Stratosphere adds new poker room

Jun 27, 2005 2:24 AM


The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower recently opened a new eight-table poker room. The room features a wide spread of games, daily no-limit hold’em tournaments and player incentives, announced American Casino & Entertainment Properties officials.

"The surge in poker’s popularity coupled with constant guest requests convinced us to open the Stratosphere poker room," said Bobby Dunning, manager of poker operations for the Stratosphere. "We want to do poker right. We created a fun, friendly atmosphere with a no abuse policy that will cater to all poker players, from novice to veteran professionals."

The Stratosphere poker room features a broad range of games including: $2-$4 and $4-$8 limit hold’em; $3-$6 Omaha high-low with a half kill; no limit hold’em with $1 and $2 blinds, with a minimum $40 and a maximum $200 buy-in; no-limit with $2 and $5 blinds, with a minimum $100 and a maximum $500 buy-in; and $1-$5 seven-card stud.

No limit hold’em tournaments are held twice a day, Monday through Friday. The morning tournaments are at 9 a.m. with a $22 buy-in and one $20 re-buy. Evening tournaments start at 8 p.m. with a $44 buy-in, one $40 re-buy and one $40 add-on.

Player incentives are an important component of the Stratosphere poker room. Players will earn comp dollars for hours played that can be used in any of the hotel’s seven restaurants.

Moreover, players are allowed to eat right at the tables.

But the primary incentive is offering high-hand awards instead of jackpots.

"High hand bonuses allow us to give more money to players more often," Dunning said. "That makes more sense than having money out of action, growing in some bank account."

The Stratosphere is currently in negotiations to bring high-stakes, high-profile tournaments to the property.

The poker room is conveniently located next to the sports book, just steps from valet and self-parking. Of course, the room is non-smoking.