Big Game (poker)

The Big Game is a high-stakes poker cash game played in the "Bobby's Room", a cardroom named after Bobby Baldwin, at the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas.[1] In 2010, the game partially expanded to "The Ivey Room" at Aria Resort and Casino.[2] The table features no-limit and pot-limit games with wagers up to $100,000 per hand.[3] Limit games as high as $4,000/$8,000 are often played but $800/$1,600 is normal.[4][5]


The table features a variety of poker games played in rotation and changing every 8–10 hands. The games are selected from a list of the players' choices, including:

Usual playersEdit

Usually players buy in for $200,000–300,000, but anyone with the minimum buy in of $20,000 is welcome to play.[6] In addition to the occasional drop-in player, the following players have been known to play regularly in the Big Game over the years:[7]

Chip Reese was a regular until he died.


  1. ^ "A History of Bobby's Room in Bellagio, Las Vegas". durrrrchallenge. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  2. ^ Elissa Harwood (2010-09-02). "The New Big Game: $200/$400 Mixed Heats Up Aria's Ivey Room". PokerNews. Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  3. ^ Dan Michalski (2004). "RISK: The Biggest Game Ever". Retrieved 2014-12-23.
  4. ^ Sam Farha; Storms Reback (1 October 2007). Farha on Omaha: Expert Strategy for Beating Cash Games and Tournaments. Triumph Books. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-1-61749-920-3.
  5. ^ Des Wilson (2009). Ghosts at the Table: Riverboat Gamblers, Texas Rounders, Roadside Hucksters, and the Living Legends Who Made Poker What it is Today. Da Capo Press, Incorporated. pp. 269–. ISBN 978-0-7867-3205-0.
  6. ^ "Las Vegas Poker - Bobby's Poker Room - Bellagio"
  7. ^ Bluff Staff (2006). "The Big Game: A Closer Look At The Biggest Game In The World". BLUFF Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-12-23. Retrieved 2014-12-23.