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After a hard day of work, I find it very relaxing to play some poker on the Strip. Well, it’s relaxing until someone hits his two outer on the river. But that’s another story for another day.

There are so many poker room options on the Strip that sometimes my decision is based on what I want to eat that night.

Sometimes I don’t know what I want to eat. When that’s the case the Bellagio poker room usually is my pick. My reason is two-fold: The Bellagio poker room almost always is busy with locals and tourists, so you get a good mix of games, plus this is the home of the one and only Bellagio Buffet.

You won’t have any trouble finding choices there. If I’m not sure what I’m hungry for the Bellagio Buffet has me totally covered. I can start with a nice array of sushi, move onto crab legs, although I must say the crab legs seem to have gotten smaller during the last few months. 

Still, the Bellagio’s crab legs remain bigger and better than anyone else’s on the Strip. I just got spoiled with the huge Alaskan King Crab legs that were already split and ready to eat.

The Bellagio Buffet has an excellent selection of salads and soups for those wanting to start their meal on the healthy side. Unfortunately, that’s not me. The selection of meat is too tempting to spend much time at the salad bar. After all, there is a serious selection of meats to sample. The Bellagio always has something exotic for your taste buds, often a Kobe beef selection of some kind.

They also have one of my absolute favorites – lamb chops. There is nothing better than watching the chef carve off some chops from the rack of lamb he just pulled off the fire grill. There is also roasted turkey or an array of grilled sausages and peppers, a personal favorite of mine as well. 

No buffet would be complete without some nice prime rib at the carving station. Since it’s the Bellagio, there is also a fine selection of Italian dishes and fresh pizzas.

OK, I know what you are thinking, all this world class food to choose from so why do I want a slice of pizza? Well once you see the pizza coming out of the wood fired oven you’ll understand. There is a great selection of seafood as well. You can never go wrong with the sea bass.

You know I have a sweet tooth and the Bellagio Buffet doesn’t disappoint. They have a nice array of desserts, ice cream, bread pudding and sometimes on the weekends chocolate covered strawberries.

One of the perks of playing in the Bellagio poker room is getting a line pass to the buffet. Just see the host in the back of the poker room. If you’ve logged enough time playing there it shouldn’t be a problem with your request. This pass really comes in handy, especially during the weekend when you can wait more than an hour in line. 

The Bellagio Buffet is my favorite Vegas Buffet. I give it 4 Forks.

Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday night at 11 pm on ESPN 1100 AM / 98.9 FM. Follow on twitter: @MarcoInVegas

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