Poker in Miami
Miami, Florida is a fantastic destination whatever your reasons for visiting. As long as you avoid the hurricane season, the warm weather and endless sunshine will appeal to everyone from families, to students, to pensioners. With beautiful white sandy beaches, tall palm trees and the clear blue ocean, it’s easy to see why Miami is a picture postcard perfect view of paradise. However, it’s not all about catching some rays or some waves; Miami is also a bustling metropolis, full of retail and entertainment venues that will make sure your feet never stop moving. And nestled amongst the restaurants, bars and clubs of the busy nightlife, is a smaller, but no less exciting, scene: the Miami poker circuit.
Split between large, multi-game casinos and smaller, more personal poker rooms, there is always a game going in Miami. And because so many tourists come to the city, you’ll find games populated by a mix of low-betting locals and high-rolling holidayers out for a good time. With such a variety of players hitting the tables, if you know your poker, you might find that Miami is one of the best places to play where you can walk away with cash in your pocket.
The Best Poker Venues
The poker room at Hialeah Park combines great games with traditional architecture and stunning views of the old racecourse which add a real air of sophistication to proceedings. Although you can’t watch the horses any longer, the course is still home to over a hundred flamingos – what a sight! The casino itself has 33 poker tables offering a variety of games including Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo and 7 Card Stud. There are daily promotions and tournaments, including a $100 buy-in, $20,000 first place tournament, which would be enticing for anyone looking for a good evening’s game of cards.
Another favourite is the poker room at the Magic City Casino, where the big hitters can find no-limit Texas Hold ‘em games. But if that’s not your scene, there are also many smaller tournaments running throughout the week, with $50 buy-ins and $1000 jackpots. If you’ve ever fancied playing poker for a living, then smaller tournaments like these are a great way to start testing the waters. Of course you’re not going to be up against the world’s best players, but everyone has to start somewhere.
Another great place to get a hand in is Casino Miami, where you can play some of the wilder poker variants such as 1 Card Poker, 3 Card Poker and Crazy Pineapple. Casino Miami is also home to the World Poker Tour Head’s Up Hold ‘Em game, where you can go one-on-one with the dealer in a more relaxed competition to make the best poker hand.
Poker tournaments in Miami come in many different forms. Usually playing no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em, there are skill levels ranging from casual to professional so everyone should be able to find something at their level. With tournaments every day, in both morning and afternoon sessions, there is always something to choose from. Buy ins range from a few dollars to three figures and are a good indication of the skill levels of the people you’ll be playing against. The Casino @ Dania Beach hold a good range of tournaments, catering for every type of player. Even if you don’t fancy playing yourself, you can always go down to spectate and soak up the atmosphere.
If you want to enter one of the smaller tournaments then you’ll probably be ok to just turn up and register at the casino. Registration will be open for a couple of hours before the start of the tournament to give everyone who wants to play a chance to get on board. But for the bigger ones, some casinos keep a waiting list of players who sign up in advance, so if you have serious intentions then it’s probably worth checking with the casinos if there is anything you need to do to guarantee yourself a seat. All the details of upcoming tournaments will be posted on line so you can plan ahead, like you would with any other aspect of your holiday.
As you would expect from a vibrant holiday destination like Miami, there are so many things to do that it’s worth coming back a second or third time! After spending the day soaking up the sun, it’s at night time where the city really comes alive. The casinos are as busy as any of the nightclubs and bars and make great alternative evening destinations. There’s nothing like the thrill of pulling off a pot-winning move to really cap your holiday excitement. So if you’re heading to Miami for any reason, it’s worth looking up the poker rooms and paying one a visit. You won’t be disappointed.
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