m really excited about this column. Lots of great stuff out there.


  3. DoctorBears
    says:

    Hey, when I’m playing video poker in Biloxi and I have a pair of 7’s and a face card; should I dump the pair and keep the face card or keep the pair and dump everything else (Jacks or better).  Also, how come they use such cheap whiskey at the video poker bar.  Tastes like shit.


  4. Dave Ferrara
    says:

    Hold the pair, request a Jameson, leave Boomtown and drive down to the Beau. 


  5. PokerGenyus
    says:

    What if the 7’s are suited?


  6. Ewoodbery
    says:

    Looking forward to the column.