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Three More Las Vegas Strip Poker Rooms Open Thursday

Sahara And Caesars Palace Open Thursday With Five-Handed Games, While Bellagio Becomes Only Operator In Las Vegas Spreading Six-Max Poker With Dividers

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Three more Las Vegas Strip casinos are opening their poker rooms Thursday, giving poker players seven rooms to choose from in the entire city and four on the Las Vegas Strip.

Sahara, Caesars Palace, and Bellagio all announced that their poker rooms would open. They join Venetian, South Point, Golden Nugget, and The Orleans as the only poker rooms currently operating in Las Vegas.

Sahara will open its room at 6 p.m. and will run its games five-handed with a $4 max rake, according to Sahara’s poker operations manager Steven Pique. The room will reinstate free drinks and comps, as well as progressive high hand promos. Initially, the room will only operate between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Caesars Palace opened its room at 10 a.m. and will also close operations at 2 a.m. It will run five-handed games and in accordance with the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s newest safety protocols, masks will be required for all players. Initially, the room will only operate Thursday through Sunday, according to Caesars Entertainment’s Director of Public Relations, Chelsea Ryder.

Bellagio opened its room Thursday morning and will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Of the seven available Las Vegas poker rooms, only Bellagio and South Point are open at all hours of the day.

Unlike the other rooms, however, Bellagio was cleared to spread six-handed games and will be using plexiglass dividers to separate players and dealers, similar those used by the Seminole Hard Rock properties in Florida. It is not confirmed that the dividers were the reason for six-handed approval.

To continue social distancing efforts, Bellagio will only use 23 of its 36 poker tables. At the time of writing, there are seven games running, spanning from $1-$3 to $5-$10 no-limit hold’em and one game of $20-$40 limit hold’em. Caesars is currently spreading five $1-$2 no-limit hold’em games.