If your weekly hold ‘em session with your buddies is feeling a little small-time, you’re probably ready to step up your poker game. While options on the island of Montreal are limited, a short drive from town opens up your possibilities. Here, our guide to the best spots to play poker within a couple hours of Montreal.
After shunning poker for years, Casino Montreal – the only legitimate place to play in the city – finally opened its swanky new poker room. A variety of no-limit Hold ’Em games are available through the week; go from Monday to Wednesday for tournament action ($75 – $145 buy-in), or wait for the big one: the monthly $1,100 buy-in tourney. 1 Casino Avenue, 1-800-665-2274.
Take advantage of inexperienced tourists at one of the casino’s three Hold ’Em tables, which host games including $1/$2 no limit, or take your chances in the high rollers room. 300 chemin des Pléiades, 1-877-574-2177.
Four Aces Poker Club
The Kahnawake Mohawk reserve, just 10 minutes south of town, is home to this legal poker room, which offers a variety of games, and nightly guaranteed prize pool tournaments ($2,222 – $9,999). Rakes are high, but they sting less thanks to complimentary food and drink. 2 Route 132, 1-877-77-4ACES.
Snakes Poker Club
Down the street from Four Aces, Snakes is home to 12 tables, and a variety of games, from $1/$2 to $5/$5. Daily tournaments start at 8 p.m., and bad beat jackpots can make losing very sweet. 1536 Highway 132 E., 450-632-6999.
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