Venetian unveils
upscale poker room

Apr 4, 2006 1:25 AM

Last Sunday night, The Venetian unveiled its new, upscale poker room to a crowd of VIP players and poker professionals.

After a VIP cocktail reception held in The Venetians Tao nightclub, a group of invited VIPs participated in a poker tournament, which featured a Lotus sports car for the winner.

At 11,000 square feet, the room is the largest on the Strip, and features rich leathers, cherry wood and custom cabinetry and state-of-the-art technology in a smoke-free environment.

"This is an exciting time for the gaming division at The Venetian as we have built an incredible poker room," said Kenneth Davenport, vice president of casino operations. "The technology is top-of-the-line, the décor and amenities are unmatched and the table games will cater to all. And, we are thrilled with the finished product, offering both the recreational player and seasoned veteran an elegant, yet comfortable environment where they will want to play."

The main poker room features 32 tables and a wide variety of games, including Texas Hold’em (both limit and no limit), Stud and Omaha. Game limits will run the spectrum from $4-$8 to $4,000-$8,000.

The poker room will also have a high-limit area with seven tables. In addition, two relaxation sections will be available and equipped with butler service that will cater to players’ needs.

Besides the exquisite décor of the new poker room, every table is equipped with automatic card shufflers, allowing for a faster moving game.

Additionally, sign-up lists will be displayed on plasma TVs located throughout the poker room. For the ultimate in convenience, if there is a waiting list, a player can check out a pager so that they can enjoy other areas of the hotel/casino. Poker room staff then alert the player as their name approaches the top of the list.

"The Venetian continually upgrades the customer options and experiences," said Rob Goldstein, president and COO of The Venetian. "In the last year, we have opened Blue Man Group, Tao and our extraordinary pool deck. This spring we open our newest attraction — an unmatched poker room at The Venetian."

Located on the casino level, adjacent to the sports book, the poker room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.