Santa Fe Station Poker Room
Santa Fe Station is in the far northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley. It is a locals casino that is owned and operated by Station Casinos. It is the only casino in the area and draws players from that entire portion of the Las Vegas area.
The poker room at Santa Fe Station is the only one for more than 10 miles. This gives it enough players to spread many games on its 14 tables. This includes fixed-limit and no-limit hold’em, as well as Omaha Hi/Lo. There are also at least two tournaments every day.
Santa Fe Station is a full-service locals resort. It has all the amenities of a typical casino of its size.
Best and Worst Features of Santa Fe Station Poker Room
The games at Santa Fe Station are full of friendly locals. The staff is helpful and professional. The games play loose for a locals’ joint. Parking, including valet, is always free at Santa Fe Station.
Most of the action at Santa Fe Station is low limit. Its location is not convenient, except for those that live in the far northwest corner of the Las Vegas Valley. It is not worth the drive for most residents and tourists.
Santa Fe Station Poker Room Cash Games
Santa Fe Station’s poker room spreads three levels of fixed-limit hold’em. Those are 2/4, 3/6, and 4/8.
There is a 1/2 no-limit game that runs most hours of the day. It allows buy-ins from $100 to $500. Busier hours see a 3/6 or 4/8 fixed-limit Omaha Hi/Lo table.
Santa Fe Station Poker Rake and Hourly Rate
The poker room at Santa Fe Station rakes 10% up to $4 from all games. This is $1 lower than many other poker rooms in Las Vegas. It is $1 more than The Orleans and Sam’s Town, which rake $3 and put $2 in the jackpot drop.
Poker players at Santa Fe Station earn $1 an hour in points when clocked in with their Boarding Pass card. That is Station Casinos’ loyalty club. Players earn 1,000 tier points for every hour at cash game tables.
Players that give 40 hours of live action receive VIP parking access and priority valet service. Comps may be used at any food or retail outlet at any Station Casinos property.
Santa Fe Station Poker Tournaments
Santa Fe Station hosts two poker tournaments every day. The start times are noon and 7 pm. Both are no-limit hold’em with a $45 buy-in. Of that, $34 goes to the prize pool. The house takes $8 as an admin fee. The other $3 goes towards a tournament bad beat jackpot. There is a $20 re-buy that is not juiced.
Players start with 4,000 chips. There is a 500-chip bonus for registering at least one hour before the tournament starts. Blinds start at 25/50 and go up every 20 minutes. The re-buy is 4,000 chips. Players may re-buy anytime their stack is at or below the starting amount of 4,000 chips.
There is a weekly fixed-limit Omaha Hi/Lo tournament on Thursdays at 10 am. The buy-in is $50 with $34 going to the prize pool. There is a $20 re-buy. Players start with 6,000 chips. Re-buys are 4,000 chips. Blinds go up every 20 minutes.
Santa Fe Station Poker Promotions
Tournament players have some promotions that are funded with a $3 drop from buy-in.
A player that makes four of a kind with a pair in the hole wins $50. A straight flush wins $100, while a royal flush pays $200, when using both hole cards. A player that loses aces full of tens or better to four of a kind or better triggers the progressive bad beat jackpot.
There are cash game high hand promotions daily. A player that makes a royal flush in a cash game using both hole cards wins $250. Flopping four of a kind wins $500.
The Santa Fe Station poker room picks other promotions that often include specific full houses. There are $400 drawings during Sunday, Monday, and Thursday night football games.
Things to Do at Santa Fe Station Besides Playing Poker
Santa Fe Station is a large gaming resort. The newly remodeled sportsbook is in sight of the poker room. You can visit the sportsbook bar and have a drink while betting on a game and sit in the comfortable sportsbook seating.
Santa Fe Station has some of the best video poker in Las Vegas. More than a dozen video poker machines spread full-pay Deuces Wild, Loose Deuces, Joker Poker, Double Bonus Poker, and Double Double Bonus Poker. There are many other machines that return more than 99%, including 8/5 Bonus Poker, which is available at every bar.
Santa Fe Station has a large table games pit. The best game is double deck blackjack. It has a $5 minimum bet. Double down before and after splitting is permitted. The dealer hits soft 17.
Craps has a $5 minimum with ten times odds. Other $5 table games include double-zero roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Four Card Frenzy, Three Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker, and baccarat.
There are several things to do besides gambling at Santa Fe Station. There is a bowling alley and movie theater at Santa Fe Station. There are several restaurants, including the Broiler Room and an oyster bar that is the sister establishment to the famous one at Palace Station. There is also a food court.
Poker Rooms Near Santa Fe Station
Santa Fe Station has a poker monopoly for its part of Las Vegas. Poker rooms closed in recent years at Aliante Casino and Texas Station.
The closest poker room to Santa Fe Station is at Red Rock Resort. It spreads 1/2 and 2/5 no-limit hold’em. It also has 2/4 and 4/8 fixed-limit hold’em. Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo runs a few days a week in 4/8 limit and 2-10 spread limit. Red Rock Resort has two daily tournaments.
The only other poker room within any reasonable driving range is at the Cannery on Craig Road in North Las Vegas. This poker room only has a 2-6 spread limit hold’em game. It does not spread any fixed-limit or no-limit games. No tournaments are offered by the Cannery.