The poker room in Mandalay Bay is typically a slow poker room. Located at the far south end of the Las Vegas Strip, there is little in the way of foot traffic in front of the room beyond hotel guests. The poker room is home to a solid set of locals, as well as a few tourists.
A CardsChat report states that the poker rooms at The Mirage, Mandalay Bay, and Excalibur will not be reopening following their pandemic-forced closures in March. Now it appears that the poker rooms will never reopen.
- The Mandalay Bay poker room can be found just beyond the sportsbook in its own elevated area of the casino floor. The raised platform is surrounded by Roman-style pillars and a low ornate railing and heralded by an enormous glowing “poker room” sign.
- Three more Las Vegas poker rooms are no more. According to a report from CardsChat, MGM properties Excalibur, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage have shuttered their poker rooms for good. They'd all been.
Home to 10 tables, there are typically only a handful of cash games running. The main game is a $100-$300 buyin 1/2 No Limit Texas Hold’em. Occasionally there will be a 2/5 no limit game or a small fixed limit game.
When there is UFC on at the hotel, the games usually fill up much quicker and the quality of the games goes up considerably， due to the number of recreational players who are just in town to watch the fights. The best nights for playing are usually the nights before and the night of the UFC events, as players are generally in town just to party and don’t mind throwing away a few buyins at poker after downing some beers earlier in the night.
Services Offered and Other Amenities
The poker room uses automatic shufflers at the tables. There are several TVs, and big screen TVs that can be seen in the adjoining sports book. Restrooms are just beyond the sports book. Players may receive a massage at the table. The standard poker room cocktail service is offered.
Is the Poker Room Smoky/Noisy
Most of the time the Mandalay Bay Poker Room is pretty much smoke free. Mandalay Bay is not a smoky casino to begin with, and the poker room only shares one open wall with it. The sports book can be loud during major events, though the majority of the time, the poker room is extremely relaxing and quiet.
What are the Comps Like
Like all MGM properties, Mandalay Bay gives players $1 an hour in comps when players clock in with their M Life card. Comps may be used for food or hotel. Players that average 5 hours a day will qualify for the casino rate at the hotel. Casino rate is 25% off of the published price.
Are Any Non Holdem Games Available?
The Mandalay Bay Poker Room offers only Texas Hold’em games.
Mandalay Bay Poker Tournaments
Mandalay Bay offers many different No Limit Texas Hold’em tournaments. Every Monday-Thursday, there is a $30+$10 tournament at 10am. Players start with 3000 tournament chips. At 3pm and 7pm every Monday-Thursday there is a $40+$10 tournament. Players start with 3000 chips in these tournaments as well. On Friday and Saturday there is a $30+10 at 10am and a $40+$10 at 1pm. Both tournaments start with 3000 chips. Sundays at 11am and 2pm there is a $40+$10 tournament that starts with 3000 chips.
All of the above tournaments have 15 minute levels. At 5pm every Friday and Saturday, there is an $85+$15 bounty tournament. The bounty is $25 and is included in the $85. The bounty tournaments start with 5000 chips. Bounty tournaments have 20 minute levels. Players may reenter or late register for the tournament during the first two levels.
The Mandalay Bay Poker Room also offers sit and gos. These are one or two table tournaments, depending on demand. While they do not run often, they do take off during some peak times. The buyin is $50+$15. First place wins 70% of the prize pool, while 2nd place receives the other 30% of the prize pool. Players may reenter or late register during the first two levels. Levels go up every 10 minutes.
The Mandalay Bay Poker Room does not distribute their Genesis Bravo Poker system information to the Bravo Poker app. Players must call or visit the room for information. Call ins for the waitlist are accepted.
How Much is the Rake and is There a Jackpot Drop?
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Like many of the other south Vegas strip properties, The Mandalay Bay Poker Room rakes 10% up to $4. There is also a $1 jackpot drop taken when the pot reaches $10. This jackpot drop goes towards splash pots and high hands. There are $50 splash pots every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday between noon and 4am. Between 4am and noon, splash pots are $100. A splash pot occurs on the following hand when a player hits a qualifying high hand of four of a kind, straight flush, or royal flush using both hole cards. Four of a kind wins $50, a straight flush wins $100, and a royal flush $250 for the winning player in the hand that triggers the splash pot.
How to Get There from Inside the Casino
The Mandalay Bay Poker Room is located on the west side of the property. When coming in from the front entrance, walk to the casino floor and follow the far left wall. The poker room is between the casino cage and sports book. If arriving by the tram that travels from Excalibur, walk to the right, then straight ahead when reaching the casino floor. When reaching the far west wall, the poker room is between the casino cashier cage and the sports book. If walking over from Luxor, the poker room will be on the right shortly after stepping off of the escalator.
