Indiana Texas Holdem
The Hoosier state has multiple great options for the Texas holdem poker players. With eight poker rooms all spread nicely out across the state you'll never have to travel far to get your poker fill.
The state boasts over 130 poker tables with a good mix of cash and tournament play available. Of course no limit Texas holdem is the most popular game and you'll struggle to find any tournaments that aren't in this format. Cash players are able to find some other options though including Omaha and limit holdem.
If you're on the hunt for value in this state you should probably stick to the tournaments. Although the variance is a lot higher in tournament play you'll find quite soft skills and the fields will be a lot easier to navigate in comparison to the regular heavy cash games.
If you're hell bent on playing cash games, then wait until weekend evenings and play once the amateurs take the tables with beer in hand. This way you'll get a lot more value once you ride out the one or two unfathomable calls and subsequent bad beats that come your way.
The overall standard of play in Indiana is quite good; this is a result of the larger population and the proximity the state has to other large cities. This means you'll get lots of action most of the time, but the tables will be harder to crush. From time to time you'll also come across a lot of Canadians who will be decent players, mostly because they can still play online up north.
Speaking of online poker, there's no regulation in Indiana and it's unlikely they'll introduce this soon to allow for online poker rooms to open. The state does penalise those who play online and gambling online in any form such as online casinos, with a misdemeanour charge and a fine being the norm. If you're native Indian and live on a reservation and play online there's a bit of a grey area in regards to the law, so proceed with caution if this is you.
Most other forms of gambling are permitted in Indiana including pari-mutuel betting on horse and greyhound racing, casino table games, lotteries, and raffles. No casinos exist on native Indian reservations though, which is slightly different to a lot of other states in the US.
So if gaming is your thing you need never leave the state to get your fill. But as we all know, there's nothing quite like Las Vegas so you may still feel the need to travel there from time to time.
Poker is in a healthy state in Indiana and is far more accepted and appreciated than in many other US states. As you'll see below the rooms in the state go out of their way to make you feel welcome and provide several great services so that you are looked after when you play.
The state is falling a bit behind and seems to contradict itself a little bit in respect to its laws of online gaming, however, this is quite normal due to the fact that minors can get access to online gaming a lot easier than they ever could in a live environment. We may see this improve over the next few years though as other states adopt a softer stance in relation to online gaming and poker.
Belterra Casino & Hotel
- LocationFlorence, Indiana
- HoursThursday and Friday from 11am until 1am, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 1am. This room still stay open longer if games are still running.
- GamesA monthly no limit holdem tournament is held here on the second Saturday of each month with a buy in of $125. For the cash players they spread $1 / $2 no limit holdem and $2 / $4 and $3 / $6 limit holdem tables.
- AmbienceThis no smoking poker room is clean and well maintained with TVs that can be viewed from most seats at the table to keep you entertained between hands. The room is well designed with a modern decor featuring brown and beige earthy tones. The lighting is decent enough for longer sessions as well.
- HospitalityComps can be earned at a rate of $1 per hour through the mychoice rewards program. On top of this you'll receive cocktail and food service at the table so you need never miss any action.
- PlayersThe overall vibe in this room is relaxed and fun with dealers going out of their way to make you feel comfortable and welcome. The regulars are decent players which can make the games a bit harder to beat. If you want softer games visit over the weekends when more amateur players come out to the felt. Overall it's a great poker room and an excellent option for those who reside in the immediate area.
Blue Chip Casino
- LocationMichigan City, Indiana
- Hours24 hours, 7 days
- GamesFor the cash players they spread $1 / $3 and $2 / $5 no limit holdem and $3 / $6 limit holdem. If you are looking for tournament play you will find a daily no limit holdem event, except on Friday's, with a buy in range between $40 and $125.
- AmbienceThis poker room is no smoking and well-lit with TVs around to keep you up to date with all the latest sports scores. The room is partially separate from the main casino are and follows the same decor with half wooden panelled walls and beige decor. The green felt tables are well maintained with comfortable seating alongside.
