Traveling is fun on its own, but add poker to the mix, and you will have a blast. In fact, betting games play an important hand in boosting tourism in many places. You only need to look at Las Vegas and Macau.
In 2016, Las Vegas was able to attract over 40 million visitors mainly due to its thriving casino industry. Similarly, Macau, a region under China’s governance, has risen to become one of the world’s greatest poker and gambling hubs. It even overtook Las Vegas in 2010, thanks to high-rolling clients flocking from all over Asia and the rest of the world.
Millions of people go to these destinations not just to see tourist attractions, but also to enjoy their renowned dining, drinking, poker, and gaming experiences. If you’re already planning your next trip, make sure you include some of these amazing poker bars around the world in your itinerary:
Lounge Bar Salle Europe at Casino de Monte-Carlo (Monte Carlo, Monaco)
Hundreds of thousands of people visit the jaw-dropping casinos in Monaco. Even if it is the smallest country in the world, it’s a behemoth when it comes to games like poker and blackjack – two of the main games in their casino-entertainment industry. And the crème de la crème of all these poker bars is the Lounge Bar Salle Europe at Casino de Monte-Carlo. Its ornately decorated interiors are reminiscent of old-school Bond films. The bar is home to resplendent paintings, sculptures, and bas-reliefs. They serve everything from classic martinis to vodkatinis and fine champagne – all these among tables where you can immerse yourself in a game of poker.
King’s Casino (Rozvadov, Czech Republic)
No poker bar list is complete without the King’s Casino in Rozvadov. Not only is it the biggest poker room in Europe, but it’s also arguably the best. It’s owned by a hugely successful poker player, Leon Tsoukernik, so you know that it was created with the poker experience in mind. The main floor alone has more than 200 poker tables, so you know there’s always a game that you can join. Plus, King’s Casino offers a VIP package that comes with a specialist bar, private entrance, and personal spa service. In this case, the name is indicative of what you can expect when you walk through the doors at King’s Casino.
The Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio (Las Vegas, U.S.A.)
The prestigious Bellagio off the Las Vegas Strip boasts one of the most sophisticated bars in the city, the Petrossian. While it’s not technically a poker bar, it might as well be as it’s in the main lobby of the hotel’s casino floor – where the Bellagio’s world-famous poker rooms are situated. The Legends Room, in particular, is considered one of the best poker rooms in Las Vegas, where Poker.org state that some of the greatest poker players in the world play on a regular basis, as it’s well-known for its high-stakes tables. It’s not unusual to spot celebrities here, either, as it’s a haven for upscale clients. To add to the luxe atmosphere of the poker rooms, the Petrossian is also just a few seconds away. And while the bar isn’t a place to find any of the USA’s best beer (as you can at some other spots in Vegas), it offers an extensive and spectacular cocktail menu –– alongside the world’s finest caviar.
The Arena Lounge at Casino Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)
Portugal is a scenic country filled with museums, historic architecture, picturesque dining establishments, and, you guessed it… poker bars. Its capital, Lisbon, is a hotspot for poker and gaming tourists. It’s where you can find the Arena Lounge at Casino Lisboa. What sets it apart from other poker bars is that the tables are arranged around a rotating stage where players can enjoy a complimentary show over cocktails and cards. The Arena Lounge is most popular for hosting Caribbean stud poker instead of the more conventional Texas Hold’em.
If you enjoy great poker games, drinks, and experiences, then these poker bars won’t disappoint.