By Steve Beauregard
(UPDATE: On August 7, 2016, the Linq closed their poker room, again. We will update this article if and when the poker room re-opens. Below is the original article we wrote for the fun little poker room at the Linq Hotel & Casino)
One of the benefits of the renovation, remodeling and rebranding of the former Imperial Palace into the new Linq Hotel and Casino (formerly the Quad Resort and Casino for a few months), is the addition of a clean, spanking new poker room on the Las Vegas Strip that is perfect for the low-limit and/or beginning Texas Hold’em poker player.
Unlike the dark, dusty old Imperial Palace poker room, the Linq’s poker room is clean, new, modern and centrally located along the well-traveled air-conditioned short cut walkway between the new Linq retail shops, and Harrah’s Hotel and Casino.
And in case you were wondering, yes, the Linq poker room is back, and open.
I mention this, because on January 18th, 2015, the Linq had closed their poker room. They wrote then, in a Twitter message:
“It is with great sorrow that we announce the closure of the Linq Poker Room. We want to thank you all for the years of patronage and support.”
However the Linq reopened the room seven months later as part of a remodeling project that brought more light into the Strip side entrance. And on August 24, 2015, you could, once again, play poker at the Linq.
It’s official $1-$1 No Limit is back. pic.twitter.com/VnzvvQCkRB
— The Linq Poker Room (@LinqPoker) August 26, 2015
The poker room at the Linq consists of six tables, although there are usually just a few tables running at any given time.
The Linq, along with the Flamingo, next door, (I consider the Flamingo to be the best Poker Room in Las Vegas for Beginners), offer the lowest limit poker games on the Las Vegas Strip.
While the Flamingo spreads $2/$4 limit Texas hold’em. The Linq has $1/$1 No-Limit hold’em with a minimum buy-in of $50, although typically, your buy-in for a game of $1/$2 No limit hold’em should be $200.
The Linq also, on a Tuesday night, ran a $1/1 Pot-Limit Omaha game.
It’s still early since the poker room opened up again, but as of yet, I have not seen them spread limit Texas hold’em, like they used to.
Linq Poker Room Daily Tournaments and Schedule
In addition to offering low-limit games, the newly renovated poker room at the Linq has some of the lowest buy-in poker tournaments in Las Vegas, at just a $45 buy-in.
Technically, the Plaza Hotel and Casino on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas has lower buy-in tournaments, however they involve a player using the PokerPro machines, rather than sitting down and playing at a live table with an actual human dealer and actual chips. Thus, I don’t really consider it to be a real poker tournament.
Nevertheless, the Linq’s multiple daily tournaments feature a buy-in of the aforementioned $45. The times are as follows:
With this attractive buy-in, and busy location, the Linq is likely to recapture it status as the popular home for players wanting smaller tournaments. Their previous low buy-in tournaments were nearly always run, with the nightly tournaments having multiple tales and often, even waiting lists.
Linq Poker Room Promotions
Unlike the fun aces cracked the room used to run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, it appears the new room will have high hand bonuses throughout the day. They include the following:
$50 for a four of a kind (you have to use both of your hole cards to make the four-of-a-kind.
$100 for a straight flush
$200 for a Royal Flush.
Linq Poker Room Extras
As with other Las Vegas poker rooms, the Linq serves complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails to all poker players. An unusual feature at the Linq is that the cocktail waitresses punch in your drink order on an Ipad, where presumably the bartender can see it on a computer bar, therefore getting a head start on the order. However I personally haven’t experienced a noticeable increase in the timeliness of my drink service at the Linq with this new technology.
What I have noticed, is that the Linq’s poker room waitresses have all been very friendly, polite, and outgoing. This is a nice contrast to some of the other poker room waitresses, (like at the Flamingo), who can seem a little gruff and impatient with the customers. But I supposed years spent on your feet dealing with drunk poker players can do that to a person.
As touched on earlier, part of what makes this poker room work is its incredibly convenient location. With the Harrah’s entrance and Guy Fieri’s popular new restaurant, “Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar” on one end, and the entrance to the Linq shopping plaza on the other, the resort’s poker room will have literally millions of people walking by it annually. Undoubtedly, a decent portion of these tourists will make the stop and hop into a game, or enter into one of the Linq’s numerous daily beginner-friendly poker tournaments.
As with most low-limit Las Vegas poker tables, your game at the Linq should be mostly full of fun-loving tourists such as yourself. Occasionally you’ll get seated next to a grumpy, jaded off-duty local casino employee, but that’s more of the exception than the rule.
Also, as part of Caesars Entertainment’s chain of resorts, you can have the dealer swipe your Total Rewards card when first sitting down, to collect $1 in rewards credits for every hour spent at the felt.
With the popularity of the Linq plaza, and the new High Roller Observation wheel, the Linq Hotel and Casino’s central location means it’s going to be a heavily-trafficked, busy casino for decades to come.
Caesars Entertainment has recognized this, and thus, the complete renovation of the Imperial Place/Quad Hotel and Casino. And with the poker room prominently situated in a highly-trafficked area, it’s likely that – even in a constantly changing Las Vegas poker room scene – this little room will survive, (if not thrive) during all of the poker booms and busts to come.