M Resort's poker room targets the local crowd

Sep 1, 2009 5:08 PM
The Inside Straight by Joe Awada |

There’s some nice things happening out at the M Resort’s poker room at the south end of the Las Vegas Valley.

Operated by manager Todd Buechler, the poker room is located adjacent to the race and sports book and convenient to the parking garage, making access quick and easy for players.

Incidentally, being next to the sports book is a handy feature, especially for those players who also enjoy watching and betting on sports.

Plus, the poker room has weekly promotions and giveaways tied into televised sporting events … more on that later.

With 12 tables, the M Resort’s poker room certainly isn’t the largest in town, but it is very comfortable with upscale furnishings and plenty of "elbow room" for its players.

More important, the poker room has been very aggressive in offering poker promotions with the player in mind.

For instance, there’s an ongoing progressive high-hand jackpot, as well as twice daily tournaments at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

These tournaments feature a guaranteed prize pool of $1,500 with a buy-in of $55. Ordinarily, they draw enough players to fill four or five tables (about 30 to 50 players), so the field certainly isn’t intimidating.

Players start with 3,000 in chips and blinds increase every half-hour, so there’s ample time to play a skillful game – not a "turbo" style track meet.

On Sunday and Wednesday nights, the poker room features a bonus payout based on what’s happening during the ESPN baseball game broadcasts – players chosen at random receive payoffs for every run scored by the home team.

Beginning with the NFL season this month, the bonus payout switches to touchdowns scored, $100, and field goals, $50 apiece.

But perhaps the most exciting promotion in the poker room, at least the one that has attracted the biggest crowds, is the quads giveaway on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Anyone who flops four-of-a-kind (starting with a pocket pair) receives $1,000.

It’s an obtainable goal, and often times there are multiple winners, up to six or eight per day.

As far as the day-to-day menu of games, the poker room usually deals $1-$2 no limit hold’em, which sometimes increases to $2-$5 on weekends. If players are feeling frisky, the limits can go up to $5-$10 or more.

The room also hosts Omaha high or split as well.

Overall, the play here is comfortable with a friendly, knowledgeable staff. In addition, they have a liberal comp policy. Translation: if you’re a regular player, they won’t ask you how many points are on your card if you simply want a dinner or buffet comp.

There are a lot of nice poker rooms in Las Vegas, and it looks like M Resort is distinguishing itself in a positive way.

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