In addition to being able to earn comp dollars while playing poker in a live poker room, another great “gift from the poker gods” is the existence of poker room rates.
What is a Poker Room Rate?
Typically, when booking a hotel room in places like Las Vegas or Atlantic City, you’re likely to find the best rates online. Poker players, however, often “get dealt a better hand”, as many hotels with poker rooms offer what’s known as a “poker room rate”. Poker room rates usually go unpublished and are exclusively available via asking a poker room manager directly.
Poker room rates are often significantly lower than the rates you’ve originally booked at. The savings can really add up, especially on weekends and holidays, so be sure to keep this valuable tip in mind while on your poker vacation.
How Can I Make Sure I Get a Poker Room Rate?
Not every poker player qualifies for poker room rates. Each poker room usually has criteria that need to be met before a manager can offer the discounted room rate to a player. Typically you’ll need to play somewhere between 4–6 hours of poker at the hotel you’re staying at in order to qualify.
If you plan on working towards this goal of a poker room rate, it’s important to keep in mind that tournament play will not count towards this total. On the plus side, most casino hotels will allow hours to be pooled by players staying in the same room. So, in principle, you and your roommate can each play half as many hours and still qualify for a poker room rate.
Poker Room Rate Checklist
- Book your room online or over the phone using your Total Rewards card (so you can benefit from Room Upgrades / Late Check Outs / Cocktails and Dinner)
- Play enough hours in your hotel’s poker room to qualify for the discount
- Speak directly to the poker room manager to arrange for the poker room rate