There is something about the game of poker that promotes images of luxury and wealth.
Perhaps it is because of its depiction in many films, such as Casino Royale, where there are sharp suits around a table filled will valuable chips. Maybe it is because of items such as the Geoffrey Parker poker set, worth millions of dollars. Whatever it is, poker is a game associated with wealth, money and success.
When you think of that scene in the James Bond film Casino Royale, you can probably picture the surroundings. It’s the best casino in Monaco, with high ceilings and archways steeped in history and tradition. It is an aspirational image; all boys wanted to be James Bond because of his lifestyle. That includes the gadgets, cars and fancy hotels and casinos.
If you were an aspiring James Bond as a youngster, and want to play poker in the most luxurious poker rooms around the world, then these are the four you really ought to visit once in your lifetime. Just don’t forget the black-tie and digitalis antidote.
The Bellagio – Las Vegas
The Bellagio is another top-class casino featured in films, and it is perhaps the finest poker room in Las Vegas. Vegas has a great reputation for poker players; the prestigious World Series of Poker is held there every year, but it doesn’t touch down in the sumptuous surroundings of the Bellagio. It is reserved for the high rollers, with 40 dedicated tables across 7,000 square feet. It is famous for its 2pm Tournament, one of the best-known poker games outside the WSOP. There’s also the renowned Bobby’s Room, for those with the means to enter high stakes games.
The Venetian – Macau
Macau is the Vegas of Asia, with major casino brands opening in both Nevada and on the South China coast. The Venetian is one of several to have a presence in both places, and if you’re in Macau, it is perhaps the best place to play a hand of poker. It isn’t set for tournament play, but there are often long waiting lists to play on its poker tables, and the ambience is one of finery and attentiveness. There are no high stakes tables either, so you get a mix of luxury without having to stake your livelihood.
The Crown – Melbourne
The Crown is an important venue for Australian poker, as it hosts the Aussie Millions tournament. It has done so since 2013, making it the premier poker destination in the country, but it also caters for the casual player. There are different varieties of poker within the casino; three-card can be found on the gaming floor, whilst The Crown Poker Room is situated in the basement level. There are even 3,500 poker machines on the main floor, making it one of the best and most luxurious places to play in the Southern Hemisphere.
Park Lane Casino – London
There is a reason Park Lane is the second-most expensive property on a Monopoly board; it is exclusive, and that is reflected in the casino bearing its name. The casino is truly decadent, with crystal ceilings and stunning architecture, and there’s plenty for the big players, too. Membership is restricted to anyone willing to pay a £1,000 fee, and it has private rooms aplenty for private poker sessions.