While the online poker world has revolutionized the way this table game is played, the UK local land-based casinos remain a popular place to play cash games and tournaments.
As with most things, the first important factor is knowing the right places to go, allow us to be of assistance there by taking you through some of the best offline poker rooms.
Manchester 235, Manchester
One of the country’s most popular poker rooms, this fiercely independent, glamorous casino in the heart of Manchester is the home to weekly cash poker tournaments, and constant cash games.
The Poker Lounge has its own bar and is a popular late night spot for Manchester’s high rollers.
Empire Poker Room, London
It will be no surprise to anyone that many of the land-based poker spots in the UK are based in London, and this is one of the smallest. Empire Poker is a intimate little venue with just five poker tables for a quiet, intense gaming experience.
Dusk till Dawn Poker Room, Nottingham
Another venue focused entirely on poker is Dusk til Dawn, but a much bigger one, this all night venue has a mammoth 45 poker tables, so you’ll almost always find a seat available here.
While you’re in Nottingham, why not pop into the Alea Nottingham Casino poker room, which has 12 tables available.
The Palm Beach Casino, London
Up there with the most aspirational names for a casino, it shouldn’t be too much of a disappointment to find that this casino is not situated on a palm beach, because London doesn’t have too many of those!
Poker lovers have a lot to be excited about here, with Texas Hold’em and various other cash games available, and regular tournaments that often attract some big names. Poker games go from early evening (around 20:30) all the way into the deep hours of the next morning. You can read a Palm Beach casino review here.
Hippodrome Casino, London
A large casino in the center of London, set in a magnificent old building, this casino has 45 live table games, and a huge number of slot machines.
Cash poker games here include Omaha and Texas Hold’em running from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., and regular poker tournaments are also on offer. More info here.
The Poker Room, London
The Poker Room opened in late 2013, this relatively recent addition to Grosvenor’s collection of casino in England’s capital city is situated on London’s bustling Edgeware Road, and has rapidly gained popularity among poker players.
With 35 poker tables available, and hosting some of Europe’s biggest poker tournaments, this is a place many like to spend a lot of time, lucky there’s a bar and restaurant on site!
Genting International Casino, Birmingham
Arguably the most popular of Genting’s many casinos around the UK, Genting International Casino is part of Resorts World, Birmingham, one of the city’s best known landmarks.
Various 3-5 card poker games can be found on the numerous tables in this huge casino, and alongside multiple cash games available 24/7, there’s also poker tournaments every day.
One of the most exclusive and popular poker and casino venues in the country, you’ll need to sign up for full membership on arrival, but it’ll be worth it for the sheer amount of stuff to do.
Grosvenor Casino Leo, Liverpool
A modern, stylish building houses arguably Liverpool’s top casino, and one of the many jewels in Grosvenor’s UK crown.
Texas Hold’em is the main poker game available here, and can be player 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can scratch your poker itch day or night.
Regular poker tournaments take place here too, for various levels, suitable for beginners and seasoned veterans, this is one of the North’s finest.
Park Lane Casino, London
If you’re looking for exclusivity and extravagance, then you’re unlikely to find a better option than Park Lane Casino.
Part of the exclusive Park Lane Club, this private member’s club has a membership fee of £1,000 a month and has a gaming floor that has to be seen to be believed, with lavish décor, and views across Hyde Park.
There are two floors to this casino, one of which is open 24/7, and it is no secret that this is a casino for high stakes gambling.
Three card poker is probably the most popular poker game available here, and you can play on the terrace, which is heated in winter, while enjoying the venue’s exquisite selection of the very best Cuban cigars.
If you harbor dreams of being James Bond, and you’ve got the bank balance to back it up, then this is the only game in town, you can even grab a room at the local Hilton while you’re at it, if you really want to live it up.
Sources: Casinos.org.uk and en.wikipedia.org