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The Top 10 Places To Play Poker In 2023

One of the beautiful things about the game of poker is that it is played worldwide. I have been fortunate to travel around the world and compete in poker tournaments in an assortment of different casinos and resorts. After being in hundreds of different venues, naturally I have found some poker rooms and casinos to stand out as being some of the best. Even though the new year has just begun, there is plenty of poker already set to take place over the next 12 months. From the white, sandy beaches of the Bahamas to the bright, neon lights found in Las Vegas, here is my list of the best places to play poker in 2023, along with some tournament schedules you should definitely check out!

PokerGO Studio at ARIA

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While you may be used to watching high stakes action on PokerGO, 2023 may be the year you find yourself playing underneath the studio lights. If a premier poker tournament series or cash game is happening in Sin City, there is a good chance it is taking place at PokerGO Studio. Attached to the luxurious Aria Resort and Casino, PokerGO Studio has long been one of my favorite places to play poker. Whether or not you have experienced the atmosphere at PokerGO, playing at their official studio is nothing short of a big deal.

PokerGO Studio has been a profitable destination in recent years for members of Team PokerCoaching. Recently in the second $10,000 buy-in tournament of the PokerGO Cup, PokerCoaching coach Aram Zobian secured his first big tournament series win claiming $207,500 for first place. In 2022, I had a runner-up finish in the U.S. Poker Open $10,000 buy-in event winning $149,600 for my biggest cash of the year. Becoming a regular at PokerGO Studio is PokerCoaching coach Justin Saliba, who placed first in the fourth event of the 2023 PokerGO Cup for $195,000. Another regular at PokerGO Studio is PokerCoaching coach Brock Wilson, who experienced a bink at PokerGO Studio in 2021 when he took down the $10,000 buy-in event of the Poker Masters ($189,800 score).

Congratulations to PokerCoaching.com coaches Justin Saliba and Aram Zobian for their recent wins at the PokerGO Cup

Poker players looking to take on some of the best pros can do so in a number of tournament series set to take place at PokerGO Studio. If you need some time to pad your bankroll before taking a shot at PokerGO Studio, additional marquee tournaments like PokerGO’s U.S. Poker Open (USPO), the Stairway to Millions, and the prestigious Poker Masters are set to return this year. Be on the lookout for $1100 satellites to these $10k’s throughout the year as well!

The Aria Poker Team, led by Paul Campbell, is one of the most innovative poker groups in the country. With the ability to develop innovative structures, tournament series, and rules, the staff at Aria continues to keep PokerGO Studio at the top of the poker marketplace. Always willing to talk with their players, get feedback, and work together to improve the overall tournament experience, the properties’ dedication to serving their clientele is incredible. When they aren’t busy organizing tournaments for poker’s best, you can find the PokerGO team promoting the game with their official PokerGO podcast hosted by Senior Public Relations & Communications Manager Donnie Peters and PokerGO Tour Commissioner Tim Duckworth. If you want to feel like poker royalty and enjoy the free Din Tai Fung, go check out PokerGO Studio.

PokerGO Studio Tournament Schedule

TournamentBuy-InStart Date
PGT Mixed Games Event #1 H.O.R.S.E$10,300February 4
PGT Mixed Games Event #2 8-Game$10,300February 5
PGT Mixed Games Event #3 Triple Stud Mix$10,300February 6
PGT Mixed Games Event #4 Big Bet Mix$10,300February 7
PGT Mixed Games Event #5 Triple Draw Mix$10,300February 8
PGT Mixed Games Event #6 Dealer’s Choice$10,300February 9
PGT Mixed Games Event #7 Dealer’s Choice$25,500February 10
PGT Mixed Games Event #8 NL 2-7 Single Draw$5,300February 11
PGT Pot-Limit Omaha Series Event #1$5,000March 11
PGT Pot-Limit Omaha Series Event #2 Bounty$5,000March 12
PGT Pot-Limit Omaha Series Event #3$10,000March 13
PGT Pot-Limit Omaha Series Event #4 PLO8$10,000March 14
PGT Pot-Limit Omaha Series Event #5$10,000March 15
PGT Pot-Limit Omaha Series Event #6 PLO 8 / Big O$10,000March 16
PGT Pot-Limit Omaha Series Event #7 Bounty$15,000March 17
PGT Pot-Limit Omaha Series Event #8 Championship$25,000March 18
PGT Pot-Limit Omaha Series Event #9 5-Card PLO$2,200March 19
PGT Last Chance Series Event #1$10,000November 27
PGT Last Chance Series Event #2$10,000November 28
PGT Last Chance Series Event #3$10,000November 29
PGT Last Chance Series Event #4$10,000November 30
PGT Last Chance Series Event #5$10,000December 1
PGT Last Chance Series Event #6$10,000December 2

