Discover the Best Poker Rooms in New York

Back in the day, players in NY seeking some gambling actions had to drive for some unique charm of poker in Atlantic City in New Jersey. Now, players seeking a Hold'em or Omaha game have a range of options elsewhere in the state, legal poker rooms and full-fledged casino gambling haven't yet penetrated the NYC metro area.

Here are some of the best poker rooms you can find in New York.

Turning Stone Resort Casino

  • Verona, NY 13478; 5218 Patrick Road;
  • Call the poker room at (315) 361-8676;
  • The poker room operates 32 tables.

Promotions: Bad Beat jackpot and high-hand bonuses.

The comp rate is $1 per hour. Playing for 3 hours between 1 AM and 10 AM gets you a $10 meal voucher. The "rake back" promotion gives cash rewards ranging from $40 for up to 59 hours of monthly play to $250 for more than 200 hours.

Extras: Large tournaments include Empire State Hold 'Em championships provide events with guaranteed prize pools of $50,000 and $100,000; Rake: 10% of the pot, up to $5, plus $1 for promotions; phone charging ports at every seat; free internet; tableside massage service for $1 per minute.

Regarding the property: The 1993-opened casino comprises 1,715 slot machines, 85 house-banked table games, four hotels with a combined 707 rooms, a showroom, five golf courses, two spas, a heliport, over 20 eating establishments, and a 5,000-seat arena.

Resorts World Catskills

  • 888 Resorts World Drive Monticello, New York 12701;
  • Call the poker room at 845-428-7200. Ext. 1785;
  • The poker room operates 19 tables.

Promotions: Bad Beat jackpot and High-Hand bonus, which are given every 20, 30, and 60 minutes of play.

The comp rate is $1 per hour. The rake is 10% of the pot, up to $5, plus $2 for promotions. Additional features include direct access to the poker room from the casino parking garage, in-room facilities, in-room food service, a cashier stand, and massage services.

Regarding the property: The all-suite hotel features a spa, 332 rooms, two indoor pools, and two fitness facilities. The casino, which opened in May 2018, contains 2,150 slots, 150 house-banked tables, and private gaming salons. The RW Epicenter entertainment venue has seating for 2,500 people.

Seneca Niagra Resort & Casino

  • Niagara Falls, New York 14303, 310 Fourth St;
  • Call the poker room at 716-278-6300;
  • The poker room operates 23 tables.

Promotions include a bad beat jackpot, a high-hand bonus, and weekly tournaments with a $20 entry fee and a guaranteed prize pool of $1,000.

The comp rate is $2 per hour for $2-5 No Limit Hold 'Em; $1 per hour for the majority of cash games.

Rake consists of 10% of the pot, up to $5, additional $2 for bonuses.

Additional features include free WiFi, drinks, phone chargers, and massages at the table.

Regarding the property: The casino, which opened in 2002, features 90 house-banked table games and more than 3,600 slots. The hotel, which has 604 rooms, also offers an indoor pool, a salon, and a full-service spa. The location is close to the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course and the Niagara Falls State Park.