Whether you’re a poker player or not, casinos and poker playing are synonymous with luxury and can be some of the most scenic locations to visit. However, with so many incredible places to see and play, it can be hard to choose which one to visit first.
But before you pack your bags and jet off it’s always best to do a little preparation first. That means brushing up on your poker statistics to make sure you game is in the best place possible.
So where do you want to go? Bahamas, Hong Kong, LA, Macau, London, Monte Carlo? With so many incredible places it’s hard to choose. Which is why we’ve done the hard work for you.
Top 5 Poker Destinations in the World
- Los Angeles
A trip to Los Angeles gives you the excitement of Hollywood, fantastic beaches, and a huge choice of tables to play. With well over 200 casinos to choose from, this Californian city has it all.
Poker has been legal in California since the 1930’s, so it’s no surprise this is the state with the most poker tables. The Commerce Casino alone has over 270 card tables and is reputed to be the world’s largest poker casino.
What L.A. casinos lack in glitz and glamour they more than make up for in size, offering super-sized poker rooms full of players. But don’t worry, there’s more to this city than just casinos.
If you want to take a break from the tables, there’s always Rodeo Drive to spend some of those winnings. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is always worth a trip, or head to the beach to check out the impressive surf.
If you’ve ever needed an excuse to go to Australia, then this is it. Melbourne is a laid-back city with a great vibe and the impressive Yarra river running through it.
Located on the South East of coast Australia, Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria. More importantly, it offers visitors an impressively wide variety of casinos to choose from.
The Crown Casino is the home of the Aussie Millions and is definitely worth checking out. Want 24/7 action over 45 tables? Then the Melbourne Greyhound Poker Room is for you or try the Poker Times Casino for free poker nights and lessons.
Away from the tables you will not be short of things to do in this wonderful city. Fantastic shops, plazas, restaurants, and bars abound throughout the city, or check out the wonderful Australian wildlife while you’re here.
If you’re after some culture the City boasts an Arts Precinct with the Arts Centre Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria. Should you want to get out of Melbourne for the day then check out the spectacular “Great Ocean Road” which is a must see.
- Monte Carlo
Located in the Principality of Monaco on the beautiful French riviera, Monte Carlo is one of the most glamorous places in the world. It offers the ultimate in gaming luxury and welcomes both high rollers and the gaming public.
The Monte Carlo Casino or Casino de Monte-Carlo is perhaps the most famous in town having been visited by a certain James Bond. Regarded as the height of luxury, this vast entertainment complex also houses the Opera de Monte-Carlo, and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.
Host of the annual European Poker Tour Grand Finale, the Monte Carlo Casino also has a superb range of poker tables for all budgets. For slot-machines try the Casino Café de Paris, while the Monte-Carlo Bay Casino and Sun Casino or “Little Vegas” are also great choices.
Monte-Carlo itself has many more attractions besides, from holding the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix, to the simple sport of people watching. Wander the picturesque Place de Casino and see the Super rich and famous in their Limousines, Ferraris, Porsche’s, and McLaren’s.
Sample the many award-winning restaurants, wander the harbour full of luxury super yachts or visit the pretty sun-soaked beaches dotted along the coast. Monte-Carlo offers a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous and it’s not hard to see why they all love it so much.
- Paradise Island, Bahamas
If you’re looking for somewhere exotic full of palm trees and blue seas, then Paradise Island in the Bahamas is for you. In what is possibly the most beautiful poker backdrop in the world, Paradise island offers sunshine, superb beaches and an even better nightlife.
Home to the famous Atlantis Casino which every January hosts the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure. A highlight for thousands of online poker players the world over.
Part of the Atlantis Paradise resort, the casino features Las Vegas rules and offers 85 table games including: Blackjack, Roulette, and Ultimate Texas Hold’em.
If you want to keep the family entertained while you play, then Aquaventure is perfect. A 141-acre water park with over twenty million gallons of water and high-speed water slides, including a mile-long river ride.
Don’t forget the 20 swimming areas, an amazing kid’s water-play fort and 11 swimming pools and there’s no excuse to be bored. Throw in the superb beaches and immaculate golf courses and this resort offers just as much excitement away from the tables.
- Las Vegas
It’s probably no surprise that Vegas takes the number one spot on our list of the world’s best poker destinations. Located in the state of Nevada, this gaming hot spot is a poker players heaven.
Home to the highest number of poker rooms in the world, Vegas boasts over 32 casinos on the famous Las Vegas strip alone. Featuring world renowned names such as the Bellagio, Palazzo, Venetian, and Wynn.
The Luxor offers you the chance to see a pyramid and sphinx, while the Paris Las Vegas provides an impressive ‘mini’ Eiffel tower. Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood are just a few of the other many famous names that are definitely worth a visit.
When it’s time to take a break from the tables you will not be short of things to do. There’s a wealth of shows from world famous acts, an unbelievable choice of food from a wide variety restaurants.
Further afield lies stunning scenery and plenty more sight seeing opportunities. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the Hoover Dam are recommended and well worth making the effort.
Vegas is a must-see, it’s a non-stop, 24-hour city full of excitement and entertainment and quite a lot of pool parties. In fact, with so much going on, the hardest thing to do is sleep.
Whichever of these top five fantastic destinations you choose to visit, you will not be disappointed.