Poker in Australia

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As everyone knows, gambling rates in Australia are among (if not, the) highest in the world and four in five adults enjoy some form of wagering. Poker has a polarised reputation with glamour in the casino and hardened drinking poker nights at home with chips and dips.

The truth about Australia’s love affair with the game of poker lies somewhere in between.

Sure, you can catch a game at the casinos or host an event with your buddies over a few cold ones but poker can be both a serious business for professional players as well as a great opportunity to win big bucks for casual gamblers.

In this guide, we take a look at the popularity of poker in Australia and where you can play the game, state-by-state as well as online.


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Poker in Australia

The saying goes that Australians would bet on two flies crawling up a wall and the nation does have the highest rate gambling in the world. More than 80% of the adult population enjoy some form of gambling; from casinos to sports betting, playing the pokies to taking a punt on the lotto.

playing poker in australia

Poker in Australia is a relatively new game but how did it get so popular?

Poker enjoys a popularity in Australia that is unrivalled by other forms of gambling, largely due to the game’s combination of luck and skill. Of course, huge jackpots and prestigious tournaments have also helped project a glamorous edge to the proceedings.

But how did poker evolve in Australia, is it legal and why are there so many variations of the game?

History of Poker in Australia

The origins of Poker can be traced to Europe with the 16th century Spanish card game of Primero which was adapted in both France (Poque) and Germany (Pochen).

Primero was a three-card game, played with forty cards in which players gambled on getting the highest hand with bluffing being a key element.

French settlers brought the game of Poque to the United States where it flourished in Franco areas like New Orleans. The first anglicised version of poker has been dated to the early 19th cenury when English speaking settlers moved to the area after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Poque became Poker and began to exhibit similarities to the modern game; poker became a five-card game by 1834 with the addition of a 52-card deck.

Poker spread from the Southern states along with migration of settlers and transportation of goods to the West. By the late 19th century, Poker was a key feature in the saloons of the frontier settlements.

wild west poker

It’s hard to imagine the wild west without a poker game in the saloon. Image via Wikimedia.

Around the same time, in 1871, the game was brought back to its original home in Europe. The story goes that Queen Victoria overhead the U.S. Minister for Great Britain explaining the rules to court officials and insisted on him teaching her the game.

It would be several decades before the game really took off in Europe and Australia when U.S. soldiers were stationed abroad during World War I, taking Poker truly global. Further extended stays during the Second World War cemented the game’s popularity in Australia and by the 1960s Poker was a staple diet of table card games.

However, it wasn’t until the first casino opened in 1973 in Hobart, Tasmania that poker found a legitimate home in the country.

With other states following suit in the 1980s and 1990s, casinos offered a natural home for poker tournaments and casual gaming.

The popular variant, Texas Hold’Em was first introduced to Adelaide in the 1990s.

At the same time, poker leagues were cropping up in pubs and clubs offering more regular players the chance to take part in cumulative competitions.

However, it was events like the World Series of Poker (WSOP) that kicked off the trend of professional poker play.

The first Australian to win the Main Event of the WSOP was Joe Hachem in 2005. At the time, his $7.5 million win was a record-breaker as the world’s biggest tournament prize.

In 2012 Australia became home to the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) when The Crown Casino, Melbourne and WSOP announced the creation of this new circuit.

With the rise of the internet, online poker became more popular in the 21st century with sites like PokerStars, 888.com and PartyPoker offering greater cash prizes and with the convenience of paying in your own home.

wsop poker in australia

The WSOP Main Event has a prize pool of US$64 million. Image via Wikimedia.

Is Playing Poker Legal?

Playing poker for cash at a land based venue in Australia is 100% legal as long as players are over the age of 18.

When it comes to online poker, the situation is a little less clear cut.

Traditionalists and poker purists have all denounced the rise of online poker claiming it eliminates one of the key elements of a player’s skill in reading other players.

However, it is detractors of another kind which have led to a change in this popular format of playing the game.

Concerned by the high rate of online gambling, the federal government introduced the Interactive Gaming Act in 2001. Designed to restrict the availability of websites offering cash gambling, the legislation effectively criminalises off-shore websites who provide online gaming services to Australians.  Initially, this Act did not cover poker but an amendment which was enshrined in law in August 2017 now bans international sites from offering poker in Australia.

