Poker is, without a doubt, the most popular card game in the world, played by millions and regularly portrayed in both film and TV. If you get to grips with basic poker terms, learn a few strategies and have a decent knowledge of the rules you can enjoy poker in some of the most glamorous settings in the world.
When you think of amazing casinos to play poker around the world your mind may automatically take you to Las Vegas, but there are other appealing venues outside of the Nevada desert.
Read on for our comprehensive guide to the 5 best casinos to play poker in around the globe.
Casino De Monte Carlo
Location: Monte Carlo, Monaco
The idea of opening a dedicated casino in Monaco was first pioneered by Princess Caroline in an attempt to avoid financial ruin for the ailing Monegasque economy.
Princess Caroline was incredibly successful at boosting the economy of Monaco with this casino as it brought in tourists from all over Europe. Colonial super powers such as France, Germany and Britain at this time accounted for the highest number of visitors as rich upper class people chose Monte Carlo as their opulent playground.
Poker is incredibly popular in this casino and their regular games tend to attract some of the biggest spenders in Europe. If you’re going to play here you either need to have a lot of cash or be incredibly confident in your poker abilities!
Casino De Monte Carlo is probably one of the most famous gambling resorts in the world, having featured in several incarnations of James Bond as well as Ocean’s Twelve to name but a few.
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Les Ambassadeurs Casino
Location: London, United Kingdom
One of the most historic casinos in the United Kingdom, Les Ambassadeurs or ‘Les A’ as it’s known by its patrons was first opened in the mid 20th-century. Previous owners include the Conyngham family and Leopold de Rothschild, son of Baron Lionel de Rotschild.
The venue was re-opened 28 years ago and plays host to a range of diplomats, royalty, celebrities and aristocracy. Phillip Green, former CEO of British Home Stores almost put the casino out of business with huge wins of £2 million at the roulette table in 2006.
The intimate private room named in honour of Leopold de Rothschild is one of the best places to play poker in Europe. It’s reserved for small and intimate gaming parties so you can only expect to get an invite if you’re a high-roller.
Casino de Montreal
Location: Montreal, Canada
This Canadian venue is one of the largest casinos in the world by floor space, and a stunning structure that consists of three interconnected buildings. It also contains over 3,200 slot machines and 115 gaming tables along with a huge array of virtual games.
The casino mixes traditional and modern with its décor, whilst featuring a series of ornate furnishings the casino also has a number of wide, spacious windows and high ceilings. Texas Hold ‘Em poker has been a real area of interest for the Casino de Montreal in recent years as they have sought to wrestle back customers enticed by online poker companies.
Casino de Montreal has attracted some of the highest-profile poker players in the world to it’s huge prize pot poker tournaments. For the amateur player there is plenty to enjoy away from the table too with great restaurants and bars on-site.
The Casino de Montreal has put Canada on the map as one of the best gambling destinations in the world, rivalling some of the venues south of the border.
Regency Casino, Mendoza
Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Situated in the heart of Mendoza, Argentina the Regency Casino is undoubtedly the best in the whole of South America. Overlooked by the slopes of the Mendozan vineyards, the Regency sits elegantly in front of La Plaza de Independencia in the town square.
The building is an old Spanish colonial structure with a stunning façade featuring decorative frescos. Inside the casino is the epitome of quaintness, with only 19 table games and 650 gaming machines.
The Regency doesn’t have the grandiose allure of some of the world’s biggest casinos but its cosy and welcoming. If you needed an extra incentive to travel there, the casino hosts a series of intimate poker events to cater for all budgets.
Location: Las Vegas, USA
Thanks to its stunning façade and presence in a series of films, music videos and TV shows, the Bellagio is the most well-known and most visited casino in the world. The mesmerizing light fountains are the first thing that will catch your eye as you pull up outside the Bellagio.
Beyond the eye catching choreography of the fountain is the Mecca of gambling, with a poker room nicknamed ‘the players second home’ that often sees games exceeding the $1 million mark. Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Baccarat and even Chinese poker can be played in the main gaming room.
Further to that there are over 2,300 slot machines in the main hall with some of the best slot games in the world available. 5 of the finest restaurants in the whole of Las Vegas are situated on site for you to enjoy as well as a host of designer shops.