Poker has increased in popularity since the beginning of the 20th century and has gone from being primarily a recreational activity confined to small groups of enthusiasts to a widely popular activity, both for participants and spectators, including online, with many professional players and multi-million-dollar tournament prizes.
Ever since Chris Moneymaker, a 27-year-old accountant and amateur poker player from Tennessee, outlasted 838 other players to win the 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP), Poker has skyrocketed in popularity, but has seen diminished interest in recent years.
Still, New England has a strong poker presence. With the addition of MGM Springfield opening in August of this year and Encore Boston Harbor opening in 2019, more poker rooms will be available in New England than ever before.
This page will hopefully cover New England’s Poker Rooms and give our New England poker players a conduit to all the play in our six states.
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NEW ENGLAND’S POKER ROOMS
NEW HAMPSHIRE – Yes, the Granite State does allow poker rooms and they seem to thrive. Players are now only restricted to a $150 maximum buy-in, regardless of the table stakes. The most popular variants offered are $1/$2 & $2/$4 No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha. Despite online poker not being legalized yet, the appetite for the game in New Hampshire cannot be underestimated. A strong choice of rooms statewide boast more than 300 poker tables in total. New Hampshire poker tournament players are free of any bet restrictions — hence regular tournaments run daily across the state, with newcomers able to build their skills at buy-ins as low as $10 and veterans having good options up to the $250 buy-in level.
A strong choice of rooms statewide boast more than 300 poker tables in total. They include:
Aces and Eights Casino (Hampton, NH)
Chasers Poker Room (Salem, NH)
Keene Casino (Keene, NH)
Manchester Poker Room (Manchester, NH)
Rochester Poker Room at Governor’s Inn (Rochester, NH)
The Poker Room at Hampton Falls (Hampton Falls, NH)
Boston Billiard Club & Casino (Nashua, NH)
Cheers Poker Room & Casino (Salem, NH)
Lakes Region Casino (Belmont, NH)
Northwoods Casino (Berlin, NH)
Seabrook Poker Room (Seabrook, NH)