This means that compliance of the law falls squarely on the shoulders of the website operators and not the individual. In reality, if you can access a website outside of Australia that hosts poker from your ISP then there is no breach of the law on your part.

Sadly, the change in law has led to the withdrawal of some of the big names offering services to Australians but gamblers can still access their websites using a virtual private network (VPN)

Many players already used a VPN to play online sites in order to protect their privacy and it is becoming a standard way for determined players to continue using sites they frequented before the ban. In addition, the rise in crypto currencies like the Bitcoin have also made it possible to continue gaming through international sites.

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Playing online poker in Australia is a popular way to gamble but is it legal? Image via Wikimedia.

Game Variations

With a global popularity, poker has been influenced by several different regions resulting in many variations of the standard five-card game. There are basically four families of poker:

  • Draw games
  • Community card games
  • Stud games
  • Novelty games

Draw Games

Draw poker is a variant of the game where each player is dealt a full hand before the first round of betting. Players then replace cards via draws. In casino play, the leading play is usually via the blinds system but in league play tends to go from the dealers left.

Draw games can offer a positional advantage which is why most casinos play blinds. The standard 5-card draw is the most common form of poker. Variants can include:

  • Anaconda (“Pass the trash”)
  • Baduci or Badugi
  • California high/low split
  • California lowball
  • Double-draw and Triple-draw
  • Four-before
  • Gardena jackpots (“Jacks to open” or simply “Jackpots”)
  • High/low with declare
  • Johnson (and “Jacks back”)
  • Kansas City lowball
  • Q-Ball
  • Shotgun (“Roll ’em out” and “Skinny Minnie”)
  • Spit in the ocean

Community Card Games

This form of poker refers to any game which has a shared or community based card(s). Also known as window cards, the most common variant of the game is Texas Hold’Em where two private cards are dealt to each player, followed by three community cards (the flop) and two secondary cards, known as the ‘turn’ (or ‘4th street’) and ‘river’ or (5th street).

texas hold em poker australia

Community card games like Texas Hold’Em and Omaha have become the number one variant of poker in Australia. Image via Wikimedia.

Community card games offer more of a skill advantage by predicting the ultimate combination of outcomes based on the visible cards that are shared with the rest of the players. The most common of this variety of game is Texas Hold’Em.

Other forms of community poker games include:

  • Chowaha
  • Cincinnati
  • Courchevel
  • Crazy Pineapple
  • Double Hold’em (also known as Double Texas Hold’em)
  • Double-board hold’em
  • East Village
  • Irish Poker
  • Iron cross
  • Lame-brain Pete
  • London Bridge
  • Manila
  • No River hold’em
  • Omaha hold’em
  • Otis Elevator
  • Pinatubo
  • Pineapple
  • Royal hold’em
  • Six-pack
  • Spit in the ocean
  • Tahoe (Lazy Pineapple)
  • Tic tac toe

Stud Games

Traditionally a non-positional form of poker, stud variations of the game combine a mix of face-up and face-down cards. Popular variations of the game include:

  • Caribbean stud
  • Eight-or-better high-low stud
  • High-low stud, no qualifier
  • Mexican stud
  • Mississippi stud
  • Razz (and London lowball)
  • Six-card stud

Novelty Games

Novelty games include any variant of Poker which doesn’t conform to the above three formats. Most often, these are regional styles of poker and include baseball and Indian as well as many other casual game styles.

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As well as dozens of variants of the game you can mix it up with betting structure, hand ranking and table sizes. Image via Pixabay.

Where to Play Poker in Australia: State by State

There are plenty of places to play Poker in Australia at land-based casinos, pub league games and at social clubs.

We’ve put together a guide to the best places to catch a game of poker wherever you find yourself in the country. This includes national and regional poker leagues, including:

Australian Capital Territory

Legislation designed to curb gambling in the state means there is only one venue in the ACT where you can play cash Poker and that’s the Casino Canberra.

Canberra

Casino Canberra

21 Binara St, Canberra ACT 2601

http://casinocanberra.com.au/

The primary venue for hosting cash poker games, the Casino Canberra has a dedicated poker lounge, the Poker Zone.

