Where to Play Poker Near Toronto

Playing poker online is good for practice, and playing with buddies is good times, but neither should be mistaken for the real deal. However, Torontonians looking for a serious, live game of Texas hold ’em need to head out of town. Here, the best places to play poker within a couple hours of Toronto.

Casino Rama
Everyone will find a game at Canada’s largest First Nations casino, where the poker room is open 24/7, and learn-to-play classes are offered. The floor offers ample table games, including Caribbean Stud and Pai Gow. 5897 Rama Rd., Orillia. 1-800-832-7529.

Brantford Charity Casino
For west end poker fiends, Brantford is the closest hold ’em destination. The well-organized room houses 17 tables, and offers a wide range of stakes. 40 Icomm Dr., Brantford. 1-888-694-6946.

Great Blue Heron Charity Casino
Tournament players flock here for 100-player-plus sit-‘n-go tourneys; buy-ins range from $100 (Wednesdays) to $500 and beyond. Once you get knocked out, head to the 12-table poker pit. 21777 Island Rd., Port Perry. 1-888-294-3766.

Niagara Fallsview Casino
The former host of the World Poker Tour Canadian Open attracts Toronto’s top players. The elegant poker room is open around the clock, with stakes from $1 to $1000. 6380 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls. 1-888-325-5788.

Casino Niagara
Sharpen your skills at Niagara’s 12 tables; on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the casino offers a hold ’em tourney with a meagre $35 buy-in, which makes it very, very easy to say “all-in.” 5705 Falls Ave., Niagara Falls. 1-888-325-5788.

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