Baha Mar for the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC)

After a three-year hiatus, PokerStars will be hosting not only their Players Championship but also their Caribbean Adventure at the beautiful Baha Mar Resort. Poker players who make the trip to the Bahamas can look forward to a variety of lucrative tournaments, including a $550 mystery bounty along with two $100,000 and $250,000 buy-in high roller events. Always drawing some of the world’s best players, the highly anticipated return of the Players Championship and Caribbean Adventure is surely circled on many players’ calendars.

Whether you are a bankrolled high roller or find yourself at the PSCA via a PokerStars Platinum Pass, the Baha Mar Resort & Casino provides the pinnacle of luxury for anyone who enters through their doors. When away from the tables, players can enjoy the scenic beaches as well as the resort’s water park, wildlife sanctuary, and recreational activities. Depending on where you live, January and February can certainly be treacherous it comes to the cold, so why not take a poker trip to the Bahamas!?

It is hard not to have fond memories of PokerStars’ Caribbean Adventure, having made multiple deep runs in the series throughout my career. In 2017, I came up just short in partypoker’s $10,300 High Roller, bringing home $175,000 for my 2nd place finish. Regular’s on the high roller poker tournament circuit like Jason Koon and Sam Greenwood have had tremendous success at the PSCA as well, winning the Super High Roller in 2017 and 2019 respectively. Having a tendency to attract some of poker’s best, the 2023 return of the PokerStars Players Championship and Caribbean Adventure is sure to be a triumphant one.

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure/Players Championship Series Schedule

TournamentBuy-InStart Date
Pot Limit Omaha Tournament$1,100January 24
PCA Main Event Flight B$10,300January 24
Six-Handed NLH Tournament$50,000January 24
Hyper Turbo Knockout (Freezeout)$2,100January 24
NLH Deep Stack$2,200January 25
Seven-Handed NLH Tournament$50,000January 25
Hyper Turbo Knockout (Freezeout)$1,050January 25
PCA Mystery Bounty$3,000January 26
8-Game Tournament$550January 26
Eight-Handed NLH Tournament$50,000January 26
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament$330January 26
PLO Hi/Lo Tournament$550January 27
NLH Deep Stack$1,100January 27
Eight-Handed NLH Tournament$25,000January 27
PCA PLO High Roller$25,000January 28
H.O.R.S.E Tournament$1,100January 28
NLH Freezeout$1,100January 28
PSPC Warm Up! NLH Tournament$10,200January 28
NLH Hyper Turbo (Freezeout)$550January 28
NLH Women’s Tournament$330January 29
NLH Mystery Bounty$10,200January 29
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament$330January 29
PokerStars Players NLH Championship$25,000January 30
Hyper Turbo Knockout (Freezeout)$2,100January 30
NLH Deep Stack$3,300January 31
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament$330January 31
$250k Super High Roller$250,000January 31
H.O.R.S.E Tournament$550February 1
PSPC Mystery Bounty Flight A$550February 1
NLH Deep Stack$2,200February 1
PCA High Roller$25,000February 1
PSPC Mystery Bounty Flight B$550February 1
Hyper Turbo Knockout (Freezeout)$1,050February 1
Pot Limit Omaha Tournament$330February 2
PSPC Mystery Bounty Flight C$550February 2
NLH Freezeout$1,100February 2
PSPC Mystery Bounty Flight D$550February 2
Seven-Handed NLH Tournament$100,000February 2
NLH Hyper Turbo (Freezeout)$550February 2
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament$330February 3
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament$3,100February 3
Six-Handed NLH Tournament$10,150February 3
Last Chance Super Hyper Turbo (Freezeout)$1,015February 3

