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MGM Grand Review

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MGM Grand has 22 tables spread throughout a really spacious poker room. There is a big emphasis on comfort in this poker room. The games here can tend to be slightly softer than average for a couple of reasons. First, they spread only lower stakes action. Second, the MGM Grand is the second largest hotel in Vegas (next to Venetian) so their poker room tends to attract a lot of guests with a passing interest in poker looking for a quick game. This is a great room for anyone new to live poker to get their start.

Game Availability
They offer $2/$4 and $4/$8 limit hold'em with just 10 small-bet minimum buy-in. This is a really friendly offering which helps attract a lot of new players. The $1/$2 and $2/5 no-limit tables feature min/max buy-ins of $60/$300 and $200/$1000, respectively. Those are about the only games you'll find running here during most points of the year.

There's a daily $80 buy-in event at 11:00 am and another such event at 7:00 pm on the weekdays. On the weekends, the 7:00 pm event increases its buy-in to $125. At 7:15 pm on Tuesdays, MGM hosts a $125 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament which is a rare thing to find in Las Vegas. In late April, they run the Grand Challenge Tournament Series which has 30+ events with buy-ins ranging from $150 to $1,600.

The decor and color scheme of this poker room is very soothing. There's a lot of space between the tables. Free WiFi is offered. The cocktail service is adequate. The only gripe regarding comfort about this poker room is that the chairs are not that comfortable (they're not on wheels and they don't swivel).

The staff here is exceptionally warm and helpful. It's not a terribly busy poker room so I think they tend to be a little more relaxed and thus able to be more accommodating for players.

Industry-standard comp of $1 an hour is given to players for participating in the poker games at MGM Grand.


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