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Bellagio Poker Room

Name Bellagio Poker Room
Address 3600 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109
City Las Vegas
Country United States of America

The Bellagio is a luxury resort, hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Built in 1998, the property houses 3,950 rooms and over 115,000 square feet of gaming space.

Bellagio Las Vegas Poker Room Contact Information

Phone 
(702) 693-7290 
Email 
[email protected] 
Social Media 
Facebook: /BellagioPokerRoomTwitter: @BellagioPoker

Bellagio Las Vegas Poker Room Cash Games

With 40 tables, the Bellagio Las Vegas Poker Room is one of the largest on the Las Vegas strip. The poker room was run by Poker Hall of Famer Jack McClelland from 2002-13.

Offering a wide selection of games and stakes, there's something for everyone at the Bellagio poker room.

GameStakes
No-Limit Hold'em$1/$3, $2/$5, $5/$10 and $10/$20
Limit Hold'em$4/$8, $10/$20, $20/$20, $40/$80 and $80/$160
Pot Limit Omaha$1/$3, $2/$5 and $10/$20
7 Card Stud$20/$40 and $40/$80
Mixed Games$4/$8, $30/$60 and $40/$80

Higher limits are available

Bobby's Room

The Bellagio poker room is perhaps best-known for Bobby's Room. Opened in 2004 and named after Bellagio owner Bobby Baldwin, the room has gained mythical status within the poker community as the home for some of the biggest cash games in the world.


Related: Take a Look Inside Bobby's Room


Several big stories have come out of the four walls of Bobby's Room in the past. In 2018, Gus Hansen logged 652 hours in 70 days at Bobby's Room while Patrik Antonius allegedly lost $500,000 playing $6/$12k Omaha Hi-Lo in 2019.

Bellagio Las Vegas Poker Room Tournaments

The Bellagio usually runs a 5pm daily tournament with a $125 buy-in tournament, however this is currently cancelled until further notice.

Aside from the daily tournaments, the Bellagio regularly hosts Bellagio Cup and Bellagio Mixed Game High Roller tournaments.

Bellagio Robberies

In 2012, two men wearing black wigs and sunglasses attempted to rob a high-stakes blackjack table. One of the men, Michael Belton, was tackled by casino employees shortly after the attempted heist.

Five years later, a masked man robbed the Bellagio poker cashier at gunpoint. The robbery was witnessed by numerous poker players, including Doyle Brunson, James Woods and Randy Ohel.

Eventually, in 2019, a man named Michael Charles Cohen attempted to rob the casino but was unsuccessful. Cohen was shot dead while trying to flee with a reported $35,000. It later transpired that he was the same masked man who robbed the property in 2017.

The Bellagio Bandit

The most high-profile robbery came in December 2010 when the Bellagio was robbed for cash and chips worth up to $1.5 million. The haul included a large amount of $25,000 Bellagio chips, called Cranberries due to their distinctive red shape.

As a result of the robbery, the Bellagio even took the stop to discontinue its $25,000 chips in order to thwart the robber from cashing in one of the high-value chips.

It took until February 2011 for the robber to get unmasked. Anthony Michael Carleo, nicknamed the Bellagio Bandit, was arrested after trying to sell stolen $25,000 Bellagio chips to an unmasked police officer.

Years later, Carleo recounted his story in an article for Rolling Stone.

"Look, I know I should have thrown those $25,000 chips away," he told Rolling Stone. "But who can throw away a million dollars?"

Bellagio WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic

The Bellagio has had a very close relationship with the World Poker Tour (WPT) ever since its inception in 2002. In fact, the very first WPT event was the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, held at the Bellagio. Since then, and allowing for the coronavirus pandemic, it has been held every single year and continues to attract some of the biggest names in poker.

In 2012, the event attracted controversy after it announced that it would allow unlimited entries for the first eight entries.

YearEntriesWinnerCountryPayout
2002146Gus HansenDenmark$556,460
2003314Paul PhillipsUnited States$1,101,908
2004376Daniel NegreanuCanada$1,770,218
2005555Rehne PedersenDenmark$2,078,185
2006583Joe HachemAustralia$2,207,575
2007664Eugene KatchalovUkraine$2,482,605
2008497Chino RheemUnited States$1,538,730
2009329Daniel AlaeiUnited States$1,428,430
2010438Antonio EsfandiariUnited States$870,124
2011413James DempseyUnited Kingdom$821,612
2012503Ravi RaghavanUnited States$1,268,571
2013449Dan SmithUnited States$1,161,135
2014586Mohsin CharaniaUnited States$1,177,890
2015639Kevin EysterUnited States$1,587,382
2016791James RomeroUnited States$1,938,118
2017812Ryan TosocUnited States$1,958,065
20181,001Dylan LindeUnited States$1,631,468
20191,035Alex FoxenUnited States$1,694,995

Related: Retrospective of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic


Bellagio All-Time Money List

Thomas Marchese sits atop the Bellagio all-time money list, thanks in part to his runner-up finish in the 2016 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, as well as numerous Super High Roller results at the Bellagio.

RankPlayerCountryCashes
1Thomas MarcheseUnited States$ 6,377,008
2Dan SmithUnited States$ 5,363,739
3Carlos MortensenSpain$ 5,197,451
4Daniel NegreanuCanada$ 5,135,744
5Jake SchindlerUnited States$ 3,882,378
6Joe Bartholdi Jr.United States$ 3,819,016
7William Alex FoxenUnited States$ 3,752,918
8David ChiuUnited States$ 3,546,996
9Erik SeidelUnited States$ 3,536,750
10Jason KoonUnited States$ 3,236,412

Courtesy of The Hendon Mob