Paris & Horseshoe Casino’s for the World Series of Poker (WSOP)

There is no doubt about it, the World Series of Poker still serves as the most anticipated tournament series every year. While WSOP players will be returning to The Strip for the second straight year, a fresh coat of paint has been applied to half of the venue. Formerly Bally’s, the newly rebranded Horseshoe Casino and Hotel ushers in the return of the historic Horseshoe as the host property of the WSOP. From the genesis of the WSOP in 1970 until 2004, the historic Binion’s Horshoe served as host for The World Series until its eventual move to The Rio. Bringing about a new age while simultaneously paying tribute to The Horseshoe’s contributions to poker, Caesars Entertainment has left us with much to be excited about for the upcoming WSOP.

In December 2022, the World Series of Poker released some important dates to note for the 2023 series. Taking place May 30th through July 18th 2023, the World Series of Poker will host its first flight of the Main Event Monday, July 3rd. Fan favorites like the Colossus will also be returning, with the  $400 buy-in event beginning Friday, June 30th. A new addition to the World Series, the $300 buy-in Gladiators of Poker tournament will be beginning Saturday, June 17th, and is the only event so far with an advertised, guaranteed prizepool ($3,000,000). Continuing to have a dialogue with poker players from the highest to the lowest of stakes, long-time WSOP Director and Caesars Vice President Jack Effel has developed a series schedule that caters to all players. Having received a sneak peak, six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu assured his Twitter followers the 2023 WSOP series schedule was Kid Poker approved.

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The reigning Main Event champion, Norwegian pro Espen Jorstad won poker’s most coveted trophy along with the first-place prize of $10,000,000. Every year players make their way to the WSOP to add their name to poker lore, while last year’s Main Event served as the second biggest in history, maybe 2023 is the year a new record is set. If you can’t make the trip to Las Vegas for the summer WSOP, be sure to follow de facto poker Twitter pro Kevin “Kevmath” Mathers for all the latest updates. For cash game players not interested in firing a bullet in The Real Deal, the newly rebranded Horseshoe Casino has also added a brand new poker room. Outfitted with fresh felt and some of Las Vegas’ best dealers, if you have a chance be sure to check out the brand new poker room at the Horseshoe.

2023 World Series Of Poker Series Schedule

TournamentBuy-InStart Date
Mystery Millions$1,000May 31
Gladiators of Poker$300June 7
Monster Stack$1,500June 16
Seniors Championship$1,000June 21
Millionaire Maker$1,500June 23
Ladies Championship$1,000June 29
Colossus$400June 30
Mini Main Event$1,000July 2
WSOP Main Event$10,000July 3
Lucky 7’s$777July 7
Ultra Stack$600July 11
The Closer$1,500July 14

The Wynn for The World Poker Tour World Championship (WPT)

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Every poker player in attendance will tell you that the first-ever World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship at The Wynn was a resounding success. Joining forces to create a powerful team of industry leaders, WPT President Adam Pliska, WPT Executive Tour Director Matt Savage, and the Wynn’s duo of Tournament Director Ray Pulford and Executive Poker Director Ryan Beauregard coordinated one of the best poker tournament series in recent memory. With exceptional leadership assisted by the quality poker room staff at The Wynn, the WPT World Championship is destined to be one of the best, most well-run series every year.

Not only did the WPT organize an enjoyable series of tournaments for players of all stakes, their $10,400 buy-in World Championship broke the record for highest prizepool for a WPT tournament ($29,008,000). Winning the coveted Mike Sexton trophy was Canadian poker pro Elliot Hudon, who added $4.1 million to his Hendon Mob page. Sustaining the slim point-lead he had coming into December 2022, poker pro Chad Eveslage completed his campaign for WPT Player Of The Year at the World Championship, adding on to his already impressive list of poker accomplishments.

Some members of Team PokerCoaching also experienced success playing in the first-ever WPT World Championship. PokerCoaching coach Justin Saliba made an appearance at the final table of the WPT’s $25,000 High Roller, finishing in 9th place for $81,000. Joining JustGTO at the High Roller final table was friend of the website Ethan “Rampage Poker” Yau, who took down the event winning $894,240.

