Best Poker Tournaments in Las Vegas

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of playing in a Las Vegas poker tournament.
Let’s take a look at the best poker tournaments in Las Vegas, including (click to skip to that section):


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On the Strip
Off the Strip
The 5 Best Value Tournaments You Shouldn’t Miss


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Note that these are only the daily and weekly tournaments in Las Vegas. If you’d like to see a list of special events (like the Wynn Poker Classic or the World Series of Poker), check out this tournament schedule from CardPlayer.
Best Poker Tournaments in Las Vegas: On the Strip
Aria Resort & Casino
The Aria is a Las Vegas poker hotspot, with regularly-occurring high-roller tournaments. Even if you’re not looking to play at the nosebleed stakes, the 24-table poker room has plenty to offer, with a daily schedule of $140 and $240 buy-in tournaments.
The Aria runs three tournaments on a weekly/daily basis (all No Limit Hold’em):


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$240 ($195+45) buy-in at 11 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
$140 ($110+30) buy-in at 1 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
$140 ($110+30) buy-in at 7 p.m. daily

Be sure to check out the PokerGO studio while you’re there, home to some of poker’s most prestigious high-stakes events.
Bally’s
The 14-table poker room at Bally’s always has something going on for tournament players. The daily schedule includes a lineup of six tournaments (all No Limit Hold’em) that run seven days a week, and all have guaranteed prize pools. 

$60 ($45+15) buy-in at 9 a.m, 3 p.m, 5 p.m and 11 p.m. daily ($500 guaranteed)
$75 ($50+25) buy-in at Noon daily ($1,000 guaranteed)
$100 ($75+25) buy-in at 8 p.m. daily ($2,000 guaranteed)

Bellagio
This legendary cash-game venue runs a daily $130 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament at 2 p.m., seven days a week. Playing a tournament at the Bellagio poker room gives you a great shot at seeing some of your favorite high-stakes pros in their natural habitat.

$130 ($100+30) buy-in at 2 p.m. daily 

Caesars Palace
Lots of guaranteed prize money awaits on the daily tournament schedule at Caesars Palace. The 16-table poker room is home to a daily slate of three tournaments, all No Limit Hold’em and all with guaranteed prize pools.

$100 ($74+26) buy-in at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily ($1,500 guaranteed)
$100 ($74+26) buy-in at Midnight daily ($1,000 guaranteed)
$150 ($109+41) buy-in at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily ($2,500 guaranteed)

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Harrah’s
The seven-table poker room at Harrah’s is a great place to play a quick, small-field daily tournament. Located right in the heart of the Strip, the Harrah’s poker room runs tournament action around the clock.
Harrah’s offers two different buy-ins for No Limit Hold’em tournaments:

$65 ($41+24) buy-in at 9 a.m., Noon, 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily, and at 7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday ($500 guaranteed)
$100 ($70+30) buy-in at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($25 bounties, $1,000 guaranteed)

Mirage
Thinking about Vegas and the Mirage? The venerable Strip casino features a 12-table setup for its poker room and a variety of daily tournament options. 
The Mirage runs five daily/weekly tournaments (all No Limit Hold’em):

$65 ($47+18) buy-in at 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday; at 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and at 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
$120 ($92+28) buy-in at 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
$100 ($83+17) buy-in at 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
$100 ($75+25) buy-in at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday ($25 bounties)
$40 ($22+18) buy-in at 11 p.m. daily 

The best value on the schedule at the Mirage is the $120 “The Stack” tournament, which runs Friday-Sunday at 11 a.m. 
Planet Hollywood
Planet Hollywood’s tournament schedule features five daily events in the 11-table poker room. All Planet Hollywood tournaments feature a guaranteed prize pool, including the Sunday morning $135 buy-in, $7,500 guaranteed event.
All of these tournaments are No Limit Hold’em:

$80 ($58+22) buy-in at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily; and at 10 a.m. Monday-Saturday ($1,500 guaranteed)
$135 ($102+33) buy-in at 10 a.m. Sunday ($7,500 guaranteed)

