Overview: Bellagio has positioned itself as the most frequent host of the nosebleed-stakes Open Face Chinese games – while Aria may have had a $1000/pt game two nights during June, Bellagio routinely had $300-$500/pt games going every night; consistency as opposed to a huge hit once in a while. To be honest, I can’t really speak to how that game played or the details of it since I don’t have the bankroll to be playing in such a game; however, I was able to watch a few hands of such stakes. But I am not writing this review solely based on that – I have played at Bellagio when they were running more moderate stakes – $10/pt and $20/pt games. The problem is that such games are quite rare. In true Bellagio fashion, Bellagio only caters to the creme de la creme when it comes to Open Face Chinese. (And although off-topic to a Review of the Room’s Open Face Chinese Game, this sort of disparate treatment is very similar to what many people say about how they treat their 1-2 and 2-5 NLHE players as compared to how they treat their high rollers and nosebleed players).
If you’re looking for mid-stakes games, I would chose WSOP or Aria over Bellagio; unless the game is already running at Bellagio. However, if you’re looking for the highest stakes in Las Vegas, Bellagio is absolutely the most likely place to find it, but odds are those looking for such stakes already know that.
Rake: $15 per 1/2 hour, plus mandatory $5 dealer tip. This rake applies to every level, so it’s actually cheaper to play at Rio for the $10 or $25/pt games.
Rules: Bellagio freezes the button for FantasyLand. I have played there when they run the game with the 3-handed variant with the button sitting out (this was the main reason the button-freezing rule came about). Reoccurring FL was the rule, there were no other options. Trips in the middle is worth 2.