With such an amazing debut at The Wynn, The World Poker Tour World Championship will be a “must-play” by virtually every pro poker player in 2023. Breaking the record for highest WPT prizepool in their very first championship event, we may see a new record reached at the 2023 WPT World Championship.

Paris, France for the European Poker Tour (EPT)

For the first time ever, the popular European Poker Tour will be hosting a series of poker tournaments at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile in Paris. While popular EPT stops like Monte Carlo and Barcelona will return to the tour, poker players (especially French ones) look forward to playing an alluring schedule of tournaments. With the EPT’s first return to France in seven years, one can only wonder what French pros will be entering the field.

As the European Poker Tour makes its return to France, it is only natural poker fans hope to see ElkY at the EPT’s Paris series. Not only does Betrand “ElkY” Grospellier serve as France’s #1 player on the all-time money list, he also stands as one of the most decorated players in poker, having a World Poker Tour title, a European Poker Title, and two World Series of Poker bracelets attached to his name. Although well behind ElkY on France’s all-time money list, Johan “YoH ViraL” Gilbert serves as another French fan favorite who may make his presence felt at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. Winning his first EPT title just last year, we hope YoH ViraL comes to Paris to pursue #2.

Accompanying the €1,100 buy-in Main Event of the EPT’s Paris series will be an assortment of tempting tournaments. High rollers will be able to enjoy a €25,000 buy-in tournament starting on February 17th as well as the €50,000 Super High Roller beginning on February 20th. For poker players who find themselves in Paris with less of a bankroll, the EPT’s Paris series will also offer a €550 Deepstack along with a plethora of satellites to the series’ Main Event.

Regardless of which floor your room is within the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, you are sure to experience comfort at the EPT’s newest host property. If you happen to make the trip, be sure to give yourself a break from the poker room and see what all the Paris Etoile has to offer. Whether it be with a freshly baked pastry from Mayo or a glass of champagne paired with a view of the Eiffel Tower, poker players who enjoy the finer things will feel right at home at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile.

European Poker Tour Paris Series Schedule

TournamentBuy-InStart Date
NLH Freezeout€1,100February 15
NLH Mystery Bounty€10,200February 15
FPS Paris Main Event Flight A€1,100February 16
Pot-Limit Omaha Tournament€1,100February 16
FPS Paris Main Event Flight B€1,100February 16
NLH Hyper Turbo (Freezeout)€1,050February 16
FPS Paris Main Event Flight C€1,100February 17
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament€25,000February 17
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament€25,000February 18
FPS Cup Survivor Tournament€550February 18
FPS Paris High Roller€2,200February 19
EPT Paris Super High Roller€50,000February 19
EPT Paris Main Event Flight A€5,300February 20
Pot-Limit Omaha Tournament€5,200February 20
EPT Paris Main Event Flight B€5,300February 21
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament€25,000February 21
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament€2,100February 21
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament€25,000February 22
EPT Mystery Bounty€3,000February 22
NLH Hyper Turbo (Freezeout)€1,050February 22
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament€25,000February 23
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament€1,100February 23
EPT Paris High Roller€10,300February 24
NLH Mystery Bounty Survivor Tournament€1,650February 24
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament€2,100February 24
NLH Deep Stack Survivor Flight A€550February 25
NLH Deep Stack Tournament€2,200February 25
NLH Deep Stack Survivor Flight B€550February 25
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament€25,000February 25
NLH Hyper Turbo (Freezeout)€1,050February 25
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament€330February 26
NLH Six-Handed Tournament€2,100February 26
NLH Six-Handed Tournament€5,150February 26
NLH Super Hyper Turbo (Freezeout)€1,050February 26

Borgata (East Coast Poker is BACK!)

The mecca for any poker tournament player on the east coast of the United States, Borgata made a triumphant post-COVID debut with a poker tournament series accurately named “The Return”. Hosting four lucrative events from January 2nd through January 8th 2023, the premier tournament of the series (also named “The Return”) attracted 1,142 entrants producing a prizepool of $5,538,700. Placing 5th place in the The Return was our very own Justin Saliba, who earned $304,629 for his efforts. Smashing the $3,000,000 guaranteed prizepool, The Return tournament proved Borgata is back and ready to serve as a signature stop again for poker players, but who will make the trip in 2023?