Games are available from 7.00pm to 4.00am daily and the room comes with a video wall showing live sports.

A variety of games are played at the Casino Canberra, including:

  • Texas Hold ‘Em
  • 7 Card Stud
  • Omaha
  • Manila
  • Faro
poker in canberra

The casino has the monopoly on poker in the ACT. Image via Casino Canberra.

New South Wales

Sydney

Star Casino

80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009

www.star.com.au/sydney/casino

Poker at the Star Casino comes in a variety of formats including Texas Hold’Em, Caribbean and Mississippi Stud as well as three-card poker

The casino runs several weekly tournaments with its Star Poker club and include turbo, deep stack and deal-in competitions.

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There are 40 tables at the Star poker room. Image via Star Casino Sydney.

Club Marconi

121-133 Prairie Vale Road, Bossley Park, NSW 2176

www.clubmarconi.com.au

A members only club, you can find poker tournaments and regular cash games at Bossley Park.

League Poker in Sydney

With a few venues in the city and cash games on different nights, the Sydney Texas Hold ‘Em Poker League (STP) offers regular opportunities to play in the city.

Our pick of the best venues to play regular league poker in Sydney are:

Day League Venue Start Buy In
Sat NPL The Office Hotel 6.00pm $35
Sat PM GTs Hotel 2.00pm $37
Sat Kings Club Redfern 2.00pm Free
Sat NPL Petersham RSL 7.30pm $65
Sat APL South Sydney Jr Rugby Leagues Club 7.00pm $55
Sun NPL Agincourt Hotel 7.00pm $5
Sun APL Camden Lakeside Country Club 6.35pm $22
Sun PM GTs Hotel 2.00pm $37
Sun NPL Paddington RSL 6.00pm $25
Sun Kings Olympic Hotel 3.00pm $15
Mon PM Kauri Foreshore Hotel 7.30pm $37
Mon Kings Crest Sports Bar 7.00pm Free
Mon NPL East Leagues Club 7.00pm $12
Mon NPL Royal Hotel Leichhardt 7.30pm $30
Tues NPL Wynard Hotel 7.30pm $33
Tues NPL Hotel Downing 7.00pm $23
Tues STP The Vegas Hotel 7.30pm $25
Tues APL City of Sydney’s RSL Club 7.00pm $15
Tues Kings Royal Oak Hotel 7.00pm $20
Tues Q6 Evening Star Hotel 7.30pm $15
Tues PM Madison Hotel 7.30pm $37
Weds NPL Barracks on Barrack 6.30pm $30
Weds Kings Crest Sports Bar 8.00pm $20
Weds NPL Union Hotel 7.15pm $18
Weds UPT Glenquarie Tavern 7.00pm Free
Weds NPL Mountbatten Hotel 7.30pm $15
Thurs APL Bowlers Club @ 99 on York 6.30pm $27
Thurs APL Canada Bay Club 2.00pm Free
Thurs NPL The Office Hotel 7.00pm $15
Thurs APL South Sydney Jr Rugby Leagues Club 7.00pm $85
Thurs STP The Vegas Hotel 7.30pm $25
Thurs NPL Golden Sheaf Hotel 7.00pm $30
Thurs Kings Olympic Hotel 7.00pm $30
Thurs Kings Club Redfern 7.00pm Free
Fri NPL East Leagues Club 8.00pm $12
Fri PM Kauri Foreshore Hotel 7.30pm $37
Fri APL Camden Lakeside Country Club 7.30pm $11
Fri NPL Petersham RSL 8.30pm $75

 

Northern Territory

Darwin

Sky City Casino

Mindil Beach, Gilruth Avenue, Darwin City NT 0820

www.skycitydarwin.com.au

Running cash games from 6.00pm, Wednesday to Sunday Sky City is the home of regular poker in Darwin.

Games are mostly Caribbean Stud or Texas Hold’Em.

poker in darwin

The Poker Zone at Darwin’s Sky City Casino holds regular tournaments. Image via Sky City Darwin Facebook.

League Poker in Darwin

Darwin mainly has APL league poker games, but you can catch regular buy-ins at the following venues.