The Venetian
With a 37-table poker room, and some of the highest guarantees on the Las Vegas poker tournament schedule, the Venetian poker room consistently draws some of the largest fields for daily Las Vegas poker tournaments.
The regular Venetian schedule includes two daily tournaments at 12:10 p.m. and 6:10 p.m., with buy-ins ranging from a $125 buy-in, $4,000 guaranteed tournament, to the $340 buy-in Doublestack tournament that runs on most Saturdays, with a $25,000 guarantee.
Also on the schedule are frequent events in the Venetian DeepStack series, with even bigger guaranteed prize pools. These special recurring events run at different times throughout the year, so be sure to check the link above to see if a DeepStack series is going on when you’re in town.
All of these daily tournaments at the Venetian are No Limit Hold’em:

$150 ($118+32) buy-in at 12:10 p.m. Monday-Thursday ($8,000 guaranteed)
$200 ($160+40) buy-in at 12:10 p.m. Friday ($20,000 guaranteed)
$340 ($280+60) buy-in at 12:10 p.m. Saturday ($25,000 guaranteed)
$200 ($160+40) buy-in at 12:10 p.m. Sunday ($20,000 guaranteed)
$125 ($95+30) buy-in at 6:10 p.m. Monday ($4,000 guaranteed, progressive bounties)
$200 ($160+40) buy-in at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday ($9,000 guaranteed, $50 bounties)
$125 ($95+30) buy-in at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday ($7,000 guaranteed)
$125 ($95+30) buy-in at 6:10 p.m. Thursday ($6,000 guaranteed, $25 bounties)
$200 ($160+40) buy-in at 6:10 p.m. Friday ($9,000 guaranteed, progressive bounties)
$125 ($95+30) buy-in at 6:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ($4,000 guaranteed)

Wynn/Encore
The Wynn and Encore properties offer an upscale Las Vegas experience like no other, and the tournament schedule in the 28-table poker room offers some of the best values, lowest rake and biggest guarantees in the city.
The poker room runs a daily tournament at Noon seven days a week, with the best of these coming in the $230 buy-in, $30,000 guaranteed Saturday tournament. All tournaments in this poker room come with guaranteed prize pools, and the seasonal Wynn Classic often runs as well, giving players a chance to play at higher buy-ins with even bigger guarantees.
The Wynn runs three different buy-ins for daily/weekly tournaments, all No Limit Hold’em:

$140 ($120+20) buy-in at Noon Monday-Thursday ($5,000 guaranteed)
$200 ($175+25) buy-in at Noon Friday and Sunday ($10,000 guaranteed)
$230 ($200+30) buy-in at Noon Saturday ($30,000 guaranteed)

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Best Poker Tournaments in Las Vegas: Off-Strip Venues
Binion’s
Getting into a tournament at Binion’s Gambling Hall means playing at the casino that hosted the World Series of Poker from 1970-2004.
This iconic poker venue is now home to a six-table setup and two daily No Limit Hold’em tournaments, which run at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. seven days a week.

$60 ($45+15) buy-in at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily

Golden Nugget
The Golden Nugget is still one of the most iconic Las Vegas casinos, located right in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street.
The Golden Nugget offers three daily/weekly tournaments, all No Limit Hold’em:

$70 ($51+19) buy-in at 11 a.m. Monday-Saturday; and at 7 p.m. daily
$50 ($33+17) buy-in at 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily
$125 ($100+25) buy-in at 11 a.m. Sunday ($5,000 guaranteed)

The Sunday $5,000 guarantee, which comes at a $125 buy-in, is one of the best values on our list.
The Orleans Casino
The Orleans is located just off the Strip on Tropicana Ave. and is home to one of the busiest poker rooms in the city. With 35 tables and poker variants like H.O.R.S.E., PLO, and Omaha 8/Stud 8 in the mix on the tournament schedule, the Orleans is one of the best options in the city to find a low-stakes tournament in the game of your choice.
The highlight of the Orleans schedule is the Friday night $130 buy-in NL Hold’em tournament, with a $15,000 guaranteed prize pool.
The Orleans runs eight tournaments on a weekly/daily basis (all No Limit Hold’em unless otherwise noted):