- HospitalityComps can be earned through the B Connected rewards program at a rate of 50 cents per hour. If you use the comps for food they are earned at $1 per hour. At the table you will be served food and they also run a bad bead jackpot and have some high hand prizes at certain times.
- PlayersThe play in this room is generally quite soft with most regulars being open to gambling on a lot of hands. That said, you should still take some time to assess the play at the table first. The overall vibe is a bit sleepy and quiet, although the place does get a bit more exciting on weekend evenings. Dealers and management are great here by all reports with no real issues.
Hollywood Casino Indiana
- LocationLawrenceburg, Indiana
- Hours24 hours, 7 days
- GamesUp to three no limit holdem tournaments are held in this poker room each day with the buy in fluctuating from $60 up to $150. If you are looking for a cash game they spread $1 / $2, $1 / $3, $2 / $5 and $5 / $10 no limit holdem, $1 / $2, $1 / $3 / $5, $2 / $5 and $5 / $10 pot limit Omaha high, $3 / $6 limit holdem and $5 / $10 limit Omaha 8 or better tables.
- AmbienceThis no smoking poker room is clean and spacious with well-maintained tables and comfortable chairs. They have placed TVs strategically around the room so you can stay entertained while you play. The brown and beige decor is nice on the eye and is matched in similarly colored tables and carpets. This room is great and comfortable for long sessions.
- HospitalityComps can be earned at a rate of $1 per hour through the Marquee Rewards program. You'll also receive food and cocktail service at the table and they also run some promotions including a high hand prize and free tournament entry vouchers.
- PlayersThis poker room offers some of the best action in Indiana with a lot of tournaments running and good cash game variety. Like larger rooms you'll find a good mix of amateurs and local regulars with the games being at their best on weekend evenings once the drinks have been flowing. Staff and management in this room are great and ensure that everyone is looked after while they play.
Horseshoe Casino Hammond
- LocationHammond, Indiana
- Hours24 hours, 7 days
- GamesUp the three no limit holdem tournaments are held here each day with the buy in ranging from $50 up to $210. If you are looking for a ring game you'll find $1 / $2, $2 / $5, $5 / $5, $5 / $10 and $10 / $20 no limit holdem, $1 / $2 and $5 / $10 pot limit Omaha high, $3 / $6, $4 / $8, $20 / $40 and $80 / $160 limit holdem, $4 / $8 limit Omaha 8 or better and $40 / $80 HORSE.
- AmbienceIn a fully non-smoking environment, this poker room offers clean and comfortable furnishings with TVs on the wall to keep you entertained while you the play. The room is well-lit, open and features a modern decor which is nice on the eyes and senses. Over all it's a nice place to play.
- HospitalityComps can be earned at a rate of $1 per hour through the Total Rewards player's club. On top of this you can order and consume food at the table while you play and you can get cocktails too. They also run a series of jackpots and promotions to keep you coming back for more.
- PlayersWith friendly dealers and excellent room staff, you'll always feel welcome in this poker room. Caesars know how to run a room and they bring their extensive experience in Las Vegas to Hammond. You will always come across good action here in both cash and tournaments, and you'll be able to find a good edge in most games if you play a solid game. A lot of local regulars take to the tables here but don't let that discourage you too much; the play can still be very soft at times.
Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana
- LocationElizabeth, Indiana
- Hours24 hours, 7 days
- GamesThis poker room offers one tournament each day with no limit holdem being the game. The buy in ranges from $50 to $80 and they sometimes run a second tournament on Wednesday. For the cash players they spread $1 / $2 and $2 / $5 no limit holdem, $1 / $2 and $2 / $5 pot limit Omaha high, $3 / $6 limit holdem and $30 / $60 stud.
- AmbienceThe poker room is partially separate from the rest of the casino and is completely no smoking. The classic brown felt tables are clean and match well with the brown and beige predominantly wooden decor. The room is well-lit and comfortable for longer sessions.
- HospitalityComps are awarded to players in cash games at a rate of $1 per hour through the Total Rewards program. On top of this you'll be provided with cocktail and food service at the table while you play. They also offer jackpots and promotions including high hand and aces cracked to keep you coming back for more.