Day League Venue Start Buy In
Mon APL The Longueville Hotel 7.30pm $25
Mon APL West Sports Croydon 7.30pm Free
Mon APL Crocodile Farm Hotel 11.00pm $15
Tues APL Wentworthville Leagues Club 7.00pm $15
Tues APL Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL 7.30pm Free
Tues APL Revesby Workers Club 7.30pm Free
Tues APL Orchard Tavern 7.30pm Free
Weds APL Carnarvon Golf Club 7.00pm $15
Weds APL Bath Arms Hotel 7.00pm Free
Weds APL Chatswood RSL 7.30pm Free
Thurs APL Bath Arms Hotel 7.00pm Free
Thurs APL Revesby Workers Club 7.30pm Free
Thurs APL Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL 7.30pm $35
Thurs APL The Longueville Hotel 7.30pm $25
Thurs APL Crocodile Farm Hotel 11.00pm $15
Fri APL Ashfield RSL 6.30pm $15
Fri APL Carnarvon Golf Club 6.30pm $15
Sat APL Chatswood RSL 6.00pm Free
Sat APL Revesby Workers Club 6.00pm Free
Sat APL Ashfield RSL 7.30pm Free
Sat APL Chatswood RSL 10.00pm $11
Sat APL Revesby Workers Club 10.00pm $25
Sun APL Chatswood RSL 6.00pm Free
Sun APL Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL 6.30pm $35
Sun APL Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL 7.30pm Free
Sun APL Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL 11.00pm $15

 

Queensland

Brisbane

Treasury Casino

130 William St, Brisbane City QLD 4000,

www.treasurybrisbane.com.au

The Treasury has a poker zone where you can play various formats of the game, including:

  • Caribbean Stud
  • Texas Hold’Em
  • Three Card Poker
  • Mississippi Stud

The zone is open from 10.00am every day and closing late depending on demand.

Tournaments run regularly as well as cash games.

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The Treasury Casino has a good range of cash games as well as regular tournaments. Image via Wikimedia.

League Poker in Brisbane

There are a lot of leagues in Brisbane running regular poker nights:

Day League Venue Start Buy In
Mon APL Wynnum Manly Leagues Club 7.00pm $ 12
Mon WPT Underdog Pub 7.30pm Free
Mon WPT Crown Hotel 7.00pm Free
Mon APL Crushers League 7.00pm Free
Mon WPT Prince of Wales Hotel 11.30am Free
Tues APL Shafston Hotel 7.30pm $   2
Tues 888PL Eye Candy Bar 7.30pm Free
Tues APL Everton Park Community Club 7.00pm Free
Weds APL Wynnum RSL Services Club 7.00pm $ 12
Weds APL Stafford Tavern 7.00pm Free
Weds APL Red Lion Hotel 6.30pm $ 12
Weds WPT Boundary Hotel 8.00pm Free
Weds APL Coorparoo RSL 7.00pm Free
Weds APL Stafford Tavern 6.00pm Free
Weds 888PL Moorooka Sports & Social Club 7.00pm Free
Thurs APL Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club 7.00pm $   2
Thurs WPT The Melbourne Hotel 7.00pm Free
Thurs WPT Crown Hotel 7.00pm Free
Fri 888PL Moorooka Sports & Social Club 7.00pm Free
Fri APL Everton Park Community Club 7.00pm Free
Fri WPT Prince of Wales Hotel 11.30am Free
Fri DSP Club Chermside 7.00pm Free
Sat APL Royal Exchange Hotel 6.30pm $ 12
Sat APL Red Lion Hotel 1.00pm $ 12
Sat WPT Underdog Pub 1.00pm Free
Sat APL Coorparoo RSL 7.00pm Free
Sat DSP Enoggera Bowls Club 7.00pm Free
Sat APP Salisbury Hotel 7.00pm Free
Sun WPT The Melbourne Hotel 1.00pm Free
Sun DSP Club Chermside 1.00pm Free

 

Gold Coast

The Star Gold Coast Casino

1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach Island, Gold Coast, 4218

www.star.com.au/goldcoast

The Star Gold Coast runs cash games daily from midday with a No Limit Texas Hold’Em format. There are private gaming facilities but standard tables run with minimum buy-ins of $100, $200 and $500.

They also run tournaments, details of which can be found on the website.

poker in gold coast

Right in the heart of Broadbeach Island, poker at the Star Gold Coast is popular with tourists. Image via Flickr.

