Find Out Which Casinos Make Our Top 5 Live PA Poker Room List

Pennsylvania allowed its casinos to begin offering table games and live poker in 2010. Since that time, the live poker scene in the state has grown by leaps and bounds.

Ten of the 12 PA casinos now offer poker, and monthly revenues from more than 220 tables across the state average above $4 million a month. There’s cash game action running 24 hours a day, daily tournaments, and seasonal tournament series that rival some of the biggest in the nation.

In fact, the top poker rooms in the state have grown into some of the best on the East Coast. Here’s a look at the top five live PA poker rooms and what makes them the best of the best in the Keystone State:

1. Parx Casino

The 80-table poker room at Parx Casino is the largest and top-grossing poker room in the state by a country mile. Even in down months for the industry, Parx regularly reports seven-figure revenues.

It’s not very often that all 80 tables see action, but with weekly tournaments, and high and low-limit cash games, Parx is a busy poker room.

There is a full-service menu and bar and free Wi-Fi access. In addition to the weekly tournaments, Parx runs its own Big Stax major tournament series with buy-ins ranging from $300 to $1,500, large starting stacks (as the name would imply), and unlimited re-entries. The series runs five times annually in February, May, August, October, and December.

The Parx Poker Room also has a bad beat progressive jackpot in raked Texas Hold’em games.

Sitting just 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, Parx is at the center of the PA live poker universe. However, the Parx Poker Room will move to a new location inside the main building as part of the casino’s upcoming expansion.

The new room, boasting 48 tables of poker action, will have high-end finishes, 22 high definition TVs, and will offer an exclusive 3-table VIP high-limit poker enclave.

2. Sands Casino

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has a 30-table poker room that is probably the next best thing to Parx. The room runs a five-day-a-week tournament schedule and a variety of cash games at different stakes.

Regular promotions include a bad beat jackpot and payouts for high hands.

The room features 12 plasma televisions, adjustable chairs, complimentary beverage service, table-side dining, and a massage service. It is also right next door to Sands’ food court.

3. SugarHouse Casino

The Poker Night in America Poker Room at SugarHouse Casino lays claim to the title of Philadelphia’s first poker room.

The room itself holds 28 tables. It runs tournaments six days a week and twice on Saturdays and Sundays. This is in addition to a huge slate of cash games.

There are 24/7 food options, in-seat text-to-order food service, and complimentary alcoholic beverages. Promotions include an instant high-hand progressive jackpot.

The poker room’s affiliation with the Poker Night in America TV show sees it host televised events at the venue as well.

4. Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

When it comes to poker in Pittsburgh, The Rivers Casino Poker Room at Rivers Casino is the place to be.

The nearly 8,500-square-foot room has 30 tables.

In addition to cash games, the tournament schedule regularly includes two or three events per day. There is a dedicated 24-hour food service. Promotions include a bad beat jackpot that regularly reaches into the mid six-figures.

This room is also affiliated with the Poker Night in America TV show, which hosts regular tournaments and other televised events at the venue, including the Pittsburgh Poker Open.

5. Harrah’s Philadelphia

There are six other poker rooms across the state, but The Poker Room at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino makes the top five for a variety of reasons.

Size is certainly one of them, as the room features 28 tables open 24 hours per day, seven days per week with cash games and tournament action.

Branding is another. Harrah’s Philadelphia is the only WSOP-branded poker room in Pennsylvania. That means when the World Series of Poker circuit comes to Pennsylvania, it goes to Harrah’s Philadelphia.

The room also runs its own Tournament of Champions series in June. Regular promotions including high hands and satellite tournaments offering WSOP Main Event seats.

Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.