Poker isn’t just the most popular card game in the world, it is one of the most popular games on the planet period. Well over a million people regularly play poker here in Canada, and across the globe the playing numbers are well into the hundreds of millions.
Whilst it’s fun and easy to play your favourite poker game online or on a mobile app, there are some great locations around the world where you can enjoy the best poker action. If you’re a fan of Texas Hold ‘em and travelling, read on to find out where your passion for cards could take you…
The Playground Poker Club
Where? Montreal, Canada
Starting with a destination close to home we have The Playground Poker Club in Montreal. One of the largest poker specific venues in North America, this venue has over 75 tables to play on offer a range of cash games from low to high buy-ins.
It also plays host to regular tournaments ranging from casual, laid back tournaments to elite level tournaments featuring the best poker players in the country.
Whether you are a casual player, an aspiring pro or a complete newbie you’ll find everything you want at The Playground Poker Club, a venue renowned for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Casino de Monte Carlo
Where? Monaco, South of France
To the south of France, nestled between Nice in the west and the Italian border in the east, you will find the principality of Monaco. Fiercely independent, Monaco is also the playground to the rich and famous, enticed to the principality by the weather and, in no large part, the relaxed tax laws.
Another attraction to Monaco is the elegant and historic Casino de Monte Carlo. Opened in July 1865 as a means to garner revenue for the ruling Grimaldi family, this casino is perhaps the most iconic on the planet.
Favoured as the regular haunt of fictional spy James Bond, the Casino de Monte Carlo is one of the best places in the world to play poker. As the clientele tends to be from the upper echelons of society, make sure to bring enough money with you to afford the buy-ins though!
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(The Casino de Monte Carlo has art on its walls that predates the United States of America.)
Where? Rozvadov, Czech Republic
You didn’t expect to see an entry from the Czech Republic did you? You would be forgiven for overlooking this country as a poker hotspot, but poker hotspot it is. With over 160 dedicated poker tables, King’s Casino in Rozvadov is one of the biggest poker venues in Europe.
It’s also a terrifically well run venue with amazing customer service and a décor and layout that will make you feel right at home. It’s also just a 45 minute drive from Pilsen, the birthplace of modern day lager and, despite what residents of Munich might say, the home to the tastiest beer on the planet.
Where? Melbourne, Australia
Everyone has to visit Australia at least once, even if you’re scared of the insanely big insects, hugely aggressive crocodiles and multiple species of shark that call the country home… If you’re worried about encountering any of those creatures, the safest and best place for you is the Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Australia’s biggest and best casino has an excellent poker room with over 50 tables featuring a whole host of different poker variants. It is also home to the Aussie Millions, a lucrative and hugely popular domestic poker tournament.
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(A walking tour of Australia’s biggest casino.)
Where? Las Vegas, United States
You didn’t think we were going to get to the end of this article without a mention of Sin City did you? Whether we’re saving the best to last is for you to decide, but for us a visit to The Bellagio is an absolute must for any poker lover.
There are dozens of poker tables to play at, set in a luxurious atmosphere and conducted by professional, experienced and friendly dealers. Away from the table The Bellagio has so much to offer too including the iconic fountain show that takes place every night facing out on to the Las Vegas strip.