If you’re looking for a Texas holdem poker game in Illinois
your best bet is to be close to Chicago. Most of the rooms are
in casinos around this major city. No limit Texas holdem is the
main game played in Illnois with every casino offering cash
games in this variant.
You won’t find a lot of tournament play in this state,
however, they do run some WSOP circuit events here from time to
time and the odd World Poker Tour event. This is probably
because two casinos are run by Harrah’s, the owner of WSOP.
Until recently both casinos had poker rooms, but now only
Harrah’s Joilet remains.
Poker is in demand in this state, so we don’t anticipate any
other rooms closing soon, which is a good thing for the game.
List of Illinois Poker Rooms
Here is our compiled list of all the poker rooms you can find
in the state of Illinois:
Grand Victoria Casino
Location: Elgin, IL
Hours: Open daily from 8:30am to 6am
Games: No limit holdem tournaments are held on Wednesday and
Sunday at 12.30pm with a buy in of $115 and $170 respectively.
For the cash players, they spread $1 / $2 and $2 / $5 no limit
holdem all the time with $5 / $10 tables opening up when it’s
Ambience: This basic poker room features brown and beige
décor with bright green table felt. TV’s are placed along the
walls and are viewable from most tables. The room is non-smoking
and brightly lit for player comfort.
Hospitality: Comps are earned here at a rate of 50 cents per
hour through the Club GVC player rewards program. They also run
a bad beat jackpot and a high hand bonus.
Players: Most tables feature talkative and friendly regulars
which makes for an enjoyable poker experience. The play will be
solid, although this sometimes means you get paid in spots where
lesser players would fold or call you down with crazy draws.
Sometimes it’s nice to just play poker with other experience
players, and this is what you’ll find here.
Location: Joilet, IL
Hours: Open daily from 9am to 6am
Games: This poker room offers a range of no limit holdem
tournaments with the buy in being $100 or $125. The schedule
varies week to week so call ahead to check what they have
running. If you are looking for cash games, you’ll find $1 / $2
and $2 / $5 no limit holdem all the time. Sometimes they will
open up higher stakes and Omaha and Limit holdem tables if
Ambience: This poker room features dark brown and wooden
tones in a cozy and intimate poker environment. The room is
entirely non-smoking and the tables and chairs are well
maintained. TV’s are strategically positioned to keep you
entertained between hands.
Hospitality: Comps can be earned playing poker here at a rate
of 50 cents per hour through the Total Rewards program. On top
of this you can get food and cocktails at the table. They also
run a splash the pot promotion here on Sunday, Monday and
Players: You’ll find the standard regulars here with some
weaker amateur players at times. The $2 / $5 game will feature
more regulars and the $1 / $2 game will be a lot softer with
some crazy play. The dealers and staff ensure everyone is having
a great time, which adds well to the overall playing
Hollywood Casino Aurora
Location: Aurora, IL
Hours: Open daily from 9:30am to 6am
Games: Only one no limit holdem tournament is held here each
week on Wednesday. The game is no limit holdem and the buy in is
$120. Cash games are spread all the time with the main games
being $1 / $2 no limit holdem, $10 / $20 and $20 / $40 limit
holdem and $10 / $20 limit Omaha 8s or better.
Ambience: This non-smoking poker room is spacious and decked
out with brown and yellow patterned carpets against checkered
walls with light brown table felt. It’s a nice and warm
environment to play poker. TVs are positioned on the walls to
keep you entertained when the guy in the hijack tanks on every
Hospitality: Food can be ordered from the table in this poker
room and they also offer cocktail service. Comps can be earned
at 50 cents per hour through the Marquee rewards program. A bad
beat jackpot is also offered.
Players: You’ll find a lot of regulars in this poker room
with weaker players joining the tables on weekend evenings. The
staff and management here are welcoming to new players and try
to make them feel included which is a good thing and makes for a
Hollywood Casino Joilet
Location: Joilet, IL
Hours: Open daily from 10am to 6am
Games: This room doesn’t offer any tournaments, but cash
games are always running when they are open. You’ll find only $1
/ $2 no limit holdem tables.
Ambience: Two TV’s are viewable from the table in this
non-smoking poker room. Tables have automatic shufflers to keep
the game moving along quickly. The green table felt and brown
chairs go nicely with the light brown and beige décor in this
well maintained and spacious room.
Hospitality: You can get cocktails from the table while you
play here. If you want food, you’ll need to go elsewhere in the
casino to get it. They also offer jackpots and promotions and
comps can be earnt at 50 cents per hour through the Club
Hollywood rewards program.
Players: Generally, this room will feature mostly regulars
with some weaker amateurs arriving at the table later in the
day. The play will be weaker in the evening so this may be the
best time for you to visit and capitalize.
Location: Rock Island, IL
Hours: Monday to Saturday from midday to 5am, Sunday from
11am to 5am
Games: The poker room at Jumer’s offers a daily no limit
holdem tournament with the buy in ranging from $40 up to $100.
On top of this they spread $1 / $2 and $2 / $5 no limit holdem,
$1 / $2 and $10 / $20 mixed and $5 / $10 limit Omaha 8s or
Ambience: This non-smoking room has TVs on the walls and
automatic shufflers to keep play moving. The earthy tones and
browns, oranges and reds used on the floors, tables and walls
make this poker room nice on the eye. The tables and chairs are
comfortable and well-maintained.
Hospitality: Comps can be earned here while playing at 50
cents per hour through the Image Player’s Club. They also serve
players cocktails and food at the table.
Players: You’ll find some good action in this poker with a
great vibe and atmosphere. Staff are friendly and the players
are welcoming. Everyone wants to have a good time while playing
here and doesn’t take it too seriously, which is always a good
thing. Overall, this is a nice place to play.
Location: East Peoria, IL
Hours: Open daily 9am to 6am
Games: You will find two no limit holdem tournaments in this
poker room on Sunday’s. The buy in is $125 for the 11am event
and $95 for the 7pm event. For cash players, they spread $1 /
$2, $1 / $3 and $2 / $5 no limit holdem as well as $1 / $2 pot
limit Omaha 8s or better.
Ambience: This poker room is not that well-lit or maintained.
It won’t be comfortable for a long session. It does have TV’s
around the place and is non-smoking.
Hospitality: No comps can be earned here while playing, which
is a real shame. They do serve cocktails and food at the table
and have a series of promotions and jackpots running which makes
up for it a little bit. Finally, they also have free soda at a
drinks station for players.
Players: You’ll find a mix of players here with some regulars
and weaker amateurs. It’s the only place to play poker in the
immediate area which means it may be a necessity for you to play
here. If you aren’t in the area, it’s not worth a special visit.
Finding a game of Texas holdem in Illinois boils down to
whether you’re willing to play in a private game or have to play
in a public poker room and casino. Private and home Texas holdem
games thrive around a city like Chicago, but if you want a
public game you need to visit one of the rooms listed above or
venture to a neighboring state if you’re close to a border.
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