It’s fair to say that poker is struggling a little bit in
Missouri. The state was dealt a major blow when the River City
Casino poker room shut its doors in April of 2016. This sent
shockwaves through the poker community as this was considered
one of the best places to play and was featured prominently in
the Heartland Poker Tour. Thankfully, many of the other poker
rooms in the state are still offering poker including the
Lumiere Place casino, which is now considered by many as the
best place to play in the state.
You’ll mainly find poker in, or around, St. Louis and St.
Charles in Missouri with some rooms available also in Kansas
City. The game of choice is no limit holdem, no surprises there,
with many rooms offering daily tournaments. After this you’ll
usually be able to find a limit holdem game or some Omaha in
most of the poker rooms we’ve listed for you below.
Unfortunately, you can’t play regulated poker online in
Missouri and it’s likely you won’t be able to for a few years to
come. Perhaps in 5 or 10 years you’ll be able to, but until then
you’ll have to visit one of the few land based poker rooms to
get your poker hit.
The standard of play has improved a lot, because of the poker
wane and the fact you won’t come across as many amateurs taking
to the felt these days. Still, you can find some great value in
the games in this state and if you’re passing through you should
make some time to sit down at the felt.
List of Missouri Poker Rooms
Here is our compiled list of all the poker rooms you can find
in the state of Missouri:
Ameristar Casino Kansas City
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days
Games: If you are looking for a cash game you will find $1 /
$2 and $2 / $5 no limit holdem, $3 / $6 limit holdem and $4 / $8
limit Omaha 8 or better tables running here. On top of this they
run no limit holdem tournaments every day except Tuesday and
Thursday. The buy in ranges from $65 up to $160. The poker room
here also hosts some Heartland Poker Tour events from time to
Ambience: This poker room is spacious and open with clean
tables and comfortable chairs. No smoking is permitted in the
room and the sky based décor will make you feel like you are
playing poker outside. They also have TVs well placed around the
room to keep you entertained between hands.
Hospitality: You can earn comps at $1 per hour in this poker
room through the Star Awards rewards program. On top of this
you’ll be served food and cocktails at the table so you will
never miss a hand. If you just want soda you can get this for
free. Finally, they offer some weekly cash prizes and you’ll be
in the running for the bad beat jackpot while playing cash and
the minimum qualifying hand is jacks full of twos, which is
Players: If you want the best possible action visit when the
Heartland Poker Tour event is running. Outside of this you’ll
want to visit on weekend evenings for the softest tables. At
other times, you’ll mostly come across regulars and older men
who are looking to pass the time playing some ABC poker. This
isn’t such a bad thing but you won’t get maximum value at these
Ameristar Casino St. Charles
Location: St. Charles, Missouri
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days Except 5am to 6am on Wednesday.
Games: You’ll find $1 / $3 and $5 / $10 no limit holdem, $1 /
$2$5 pot limit Omaha high, $3 / $5 and $5 / $10 limit Omaha 8 or
better, $3 / $6 limit holdem and $1 / $2 / $5 limit 5 card Omaha
cash games running in this poker room. At the quiet times, it’s
usually just $1 / $3 no limit holdem running. On top of this
they run a weekly no limit holdem tournament with a buy in of
$150 on Sunday at midday.
Ambience: This no-smoking poker room has TVs on the walls to
keep you entertained while you play and features clean and
comfortable tables and chairs in a brown décor with mood
lighting so you don’t get sore eyes when you put in a long
Hospitality: You can earn comps at a rate of $1 per hour,
plus 20 tier points, while you play in this casino. Points and
comps are accumulated through the Star Rewards program. Cocktail
and food service is available at the table for players and the
room runs a high hand prize, busted bullets prize, and a bad
beat jackpot in its cash games as well.
Players: You won’t have to wait too long for a table in this
poker room at any time of the day. The main game is $1 / $3 no
limit holdem and you’ll come across recreational players and
full time poker professionals. So, pick your spots and take your
time and you should be able to do well.
Harrah’s North Kansas City
Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days. Except on Wednesday from 5am until 8am.
Games: If you are looking for a tournament you will come
across up to two per day her with the main game being no limit
holdem and the buy in ranging from $50 up to $120. For the cash
players, they spread $1 / $2, $2 / $5 and $5 / $10 no limit
holdem, $2 / $5 pot limit Omaha high and $3 / $6 and $20 / $40
Ambience: This non-smoking poker room features TVs on the
walls to keep you covered with your latest sports bets and green
felt tables against a brown and beige décor with colorful
patterned carpets. The room is well lit and is great for longer
sessions. Being conveniently located just off the main casino
floor means you won’t be too distracted by noise, and sometimes
the view, while you play.