League Poker in Gold Coast

You can play poker in the leagues around the Gold Coast, included the following venues:

Day League Venue Start Buy In
Mon APP Surfers RSL Club 7.00pm Free
Mon WPT Surfers Beer Garden 6.00pm Free
Mon APL Sofitel 7.00pm Free
Mon 888 PL Southport Workers 11.00am Free
Mon DSP Central Park Tavern 7.00pm Free
Mon NPL Mermaid Beach Bowls Club 6.30pm Free
Mon WPT Wallaby Hotel 6.30pm Free
Tues APL Sofitel 7.00pm Free
Tues 888 PL Mermaid Beach Tavern 12.00pm Free
Tues 888 PL Mermaid Beach Tavern 7.30pm Free
Tues WPT Nerang Community Bowls Club 6.30pm Free
Tues APP Labrador Tigers Club 1.00pm Free
Tues APP Labrador Tigers Club 7.00pm Free
Weds 888 PL The Beach Hotel 12.00pm Free
Weds APP Southport Leagues Club 1.00pm Free
Weds 888 PL Southport Workers 7.00pm Free
Weds WPT Robina Tavern 7.00pm Free
Weds APL The Grand Hotel 7.00pm Free
Thurs APP Surfers RSL Club 7.00pm Free
Thurs APL Broadbeach Bowls Club 7.00pm Free
Thurs 888 PL Mermaid Beach Tavern 12.00pm Free
Thurs WPT All Sports Community Club 1.00pm Free
Thurs WPT All Sports Community Club 6.30pm Free
Thurs APP Labrador Tigers Club 7.00pm Free
Fri APL Broadbeach Bowls Club 8.00pm Free
Sat 888 PL Melbas on the Park 3.00pm Free
Sat APL Broadbeach Bowls Club 1.00pm Free
Sat APP Southport Leagues Club 1.00pm Free
Sat DSP Central Park Tavern 7.00pm Free
Sun 888 PL Melbas on the Park 4.30pm Free
Sun WPT Nerang Community Bowls Club 5.00pm Free

 

South Australia

Adelaide

Sky City, Adelaide Casino

North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

www.adelaidecasino.com.au

The Sky City casino has a Poker Zone with a range of cash games and tournaments. Game variants are Texas Hold’Em and Omaha.

The Poker Zone is open as follows:

  • Tuesday to Thursday: 7.00pm to 3.00am
  • Friday to Saturday: 7.00pm to 4.00am
poker in adelaide

The Adelaide Casino is regarded by some as the home of poker in Australia.

Matchroom Poker

13-33 Shannon Pl, Adelaide SA 5075

www.matchroompoker.com.au

Matchroom Poker is a members only club situated in the heart of the city. A serious poker players club, events are held on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons.

League Poker in Adelaide

Most of the larger national leagues have regular poker nights in Adelaide with our selection of venues being:

