Looking to plan a poker getaway and wondering where you’ll find the best poker cities across the US? National League of Poker is here to give you the down-low on where to find the best poker games from sea to shining sea.
The Windy City may not boast casinos where you can play poker, however within 20 minutes of the city; you’ll find great poker in Hammond, Gary, and other poker rooms in nearby Indiana. Huge tournaments, WSOP, and WPT events are held there on an annual basis. Poker rooms boasting over 20 tables of many different games and limits are available around the clock. Looking for something more local? There are a slew of charitable foundations that call Chicago home and boast huge turnouts for games across the city and suburbs.
South Beach is for sure bringing the heat. With many retirees moving to Florida with wads of expendable cash, South Florida has some of the juiciest poker action in the world. Regular host of WSOP and WPT events, there are multiple poker rooms within a half hour drive. They boast daily tournaments, small or large cash games, and even satellites to major tournaments across the country. If you’re looking for a winter destination, look no further.
This one might surprise some folks. Biloxi has several casinos offering daily poker tournaments and small, friendly cash games. Gulf Coast living is also a favorite of retirees, but it doesn’t boast the glamorous lifestyles of South Florida. Expect to eat some great seafood and play in a variety of poker tournaments ranging from under $100 buy-ins to the same large poker tournaments hosted elsewhere throughout the country.
Numerous tribe casinos boast some great poker action if you are looking to head to the dry heat of the American Southwest. Another favorite of retirees looking to stay warm during the winter, the Phoenix area boasts daily tournaments at fair prices. Poker giveaways like splash pots during cash games make this location not only great for spots like golf but also for poker.
Los Angeles, CA
The City of Angels truly took to the poker boom of the early 2000s. Some of the biggest poker rooms in the country are here in LA. You may even find yourself rubbing elbows with a celebrity, as many actors find poker to be a fun and competitive way to handle down time. Make sure you plan out your commute to the poker room, though, as LA traffic could have you stranded for some time.
Atlantic City, NJ
Large poker rooms and New York City’s elite pros looking for games have always made their way to the boardwalk. Some of the most competitive games are played here due to the influx of tourists as well as people who consider themselves up and coming in the poker world.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Probably the most obvious, but still, the King of Poker cities is Las Vegas. Here you can find a game going at any point in time, at the limit you like to play, in a full ring game. You want to play in a unique Horse Tournament on a Sunday night? There’s a place for it. You want to sit where the legends of the game have played in Binion’s, go right ahead. There really isn’t a poker city truly like Vegas, where it seems everyone was brought up on tons of variations of poker.
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