Top Spots for Live Poker

May 3rd, 2012 Poker

Las Vegas is every poker player’s go-to spot–at least for those committed enough to travel for the game. And the reputation isn’t entirely undeserved: it’s home to some of the best casinos in the country, and it keeps pushing the bar for quality and service around the world. But it’s far from being the only place for live poker. If you’re looking for an alternative destination, here are a few suggestions from The Poker Source.

Foxwoods Resort Casino (Connecticut)

New England is hardly a hotspot for live poker, but the more discerning would appreciate the sheer size of this casino: more than 5,500 slot machines and poker games running 24 hours a day. It’s not the most central of locations, but just being in one of the world’s largest casinos makes it worth the trip for most. To see some big names in action, come over in April for the New England Poker Classic.

Commerce Casino (Los Angeles)

Dedicated poker fans might recognize this as the home of the LA Poker Classic, as well as a slew of other annual tournaments. Besides being the “world’s largest poker casino,” as its website announces, it draws people in with its location in what’s arguably North America’s most popular destination. Poker players are hosted in over 240 cardrooms, and visitors are well accommodated in the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Trump Taj Mahal (Atlantic City)

Its clientele is as majestic as its name: the Trump Taj Mahal is a popular haunt for celebrities. But don’t let this intimidate you. Players of all kinds are welcomed, from newbies (there’s a beginner’s course on offer every day) to those who prefer less popular poker varieties. There’s always enough room for large groups, which is great if you’re traveling with friends.

Peppermill Hotel Casino (Reno)

If you don’t want to stray too far off the beaten path, the Peppermill Casino is your best bet. Although it tends to get lost in the glitz of its neighbors, it has more than enough to offer poker enthusiasts: 90,000 square feet of play area, a pool deck, and close to 2,000 luxurious rooms. It’s little wonder that it was awarded a Four Diamond rating by AAA, making it the first hotel-casino in Reno to get the honor.

Harrah’s New Orleans Casino (New Orleans)

Culture and games come together in Harrah’s, one of the many casinos to burgeon in the state after casinos were legalized in Louisiana. The game room is simple but elegant, and there are numerous tables open any given day. It helps that it’s part of a popular Vegas chain, meaning players get the same standard of service and comfort as in the city of lights.

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