Day League Venue Start Buy In
Mon 888 PL Carlisle Tavern 6.30pm $30
Mon 888 PL Copper Coast Hotel 6.30pm $5
Mon 888 PL Esplanade Hotel 6.30pm $25
Mon 888 PL Finsbury Hotel 6.30pm $15
Mon 888 PL Glynde Hotel 7.30pm $ 20
Mon 888 PL Maid of Auckland 7.30pm Free
Mon 888 PL Marion Hotel 6.30pm $5
Mon 888 PL Middleton Tavern 6.30pm $25
Mon 888 PL Modbury Plaza Hotel 6.30pm $25
Mon 888 PL Para Hills Community Club 12.00pm $25
Mon 888 PL Renmark Hotel Motel 6.30pm $5
Mon Elite British Working Men’s Club 7.30pm $15
Mon NPL Eureka Tavern 7.30pm $20
Mon NPL Semaphore Hotel 7.30om $20
Mon NPL Grand Junction Tavern 11.00pm $25
Tues 888 PL Christies Beach Hotel 6.30pm $5
Tues 888 PL Hope Inn Hotel 7.30pm $ 25
Tues 888 PL Links Hotel 6.30pm $25
Tues 888 PL Morphett Arms Hotel 6.30pm $5
Tues 888 PL Para Hills Community Club 12.00pm $25
Tues 888 PL Royal Exchange Hotel 6.30pm $5
Tues 888 PL Somerset Hotel 6.30pm $15
Tues 888 PL The Office on Pirie 9.30pm $25
Tues 888 PL The Port Club 6.30pm $15
Tues 888 PL Yankalilla Hotel 6.30pm $25
Tues NPL Eureka Tavern 7.30pm $ 20
Weds 888 PL Aberfoyle Hub Tavern 6.30pm $5
Weds 888 PL Checkside Tavern 6.30pm $25
Weds 888 PL Clovercrest Hotel 6.30pm $25
Weds 888 PL McQueens Tavern & Gaming 10.00pm $25
Weds 888 PL Mount Compass Tavern 6.30pm $15
Weds 888 PL Pole Position Entertainment Venue 7.30pm $25
Weds 888 PL The Southern Bar Gaming Bistro 6.30pm $25
Weds 888 PL Troubridge Hotel 6.30pm $20
Weds 888 PL Watermark Glenelg 6.30pm $15
Weds 888 PL Wheatsheaf Hotel 6.30pm $25
Weds NPL Flagstaff Hill Golf Club 7.00pm $   5
Weds NPL Flagstaff Hill Golf Club 7.00pm $ 25
Weds NPL Parafield Gardens 7.30pm $ 15
Weds NPL Eureka Tavern 7.30pm $   5
Weds NPL Semaphore Hotel 7.30pm $ 20
Weds NPL Grand Junction Tavern 11.00pm $ 25
Thurs 888 PL Checkside Tavern 6.30pm $25
Thurs 888 PL German Arms Hotel 6.30pm $25
Thurs 888 PL Marion Hotel 6.30pm $5
Thurs 888 PL Para Hills Community Club 6.30pm $5
Thurs 888 PL Pole Position Entertainment Venue 9.30pm $25
Thurs 888 PL Renmark Club 6.30pm $5
Thurs 888 PL Risdon Hotel 6.30pm $5
Thurs 888 PL Royal Exchange Hotel 6.30pm $15
Thurs 888 PL Watermark Glenelg 6.30pm $25
Thurs NPL Windmill Hotel 8.00pm $ 25
Thurs NPL Sailsbury West Sports Club 1.00pm $ 15
Thurs NPL Sailsbury West Sports Club 7.30pm $ 20
Thurs NPL West Adelaide Football Club 7.30pm $   5
Thurs NPL South Adelaide Football Club 7.30pm $   5
Fri 888 PL Hampstead Hotel 6.30pm $10
Fri 888 PL Hampstead Hotel 9.00pm $25
Fri 888 PL McQueens Tavern & Gaming 6.30pm $25
Fri 888 PL The Southern Bar Gaming Bistro 6.30pm $25
Fri 888 PL The Southern Bar Gaming Bistro 10.00pm $20
Fri 888 PL Xsite Gaming 6.30pm $25
Fri NPL Salisbury West Sports Club 7.30pm $ 20
Fri NPL Eureka Tavern 7.30pm $   5
Fri NPL Eureka Tavern 11.00pm $ 25
Fri NPL Brighton Metro Hotel 7.30pm $   5
Fri NPL Brighton Metro Hotel 7.30pm $ 25
Sat 888 PL Links Hotel 6.30pm $30
Sat 888 PL McQueens Tavern & Gaming 10.00pm $25
Sat 888 PL Rex Hotel 6.30pm $15
Sat NPL Grand Junction Tavern 7.00pm $ 25
Sat NPL Grand Junction Tavern 11.00pm $ 25
Sun NPL Salisbury West Sports Club 1.00pm $ 25
Sun NPL Parafield Gardens 7.30pm $ 20

 

Tasmania

Hobart

Wrest Point Casino

410 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay TAS 7005

www.wrestpoint.com.au

Poker is available at Australia’s oldest casino in the form of Texas Hold’Em in the Poker Pit. Games start at $10 buy-in. Opening times for the pit are:

  • Wednesday and Thursday: 6.00pm til late
  • Friday and Saturday: 8.00pm til late

Seats need to be booked in advance with reception.

