Excalibur Las Vegas Poker Room
Excalibur carries a castle theme from the medieval era. The casino is located at one of the busiest intersections in the U.S. at the corner of Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. Excalibur has 12 poker tables. At one time, those tables were electronic Pokertek machines. That experiment failed and live dealers returned.
The Excalibur poker room is located towards the rear of the casino. Players that self park will find the poker room just inside the rear entrance to the casino. Players arriving by taxi or the tram from Luxor and Mandalay Bay will walk toward the table games pit. The poker room is located at the back end of the table games pit past the craps tables. If arriving from the Luxor walkway, go down the escalator just outside the food court. Walk straight ahead past the table game area. The poker room is just past the craps pit.
Floor and Dealers
The floor people at Excalibur are involved and get to know the players in the combination locals and tourist poker room. Dealers are professionals, many of whom returned after the electronic machines were removed.
Popular Games and Limits
There are two common games dealt at Excalibur. They are 1/2 No Limit Texas Hold’em and 2-6 Spread Limit Texas Hold’em. The spread limit game has just one blind and is the only spread limit game that can be found on a regular basis on the Las Vegas Strip. This game is popular among locals as the game is unique in Las Vegas among low limit games. Other games will be dealt upon request if there are enough players.
The Excalibur Poker Room offers four daily tournaments. At 9am, there is a $35 No Limit Texas Hold’em tournament that starts with 3000 chips and has 15 minute levels. At 1pm and 5pm, there is a $50 buy in tournament. The starting stack is 4000 chips and the levels are 15 minutes. Each day except Saturday, there is a $50 buy in tournament that has 15 minute levels and a 5000 starting stack. On Saturdays at 8pm, there is a $50 buy in with a $500 first place guarantee. The starting stack is 5000 and levels are 15 minutes.
Players may late register or reenter any tournament before the first break. Players must have an MLife card to enter a tournament. The MLife card is used at all Las Vegas MGM properties including Aria and Bellagio.
Players that are clocked in for cash games with their MLife card will receive $1 an hour in comps. Comps may be used for food, hotel, or gift shop. Players that average five hours of play per day will receive 25% off their hotel room upon request.
Jackpot and Other Promotions
Players that make a high hand of four of a kind or better or pocket aces cracked will spin the prize wheel. There is also a small bad beat jackpot for a player that loses aces full or better to four of a kind or better.
Atmosphere and Features
The poker room is very plain with average tables and chairs. The poker room is in the middle of the rear casino floor so potential players walking by from any direction will see it. The sports book is located almost adjacent to the poker room. All tables have automatic shufflers. The poker tables are spread apart so that there are no problems with tightness like many other Las Vegas Strip properties have.
Excalibur has many restaurants but poker players will likely prefer the food court which is upstairs from the casino floor. There are several fast food type restaurants in the food court including McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Quizno’s. There is also a pretzel shop, ice cream parlor, and doughnut shop.
Excalibur’s hotel is over 20 years old. The hotel rooms show their age. The hotel rooms still provide a great value to poker players, especially with the 25% discount for playing five or more hours per day on average.
3850 Las Vegas Blvd South * 705-597-7625
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