Sahara Las Vegas Unveils New Poker Room on Friday

Casino Poker Table, Sahara Las Vegas Logo
A favorite among locals, the SAHARA Las Vegas Hotel & Casino will be getting in on the poker action by opening their brand-new live poker room to the gambling public this Friday, Feb. 14.

Valentine’s Day will be the first time the casino has had a poker room on property since 2011, right before it shut down for three years to make renovations, re-opening as the SLS. After five years as being known as SLS, the company officially reintroduced their iconic, flagship brand name last June.

According to the casino’s official press release, the poker room’s daily hours of operation will be 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. local time. The room will feature seven tables offering real money action in a game chart that will include Texas Hold’em, 7 Card Stud, and Pot Limit Omaha players. A variety of mix games will also be available, depending on what spreads players are seeking.

Along with the seven tables, the room will include a 16’x9′ LED display video, five additional screens scattered throughout the room, daily tournaments, and 24/7 available food service provided by nearby Northside Café.

The daily tournaments will offer a minimum of four start times throughout the day, with buy-ins ranging from $45-$100. The primary tournament will be No Limit Texas Holdem.

“The Poker Room at SAHARA Las Vegas also offers a competitive rake at 10 percent with a $4 max,” according to the release.

SAHARA’s $150 Million Dollar Renovations

“The return of SAHARA Las Vegas to The Strip is significant for the city,” said Alex Meruelo, owner of SAHARA Las Vegas.

“The reimagining of this iconic resort will enable an enhanced guest experience that runs contrary to the megaresorts that have recently dominated the Las Vegas landscape. At SAHARA Las Vegas, guests will be greeted with a warm, customized experience set within a fully modern, dynamic resort.

We know guests come to Las Vegas to create memories, and we plan to help them do just that in a beautifully curated, intimate resort experience with personalized services that make everyone feel special.”

Interior Renovations

  • Sahara’s recently completed $150 million resort overhaul includes:
  • Entirely new updated casino floor
  • The luxurious new 24-hour CASBAR Lounge, located on the main casino floor
  • An Infinity premium gaming lounge
  • Revamped hotel rooms and updated hotel towers (including the tower’s names)
  • Renovated suites and corridors
  • Upgraded spa
  • New front desk/hotel lobby area

Exterior Renovations

  • Continued remodeling of the main porte cochère
  • A full renovation of the resort’s main pool
  • Second-story 18,500 square-foot combination nightclub, lounge and theatrical space, which will be positioned alongside the resort’s main pool
  • Exterior building refresh and new paint color
  • Marquee signage and letting including Sahara’s new branded logo

Food & Beverage Additions

  • Beers and Bets, casual American cuisine with offering a great sports-viewing experience (formerly Umami Burger, located next to the property’s sports book)
  • Uno Mas, Mexican street fare and street tacos, plus a fully-stocked tequila bar and Mexican beer
  • New Starbucks on property

Grand Opening Celebration, Feb. 21

To kick off the launch of their new poker room, SAHARA will be holding a grand opening celebration for players next Friday, Feb. 21. The celebration will include complimentary “champagne, hors d’oeuvres, branded swag, gift cards and giveaways.” According to the casino, “bounties will also be in play for the exciting event.”

About Sahara Las Vegas

The iconic SAHARA Las Vegas Casino & Resort first opened on Oct. 7, 2 1952. It has been a staple on the Las Vegas Strip for nearly 70 years and was a favorite spot for Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack. Over the years, it also hosted the Beatles and a NASCAR Café.

It’s gone through some notable changes over the past decade, including a recession, and being bought out by LA-based Meruelo Group. The Meruelo Group ownership resulted in the property transferring the casino’s resort name and entity to SLS Las Vegas Hotel for five years.

When the property’s current owner, Alex Meruelo, took back control of the then-SLS property in April 2018, he wanted to change the name back to its original moniker, because of how recognizable the name has been throughout Las Vegas’ history.

The property officially returned to its traditional name, SAHARA Las Vegas, last summer. Refreshing the property has been a top priority since then, paying homage to the traditional property and old Vegas, while infusing it with modern flair for modern Vegas.

“The Sahara played an important role in the evolution of the destination,” Meruelo said at SAHARA’s rebranding company event. “We are writing the next chapter in the city’s evolution, for the love of Vegas.”