Las Vegas Mixed Games

Mixed games have been taking off in popularity in Las Vegas lately.  For quite some time Aria has been running a 12/24 mixed game.  At first it was a 9/18 but it grew.  Recently a 30/60 or 40/80 started taking off.  A 300/600 or 400/800 game has become common as well.  Another Las Vegas Strip poker room is trying to capitalize from the new interest in mixed games by attracting lower limit players.

The Tropicana Las Vegas recently reopened their poker room.  It is located between the player’s club and sportsbook.  Everything in the poker room is brand new.  It is nothing like the old Tropicana poker room.  The seats are comfortable, the tables are nice and there is a water and coffee bar in the back of the poker room.  Four nights a week Tropicana’s poker room will host unusual games.

On Tuesday there is a 4/8 HORSE.  HORSE is a mixed game that includes Texas Hold’em, Omaha 8 or Better, Razz, Stud Hi and Stud 8 or Better is dealt.  Each game is dealt one time around the table.  On Thursdays and Saturdays a more unusual 4/8 mixed game is scheduled.  Games like Double Flop Omaha and Badugi variations may find their way into the game.  Players can request virtually any game. The mixed game players are typically willing to try anything once as long as you can explain it.  Sometimes a player may call a pot limit game.  If they do the blinds become 1/2.

In addition to the mixed games Tropicana is offering a straight 4/8 Razz game.  Razz has not been dealt outside of a mixed game away from the WSOP in years.  The best part is that the mixed games and Razz game only have a $2 max rake.  You also earn comps while you play.  The Tropicana poker room has also been known to buy pizza for their players.  Drink service is also excellent which is a big plus for a low limit mixed game.

Tropicana is trying to make a name for themselves by creating a niche.  Being across the street from MGM creates a situation where they cannot spread just another 1/2 no limit game.  By bringing in mixed game players the Tropicana is trying to be known for something unique.

This approach has worked for Suncoast.  They started off with a 4/8 Seven Card Stud High/Low.  Then a more unusual Seven Card Stud game called The Hoggie moved to Suncoast from Sam’s Town.  Now Suncoast runs Seven Card Stud High/Low four days a week.  They are known as the place for Las Vegas Seven Card Stud High/Low.

I like seeing games other than Texas Hold’em getting spread in Las Vegas.  It gives poker players another reason to visit.  It also gives us locals that are sick of Texas Hold’em something different to play.  If you enjoy mixed games and Aria is a bit too much of a nosebleed for you then drop by Tropicana.

Advantage Play Alert

If you have never had a player’s card from Tropicana then you can freeroll them for $200.  Sign up for a player’s card at their player’s club.  They will then reimburse you for up to $200 in losses on slots and video poker that you have on your first day of play.  If you lose $20 or more on your first visit make sure to go to the player’s club before midnight.  They will then immediately put half of your losses on your player’s card as free play.  The other half appears in 30 days and is good for a year.  The wager requirement for the free play is just 1x.  The best video poker I found was 9/6/5 Double Bonus.  I suggest playing the free play on the video blackjack at the bar as a push will clear your bonus which basically makes a push a win.

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