Bellagio upgrades poker

Jun 6, 2005 12:36 AM

Bellagio recently re-opened its expanded and upgraded poker room.

A Murano hand-blown glass chandelier greets visitors, along with intricate marble floors and commissioned artwork of past poker events.

Within its 7,000 square feet, the new poker room features 40 tables of non-stop poker action, plus a new "Bobby’s Room," a two-table, high-limit poker parlor named in honor of 1978 World Series of Poker champion Bobby Baldwin, who is also Mirage Resort’s chief executive officer. The minimum buy-in in Bobby’s Room is $20,000.

The smoke-free poker room, located next to the race and sports book, offers guests 24 hour tableside dining, complimentary beverages, safe deposit boxes, a full-service cashier with five windows and an overhead, state-of-the-art music system.

There are also eight 32-inch television monitors and 11 42-inch plasma screens for viewing sporting events or other programming. In addition to Bobby’s Room, a five-table high-limit area sits in an elevated section of the poker room.

"Having listened to the feedback from our players, we have added new amenities which provide guests with the opportunity to experience all of the action in the most dynamic of poker settings," said Bill McBeath, president of Bellagio.

Professional and amateur poker players can play a variety of games in the new room, including Seven Card Stud, Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo Split and No Limit Texas Hold’em.

In addition to live cash games, affordable tournaments are held daily.