Playing poker online and around your buddy’s kitchen table can be fun, but the real excitement is in casino poker rooms. Here, the best spots to go all in.
Try your hand at no-limit hold ’em, pot limit Omaha and daily early-bird tournaments in the only poker room in Vancouver proper. Feeling the pressure? Massage Minute therapists are on hand seven days a week. And if you’re peckish in the wee hours (3-5 a.m., Monday-Thursday), you’ll be offered a free hot meal at the table. 311-750 Pacific Blvd., 604-687-3343.
Think you’ve got what it takes? Sign up for the B.C. Poker Championships, which start this Thursday. The marquee four-day event will have an estimated $1,375,000 prize pool. Otherwise, pop in for Omaha, Omaha 8, seven-card stud and no-limit tournaments in this stylish room that boasts massage therapists and its own bar. 8811 River Rd., Richmond, 604-273-1895.
With a reduced rake on no-limit games, bad beat and “quad rewards” (any four of a kind or better receives a $10 food and beverage voucher), winning is just a little bit easier. Join one of the tournaments or show up with nine of your buddies for a spontaneous sit ’n’ go. 350 Gifford St., 604-777-2946.
Home to the Boulevard 500 Poker Series, this spacious room welcomes serious players. Fast-paced play includes limit and no-limit hold ’em, pot limit Omaha and daily tournaments. 2080 United Blvd., Coquitlam, 604-523-6888.
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