Mandalay Bay is on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. The resort is known for its convention business.
The number of tables running and quality of the games can depend solely on the volume of conventioneers staying on the property. This was exacerbated when Mandalay Bay started charging locals to park there. Las Vegas residents tend to avoid properties that charge for parking.
The Mandalay Bay poker room spreads ten tables. It is located right next to the sportsbook. This is a nice feature for players that want to make a bet on a game or horse while at the poker tables.
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Each seat has a USB port. Tables have automatic shufflers and Bravo Poker waitlists. Players may order food and have it delivered to their seat in the poker room.
Comps earned in cash games may be used for tableside service or at any other dining establishment on the property.
Best and Worst Features of Mandalay Bay Poker Room
The televisions from the sportsbook may be seen from many seats in the poker room. The ticket counters are convenient as well.
Mandalay Bay often takes a $2 jackpot drop. It is also unfortunate that parking must be paid for, and the parking deck and tram are a long walk from the poker room. There is usually only a 1/2 no-limit Hold’em game running.
The only regular cash game found at Mandalay Bay is 1/2 no-limit Hold’em. It has a buy-in range of $100 to $300.
A 2/5 game with buy-ins of $200 to $2,000 may run on weekends, though this is rare.
Mandalay Bay rakes 10% up to $5. It also takes a $2 jackpot drop to fund promotions.
Cash game players clocked in with an MLife card receive $2 an hour in comps that may be used at many outlets on the property.
Some outlets will deliver directly to the poker table. Players that give 75 hours of cash game action in a year receive free parking.
Poker comps may not be transferred to other MGM Resorts casinos.
Mandalay Bay offers three tournaments daily. The times are 11 am, 3 pm, and 10 pm. The buy-in is $45+$20.
All tournaments are no-limit Hold’em. Players start with 10,000 chips. Blinds start at 100/200. Blinds go up every 15 minutes. Late registration lasts through the first four levels. There are no guaranteed prize pools for these tournaments.
This structure is a turbo format. The starting level is much higher than most other tournaments with a similar chip stack. Levels go up every 15 minutes when competitors often have 20-minute blinds. Players should consider the format when paying $20 in juice to enter.
A high-hand bonus runs 24 hours a day. The player must use both hole cards to qualify. The payouts are as follows.
- Full house jacks or better: $50
- Four of a kind: $100
- Straight flush: $300
- Royal flush: $500
There is also a $150 high hand every hour.
Players receive one point for every hour of cash game action from midnight to 4 am Monday through Thursday and midnight to 10 am on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The top three players receive a prize. First place is $550. Second place wins $350. The third-place finisher in graveyard points takes home $150.
Things to Do at Mandalay Bay Besides Playing Poker
Mandalay Bay is a luxurious resort. It offers many of the amenities other upscale properties have. This includes a spa and two pools.
The sportsbook is just steps away from the Mandalay Bay poker room. Deposits and withdrawals for the MGM Resorts sports betting app may be made here. You can also take in a game here and enjoy drink service at your seat.
Blackjack players will find tables with a 3:2 payout on bets of $25 or more. Double down before and after splitting is accepted. Players may surrender on any two cards after the dealer checks for blackjack. Aces may be split up to four times. The dealer hits soft 17 in this game.
For $100, players will find these rules where the dealer stands on all 17s. There is also a $200 double-deck blackjack game with double down before and after splitting. The dealer stands on all 17s at this table, too.
Mandalay Bay is full of fine dining options. Choices include Libertine Social, Rivea, Red Square, Aureole, Charlie Palmer Steak, Stripsteak, Lupo, Border Grill, Della’s Kitchen, Foundation Room, and Fleur. There is also a buffet and food court.
The 1/2 no-limit Hold’em games may not be what you are looking for, or maybe you just need a break from them. There are a few poker rooms in the area to consider.
The Excalibur poker room is a short walk through the corridors. Go up the escalators from Mandalay Bay to the Luxor ones. Walk across the Luxor casino floor, and Excalibur is down that corridor.
Alternatively, you can take the tram from Mandalay Bay to Excalibur. Its station is outside. Enter the casino and walk across the casino floor. The Excalibur poker room spreads daily tournaments. Its cash games are 1/2 no-limit Hold’em and 2-6 spread-limit Hold’em.
MGM Grand is a bit farther than Excalibur in that direction. It requires crossing Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana Avenue. Take the tram to Excalibur to save some walking. MGM Grand spreads 1/2 and 2/5 no-limit Hold’em. It hosts two no-limit Hold’em tournaments a day.
South Point is a locals poker room a few miles south of Mandalay Bay on Las Vegas Blvd. It hosts two daily tournaments. The cash games there are 1/2 no-limit Hold’em and 2/4 fixed-limit Hold’em.