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The Tropicana Casino
The Tropicana Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the older establishments on the Strip. The main original building, Garden room wing and casino floor, were built in 1957. It would be another twenty-two years before the first expansion would take place, the Paradise Tower, Tiffany Tower and Tiffany Theatre being added in 1979. The island tower, the establishments second expansion was added in 1986 and cementing this particular resort as having the most hotel rooms on the busiest corner of any street in the world.
The casino’s six table poker room was opened on April 6, 2005, and it contains six tables in a very comfortable setting located next to the Harbor Bar. It is non-smoking and the wait staff is friendly and quick with the player’s drinks from the bar next door. The dealer’s know their job well and there have been few complaints about them making mistakes. For the most part, the Tropicana’s poker card room is moderately busy. Player’s can usually get in on a game within ten to fifteen minutes of registering during peak hours.
Tropicana Poker Games
This poker room has a very easy game spread: Texas Hold’Em. They are unique in that they are only one of two poker rooms on the strip that has a non-structured limit game, the other being at the Excalibur. That means that the limit Texas Hold’Em games that start with $1/$3 or $2/$6 can have betting in those ranges. There are also $1/$2 blinds on no limit games with a $40/$100 buy-in. Another interesting note about this casino’s poker room is that they have the lowest poker rake on the strip, coming in at $3 whereas most of the others come in at $4.
The Tropicana hosts daily no limit Texas Hold’Em tournaments at 10am, 2pm, 7pm, and midnight. Registration for the events start two hours before starting time and the buy-in is $50 with a single $10 add on. All levels of play are welcome in this fairly informal poker room and it not unusual to see new players and veterans sitting at table together.
This poker room makes the choice of what to play easy and there is no indication of whether or not the management will allow spread of other poker versions beside Texas Hold’Em. They do offer their guests comps but when attempting to find out what they were by calling the casino, the answer of ‘I am not at liberty to discuss this information with any not staying with us’ was received. And that answer didn’t change even when the employee learned that the information was for a review of their poker room. The young lady was very polite about it however and very apologetic. Could be that she was new.
If you are coming to Las Vegas and you are looking for a small, intimate poker room that’s relaxed and friendly, the Tropicana is worth checking out. With the lowest rakes on the strip and low blinds, even the beginner should have some good luck here.
Tropicana Address and Phone Number3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV 89109 702-739-2222
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