Aria Poker Room Review: Is it the Best in Las Vegas?

The Aria Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip features many delicious restaurants, a comfortable and clean sportsbook, beautiful and scenic rooms, and a poker room that’s tough to top.

Basic Poker Room Information

The Aria poker room, which is located just steps away from the casino’s awesome sportsbook, boasts 24 tables for cash games and tournaments. During the summer, the casino opens up a separate tournament-only poker room to facilitate Aria’s numerous special events during the WSOP.

Games range from $1-$3 no-limit hold’em to six-figure buy-in games inside Ivey’s Room, a separate enclosed room attached to the main poker room where poker celebrities such as Phil Hellmuth and Johnny Chan compete in the highest stakes games in town.

Players earn $2 per hour in comps for cash games and receive free drinks, including booze, while playing. I rarely drink alcohol while playing cards, so my preference is the delicious strawberry smoothies and watermelon juice offered up by the attractive cocktail waitresses. I’m told the carrot juice is the bomb but that’s a drink I can’t stand, so that information comes second-hand.

The poker room offers two daily no-limit hold’em tournaments (1 pm and 7 pm) for $140. These tournaments use the big blind ante format.

My View on the Aria Poker Room

There’s so much to love about playing poker at Aria. First off, the $2 per hour in comps while playing cash games is better than most casinos. Aria has so many tasty restaurants to choose from, so the comps earned are useful. The buffet is one of the best in town, Carbone is my favorite Italian restaurant in Las Vegas, and even the lower priced restaurants such as the Cafe have good food.

More than just earning comps for yummy meals, Aria has some of the most comfortable chairs you’ll ever find in a card room. The dealers know what they’re doing which is a bonus, especially if you’ve spent most of your poker days playing in lower end casinos that seem to only hire clueless dealers.

The only downside to this poker room is you’ll often have a lengthy wait especially on weekends in the evenings. But the cash games are great and there’s a game for just about everyone, from the low stakes recreational players and grinders to the top players in the world. They even spread low and mid-stakes PLO games on most days. You won’t find many of these games and stakes at your local ma and pa casino.

Aria Poker Room Grades

Overall: 10/10

Room Comfort: 10/10

Juicy Cash Games: 8/10

Daily Tournaments: 10/10

Comps: 10/10

Room Aesthetics: 10/10

Staff: 10/10

Author: Jon Sofen