Named in recognition of founder Benny Binion, Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel is steeped in poker history. Players at Binion’s (formerly Binion’s Horseshoe) can gamble on the site of many legendary multi-million-dollar clashes, such as the 1949 heads-up match between Johnny Moss and Nick “The Greek” Dandolos. In its former incarnation, Binion’s was also the home of the World Series of Poker from its inception in 1970 until 2004.
Following a 2008 redesign, Binion’s poker room now spreads roughly 10 tables of action. Managers have received high praise for this update, with gamblers complimenting the new Poker Hall of Fame display. These large photographs display emotive images from World Series of Poker history, including Stu Ungar’s dramatic comeback, a young Phil Hellmuth winning the championship in 1989, and pictures from Johnny Chan’s era of domination in the late ’80s.
Binion’s encourages poker players with their $10 meal ticket deal for players who compete in the room’s daily tournaments and move on to sit for one hour in the cash games. These games take place in a crucible-style poker room that is at a lower level than the rest of the main casino floor. The Binion’s poker schedule focuses upon the game of hold’em in its limit and no-limit forms, though other games can be started on request.
Loyalty is the key to the action at Binion’s. Saturday raffles take place, giving randomly drawn cash game players a free entry to the next day’s big tournament. Binion;s offers a cash back program for players based on hours per month played. Mid-stakes cash games and affordable regular tournaments give the impression that Binion’s wants to re-establish itself as a grassroots poker venue away from the throbbing televised circus of the major tournament settings.
Binion's has a separate tournament room with over a dozen tables where their popular $10K guarantee Saturday and Sunday tournaments are held.