Sahara Reopens Poker Room After Decade-Long Hiatus

After spending several years without a poker room, the Sahara Casino is now offering players poker gaming once again. The property has been subject to  $150 million rehab, wtih the poker room being the latest completed stage. Located in-between Circus Circus and The Stratosphere, the Sahara now offers players a nice spot for poker gaming after shutting down servcies almost ten years ago.

New Poker Room

The Sahara now has a poker room wtih seven gaming tables along with plenty of television screens throughout the room, including a 16-foot wide LED video wall. Poker fans will find a nice selection of poker variants in the new room including Pot Limit Hold’em, Limit Hold’em, No Limit Texas Hold’em, 7-Card Study and other options.

The poker room will be open from 10am every day and offer daily tournament optoins. There will be four different start times for each tournament provided. Buy-ins will range from $45 to $100 and players will find promotions for cash games during their visit.

The poker room has a 10% rake and a maximum amount set at $4. Players who enjoy regular cash gaming can earn $2 in reward points for every hour of cash game play.

A Long Time Coming

The new poker room is a welcome sight in Las Vegas. The casino of course has been without a poker room but its been almost a decade since a new poker room has opened in Sin City. Many poker rooms shutdown after the financial crisis took place in 2008 and only the largest in operation were able to remain.

Going back decades, the Sahara Casino was THE place to be for high rollers. The casino was the first in the region to have an olympic size swimming pool and have hotel/casino options. During its more popular years, the casino was even the location for the very first Ocean’s 11 movie which featured Frank Sinatra and his fellow Rat Pack.

It was in the 1970s that hte casino began to decline. Other venues like the MGM Grand and Caesars Palace took over as the top spot to be. By 2011, the Sahara had unfortunately shutdown and it was unclear what would happen to the property. It ended up being rebranded as a high-end hotel but that didnt work out.

Eventually, the owners would bring back the Sahara name and work to revitalize the property. Now, players have a nice veneu for poker gaming as well as table side food servcie with excellent food choices.

The new poker room opened on the 21st of February to a grand opening ceremony. The large space is now a quality option for traveling poker players who want a bit of cash game or tournation as well as a nice spot for the more inexperienced player.

It is always nice to see gaming optoins back and better than ever in Las Vegas. It will be interesting to see in the coming months how fruitful the poker room is for the Sahara.

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Jacqueline Packett