[toc]Pennsylvania casinos began offering live poker in 2010. The local poker scene has grown into one of the country’s largest since that time.
These days, 10 of 12 Pennsylvania casinos have poker rooms. In fact, there’s more than 220 tables operating across the state, and the 10 rooms average around $4 million a month in revenue.
Add it up and that means there’s a ton of poker action across Pennsylvania, making it a perfect place to travel for poker from out of state.
Not only will players find daily tournaments and cash games running 24 hours a day, but there are also major tournament series all throughout the year offering massive prize pools.
The thing is, not all PA poker rooms were created equal. Some represent more of a poker destination than others. Here’s a list of the top PA poker rooms worth traveling from out of state to play in, and the reasons why.
Parx Casino in PA
Parx is already the state’s highest-grossing poker room. That means there’s a ton of high- and low-limit cash games running all the time.
Now, word is the Parx Poker Room is moving to a new location inside the main building as part of the property’s upcoming expansion.
The new room will host 48 tables and feature a number of high-end finishes. There’s also plans to include a three-table VIP high-limit poker enclave, making sure Parx will continue to be a solid destination for serious high rollers and low-stakes recreational players alike.
Parx even runs its own Big Stax major tournament series five times a year. The tournaments run in February, May, August, October, and December and always feature massive six- and seven-figure prize pools.
Big score hunters from all across the country are sure to find what they’re after here.
But perhaps the No. 1 reason Parx is worth traveling to from out-of-state is its proximity to Philadelphia. Parx is in Bensalem, less than a half hour from PA’s largest city. That means you can get your poker and your Philly cheesesteak all in one quick trip.
SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia
The Poker Night in America Poker Room at SugarHouse Casino is more than just near Philadelphia, it’s in Philadelphia.
That means if you travel to SugarHouse from out of state, you can probably run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Sylvester Stallone did in “Rocky,” and check-raise other tourists as Edward Norton did in “Rounders,” all in one day.
You’ll also find quick-and-easy access to other tourist haunts such as the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both signed.
The live poker room at SugarHouse Casino is home to 28 tables, so there’s plenty of cash game action 24 hours a day. Plus, it runs tournaments six days a week and twice on Saturdays and Sundays.
Food and beverage options include in-seat, text-to-order service and complimentary alcoholic beverages. It’s a comfortable room that’s easy for any traveler to spend a few days playing in.
The poker room’s affiliation with the “Poker Night in America” TV show also sees it host televised events as well. So, if you time your trip as well as you do those check-raises, poker glory may be in the offing as well.
Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania is more than just Philadelphia. Pittsburgh is the second-largest city in the state and home to a pair of America’s greatest sports franchises.
It’s also home to the Rivers Casino Poker Room at Rivers Casino.
The nearly 8,500-square-foot room has 30 poker tables and all the action an out-of-state player would hope to find on a trip to the area. The tournament schedule includes two and sometimes three events every day. There is also a dedicated 24-hour food service.
Like SugarHouse in Philadelphia, the room is affiliated with the “Poker Night in America” TV show. It hosts regular tournaments and other televised events there, including the Pittsburgh Poker Open.
Plus, Rivers is just a one-minute walk to Heinz Field, the place one of those great American sports franchises, the Pittsburgh Steelers, calls home.
It’s also just a 15-minute cab ride to PPG Paints Arena where hockey superstar Sydney Crosby and the Stanley Cup-contending Pittsburgh Penguins play.
Rivers might just be one of the best places in the country to plan a trip around sports and poker, which go together like hot dogs and mustard. Speaking of food, try a Primanti Bros. sandwich while you’re in town. Thank us later.