Vegas, Wifi, and Internet Poker
I am in Vegas for the World Series of Poker, which means 30 days of living out of a suitcase in a hotel room. After using the internet connection in the hotel for less than a few hours there is one thing that really stands out: this is the worst connection ever. Constant disconnections, tons of lag, and I have no idea how secure/unsecure the network is. These things all make it impossible to play online poker.
I did some research on wifi cards and came across Clear, which currently has 4g network infrastructure in Las Vegas as well as a month-to-month payment plan. Jackpot!
They have two options, buy online or buy in one of their Vegas stores, which are about five minutes off the strip. I choose to do an in-store buy because I wanted the connection right away. Purchasing the plan/card was really easy. I was somewhat hesitant because I never heard of this provider before, but I was really impressed with their store and knowledge. All-in-all I paid about $170 dollars for the modem, activation, and one month of coverage. I was also in and out of the store in 15 minutes, which is unbelievable when you think of average time spent in cell phone stores.
Since buying the card I have played six sessions of online poker on just about every single site. My average session is about five hours. I have had one disconnect, after four hours during the first session. Since then it has been flawless, including an eight hour session.
I am in one of these mega hotels in Vegas and my connection is usually one or two bars out of 10. The connection manager rates this as a ‘weak signal’. This is somewhat worrisome, but like I said, I was able to play a couple of big sessions without a single disconnect.
The speed seems pretty solid, it is not your cable modem, but for browsing webpages its perfectly fine.
I would easily recommend this to any online poker player spending the month in Vegas. Especially when you consider the $14.95/day fee for using the hotel’s unstable internet, this card becomes a no brainer.