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Leaving the Rio: Can’t Miss Vegas Poker Rooms

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While the Rio garners most of the attention during summers in Las Vegas as host of the World Series of Poker, there are plenty of opulent houses of cards that any poker fan should visit while in town. Here, in alphabetical order, are the top seven poker rooms you must visit while in Vegas.

Binion's (left) If you came for the WSOP, you must go downtown to see where the famed tournament was born. Stroll by the Gallery of Champions, where framed photos of all of the previous main event winners are hung for posterity's sake. It was on this wall that every aspiring poker professional dreamed of one day seeing their own picture. (Now the pictures have been moved from the wall to a display near the center of the poker room, along with the inductees into the Poker Hall of Fame.) Binion's still features one of the largest poker rooms in town, even if most of those tables are rarely used. They are being put into play this summer, however, as the first Binion's Poker Classic is now taking place until Independence Day.

Caesar's Palace Reopened recently after a two decade hiatus, the poker room here is among the most comfortable in town and features a separate tournament room. It's also the home of the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in the spring. Nestled between the sports book and nightclub Pure, the room offers a variety of games and limits (including many of the HORSE games and the likes of Lowball and Badugi) in a relaxing atmosphere.

MGM Grand You often feel like a zoo exhibit here because the room is in the center of the casino in the middle of plenty of foot traffic. But that's not so bad when you consider that the view from the rail likely leads more fish into the games. It's a nice room, regardless, and the place to play on the South end of the Strip.

Mirage This is where the fictional Mike McDermott of "Rounders" wanted to play, because it had the biggest games in town before the Bellagio opened down the street. The action here is still heavy and the 30-table room features a number of multi-hundred dollar games throughout the week.

Venetian (above) This large 11,000-square-foot room at the front of the casino (convenient for the lazy poker player in us) features 40 tables in a wide-open environment. Like the casino itself, the poker room is luxuriously designed and adorned. It's also home to heavy tournament and cash game action this summer while its Deep Stack Extravaganza takes place.

Wynn You knew that when Steve Wynn was building his namesake casino that he wouldn't skimp on the poker room. He didn't disappoint. Although the room is not large by Las Vegas standards, it makes up for in luxury what it lacks in square footage. While the city's biggest games didn't move over here as Wynn had hoped, the poker room is still home to plenty of high limit games, as well as the new annual Wynn Classic series of tournaments.

Bellagio We'll end where the best of the best play. It's home to Bobby's Room, where the biggest poker games in the world take place. It's here that Andy Beal traded millions of dollars back and forth over several sessions - and several years - with "The Corporation," a group of some of the best poker professionals who also frequent the big game. The 7,000-square-feet room spreads a large variety of limits among its more than 40 tables. Be warned, though, that this room often has the best players at each of those limits among the other poker rooms in town. The Bellagio poker room also features weekly $500 and $1,000 buy-in tournaments with first-place prizes often in the five figures. The casino is offering the Bellagio Cup this summer for the third year, running now through July 13.


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