I've been to Vegas twice.. the first time my wife and I went by ourselves and stayed at Aria (loved it), second time my wife and I went with another couple and we stayed at Monte Carlo (had a great time on the trip but Monte Carlo was definitely a big downgrade from Aria). This time I'm going on a guy's trip from Wednesday September 28th through Sunday October 2nd. Right now two of us are confirmed to be going, with a possibility of the number reaching four. My buddy who is for sure going with me has never been to Vegas. We are all in our late 20's age wise. We both like to play poker (cash games, 1/2 NL holdem mostly) and will also play some video poker, penny slots (really just for the free drinks) and some other lower dollar table games (not a huge gambling budget). I went on the Sin City club crawl last trip and had a blast so will be doing that again for sure. No real interest in seeing any shows this trip (went to quite a few with my wife last two trips and not really my cup of tea). We are also all big sports fans so we will be trying to watch and bet on some games while we are there. The first night we are actually going to be staying downtown at the Golden Nugget because I really enjoyed spending a day/half a day downtown on my previous two trips and want my buddy who has never been to Vegas to experience it as well. For Thursday, Friday and Saturday night I have narrowed it down to Aria, Bellagio, Planet Hollywood or Linq.. We would like to ideally book a room at around $150 or less per night, not including taxes and resort fees (which I acknowledge may be tough to find at Aria/Bellagio, but that $150/night isn't set in stone by any means). Linq has been the cheapest and PH not much more expensive from the research I've done thus far. We want a room with two queen beds in case it does in fact end up being four guys. Aside from the price, what we are looking for in a hotel would be a younger crowd/scene, a nice pool and a decent room (I felt like the standard room at Monte Carlo was kinda blah so would like something nicer than that, but not super important because we won't be spending a whole lot of time in the room). Central location is also what we are looking for, which I feel like all four of those hotels are pretty central. Definitely want the hotel we stay at to have a Poker room (that's why Cosmo wasn't in consideration, although I definitely enjoyed hanging out and gambling in that hotel on my previous trips). So just looking for advice/opinions on those 4 hotels and am certainly open to listening to any other suggestions of hotels that fit some of the criteria I outlined above. Also would love to hear if anyone has any tips for finding the best price on rooms and when would be the best time to book (got a good email offer on Golden Nugget so that night is booked already). Sorry for the long winded post and thank you in advance for the help!