Tournaments are held regularly throughout the year; check the website for details.

poker in hobart

Wrest Point Casino is home to Hobart’s poker tournaments. Image via Wikimedia.

League Poker in Hobart

There are our picks for the bets poker nights in Hobart:

Day League Venue Start Buy In
Mon 888PL Hotel Soho 7.00om Free
Mon 888PL Waterfront Hotel 7.00pm Free
Mon 888PL Valern Hotel 7.00pm Free
Tues 888PL Hobart Workers Club 7.00pm Free
Tues 888PL Valern Hotel 7.00om Free
Tues NPL Pembroke Hotel 7.00pm Free
Weds 888PL Hobart Workers Club 7.00pm Free
Thurs 888PL Waggon & Horses Hotel 7.00pm Free
Fri 888PL The Polish Club 7.00pm Free
Fri 888PL Glenorchy RSL 7.00pm Free
Sun 888PL Brooker Inn 2.00pm Free

 

Victoria

Melbourne

The Crown Casino

8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006

www.crownmelbourne.com.au

There are fifty poker tables at the Crown as well as private gaming rooms. The venue also hosts regular tournaments including the popular Aussie Millions.

Crown Poker is available for cash games 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are mainly Texas Hold’Em or Omaha style.

poker in melbourne

The Poker Room at The Crown is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Image via Crown Poker.

League Poker in Melbourne

Various leagues play weekly across the city with our selection of the best Melbourne poker venues being:

Day League Venue Start Buy In
Mon NPL Royal Hotel, Essendon 7.00pm $25
Mon 888PL Malvern Vale Hotel 7.30pm $12
Tues PP Maori Chief Hotel 7.00pm Free
Tues 888PL Tankerville Hotel 7.30pm Free
Weds PP Oxford Scholar Hotel 6.30pm Free
Weds PN Hotel Barkly 7.30pm $10
Thurs WPT Prince Alfred Hotel 7.30pm $10
Thurs PP Vaucluse Hotel 7.30pm Free
Fri NPL Meadow Inn Hotel 7.00pm $25
Fri PP Browns Corner Hotel 7.30pm Free
Fri 888PL Braybrook Hotel 7.30pm Free
Sat PN Hotel Barkly 3.30pm $15
Sat 888PL Tankerville Hotel 7.30pm $12
Sun APL St Kilda Army & Navy Club 3.30pm $11
Sun 888PL Waterloo Cup Hotel 2.00pm $17

 

Western Australia

Perth

Crown Casino Perth

Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, WA 6100

www.crownperth.com.au

There are just 12 poker tables at the Crown but there are private gaming and VIP options available which are suitable for high-rollers. As well as cash games (Texas Hold’Em) the Crown runs regular tournaments.

poker in perth

Not the largest poker zone in Oz but the Crown, Perth has live cash games and weekly tournaments. Image via website.

League Poker in Perth

As well as many of the national leagues, Perth has its own league, aptly named the Perth Poker League (PPP).

Our pick of the best venues to play poker in Perth are:

Day League Venue Start Buy In
Mon APL The Publican, Victoria Park 7.00pm Free
Mon APL Leederville Sporting Club 7.00pm Free
Mon APL High Road Hotel, Rivertn 7.00pm Free
Mon APL Herdman Lake Tavern, Wembley 7.00pm $30
Mon PPP The Duke, Carramar 7.00pm $50
Mon PPP Cricketers Arms, Ballajurra 7.00pm $50
Tues APL Bel Eyre, Belmont 7.00pm Free
Tues APL Victoria Park Hotel 7.00pm $30
Tues WPT Belmont Tavern, Cloverdale 7.00pm Free
Tues APL Captain Stirling Hotel, Nedlands 7.00pm Free
Weds APL Doll’s House Gentleman’s Club 8.30pm Free
Weds WPT Greyhounds, Cannington 7.00pm Free
Weds PPP Springs Tavern, Beechboro 7.00pm $50
Weds PPP The Sixty30, Merriwa 7.00pm Free
Weds WPL Brass Monkey Hotel, Northbridge 7.00pm Free
Thurs APL Hotel Northbridge 7.00pm Free
Thurs PPP Bayswater Hotel 7.00pm $60
Thurs APL Cannington Bowls Club 7.00pm Free
Thurs WPT Swan Districts Football Club, Bassendea 7.00pm $40
Fri WPT Swan Districts Football Club, Bassendea 7.00pm $40
Fri PPP Ilenden Sports Bar, Balcatta 7.00pm $50
Fri WPL The Game Sports Bar, Northbridge 7.30pm $50
Sat APL Doll’s House Gentleman’s Club 8.00pm $30
Sat WPT Greyhounds, Cannington 7.00pm $40
Sat APL Langford Ale House 1.00pm $50
Sat PPP Malaga Tavern 12.30pm $60
Sat PPP Olympic Kingsway Sports Club, Madeley 7.00pm $50
Sun PPP Civic Hotel, Inglewood 3.00pm $50
Sun APL Cannington Bowls Club 1.00pm $60
Sun WPL 7 Mile Inn, Balcatta 6.00pm $50