$100 ($78+22) buy-in at 12:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and at 7:05 p.m. Monday
$100 ($78+22) buy-in Limit Omaha 8 at 12:05 p.m. on on Monday, and at 7:05 p.m. Thursday
$100 ($78+22) buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday
$100 ($78+22) buy-in Limit Omaha/Stud 8 at 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday
$125 ($98+27) buy-in Mixed Limit 8-Game Mix at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday
$130 ($98+32) buy-in at 7:05 p.m. on Friday ($15,000 guaranteed)
$150 ($123+27) buy-in (with $50 bounties) at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday
$125 ($98+27) buy-in H.O.R.S.E. at 7:05 p.m. on Sunday

Red Rock
The beautiful Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is located far off the Strip, but offers plenty of action in its 20-table poker room.
The Red Rock runs two daily tournaments Sunday-Friday, as well as a Saturday afternoon tournament. All tournaments are No Limit Hold’em and come with guaranteed prize pools:

$60 ($48+12) buy-in at 12:05 p.m. Monday-Friday; and on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. ($1,000 guaranteed)
$60 ($48+12) buy-in at 6:35 p.m. Sunday ($1,500 guaranteed)
$100 ($83+17) buy-in at 6:35 p.m. Monday and Thursday ($3,500 guaranteed)
$100 ($83+17) buy-in at 12:05 p.m. Saturday ($2,000 guaranteed)
$90 ($78+12) buy-in at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday ($1,500 guaranteed)
$150 ($131+19) buy-in at 6:35 p.m. Friday ($4.500 guaranteed, $50 bounties)

Stratosphere
A trip to the top of the Stratosphere tower is always a great way to take in one of the best views in the city, and when you get to the bottom there’s some tournament poker action to be found as well.t the week
The Stratosphere is home to a 10-table poker room that’s separate from the casino floor, and a schedule of two different buy-ins (both No Limit Hold’em) throughout the week.

$75 ($55+20) buy-in at 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; and at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 
$100 ($80+20) buy-in at 7 p.m. Wednesday ($25 bounties)
$75 ($55+20) buy-in at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday ($1,000 guaranteed)

South Point
Another gem on the Las Vegas tournament poker scene is South Point, located on the far end of the south Strip. The poker room is home to a 22-table setup, and a tournament schedule featuring plenty of No Limit Hold’em, along with game variants such as Crazy Pineapple and Omaha 8.
One of the higher-guarantee tournaments in the city, a $125 buy-in, $9,000 guaranteed event, runs every Sunday night at 6 p.m.
All of these tournaments are No Limit Hold’em unless otherwise noted:

$60 ($40+15) buy-in at 10 a.m. daily ($1,200 guaranteed) 
$80 ($60+20) buy-in Crazy Pineapple at 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
$80 ($60+20) buy-in Limit Omaha 8 at 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
$150 ($126+24) buy-in at 2 p.m. Saturday 
$125 ($100+25) buy-in at 6 p.m. Wednesday ($7,500 guaranteed) 
$200 ($165+35) buy-in at 6 p.m. Friday
$100 ($77+23) buy-in at 6 p.m. daily on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday ($1,500 guaranteed) 
$125 ($100+25) buy-in at 6 p.m. Sunday ($10,000 guaranteed) 

The 5 Best Value Tournaments You Shouldn’t Miss
These are the regularly-scheduled Las Vegas poker tournaments from our list that give you the best value for your buy-in, in no particular order:
Wynn/Encore
$230 ($200+30) buy-in, $30,000 guaranteed
Saturdays at Noon
15,000 starting chips, starting blinds 100/100, 40-minute levels, unlimited re-buys available through the first six levels.
Venetian
$340 ($280+60) buy-in, $25,000 guaranteed
Saturdays at 12:10 p.m.
24,000 starting chips, starting blinds 100/100, 40-minute levels, unlimited re-buys available through the first six levels.
The Orleans
$130 ($98+32) buy-in, $15,000 guaranteed
Fridays at 7:05 p.m.
15,000 starting chips, starting blinds 100/100, 30-minute levels, unlimited re-buys available through the first five levels.
South Point
$125 ($100+25) buy-in, $9,000 guaranteed
Sundays at 6 p.m.
15,000 starting chips, 20-minute levels, unlimited re-buys available through the first six levels.
Red Rock
$150 ($131+19) buy-in, $4,500 guaranteed, $50 bounties
Fridays at 6:35 p.m.
13,000 starting chips ($10 add-on available, 2000 chips), 20-minute levels, unlimited re-buys available through the first four levels.

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