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Alright you little donkies. I am finnally making a trip to vegas(i havent been there since i was in seventh grade). I was just hoping to get some insight on where to play and where to stay. I KNOW ALL ABOUT THE WEBSITES RATING THE POKER ROOMS AND HOTELS BUT I WANT TO HEAR IT FROM YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!I am lookign for a fairly cheap hotel with a decent pool (my girlfriend is going and she will most likely be spending a lot of time at the pool so some shitty hole in the ground wont do).I plan on playing at a lot of different casinos but which ones have the best games?thanks sirch1

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Ok, first go to the MGM for games. That is my favorite room by far in LV. The floor peopl are exceptional and nice and the room is wide open and comfortable. As for a pool, I would go Mandalay Bay, but thats just my experience.JEFF

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Mirage!
Gotta go to the Venetian. 2-5 there is pretty live, plus no max buy in. Mgm Grand is nice. Don't play in the 65 buy in tourny though cause the structure is not all that great. For a good tourny hit up ceasers 100 plus rebuy.
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Gotta go to the Venetian. 2-5 there is pretty live, plus no max buy in. Mgm Grand is nice. Don't play in the 65 buy in tourny though cause the structure is not all that great. For a good tourny hit up ceasers 100 plus rebuy.
When I was last in Vegas (April), the Venetian's 2/5 was a $100-$500 buy in.The Wynn's 2/5 is min $200 no maxThe Bellagio's 2/5 which was min/max $200 is apparently $200-$500 now.Venetian has best comps, less action... Bellagio is jam packed and you always wait for a seat - very noisy too.Will be staying at the MGM from the 24th-Aug 1st and will check out the new poker room there, but have heard good things there too.
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Flamingo is by far the best pool IMO. it has a cool atmosphere and a lie 4 pools in one. Also, it is rught in the middle of the strip and i really enjoyed myself there

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I preferred the Caesars Room.Venetian looked great too, but I didn't play there.Kinda depends what games you want to play, but you can't really go wrong with any room if you're playing NL. Other games will vary a bit.If you're going soon, probably can't go wrong with Rio for games.But I've never been swimming while I was there. I hear Mandalay Bay is the best.

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I preferred the Caesars Room.Venetian looked great too, but I didn't play there.Kinda depends what games you want to play, but you can't really go wrong with any room if you're playing NL. Other games will vary a bit.If you're going soon, probably can't go wrong with Rio for games.But I've never been swimming while I was there. I hear Mandalay Bay is the best.
The Mgm's pool is pretty small, and it's like a mile from the elevator. Mirage pool is awesome. The MGM cardroom is great, but, it's very open, so there's people smoking on the rail, 5 feet from the tables. I heard the Caesar's 2-5 nl game is better than most others, and I did quite well when I was there. The room is also very nice and wasn't too crowded. Didn't get a chance to check the Venetian unfortunately...
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The Mgm's pool is pretty small, and it's like a mile from the elevator. Mirage pool is awesome. The MGM cardroom is great, but, it's very open, so there's people smoking on the rail, 5 feet from the tables. I heard the Caesar's 2-5 nl game is better than most others, and I did quite well when I was there. The room is also very nice and wasn't too crowded. Didn't get a chance to check the Venetian unfortunately...
I only played the 1/2 NL at Caesars, but it was awesome. Played 3 sessions, and made at least 250 on each.
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Monte Carlo has a nice pool, and some little lazy river thing toomontepool.jpgI enjoyed MGM's poker room the most in my most recent trip. Also if you want a decent structured tournament, play in the 2am at the Alladin or the 10am at the Monte Carlo.. Both around a $60 buy-in and around 40-60 players.

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Monte Carlo has a nice pool, and some little lazy river thing tooMonteCarloPool.jpgI enjoyed MGM's poker room the most in my most recent trip. Also if you want a decent structured tournament, play in the 2am at the Alladin or the 10am at the Monte Carlo.. Both around a $60 buy-in and around 40-60 players.
that pool looks filthy
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Long time lurker..finally postingI went to Vegas in June and have been 5 times in the last year.Mandalay Bay is my favorite...the old lady likes the pool there, and it has 3 seperate pools. But get down there early, a lineup forms for the main pool with the sand beach at about 7:15. If you take a short walk up some stairs to the left, you go to a smaller pool, with cabanas, its much quieter and more of an adult crowd, no little kids runnin around. And the bar is right beside you and not crowded.Was at the Paris in June, pool was decent, had no complaints, lots of space, lots of sun, and good drink specials.I also hear Aladdin's pool is pretty good.Sadly yeah the pool at Monte Carlo does look shitty, and whats even more shitty is that Im staying there in 3 weeks. Gay

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I also hear Aladdin's pool is pretty good.
It didn't impress me that much. There's actually two, but there's nothing special about them. Pretty bland and the drinks were way overpriced.
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What the hell is Vegas?

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Just got back from Vegas a week ago. Been there 4 other times in last 5 years.Im no expert on the pools, but the Rio has a nice pool. Harrah's has a pool that I did not find until the last day I was there, but it was very smalll. (Its located on the 2nd floor.)For poker rooms, MGM rates as my favorite as well. Theres plenty of action, a nice mix of games, just dont play the SNG's...the structure is horrible. Harrahs card room is a great set-up and the best service, but usually they only spread $3-$6limit and $1-$2 NL. Players seemed much tighter as well. Ceasars and the Mirage both had good rooms, but I did not play long enough at each to grade the play. But during the WSOP the place to be is the Rio. Even during the second event, where they capped the number of entrants, there were tables set aside for ring games and satellites.Hope this helps, and good luck.

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Yes the mandalay Bay pool is great. Just was there 2 weeks ago and played at MGM and thought it was a nice place. Went to the Venitian as well and watched a lil at their poker room. Very nice as well. Stayed at NYNY, no poker room and small pool so not great for you.

An old wooden ship.
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Yes the mandalay Bay pool is great. Just was there 2 weeks ago and played at MGM and thought it was a nice place. Went to the Venitian as well and watched a lil at their poker room. Very nice as well. Stayed at NYNY, no poker room and small pool so not great for you.
Dang, where you been?
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I was in Vegas from June 25-June 30, and would recommend the Venetian poker room. Nice room, pretty loose players, and they had some of the better looking waitresses (along with nice outfits). The MGM room is very nice, and they have the best sport's book that I saw. I also played at Harrah's (okay, but not much variety for games), Excaliber (not a good room, though pretty bad players), and Luxor (just because that's where we were staying, but the room is awful).

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To repeat (imho).There are many decent pools, but the BEST pools (pretty much in this order) are...Mandalay, Mirage, Wynn, Ceasars, Bellagio, Hard Rock, based on size, quality and atmosphere. Mandalay, Mirage and Hard Rock have a tropical feel. The rest are sort of a blend, more of a European vibe (more concrete an linear designs instead of free flowing curves and palm trees), but still very very nice. The Wynn is far and away the best of the Euro style pools (clothing optional area fully accessable at the far end if that's your thing) VERY St. Tropez and almost NO kids.Nicest poker rooms I've seen are without a doubt Bellagio, Venitian, Ceasars, MGM and Mirage. Quality of the games are a personal preference but there is a game for everyone. Have Fun! :club:

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I am looking at the list of tournaments that each casino has and am wondering which ones are the best in teh 50-150 dollar range. I only plan on playing on or two as i am mostly a cah game player but i dont want to pay 150 bucks for a complete crap shoot

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