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Binion's New Poker Room Combines History and Elegance

Classic Poker Photos Adorn the Walls


Binion's new poker room adds another element to the famous downtown casino.Binion’s Gambling Hall and Casino proudly boasts that it is “the place that made poker famous.” That is written on the homepage of Binion’s website. All receptionists at the casino answer their telephone calls with the catch phrase.

Well, now “the place that make poker famous” has a new poker room that brings together the modern luxuries most new rooms are accustomed to with the class, elegance, and nostalgia that is only available at Binion’s.
The 10-table room, formerly a lounge in the Downtown Las Vegas casino, hosts regular games in $1-$2 no-limit hold’em, $3-$6 and $2-$4 limit hold’em, and $4-$8 H.O.R.S.E., although it will spread any game that a player requests, according to Binion’s Poker Room Manager Brad Thomte.

“Everything in this room is brand new, built from scratch,” said Thomte, noting that none of the older tables or equipment were brought in for the new room. “It was built entirely based on the recommendations of our players.”

The spacious room is easily accessible, yet there remains a certain level of privacy, as patrons have to check in and then walk down a couple of stairs to get to the tables. There are 11 plasma TVs, and players can enjoy tableside food service.

But perhaps the greatest attribute of the room is the historical perspective it provides. A number of photos, all black and white, capture some of the major moments and larger-than-life figures of poker’s past.

Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, Jack Binion, Steve Wynn, Bobby Baldwin, Stu Ungar, Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, and Jack Straus are amongst the big names immortalized on the wall.

“We want to give the players the comfort they deserve with the historic perspective that only Binion’s can provide,” said Thomte.

Binion’s association to poker cannot be overstated. The casino hosted the World Series of Poker during four different decades, including the 2003 main event, where amateur Chris Moneymaker took down the tournament and helped transform the industry into what it is today.

Harrah’s Entertainment bought the rights to the WSOP in 2004 and then moved the tournament series over to the Rio, where it remains today.

Binion’s awards $2 comps per hour for its players with no max, and takes a maximum of $3 rake. They also offer a $50,000 monthly freeroll for all players who log 25 hours in the poker room or for any player who wins one of the daily tournaments. There are six daily tournaments, ranging from $55 to $125 to enter.



12 years ago

I was just in the room. The owners of the Four Queens bought Binions, and finally someone is doing something with this place befitting its history. I hear room renovations start after the first of the year.