CityCenter Las Vegas
CityCenter Las Vegas

Rich and famous poker enthusiasts can now look forward to a brand new and exclusive poker room at Aria, the one and only casino at CityCenter. The new poker room, known as Ivey Room, has been set up in honour of the internationally acclaimed poker pro Phil Ivey.

MGM Mirage, the operator of Aria, said on Thursday that it will launch a single-table, high-limit room in honour of poker pro Phil Ivey at Aria Resort and Casino located at CityCenter. The $8.5 billion worth CityCenter is jointly owned by Dubai World and MGM Mirage.

A huge majority of poker enthusiasts consider Ivey to be among the best of modern poker pros. Ivey has won millions of dollars in tournaments and cash games, including 7 prestigious World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets. Last year, he finished seventh in the 2009 WSOP main event $10,000 Buy-in No-limit Texas Hold’em and won $1.4 million in this most prestigious of poker tournaments.

Ivey also emerged victorious in two more tournaments in WSOP 2009. Although he did not reveal exactly how much he won, poker enthusiasts feel that he won a significant amount of cash, especially on side bets made with other poker players on his poker results.

CityCenter Aria Poker Room
Poker at the Aria

Aria’s Ivey Room reminds poker enthusiasts of another famous poker room, launched exclusively for the richest and best poker players of the world - Bobby’s Room at Bellagio.

The room was launched in honour of Bobby Baldwin, the chief construction and design officer of MGM Mirage.

Baldwin, popularly known by the nickname “Owl”, is well-known for his poker talents. He won the main event of WSOP 1978 in addition to 3 other WSOP tournaments. Baldwin also supervised the construction of CityCenter, which sprawls over 67 acres and features only one casino - the Aria.

Plans are afoot to launch the Ivey Room with an exclusive VIP and celebrity poker tournament on Saturday. The lucky winner can take home a fabulous sum of $250,000. Besides, the winner will also get an opportunity to win a share of $250,000 playing Ivey Heads-up. Ambitious players must defeat Phil Ivey if they want to win $100,000.

Unfortunately, there are no satellites running for the exclusive VIP and celebrity tournament, however there are numerous 2010 WSOP satellites, so if you want to play against a well known poker pro, or the occasional celebrity who participates in the main event, chances a plenty!

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