The Best Destinations in the World to Play Poker

From the likes of Las Vegas to Monte Carlo, it’s never been easier to combine your love of poker with your passion for travel. If you have only ever paid poker online before, this might well provide you with the travel inspiration that you need to book a flight to a new and exciting place! And if you are looking to visit a casino in some far-flung place, you will be spoilt for choice!

You say poker, and we say Las Vegas! Nevada’s own lively city remains one of the most popular destinations and is synonymous with poker. There’s still nowhere in the world like Las Vegas, which is home to the biggest cash-game action and the world’s richest poker tournaments. Whether you are an established player or are a newbie, you can have your own little slice of Vegas magic regardless of your level of skill.

What do you associate Australia with? Is it “Crocodile Dundee”, tinnies, and dramatic daytime soaps? You may be surprised to hear that poker is most definitely a thing out in the “Land of Oz”. ln the heart of Melbourne, you will find the largest casino in the southern hemisphere — Melbourne’s Crown Casino, which is home to the Aussie Millions every January and the PokerNews Cup each October

Looking ahead to January, when most of us have a serious case of the “winter blues”, and book your trip to the Bahamas! Combining two of our most favourite things — poker and rum is a total win-win situation as far we are concerned. In fact, every January, online poker players from all over the world descend upon the Atlantis Resort on the stunning and tiny Paradise Island in the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Head to China for a luxury poker holiday that you will never forget! Macau in China is the gaming capital of the East, boasting 28 casinos including the massive Venetian Macau, which is pretty similar to its Vegas counterpart.

Think you can guess where the world’s biggest poker room is? China? Las Vegas? It’s actually in Los Angeles. The Commerce Casino is home to two cavernous poker rooms where you can expect to find over 800 players in a tournament and cash games, which are some of the juiciest you’ll find on the planet.

Why not combine a love of traveling, playing poker, and socialising by booking a fantastic poker holiday? Monte Carlo, one of the most glamorous places on Earth, ticks all the style boxes. Did you know that Monte Carlo is home to the most millionaires per head in Europe? Monte Carlo has also been featured in the James Bond film “Never Say Never” as well as in “Ocean’s Twelve”, the sequel to hit casino heist film “Ocean’s Eleven”.

Looking to channel your inner Bond or Bond girl vibes? Head to one of the many casinos in what must be one of the world’s most stunning destinations.

Poker continues to grow into a worldwide phenomenon and is loved the world over. It seems like a no-brainer to combine your favourite game with traveling to a new and exciting destination where you can meet like-minded people, get some sun, and hopefully, be able to reap the rewards of playing, too! Which of these exciting poker destinations is on your must-visit list?

Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.