Pennsylvania Texas Holdem Card Rooms

Pennsylvania Texas Hold'em Poker Rooms

Pennsylvania boasts 10 Texas holdem poker rooms which are spread out nicely, meaning you won't ever have to travel far to find a table. Most poker rooms here are in the casino section of race tracks. This doesn't mean they aren't nice though, with almost all of them well maintained.

Most players you come across will be tougher regulars; although the low minimum buy-in's for most cash games in the state means you'll get good action from amateurs on the weekends and during busier times. This is always a good thing for the game.

No limit holdem is the game of choice in Pennsylvania, with only a handful of the poker rooms running regular Omaha and Stud games. If you're looking for other games, you'll have to restrict your play to mostly the weekends.

Harrah's Philadelphia

Harrah's Philadelphia

  • Location
    Chester, PA
  • Hours
    24 hours, 7 days
  • Tables
    28
  • Games
    This WSOP poker room offers Texas Holdem, Stud, and Omaha. You'll find limit games with stakes ranging from $2 / $4 / $6 and no limit games feature stakes from $1 / $2 up to $10 / $25. This room also runs two no limit holdem events per day with buy in's ranging from $55 to $75. They also sometimes hold a WSOP circuit event here.
  • Ambience
    This poker room is partially separated from the rest of the casino by a half wall. The wood and yellow décor matches well with the brown and red chairs and tables. TV's cover the walls to keep you up to date in your tournament or across the latest sports scores. The room is naturally non-smoking, although it does connect to the casino and a fair bit gets through.
  • Hospitality
    You can earn comps through the Total Rewards program here while you play. The comp rates start at $1 per hour and go up to $3 per hour if you are playing $5 / $10 no limit holdem. They also feature some high hand prizes. Food and cocktails are available at the table.
  • Players
    You'll find decent play in the tournaments here so if you bring your game and play well you will be respected. In the cash games, you may come up against groups of regulars that will low-ball each other than play big against visitors and new players. This is a shame, although it means you can still cash in if you play a solid game.
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

  • Location
    Wilkes Barre, PA
  • Hours
    24 hours, 7 days
  • Tables
    18
  • Games
    The Mohegan Sun poker room offers two daily no limit holdem tournaments with the buy in ranging from $30 to $230. On busier days, they may also run a third tournament. If you are looking for cash games you'll find $1 / $2 and $2 / $5 no limit holdem, $1 / $5 stud, $2 / $4 limit holdem, $4 / $8 limit Omaha 8s or better and $15 / $30 HOSE. The higher stakes games will only run when it's busier.
  • Ambience
    This is a truly exquisite poker room with high ceilings in a bright and open space. The blue table felt clashes nicely with the dark carpet in this spacious room. The room is non-smoking and separated from the rest of the casino only partially, so a fair bit still gets in. TV's are hung from the ceiling so you can stay entertained between hands.
  • Hospitality
    You can get food at the table while you play and cocktail service is available and frequent for players. On top of this they also hold a high hand jackpot to keep you interested.
  • Players
    Generally, the play will be a bit weaker here, especially if you play a solid poker game and have many hours of experience under your belt. The morning tournament is basically a crap shoot, so maybe skip this one.
Parx Casino

Parx Casino

  • Location
    Bensalem, PA
  • Hours
    24 hours, 7 days
  • Tables
    60 to 80
  • Games
    This large poker room offers no limit holdem tournaments every day of the week except Friday. The buy in will range from $80 up to $230. If you are looking for a cash game you'll be able to find no limit holdem, limit holdem, pot limit Omaha high, mixed games and Omaha 8s or better. Small stakes games will be running all the time with the others spreading when it's busy.
  • Ambience
    The dark earthy tones of this poker room make for a great playing environment. The bright green table felt accentuates the play making it clear where all the action is happening. It's a very nice poker room which is smoke free and TV's cover the walls to keep you up to date and entertained. This is a nice poker room with a lot of space and action.
  • Hospitality
    You can earn comps while you play here at a rate of $1 per hour for small stakes and $2 per hour for mid to high stakes games. They also offer food at the table and cocktail service is provided for players. Moreover, they also have a high hand bonus prize and a bad beat jackpot.
  • Players
    The play will be quite tough here as it's a hot spot for most of the better players in the state. The Big Stax tournaments are excellent if you want plenty of time to make your moves. Cash games are always running and the action will be juicy but tough. If you are a beginner player you may want to start out at a smaller poker room to refine your game.
Rivers Casino