- PlayersThis room will have a good mix of regulars and amateurs clashing at the felt. The overall vibe is welcoming and friendly with staff going that extra mile to make you feel welcome. The best value will be found in the low limit cash games and the tournaments.
Indiana Grand Casino
- LocationShelbyville, Indiana
- Hours24 hours, 7 days
- Tables10 electronic poker tables
- GamesYou'll find up to two no limit holdem tournaments each day in this poker room with the buy in ranging from $25 to $75. If cash is your thing you will find $1 / $2 and $2 / $5 no limit holdem, 50c / $1 limit Omaha high and $3 / $6 limit holdem games running most of the time.
- AmbienceThis poker room features well maintained electronic poker tables in a brown, light beige and yellow decor against dark carpets. The room is separate to the rest of the casino and features flat screen TVs on the walls and is completely no smoking for your comfort.
- HospitalityComps are offered here and can be earned through the Club Centaur Rewards program. You'll also receive cocktail service at the table and they run
- PlayersIf you can see past the electronic poker tables you should have a lot of fun in this poker room. The play will generally be quite soft with mostly amateurs taking to the table. You'll still come across so regular players but there will be far less than you would find in a poker room with proper chips and dealers. The staff and management in this room are great and will ensure you are enjoying yourself and are well looked after.
Majestic Star Casino
- LocationGary, Indiana
- Hours24 hours, 7 days
- GamesUp to two no limit holdem tournaments are held each day except Monday and Wednesday. The buy in ranges from $85 to $130. If cash is your preference you will find $1 / $2 and $2 / $5 no limit holdem, $5 / $10 limit Omaha 8 or better, $10 / $20 HOSE and $1 / $5 stud.
- AmbienceThis large and open poker room features bright red felt tables and red and black chairs against a brown modern decor. The room is well-lit, non-smoking, and features TVs on the walls to keep you entertained while everyone tanks like they are in the WSOP main event.
- HospitalityYou can earn comps here in both cash games and tournaments. In tournaments you'll earn at a rate of 50 cents per hour and in cash you earn at $1 per hour. This is managed through the Key Rewards program. While playing you will receive cocktail and food service at the table and also be in the running for the extra cash via a range of jackpots and promotions.
- PlayersYou'll come across a good mix of regulars and amateurs in this poker room with dealers and staff going out of their way to make you feel welcome. The play will be quite tough during the quiet times and will loosen up a fair bit when it's busy. If you bring a solid game you should be able to do well here regardless of the time.
- LocationEvansville, Indiana
- HoursMonday to Thursday from 10am until 5am, Friday to Sunday open 24 hours
- GamesOnly one no limit holdem tournament is held here per week with a buy in of $60. Cash players will find $1 / $3 no limit holdem, $5 / $10 pot limit Omaha high, $4 / $8 limit holdem and $10 / $20 limit Omaha 8 or better. During the year this room also hosts a Mid States poker tour event.
- AmbienceThis poker room isn't very nicely appointed or maintained and has a tired feel to it. The room is non-smoking and they have TVs on the walls to keep you up to date with sports scores, but that's about where it all ends. It's not that comfortable for a long session and you'd be better off heading to one of the larger poker rooms nearby.
- HospitalityComps are awarded to players in cash games at a rate of 75 cents per hour in this room. You'll also be provided with food and cocktail service while you play. From time to time they will also offer jackpots and promotions to push your rake dollars that bit further.
- PlayersThis room is full of local regulars who play the same old games every day. Although you will find some better action in the evenings on weekends, most of the time it's the same people at the table who all play each other all the time and will try to collectively exploit you. If you are a strong player you could probably use this to your advantage. If you want the best value visit when the poker tour is in town, or sit down in the monthly tournament.
Indiana has a thriving live Texas holdem environment with poker rooms spread across the state. You shouldn't have to travel far to find live action.
The state is one of the few that have actual laws that can be applied to online gambling, so be careful if you play on the internet. Though we haven't found any stories of actual prosecution, the law states that it's a misdemeanour to participate in unlawful gambling. Online gaming can clearly fall under his law.