Poker players who journey to Atlantic City in 2023 can rest assured their poker experience is in safe hands. Now serving as the Director of Poker Strategy for the entirety of MGM properties, Global Player Index Industry Person of the Year Award winner Sean McCormack is highly qualified when it comes to making Borgata a tournament hot spot once again. With the success of The Return series, it is only a matter of time before another lucrative series draws poker players back to the east coast.

New Jersey has helped raise players one can easily deem as “poker royalty”. While the likes of Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan quickly come to mind, we cannot ignore how some of the game’s best have had career-defining wins at the Borgata. Winning the first of his four World Poker Tour titles at Borgata in 2014, poker fans hope to see Darren Elias make his return to Atlantic City and make another deep run at the property. Before he was a WSOP Main Event Champion, New Jersey native Scott Blumstein got his start at Borgata before eventually adding his name to poker history. Still active on the felt, Blumstein will hopefully make an appearance at his home state’s premier poker venue.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The Sunshine State has long served as a profitable destination for many poker players, with the Seminole Hard Rock being the best place for tournament action across the entirety of Florida. With an incredible poker room staff led by Director Tony Burns and Poker Tournament Manager Jason Heidenthal, the Seminole Hard Rock regularly beats their own record-breaking numbers as they attract huge fields. Whether you are looking to enter a $400 buy-in tournament or a $50,000 high roller, the Seminole Hard Rock will surely offer the right poker tournament for you in 2023.

The Hollywood Hard Rock’s first major series kicks off on January 12th as it hosts the popular Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Although the Lucky Hearts Poker Open will not serve as a World Poker Tour event like last year, the $2,000,000 guaranteed prizepool of the series’ Main Event is sure to draw quite the turnout.

The Seminole Hard Rock always brings fond memories to my mind, as I have experienced substantial success there. In 2019, I had my most recent, major tournament win finishing first place in the $2,200 buy-in event of the Seminole Hard Rock’s Poker Open series for $97,160. I was also fortunate enough to experience one of my numerous WPT tournament wins in the Lucky Hearts Open, winning the $1,100 buy-in event of the 2012 series for $38,940. PokerCoaching coach Brock Wilson has had recent success at the Seminole Hard Rock. In the most recent World Poker Tour series at the venue, Wilson finished in 2nd place in the $25,000 High Roller ($154,380 cash) and three days later finished 3rd place in the $3,500 series championship for a $411,678 score.

Seminole Hard Rock Escalator VII Series Schedule

TournamentBuy-InStart Date
$150 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight A$150February 8
$150 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight B$150February 8
$150 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight C$150February 9
$150 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight D$150February 9
$150 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight E$150February 10
$150 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight F$150February 10
$250 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight A$250February 15
$250 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight B$250February 15
$250 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight C$250February 16
$250 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight D$250February 16
$250 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight E$250February 17
$250 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight F$250February 18
$400 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight A$400February 22
$400 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight B$400February 22
$400 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight C$400February 23
$400 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight D$400February 23
$400 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight E$400February 24
$400 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight F$400February 25
$600 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight A$600March 1
$600 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight B$600March 1
$600 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight C$600March 2
$600 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight D$600March 2
$600 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight E$600March 3
$600 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight F$600March 4
$1,700 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight A$1,700March 9
$1,700 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight B$1,700March 10
$1,700 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament Flight C$1,700March 11

The Lodge Card Club with Brad Owen, Doug Polk, and Andrew Neeme

The poker scene in the Lone Star State continues to grow as poker rooms attract not just local players but gamblers from all over. Purchased by popular poker players Doug Polk, Andrew Neeme, and Brad Owen in early 2022, the trio has helped maintain a quality establishment for both cash game and tournament players alike. Hosting lucrative daily tournaments while also popularizing the bomb pot, The Lodge is showing no signs of slowing down in 2023.

It is said that everything is bigger in Texas, and judging from the YouTube footage from the likes of Next Gen Poker, the saying holds true in Texas poker rooms as well. For serious cash game players looking for somewhere new to play, The Lodge not only offers lucrative cash games but often streams the action live. Looking to move-up stakes and get some camera time? The Lodge may be the perfect spot for you.