Rivers Casino

  • Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Hours
    24 hours, 7 days
  • Tables
    30
  • Games
    The Rivers Casino poker room offers two no limit holdem tournaments per day with the buy in ranging from $45 up to $145 on weekends. If you are looking for cash games you'll fine $1 / $3 no limit holdem always running and $1 / $3 / $6, $5 / $10 and $10 / $20 no limit holdem, $1 / $3 and $5 / $5 pot limit Omaha high, $4 / $8 limit holdem and $5 / $10 limit Omaha 8s or better being played when there's demand.
  • Ambience
    This poker room is spacious and open and most separate from the main casino area. The dark carpets, walls and chairs pair up nicely with the green table felt and provide a nice environment to play in. TV's are viewable from most seats and the room is non-smoking.
  • Hospitality
    You can earn $1 in comps per hour played here and you'll also be served cocktails at the table and food is available 24 hours. They also offer a bad beat jackpot which heads well north of $100,000.
  • Players
    This is a fun and welcoming place to play poker and you'll come across good and bad players. It depends on the table you draw. You can find juicy games at night and on the weekends and you'll usually come across more tough regulars during the week.
SugarHouse Casino

SugarHouse Casino

  • Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Hours
    24 hours, 7 days
  • Tables
    28
  • Games
    The poker room at SugarHouse holds one to two no limit holdem tournaments each day of the week except Tuesday. The buy in will range from $40 up to $250. They also offer a range of cash games including $1 / $2, $1 / $3 and $2 / $5 no limit holdem.
  • Ambience
    This recently refurbished poker room is nice and open with beige table felt and comfortable chairs. TV's cover the walls and the room is non-smoking.
  • Hospitality
    You will get food and cocktails at the table while you play here and they also run a range of jackpots. On top of this you can earn comps through the Rush Rewards players club.
  • Players
    You will find a mixed bag of players here including regulars, visitors and amateur players. The room is really nice and will mostly offer you no limit holdem action. The games are at their most juicy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National

Hollywood Casino at Penn National

  • Location
    Grantville, PA
  • Hours
    24 hours, 7 days
  • Tables
    16
  • Games
    This poker room runs a daily no limit holdem tournament with the buy in ranging from $80 to $120. On Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's they run two tournaments, one at 11:15am and the other at 7.15pm. You can also find cash game action here including $1 / $2 and $2 / $5 no limit holdem, $1 / $2 pot limit Omaha 8s or better and $2 / $4 limit holdem.
  • Ambience
    This is a nice poker room with clean and comfortable tables and chairs. They have TV's on the walls and the room is non-smoking. The yellow table felt fits in nicely with the overall Hollywood Casino décor.
  • Hospitality
    Players are provided with cocktail and food service while playing and you can also take your shot at the progressive bad beat jackpot.
  • Players
    You'll find the best games on the weekend, particularly on the $1 / $2 no limit holdem tables. During the week, the games will be a lot harder. So, pick your times and play solid poker and you should do well here.
Mount Airy Casino

Mount Airy Casino

  • Location
    Mt. Pocono, PA
  • Hours
    Monday to Thursday from 11am to 4am, Friday to Sunday from 9am Friday until 4am Monday morning.
  • Tables
    9
  • Games
    This smaller poker room doesn't offer any tournaments and only spreads $1 / $2 no limit holdem and $2 / $4 limit holdem. When it's busy they may open up $2 / $5 no limit holdem tables.
  • Ambience
    The poker parlor is separate to the rest of the casino and well tucked away. The room has TV's on the walls and is non-smoking. The blue table felt is easy on the eyes in the beige and purple room.
  • Hospitality
    You can earn comps here while you play through the Player's Club reward program. They also offer cocktail service. No food is available in the poker parlor itself.
  • Players
    The play will be quite soft here with mostly amateurs and weaker regulars. Because the poker room is so well hidden from the rest of the casino you won't get the gamblers stopping it at the table to try their luck like you do in other casinos.
Presque Isle Downs

