Harrah’s Poker Room

harrah's poker roomHarrah’s is the original property under the Harrah’s Entertainment umbrella, a company that eventually became Caesars Entertainment.  The poker room at Harrah’s was relocated in 2013.  The previous room was completely enclosed within what was once half of the sports book.  The wall-to-ceiling glass kept the smoke and slot machine noise out.  Harrah’s decided to move the room to the western wall of the resort.  The new 12-table room is enclosed within three walls with the rail facing the table games pit.

Harrah’s Cash Games

The only cash game that ever runs at Harrah’s is $1/$2 No Limit Texas Hold’em.  The buyin range is $100-$300.  This is typical for Las Vegas poker rooms owned by Caesars Entertainment.  There are some occasional mid-limit mixed games.

Harrah’s Poker Rake

Harrah’s lowered its max rake from $5 to $4 when the Linq poker room closed in January 2015. Caesars Palace did the same thing in December 2014. Unfortunately, Harrah’s and all other Caesars poker rooms in Las Vegas now rake up to $5 except Caesars Palace.

Harrah’s Poker Tournaments

Harrah’s Las Vegas spreads five poker tournaments each day.  They are at 9am, noon, 3pm, 7pm and 10pm.  The buy-in is $65 with $47 going to the prize pool. The starting chip count is 5,000 and limits rise every 20 minutes.

Harrah’s also runs a graveyard tournament.  The buyin is $60 with 15 minute levels.  This is an advertised turbo event, perfect for those looking for last minute action before going to bed.

Players may reenter all events before the first break for a full buyin.

Harrah’s Poker Room Promotions

Harrah’s offers players that clock in with their Total Rewards card an entry into the weekly $6,500 freeroll.  Players start with 2,000 chips.  A $10 dealer appreciation bonus awards an additional 3,000 tournament chips.  Players that give double the action receive a free $100 in cash.  High hand bonuses are offered throughout the day.

Cash game players clocked in with a Total Rewards card receive $2 an hour in comps.  These funds may be used for hotel, massages, food, or gift store purchases.  These comps do not have to be used at Harrah’s.  All Caesars Entertainment properties across the country will accept these points.

Environment

The Harrah’s poker room is just a few feet from the table games pit.  The room is operated professionally with skilled dealers and floors.  All tables have automatic shufflers.  The room is not as popular as it was a few years ago, but on the other hand, there was no poker at all at Harrah’s a decade ago.  The poker room does not allow smoking, but the adjoining casino floor allows smoke to pour freely into it.  The tables set aside for action are towards the rear of the room to help avoid the nuisance to players.  All Harrah’s poker tables are equipped with the Bravo Poker system.

Harrah’s Poker Room Opinion

Harrah’s is perfectly acceptable for $1/$2 No Limit Texas Hold’em players.  Players looking for something else will not find it.  The tournament rake is not competitive in Las Vegas.  There is little reason to play at Harrah’s unless you are either staying there or at a resort close by that does not have a poker room, unless you want to sit in an average $1/$2 No Limit Texas Hold’em game.