Binion's Gambling Hall barely makes this list, and the only reason it does is because it is probably the best that downtown has to offer. If you do find yourself downtown looking for a game, stroll over to the recently updated Binion's Poker Room. It has completely lost all the flavor and appeal that it had pre-2001, due to the new brighter lighting and ceramic tile but, after all, it is still where it all started.
At last check they had nearly 30 tables, although most of them are used for tournaments, which aren't half bad. They will spread pretty much any game players ask for, but you'll rarely see games higher than $10/$20 Limit Hold'em and $2/$5 No-Limit Hold'em.
One of the good things you will find there is a modest 5% rake. Every little bit counts and, when it comes to the rake, it adds up quickly. As mentioned before, the tournaments are also pretty good if you're looking for a decent low-limit game.
You don't have to play high to play in a nice room. The MGM Grand Poker Room is a perfect example of a room with everything the recreational player needs. They have lots of tables in a centralized location with No-Limit and Limit games neatly separated one side from the other. There you will find 22 tables with anything from $3/$6 Limit-Hold'em to $10/$25 No-Limit Hold'em.
The bigger games run rarely, but they do happen when enough interest is sparked. For the most part you will find plenty of $1/$2 NLHE games and $3/$6 LHE games.
Masseuses walk around offering their services, and you can even get food tableside as well. These are all perks that are often reserved for the ritzier properties, but at MGM you can hang out with the rest of the tourists and enjoy all of the luxuries found at Bellagio.
Speaking of Bellagio, there you can find one of the nicest poker rooms in Las Vegas. With over 7,000 sq. ft. of playing space and 40 tables, one high-limit room wouldn't have been enough - they have two. One of them is the nearly inaccessible Bobby's Room, while the other high-limit section hosts the larger "mid-stakes" games in the $100/$200-$400/$800 range.
Over in Bobby's Room is where the famed Big Game takes place from time to time. If it's running, $4,000/$8,000 has been the traditional game of choice, with limits fluctuating higher and lower from time to time.
Millions of dollars have changed hands within the sanctity of the floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Rumor has it that a player needs to show with at least $20,000 before the floor will even consider opening it, but even then, $20,000 is hardly enough to pique the interest of most of the players that frequent this room.
For those interested in a smaller game, Bellagio has some of the best $15/$30 and $30/$60 LHE games around. Casino patrons often wander in from the gambling tables looking to try their hand at poker. This is part of the reason why the Bellagio has some of the biggest donators splashing around in their games.
For those who can't stand the restrictions of min-bet, there are plenty of No-Limit Hold'em games going around the clock. $2/$5-$10/$20 can be found almost any day of the year, with those numbers changing wildly when a tournament is in town. If the WPT is at Bellagio, it isn't rare to see NLHE games 10 times larger than average, with some much, much bigger than even that.
Like the MGM, Bellagio offers tableside dining 24/7. Unlike at the MGM, though, the food is wheeled to the table with full setups of silverware and even tablecloths. The room is always buzzing and, if you can handle the sometimes-lengthy waits for games, is currently the best place to play in Las Vegas.
There are still several other good poker rooms in Vegas we haven't touched on here. The focus of this article was to make a few solid recommendations where, more often than not, a player will find consistent service, consistent action and consistent enjoyment.