Presque Isle Downs

  • Location
    Erie, PA
  • Hours
    Open every day from 10am
  • Tables
    9
  • Games
    This room holds a weekly no limit holdem free-roll tournament. On top of this they also run $1 / $2 or $1 / $3 no limit holdem cash games all the time, and will spread $2 / $5 no limit holdem and $2 / $4 limit holdem on weekends.
  • Ambience
    This poker room is small and tucked away in the main casino complex. It's quite plain with blue pattern carpet, beige walls and orange felt tables. They have plenty of TV's on the walls and the room is non-smoking.
  • Hospitality
    You can earn $1 per hour in comps here and they also provide cocktail service and food can be ordered and consumed at the table.
  • Players
    You'll find mostly regulars in this poker room with decent action on weekends. The games will be softer during those times and tougher during the week. So, pick your times well and play a solid game when you are here.
Sands Casino

Sands Casino

  • Location
    Bethlehem, PA
  • Hours
    24 hours, 7 days
  • Tables
    30
  • Games
    The Sands Casino poker room offers no limit hold tournaments most days, except Thursday's and Saturday's, with buy in's ranging from $45 up to $200. They sometimes hold special event tournaments on the weekend days also. For the cash game players, they spread $1 / $2, $2 / $5, $5 / $5, $5 / $10 and $10 / $25 no limit holdem as well as $3 / $6 limit holdem and $5 / $10 limit Omaha 8s or better. The higher stakes run only when it's busy.
  • Ambience
    This poker room is truly dazzling and brilliant on the eye. The hanging lights brighten up the room which features a striking red carpet and green felt tables and comfortable red backed chairs. The room is non-smoking; however, it's only partially separated by a rail from the main casino area.
  • Hospitality
    You can get food and drinks at the table side during peak hours, with the main food court offering food 24 hours. Basic drinks and provided to players for free and you'll also be in the running for the bad beat jackpot. Comps can be earned between 70 cents and $1.05 per hour depending on the game and limits you are playing.
  • Players
    This room is very friendly and welcoming, particularly to visitors, which is a really good thing. Some other rooms in PA should take note of this. You'll find lots of action on friendly tables with decent play.
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

  • Location
    Washington, PA
  • Hours
    24 hours, 7 days
  • Tables
    15
  • Games
    This poker room offers plenty of tournaments with one or two no limit holdem events running each day. The buy in will range from $31 up to $126. For the cash game players, they run $1 / $3 no limit holdem all the time and will open $1 / $3 / $6 no limit holdem, $2 / $5 pot limit Omaha high and $2 / $4, $3 / $6 and $5 / $10 limit holdem when it's busier.
  • Ambience
    This poker room is quite basic with beige walls and purple ceilings. TV's cover the walls and are viewable from most seats at the table. The basic black chairs and green table felt makes for a nice enough playing environment. The room is also non-smoking and has a good view of the race track out the windows.
  • Hospitality
    You can get cocktail and food service at the table while you are playing in this poker room. On top of this you can earn $1 per hour in comps via the Meadows Players Club rewards program.
  • Players
    The games here will be solid and tough, with mostly regulars and solid visiting players. You will be able to get more action on the weekends. This room isn't known for big bluffs, so you may be able to exploit this when you play here.

Conclusion

Pennsylvania has a large selection of poker rooms for Texas holdem players of every skill level. While Texas holdem was exploding in popularity in the 2000's the availability of games increased in PA just like in most states in the country. Use this handy Texas holdem poker rooms guide to find a great place to play if you live in Pennsylvania or to plan your next trip to the state.

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