So with the second shot in arm, after a little over a year, I climbed out of the cave and headed to the Bellagio to play. There I found plastic shielding on the tables and eight handed games to accommodate the plastic shields. This week I went down on Wednesday to find the plastic taken down but the games remained eight handed.

I liked the eight handed games. So I went and talked to the shift manger, a guy of known the best part of 30 years, and put my informal vote in to keep the tables eight handed. He said a lot of people like the eight handed tables and the powers that be are considering keeping the games that way going forward.

So do you like a shorter game? Why?


I like it purely because of the extra space along with a bit faster action without feeling short handed. I saw a tweet today from the aria claiming that they are keeping things 8-handed. Bigger poker rooms will definitely be able to (and should imo) keep things 8-handed, but smaller rooms that are pay for time rather than rake may not be willing/able to reduce the table size.

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    I Was in playing at Bellagio Saturday, they were still 8 handed but scuttlebutt was they would be going back to 9 handed.
    – Jon
    May 17 at 18:04

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