For tournament players, The Lodge already has big plans as they will be hosting The Winter $100K starting Friday, January 27th. The $300 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament will have multiple flights on the 27th and 28th and will run through Sunday, January 29th. If you can’t make the trip in January, The Lodge will offer even more action this spring when they host their Spring Millionaire Mayhem Series. Running February 21st through March 6th, the Millionaire Mayhem Series will offer over $1,500,000 in tournament prizepool as well as a $1,000,000 guaranteed prizepool for the series’ Main Event.

The Lodge Spring Mayhem Series Schedule

TournamentBuy-InStart Date
NLH Seniors Tournament$200February 21
Pot Limit Omaha Tournament$300February 21
Six-Max NLH Tournament$500February 22
PLO Black Chip Bounty Tournament$300February 22
Big O Tournament$300February 23
NLH Survivor Tournament$300February 23
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight A$400February 24
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight B$400February 24
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight C$400February 25
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight D$400February 25
NLH Freezeout Tournament$200February 26
NLH Black Chip Bounty Tournament$300February 26
NLH/PLO Tournament$300February 27
NLH 2x Green Chip Bounty Tournament$200February 27
NLH Freezeout Tournament$300February 28
NLH Series Main Event Flight A$1,200March 1
NLH Series Main Event Flight B$1,200March 2
NLH Series Main Event Flight C$1,200March 2
NLH Series Main Event Flight D$1,200March 3
NLH Series Main Event Flight D$1,200March 3
NLH Series Main Event Flight F$1,200March 4
NLH Series Main Event Flight G$1,200March 4
NLH 50 For 50 Tournament$500March 5
NLH Freezeout Tournament$200March 5
NLH Series Closer$200March 6

The Lodge Championship Series Schedule

TournamentBuy-InStart Date
Seniors NLH Tournament$200April 26
Pot Limit Omaha Tournament$300April 26
NLH Freezeout Tournament$200April 26
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight A$400April 27
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight B$400April 27
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight C$400April 28
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight D$400April 28
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight E$400April 29
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight F$400April 29
NLH Ladies Tournament$200April 30
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament$200April 30
Six-Max NLH Tournament$500May 1
NLH Survivor Tournament$300May 1
Big O Tournament$300May 2
PLO 8/B Tournament$300May 3
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament$20,000May 3
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight A$800May 4
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight B$800May 4
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight C$800May 5
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight D$800May 5
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight E$800May 6
No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Day Tournament Flight F$800May 6
Six-Max NLH Tournament$1,000May 7
No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Tournament$500May 7
Pot Limit Omaha Tournament$1,000May 8
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament$300May 8
No-Limit Hold’em Tournament$500May 9
PLO High Roller Tournament$3,000May 9
NLH Black Chip Bounty Tournament$300May 9
NLH High Roller Tournament$5,000May 10
NLH Series Main Event Flight A$3,000May 10
NLH Series Main Event Flight B$3,000May 11
NLH Six-Max High Roller$10,000May 11
NLH Series Main Event Flight C$3,000May 11
NLH Series Main Event Flight D$3,000May 12
NLH Series Main Event Flight E$3,000May 12
NLH Series Main Event Flight F$3,000May 13
NLH Series Main Event Flight G$3,000May 13
NLH Series Closer Tournament$1,000May 14
NLH High Roller Tournament$5,000May 14
NLH Survivor Tournament$500May 14
10 Game Mix High Roller Tournament$3,000May 15

Thunder Valley Casino for The WSOP Circuit & WPT

Whether it be a World Series of Poker Circuit series, a World Poker Tour event, or their very own tournament, Thunder Valley Resort and Casino never fails to provide a great experience for poker players. Located in the vast, open fields of the California countryside, Thunder Valley’s expert service and staff continue to attract more poker players every year. You would be hard-pressed to find a better group of poker tournament organizers than the team at Thunder Valley. Led by Director of Poker Operations Ben Erwin along with Tournament Director Justin Hammer and respected poker media veteran Dan Ross, the Thunder Valley poker staff not only maintains well-planned, innovative tournaments, but incorporates fun while doing so. Ringing in the New Year with their Champagne Main poker tournament, the Thunder Valley poker room staff showed how to start 2023 in style.

