Aria plans its relaunch with six-handed poker
By Bob Garcia
The casino becomes the latest in Las Vegas to expand its poker offerings
After almost a month of running poker again in Las Vegas, it seems like more gambling venues are starting to make moves to sit more people at each table. Back on June 4, most poker rooms started with four-max tables as instructed by the Nevada Gaming Board Commission (NGBC); however, it was quickly moved up to five people during the same weekend. Then, MGM Resorts reopened the Bellagio poker room with one more person per table using plexiglass dividers, which has been working fine for the venue. Now, to continue with the same success, MGM has announced the reopening of its Aria poker room under the same conditions.
The day for the reopening is tomorrow, according to an MGM spokesman. The fact that the Bellagio has been running poker games with one more person per table than the rest has given this poker room an edge over the rest. With the reopening of Aria, MGM expects to attract even more visitors to its poker room. The actions are actually being copied by other poker rooms in Las Vegas, like The Orleans and Sahara, which recently announced that they plan on installing these dividers as soon as possible to run six-handed poker. It’s a step forward in a game that, when it’s played live, usually sits nine or ten people per table.
The schedule for the Aria poker room will be 24/7 and it will have at least 14 tables available for players. For now, the venue will only run cash games; no tournaments will be available until further notice. Also, according to the MGM spokesman, no spectators will be allowed in the poker room as well as no food for the time being.