Rob Yong has tweeted that high stakes poker is now booming again in Las Vegas. Cash games are constantly on the go, but there looks to have been a fundamental change in how the higher stakes are controlled.
Poker is booming in Las Vegas, interesting how cash games $25-$50 ++ are all ran privately in casinos by players/hosts + some high stakes games outside. Whole high stakes ecology seems to be controlled by “hosts” now. Very hard for pros to get into games unless you are a host 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/wu9HGmVJyg
— Rob Yong (@rob_yong_) February 20, 2022
Rob Yong Says Poker Booming in Vegas – Most Games Controlled by Hosts
Yong noticed that cash games with stakes of $25/$50 and higher are now almost exclusively controlled by hosts, making it tough for pros to sit and play.
Is this the start of a new paradigm in live poker throughout Nevada? It might not be so simple because as one poster pointed out in the thread many Nevada Gaming Commision rules are being broken.
Every Nevada gaming commission rule has consistently been broken to accommodate a few whales in Vegas. It’s been going since 2012. Y’all lmk when it stops and I’ll come out of retirement 😁
— Arash Ghaneian (@VegasArash) February 21, 2022
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It’s possible that this new organisation of games stems from the fact that recreational players just don’t want to sit with pros any longer.
Pros are seen as robotic, super tight, and just not that much fun to play with. But is it really allowed to shun them in a public game and, if not, how do casinos get away with it?
Most casinos must disclose what private games are running and allow anyone to put their name on the list. The way hosts combat this is by having a full table so the list is never used to draw seats from. We need the casinos to open additional tables more often as the list grows!
— Vincent Robinson (@PokerVincent) February 20, 2022
It turns out that games can be labelled as private but any player must be allowed to put their name on the waiting list. It turns out that the game always remains full and no players from the list ever get to play.
This is shady to say the least.
Sat at a 2/5 game there SB weekend…5 players were so nitty. Game was boring af. I couldn’t imagine sitting w a bunch of pros. Most boring time ever. pic.twitter.com/rwWCr5KwjV
— Can Sam 🦍 (@SamCanSuperman) February 22, 2022
What is surprising is that players are reporting that new tables aren’t being opened even when a waiting list has more than 10 players. Who knows what they are thinking.
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