Regardless of the month, it seems like there is always a tournament series running at Thunder Valley, but what does the property have in store for us in 2023?

While serving as a popular stop on the World Series of Poker Circuit for some time, Thunder Valley had a first when their October 2022 WSOP Circuit Main Event shattered expectations with a prizepool over $1,000,000 ($205,203 top prize). With another WSOP Circuit series currently underway, we may just see an even bigger prize pool in the series’ Main Event.

Along with the WSOP, Thunder Valley will also be welcoming the World Poker Tour to the greater Sacramento area. Bringing about what was the largest poker tournament in the host properties’ history at that time, the WPT will look to one-up the 2022 WPTDeepStacks championship when they return to Thunder Valley March 22nd through April 4th for the WPT Rolling Thunder series. For poker players who are also fans of poker apparel, after a successful series at Thunder Valley in 2022 the popular RunGood Poker Series may very well return to Lincoln in the coming year. With seemingly every tournament series coming to Thunder Valley in 2023, it is sure to be another exciting year for the property.

World Poker Tour Kickoff Series Schedule

TournamentBuy-InStart Date
$100 Re-Buy Survivor Tournament$150March 14
Omaha 8 Tournament$200March 15
Action 8 Tournament$200March 15
Knockout Bounty Tournament$200March 16
NorCal Jacked Stack Tournament$200March 16
One Day $100,000 Tournament$500March 18

World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Tournament Series Schedule

TournamentBuy-InStart Date
Anniversary Opener NLH Tournament$300March 22
Thunder Valley Deep Stack Flight A$1,100March 23
Thunder Valley Deep Stack Flight B$1,100March 24
Thunder Valley Deep Stack Flight C$1,100March 25
Thunder Valley Deep Stack Flight D (Turbo)$1,100March 25
Single Day NLH Tournament$300March 26
Two Day Omaha 8 Tournament$500March 27
Action 8 Tournament Flight A$500March 27
Action 8 Tournament Flight B$500March 28
Action 8 Tournament Flight C$500March 28
HEROS Mix Two Day Tournament$500March 29
Single Day PLO Tournament$500March 30
Leaning Tower of Chips NLH Tournament$1,100March 30
WPT Rolling Thunder Series Main Event$3,500April 1
WPT Bounty Confidential Tournament$1,100April 2
Six-Handed NLH Tournament$500April 3
WPT Series Finale Tournament$300April 4

Hustler Casino, Home Of One Of The Biggest Live Streamed Cash Games

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Few entities in poker have had such a quick rise to relevance than Hustler Casino in Los Angeles. Already a fixture in the L.A. poker scene, Hustler Casino skyrocketed in prominence with the introduction of their high stakes, live-streamed cash games that began streaming on YouTube in 2021. If something wild happens on the Hustler Casino Live Stream, everyone in the poker industry will be discussing it the next day. Whether you are a high stakes cash game player looking to give action or a camera-shy $1/$2 grinder, the Hustler provides everything you would expect from a luxurious casino based in the City of Angels.

There is a reason Hustler Casino promotes itself as the only “luxury” casino in Los Angeles. When not running it up at the poker table, players can indulge in premier, high-end dining as they enjoy the upscale atmosphere found within the venue. Hoping to catch famous poker players as well as celebrities? If Hustler Casino Live is hosting a special stream, you may see the likes of Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, or even MrBeast. There is no doubt that the Hustler Casino accomplishes setting an “LA” vibe, but General Manager Shaun Yaple is also committed to providing poker players with a quality experience. With years of knowledge and an innovative mind for the industry, Yaple along with Hustler Casino owner Liz Flynt look to leverage their newfound standing in poker and take the Hustler brand to new heights.

Long being a cash game entity, Hustler Casino worked to offer more action to tournament players in 2022. Introducing daily tournaments to their venue, Hustler Casino also hosted a number of tournament series, including a Spring Kickoff which featured a Main Event boasting a $100,000 prizepool. As Hustler Casino works to reintroduce poker tournaments to their venue, you can always depend on a quality cash game being available regardless of the stakes. Rest assured, grinders can always find a $1/$2, $2/$3, and $2/$5 no-limit hold’em game running at Hustler, with even bigger stakes offered during busier hours.

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