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This is part 11 of the summary.

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  • Part 1 about Binion’s and
  • Part 2 about Stratosphere
  • Part 3 about Wynn
  • Part 4 about The Mirage and a short trip to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam
  • Part 5 about Harrah’s and an “almost” romance
  • Part 6 about Imperial Palace
  • Part 7 about Rio + Star Trek Convention
  • Part 8 about Flamingo
  • Part 9 about Bally’s
  • Part 10 about Bellagio

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

This poker room was suggested to me several times. I only had a faint memory from my first Vegas visit in 2008 when I visited all kinds of casinos with two Bavarian cowboys (…true story!). I remembered this poker room on an elevated level in the middle of the casino. There was a noisy bar next to it and I actually didn’t play. If I want to have noise around me then I might as well play slots…

…taken from the Planet Hollywood website

Well, nowadays the poker room has it’s own area a bit to the side. Still next to a noisy bar and noisy video poker machines (…people, pleeeeeaaaase press the damn button when you have won and NOT listen to every single DING-DING-DING for every single cent? Thank you!).

A BIG drawback here is that you don’t have free WiFi and not even proper mobile reception. Drunk people are still there en mass so it can still be very profitable to play here. Also a BIG plus is that “Earl of Sandwich” is just around the corner! And that’s awesome!

The main reason this poker room gained some popularity recently (next to drunk tourists) are the daily tournaments with guarantees. That was reason enough for me to come over as well and give it a go. I’m a tournament player after all so why not give it a go?!

The Buy-In is $70 with a guaranteed prize pool of $2500 and a guaranteed first prize of $1500. In most cases these tourneys seem to have overlays.

So, yeah. I played one, fought my way through the 44 players, made it to the final 3 and chopped for $700 each! Sweet!

For the first hour a guy was sitting next to me that I had seen on TV before. A blind man. His name is Hal Lubarsky. How does a blind man play poker you ask? Well, in his case an exception is made and he actually has a friend (or a man he pays…or both) who tells him all the action at the table and tells him his cards. Hal then takes his neatly stacked chips and makes his bets accordingly. I find it very impressive to play live poker without all the visual benefits of reads and tells etc.. There was one example when a bad player wanted to check, saw that it was only Hal against him and then bet. If he had done that against me, I would have raised him obv.. But in this case Hal folded as he couldn’t see the obvious bluff.

As impressive as this was, I got quite irritated after a while. You have to image that Hal’s “assistant” commentates on everything. A hand starts and in a monotone voice he would say something like this: “9 players to the hand. Button on 2. One, two three [which meant how many people to act before him]. 6 is on, fold, it’s on you…” etc. The constant commentating confused me a little, but soon the table was broken anyway.

The cash game sessions went either very good or very bad. Next time I will have to get in some night sessions here again.

Here is the result of my hours at Planet Hollywood:

  • Poker Room Quality (0-10): 7 – Staff is capable, tables and chairs are fine (although I don’t understand why you would use tables without betting lines), the waitresses are fast and attentive…
  • Comps: $1/hour
  • Promos: High Hand Boni with progressive Royal Flush jackpots (the one in clubs was over $6000!)
  • Player’s Card: Total Rewards
  • Hours Cash Game:  9:16
  • Profit Cash Game: -$228
  • Hours Tournament: 3:17
  • Profit Tournament: $630
  • Total Profit: $402

A little walk through the casino then gets you back to the Strip and you can take one of the bridges to the other side and to the impressive City Center. Next Stop: the probably best and most popular poker room in Vegas, Aria.


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