Venue of the 2008 World Series of Poker
Since 2005 the Rio has had the honour of hosting one of the world’s most foremost sporting events, the unparalleled World Series of Poker, and apart from the more than adequate gaming space, the Rio offers well appointed accommodation, steamy nightlife and a host of other entertainment.
The Rio started off as a simple ‘locals’ casino, a casino built primarily to attract residents rather than the burgeoning number of national and international tourists who flocked to Las Vegas each year, and it was the first all suite hotel in Vegas.
It was purchased by Harrah’s Entertainment in 1999 for a very tidy $888 million but arguably only came of age when it hosted the 2005 WSOP, finally replacing Binion’s Horseshoe Casino as the preferred venue.
The Rio’s towers are clad in signature red and purple glass which adds more glitz and glamour to the already ‘crazy’ Las Vegas skyline and they house over 2 500 suites, all of which are remarkably spacious, to say the very least. If you’re an avid vintner, or even just enjoy wine, then the Rio is the place to be – it boasts a wine cellar accommodating over 50 000 bottles of premium wine!
One hundred thousand square feet of desert has been lost to accommodate the Rio’s casino and apart from the 1200 slots and video poker machines, there are eighty table games available to the punter including the good old favourites blackjack, craps, baccarat, roulette, Let it Ride and Caribbean Stud Poker. In an effort to accommodate all gaming appetites, the casino offers limits for both the timid and the high rollers.
There is also a dedicated poker room where WSOP hopefuls can hone their skills; and a sports book for those more interested in the antics of athletes, horses or very fast motor vehicles!
Apart from the obvious attraction of the premier poker event taking place within its parameters each year, ‘the Carnival World Buffet’ has been the Rio’s most important draw card since its inception way back in 1990.
It was the first buffet in Vegas to boast a whole range of cooking stations and themed sections on the line, and the Rio buffet has been credited with taking Vegas buffets to a whole new level as far as quality, selection and price goes! So, come to the Rio eat, drink and make merry at the final table!