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December 18, 2014

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Venetian’s new poker room offers more space, new deals

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.

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