Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 | 6 p.m.
Poker rooms are a point of pride for many Las Vegas casinos. There's the rich atmosphere of the Wynn, adorned by artwork and sitting near a Ferrari dealership; the celebrity draw of championship players to Bobby's Room at the Bellagio; and the sleek architecture of stacked card pillars surrounding the tables at the Aria.
But amid players nervously clicking their chips and hoping for the cards to fall their way, the Venetian is distinguishing its new poker space as the one with the most elbow room.
The Sands Poker Room recently opened as the largest on the Strip, spanning more than 14,000 square feet and 59 tables for 600 players.
It's also run by one of the game's newest hall-of-famers.
“We have carefully integrated new poker room features and services -- keeping poker player needs front-of-mind," said Kathy Raymond, the Venetian's executive director of poker operations and recent inductee into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.
New tables and furniture adds to the expanded design at a casino that already had a reputation as a top poker palace since the original room opened in 2006.
The new Sands room also offers poker "happy hours" twice daily and bonus jackpots.. Players may also use rewards points for tournament buy-ins, which the Venetian calls a first for Las Vegas.
In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.