During the dark days of Covid-19, poker rooms were slammed shut in Atlantic City, and many punters had to turn to online poker to fill the void.
But with the pandemic well and truly behind us, the doors of poker rooms are open once again and provide poker players with ample opportunities to enjoy the buzz of live poker games.
So, with that in mind, we look at the different options available to you for playing live poker games in Atlantic City – the home of East Coast gambling in the United States.
Can you play live poker games in Atlantic City?
Yes, you can play live poker games in Atlantic City. You can choose from three Atlantic City poker rooms – the Borgata, the Tropicana, and Harrah’s.
As one of Atlantic City’s most iconic venues, the poker room at the Borgata understandably draws the crowds, and there are lots of live poker games for players to get involved in.
You can enjoy popular variations of poker, such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha, and there are multiple games on throughout the week with different buy-ins and wagering limits.
You can join regular cash games or sign up for real-life poker tournaments where you try your hand against some of the leading poker players in the area.
In other words, there are games to suit all poker players, from recreational players to professional poker stars, at Atlantic City poker rooms. Let’s look at the three poker rooms in Atlantic City in a little more detail, so you know what to expect.
Live poker games at the Borgata
The Borgata has been a mainstay of Atlantic City and its famous Boardwalk for more than 40 years, and there are 52 card tables within its poker room. The most common game at the Borgata is $1/$3 limit no-limit Texas Hold’em, but you can also play several other poker variants, including $2/$2 pot-limit Omaha games.
As well as these cash games, the Borgata plays host to several high-profile poker tournaments, including the Borgata Poker Open, which offers millions of dollars in prize money. Overall, the Borgata is the leading poker room in Atlantic City and is the place to be for live poker action in NJ.
Live poker games at the Tropicana
Another extremely popular venue in Atlantic City is the Tropicana. As well as being a much-loved casino, there are 18 live poker tables at the Tropicana, with $1/$2 no-limit Texas Hold’em being the most popular format.
Although cash games are top-rated once again at the Tropicana, the casino is yet to announce the resumption of its daily poker tournaments. Be sure to keep checking the Tropicana socials for a future announcement about their return.
Live poker games at Harrah’s
The other place where you can play live poker games in Atlantic City is Harrah’s Casino. At any one time, you will find 50 poker tables in action at Harrah’s, and the room is open 24 hours a day at the weekend.
You can play several cash game variations of Texas Hold’em, the most popular game and the one that features in the World Series of Poker Main Event, and Omaha at Harrah’s. But, like the Tropicana, live tournaments are yet to resume following Covid-19. We sincerely hope that now that the pandemic is behind us, Harrah’s and the Tropicana will reintroduce their popular live tournaments.
The advantages of live poker
Of course, many people enjoy playing poker online, and it’s undoubtedly convenient to do so. But joining a real-life card game in a poker room provides a buzz you simply cannot replicate online.
It also allows you to hone your bluffing skills and experience the social side of poker, which undoubtedly adds something to the game. So, if you’re planning a trip to Atlantic City soon, be sure to visit one of the three poker rooms for the best live poker action on the east coast.
Recap: Where to play live poker games in Atlantic City
So, you have three options for playing live poker in Atlantic City – The Borgata, The Tropicana, and Harrah’s.
The Borgata is the only place where you can join live poker tournaments. Still, all three venues offer a wide variety of cash games throughout the week and at weekends, providing you with ample opportunity to find and join a poker game to your liking.
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