The Orleans Poker Room
The Orleans is an off-strip casino owned by Boyd Gaming. It is located on Tropicana Avenue west of the Las Vegas Strip. The Orleans poker room is the largest one in Las Vegas not located in the Strip. It spreads 35 tables and often has most filled between its cash games and tournaments.
The Orleans Cash Games
The Orleans is known as the home for Omaha High/Low in Las Vegas. Players will find $4/$8 Omaha High/Low 24 hours a day. There are as many as four of these tables running at any given time. Players will also find an $8/$16 Omaha High/Low game nightly. There may be a second table during the busiest hours. A table or two of $4/$8 Omaha High is also common.
The Orleans spreads $2/$4 and $4/$8 Fixed Limit Hold’em 24 hours a day. A rare $8/$16 limit game runs during the busiest times. All limit games have a half-kill rule that hits when a pot of 10 big blinds or more is won by a single player. When that happens, the games go up 50% in limits and the pot’s winner posts a blind equal to the smallest bet.
The Orleans has a regular $1/$3 No Limit Texas Hold’em game with buyins between $100 and $500. A rare $2/$5 game allows buyins of $200-$1,000.
The Orleans offers a bad beat jackpot for Seven Card Stud. It has been years since any such game was spread there. This drop is taken during mixed games, which qualify for the bad beat, which requires four deuces or better to lose. The most common mixed game is $12/$24 half Omaha High/Low and half Seven Card Stud High/Low. This game runs once or twice a week.
The Orleans Poker Rake
The Orleans rakes 10% up to $3 in cash games. This gives it the title as the best poker rake in Las Vegas. Only sister property Suncoast and a couple of locals joints on Boulder Highway offer this same great deal on rake.
The Orleans Poker Tournaments
Players will find a wide variety of poker tournaments at The Orleans. All tournaments start with 10,000 chips when including the optional add-on, except the Friday night one, which starts with 12,500 in chips.
Noon on Mondays and Saturdays with a $55 buyin and $20 addon. At 7pm on Thursday, the same tournament runs.
Pot Limit Omaha High
At 7pm on Tuesdays, there is a $100 Pot Limit Omaha tournament.
No Limit Texas Hold’em
Monday and 7pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at noon, there is a $50 tournament with $20 add-on. On Tuesday at 6pm, there is an $80 tournament with no add-on.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at noon, there is a $75 tournament that includes a $10 bounty. On Friday at 7pm, there is a $125 tournament with no add-on. On Saturday at 7pm, there is a $100 tournament that includes a $25 bounty. On Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7pm, there is a $125 buy-in with a $25 buy-in.
At noon on Wednesdays, there is a $75 half Omaha High/Low and half Seven Card Stud High/Low. There is a $100 HORSE tournament on Saturdays at 7pm.
The Orleans Poker Promotions
There are several promotions funded by a $1 jackpot drop. Texas Hold’em players hit the bad beat jackpot when losing aces full of 10’s or better. It must be on the flop if the jackpot is below $75,000. Both players must use both hole cards. Omaha players hit the jackpot when losing four jacks or better.
There are also rotating high hand promotions. This includes a steel wheel in Omaha where the player wins if a five-high straight flush is made by the player.
Poker players receive $2 per hour while clocked in at cash game tables. These comps may be used at food outlets, the gift shop, or hotel. The food court, just a few steps away from the poker room, is a great place to use these comps. Dining options there include Fuddrucker’s, Sbarro, Subway, and Baskin Robbins.
The Orleans Poker Environment
The poker room at The Orleans is a bit gritty. The clientele is working class. The day games are full of retirees grinding away. The games at night can bring out some real characters. All tables have automatic shufflers installed. The chairs and tables are a bit worn, just like the rest of the room.
The Bravo Poker system is used to control cash game waitlists and hourly comps. There is a cashier cage in the room dedicated to poker transactions.
The Orleans Poker Room Opinion
The games at night are great at The Orleans. The $3 max rake gives it an advantage over other rooms. Locals enjoy the games and they tend to be social. Some of the players at The Orleans can only be described as bizarre. It is a great place to try out if you are tired of the Las Vegas Strip poker scene.