 

Best Online Poker Sites for Aussies

As well as land based cash games and tournaments you can play online poker at a variety of sites. Although the Interactive Gaming Act 2001 prevents off-shore operators from offering their services, it is still possible to access them without any offence committed on behalf of the individual (see ‘Is Playing Poker Legal?’, above).

It is worth noting that some of these sites do not accept AUD accounts, in which case you will need to do your research on the best currencies to open an account with. Some players prefer to use USD whilst others are exploring the use of the cryptocurrency, Bitcoin.

Our pick of the best online poker sites for Australians offer a good combination of great game play, good cash pots and accessibility for Oz players.

 Best online poker sites australia betonline BetOnline

Better known for its sportsbook, BetOnline attracts a lot of US players and is in the top five poker sites in America.

Founded in 2004, BetOnline has a wide range of deposit options and attractive sign-up incentives.

The site has gained a reputation for its fast cash payouts and is popular for the diversity of players. As a sportsbook site, there are quite a lot of amateur gamblers online who are considered rich pickings for professional players.

Cash games and tournaments are good with a guaranteed $100k each weekend.

You can’t play poker via a mobile and the software client you download isn’t  the most slick you can find but its worth sticking with.

 Best online poker sites australia black chip poker Black Chip Poker

One of the best places to play poker online wherever you are in the world, Black Chip Poker has a great range of poker variants, multi-table play and two types of sit and go play.

There’s a good variety of players attracted to the site which can make games really challenging but, ultimately, more rewarding. The Million Dollar Sunday event occurs every few months and offers a guaranteed US$1 million.

Buy-ins can be high or low and funding options are good supporting money transfer, debit cards, credit cards and crypto currency

The only downside to the site is the fact you can only play on Windows with Mac and mobile not supported.

 Best online poker sites australia ignition casino Ignition Casino

Ignition launched its poker services into Oz in July 2017 but has been operating since 2004.

Ignition is already a popular site with Aussies due to its size, range of tables and huge cash tournaments. You can even play up to 20 tables simultaneously.

Another popular feature is anonymity which gives all players a more level playing field.

There are some good sign up bonuses and you can play via mobile or PC/Mac download. However, you can’t play multi-table tournaments or sit and gos from the mobile site.

The main currency is the Bitcoin/Bitcoin Cash but you can also use credit cards to fund your balance.

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 Best online poker sites australia intertops Intertops

Known for its sportsbook rather than its casino games, Intertops Poker has a good offering of cash games and tournaments.

There are fewer sit and gos than some other sites and the buy-ins may be too low for some.

Deposit options are more varied and you can fund with Skrill, Neteller and Bitcoin. There are also some great welcome bonuses and regular promotions to reward loyalty.

Play is through a download client for PC or via your mobile device.

 Best online poker sites australia tiger gaming Tiger Gaming

Wild since ‘99’, Tiger Gaming is a trusted online poker site that provides sports betting and casino games including poker.

As a non-specific gaming site the extra traffic generated from the casino trade does provide some loose tables which can be rich pickings. However it is the tournaments which make this site worth bookmarking.

With big cash games and plenty of action whatever the time, Tiger Gaming offers some good sign-up incentives.

The site is part of the Chico Poker Network which is the 3rd largest cardroom for American players opening up a good range of competition for regular players.

Still accessible in Australia, you can play poker with Tiger Gaming on PC, Mac and mobile.

 

 

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