Sure, you can play online poker in your underwear, but it’s got none of the tension, grit and bleary charm of a live poker room. Calgary’s 24-hour-a-day poker pits welcome novice card sharks and high rollers alike.
Perhaps the best place to play a limit game; even low-limit tables offer serious prizes for high hands, so that royal flush will earn you an additional $500. The small stakes games, of course, are beginner-friendly, but there’s plenty of room for serious players here, too. 218 18 Ave. S.E., 403-206-0252.
Grey Eagle Casino
Seasoned players say Grey Eagle is the best spot around for high-stakes, no-limit games. For gamblers lacking the necessary intestinal fortitude, there’s always the casino’s state-of-the-art bingo facility. 3777 Grey Eagle Dr. S.W., 403-385-3777.
Forget about football: Serious players should head to Deerfoot for CPT Sundays, where a $170 buy-in gets you entry into a 220-person tournament, complete with random prize draws each week. Can’t forget about football? During the regular season, head over for the Monday Night Football Poker Tournament. 1000-11500 35 St. S.E., 403-236-7542.
You can play your own game by booking a private function, and hosting a buddies-only tournament, if you so desire. Truly committed players, however, will be enticed by Stampede’s offers of breakfast, late-night buffet, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. drinks and underground parking. 421 12 Avenue S.E., 403-514-0900.
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