Hospitality: Comps can be earned at a rate of 75 cents per
hour while playing cash through the Total Rewards program. On
top of this you’ll be served food and cocktails at the table so
you need never miss a hand. They also offer players the chance
to win big with a progressive bad beat jackpot.
Players: You’ll find the usual mix of local regulars,
recreational players and visitors in this Caesars casino. The
play can be tough during the day time but it certainly loosens
up in the evenings, which is the best time to play if you are
seeking maximum value.
Hollywood Casino St. Louis
Location: Maryland Heights, Missouri
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days – Except on Wednesday from 6am until
Games: No limit holdem and dealer’s choice tournaments are
held on Monday and Wednesday with a buy in of $100. If you are
looking for a ring game they spread $1 / $3, $2 / $5 and $5 /
$10 no limit holdem, $1 / $2 and $2 / $5 pot limit Omaha high,
$3 / $6 limit Omaha 8 or better and $2 / $6 limit holdem.
Ambience: This smoke free room features 18 large TVs to keep
you entertained while you play and clean tables and comfortable
chairs. The beige and brown décor clashed well with the room
surroundings and colorful carpet in this open and spacious room.
Hospitality: Comps can be earned in cash games at a rate of
75 cents per hour in this poker room through the Marquee Rewards
program. Cocktails and food are also offered to players while at
the table, and you can get coffee and soda for free while you
play in the room. Finally, they run a series of promotions
including aces cracked and made hand, as well as a bad beat
jackpot when your quads are beaten.
Players: The dealers and management here are great. They
welcome new players with open arms and are great to regulars.
This welcoming environment is matched by those regular players
which means it’s just a great place to play. The play is quite
competitive most of the time which means you’ll have to bring
your best game and have your wits about you while you play.
Isle Casino Cape Girardeau
Location: Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 12pm until 3am, Friday from
3pm until Monday at 3am
Games: For the cash players, they spread $1 / $3 no limit
holdem and $3 / $6 and $4 / $8 limit holdem. No limit holdem
tournaments are held on Thursday at 1pm and Sunday at 4pm. The
buy in is $65 in both.
Ambience: This non-smoking poker room is clean, spacious and
brightly lit. They also have TVs strategically placed around the
room so you can stay up to date with all the latest sports
scores while you play.
Hospitality: This poker room offers players food and
cocktails at the table and comps can be earned through the Fan
Club rewards program. They also run a series of promotions and
jackpots to push your drop and rake dollars further, especially
for the lucky rounders that take them down.
Players: It’s quite mixed in respect to the players that you
will face at the tables in the Isle Casino Cape Girardeau poker
room. You’ll find mostly regulars during the days and the
competition will be quite tough. If you visit in the evening
hours more amateurs will be out playing which will result in
more value for you at the table.
Lumiere Place Casino
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days. Except on Wednesday from 6am until
Games: The poker room at Lumiere Place offers no limit holdem
tournaments on Friday and Saturday at 7pm with a $65 buy in. For
the cash players, out there they spread $1 / $3 and $5 / $10 no
limit holdem, $5 / $5 pot limit Omaha 8 or better, $5 / $5 pot
limit five card Omaha, $1 / $3 mixed and $4 / $8 limit holdem.
This poker room is also featured in the Heartland Poker Tour.
Ambience: TV’s plaster the walls in this non-smoking poker
room. The room is clean and partially separated from the main
casino with a half wall of wood and then glass to the ceiling.
The room is well designed with a modern wooden and brown décor
which sits well with the clean and comfortable poker tables and
chairs. This is simply put, a nice place to play.
Hospitality: Comps can be earned at a rate of 75 cents per
hour while playing here through the MyChoice rewards program. On
top of this you’ll also be served food and cocktails at the
table and they run a bad beat jackpot to keep you coming back.
Players: This room is well known for having lots of loose
action where patience will pay off. If you take your time and
pick your spots, once you ride out the natural variance you will
cash in nicely in this room. The overall vibe is welcoming and
friendly and the dealers talk to the players just that perfect
amount, without being too over the top. This is a nice place to
play and of the best options in the St. Louis area.
If you’re close to one of the big cities in Missouri you
won’t have too much trouble finding a game of Texas holdem, but
if you live in a rural area you’ll have to travel a bit. The
state has many private and home games if you know where to look,
so even if you’re not in St. Louis you can still find a game. Ask
other poker players you know about private games and you should
find one quickly.
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