Travel Guide: Las Vegas

ps_news_thn.jpgWhat happens in Vegas, stays in... well, why don't you find out yourself? You have until June 1 to compete in the PokerStars Main Event Passport promo and choose the World Series of Poker Main Event as your destination. There are a variety of ways you can get your hands on a Main Event Passport. You could use the package worth $13,000 to get into almost any main event of the following: PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, European Poker Tour, Latin American Poker Tour, Asian Pacific Poker Tour, or the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

The largest and most prestigious tournament series in the world takes place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino May 27 through July 16. Last year, Team PokerStars Pro Pius Heinz, a 23-year-old German player, demolished a field of 6,865 for a payday of more than $8.7 million. This year, there are 61 gold-bracelet events, and your shot at a permanent place in poker history could begin on July 7 with the first Day 1 flight of the Main Event.

Once you've either won your way to Sin City for the WSOP or just made the decision to go, there are lots helpful tips to make your stay a success.


Where to Stay

If you decide not to stay at the Rio, there are endless choices when it comes to finding a place to rest your head at head at night. Depending on your priorities, it should be easy to identify a place.

If cost is your biggest concern, there are hotel rooms downtown you can find for around $50 a day. If proximity to a poker room is essential, then Caesars Palace, Venetian, Aria, or Bellagio are going to be your best bet because these casinos have the largest poker rooms in the city. Casinos generally offer special room rates for poker players, so check with the poker room manager to see if you can qualify for it.


You will fly into McCarran International Airport. The most common and convenient form of transportation from the airport to where you're staying is cab. Because the airport is located close to the south end of the Strip, cabs to MGM, Tropicana, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, and City Center are fairly cheap and should cost you around $15. To the Rio, expect to pay at least $20.

Once here, getting around the Strip is quite easy. Cabs are available at all times, but can get pricey quickly. You could opt to the infamous double-decker bus known as The Deuce. Each trip is $3, a 24-hour pass is $7, and a three-day pass is $20. The route has numerous stops along Las Vegas Blvd. and because of its popularity and the constant traffic, this method is seriously time consuming. If you need to make a curtain time for a show, grab a cab.


In addition to the affectionate nickname of Sin City, Las Vegas has also been dubbed the "Live" Entertainment Capital of the World. The eclectic collection of high-production stage shows is simply unrivaled. Everything from Chippendales at the Rio, the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur, the fountains of Bellagio, to one of the seven Cirque du Soleil shows, there is something for everyone. Not to mention, Las Vegas is usually one of the marquee stops for on tour comedians and music artists.

As for fine dining, it's not uncommon to be a stone's throw away from a luxurious world-renowned restaurant in any direction. The same goes for places to party. Every single casino on the Strip has places to do both, and you really can't go wrong.

Miscellaneous Tips

  • Nearly all places, restaurants, clubs, or spas have been reviewed hundreds of times on websites such as Yelp, Urbanspoon, and Trip Advisor. Do a little research before committing.
  • Whenever you gamble, make sure you use a player's card. All casinos have ways of keeping tracking players and rewarding those who gamble frequently.
  • Patrons are generally expected to tip for pretty much everything (i.e. cab drivers, dealers, cocktail waitresses, and in restaurants. It's standard to tip 18 to 20 percent when dining).
  • Wear sunscreen. It's hot.

    Las Vegas is a place for indulgence in anything your heart desires. For poker players, during the few precious weeks of the WSOP, it's a time for grinding, seeing familiar faces, and hopefully, if you're lucky, a time for glory. So, nab a PokerStars Main Event Passport and find out what happens in Vegas.

    Kristy Arnett
    @PokerStars in PokerStars news