Reno has plenty of poker rooms to choose from. Not as many as it once did, but the quality of the rooms are markedly better than they have ever been. Harrah’s Reno casino no longer offers poker, but the truth is that over the years management moved the room around like a ping-pong ball to whatever location was currently of little value and never committed any capital expenditures to make a room that had a quality all its own. Fortunately that’s not the case with the top five Reno poker rooms.
Ambiance is one thing, but poker players like other things too, like food specials, good complementary pay-back rates, and quality tournaments. And, a good room has to provide good players with one more important thing: quality dealers. When you put all those things together, whittling down the competition to just five rooms wasn’t that tough.
Reno’s Top Poker Rooms:
Number 5 Club Cal-Neva
The Club Cal-Neva is the sole survivor in the old downtown core area. Once surrounded by poker rooms at the Comstock, Onslow, Sahara/Hilton, Money Tree, Horseshoe, and Harrah’s, the little six-table room doesn’t offer much more than it ever did, just your average low-limit games and some tournaments.
They offer bonuses for play, including high hands (four-of-a-kind and higher) and bad-beats as well as $1 per hour in comps. You can also get $1 beer, breakfast, lunch and dinner specials for under six-bucks, and there’s a $10 tournament every morning at 10am. Call ’em on their dime at (877) 777-7303
Number 4 Eldorado
The Eldorado casino has an 11-table poker room and offers more limits and varieties than the Club Cal-Neva. They also offer four-of-a-kind and higher hand bonuses and have bad-beat jackpots. There are no $10 tournaments, but the $30 tournaments include a $10 bonus if you play in a live game after the tournament, which is nice. The hourly comp rate for live play is $1.
The poker room is glassed-in, on the main casino floor. On the first Friday of each month, the room offers a $2,500 Free-roll Tournament for their regulars which include a “Beat the Boss” Bounty! Signups open at 5pm, play at 6pm. Give ’em a call at 1-800-777-5325
Number 3 Grand Sierra
The Grand Sierra (once the MGM/Bally’s/Hilton) really tries hard to provide a lot for players. They have good dealers, a complementary players buffet, and offer $2 per hour in comps, and the seven-table room is busy most of the time. It opens daily at 9:30am and Sunday through Thursday there is a $50 bonus for cracked aces.
For tournament players, the buy-ins are a step-up from downtown Reno, with the daily events starting at $40. The poker room also offers the seasonal Pot of Gold tournament, with room rates as low as $20 and two-weeks’ worth of tournaments starting at $130 buy-in. October 3-13, 2013. Talk to ’em live at 775-789-2313
Number 2 Atlantis
The Atlantis is really a step above Reno’s poker rooms of old, and it is set back in a quite area of the casino and nearly enclosed for a very quiet and comfy experience. The dealers know their stuff, there is a self-serve soup and beverage area, and the comp rate starts at $1 and goes up.
They offer bonuses like spin-the-wheel, high hand, and aces cracked, and if you play 10 hours in a week your hotel room (Sunday -Thursday) is free. The poker action is very good, and the Atlantis has tried to offer new high-end tournaments like the WPT Regional Western Poker Challenge 2013, which runs September 13 to 23. For more information call ’em at 775-954-4142
Number 1 Peppermill
As always, it’s a real fight between the Atlantis and the Peppermill, but this time the Mill has to be considered the number one poker room in Reno, which also makes it number one in Northern Nevada. It’s also the largest room in the area with 17 table surrounded by 25 hi-def screens, a nice lounge, and self-service soup and beverage. Poker Digest recently rated it of the “Top 25 in the USA,” which says a lot.
The dealers are very good at their job, friendly, and still able to banter with the players. The room offers daily high hands paid every four hours. The comp rate is $1 per hour of live play.
Tournaments run twice each day, some for a low buy-in of $35 and include deep stack tourneys. The Peppermill also offers several large tournaments each year, drawing thousands of players and offering substantial prize money. Check out the room and see if you don’t agree it is number one! Need more info? Call 775-689-7275