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There is a lot to see and do in New York, but one pastime that is popular at state casinos is poker. Several casinos around the city provide locals and tourists alike a place to enjoy this classic game.

Turning Stone Resort Casino (Verona, NY)

With 32 Poker tables, Turning Stone Resort Casino is a hotbed among local gamblers. The casino runs tournaments every day, while on a 65″ TV screen, the casino boasts Bravo Poker Live. A computerized list of players is available for viewing. This is just one of the tournaments the casino offers on a daily basis. Among the biggest tournaments held at Turning Stone Resort is the Empire State Holdem Championships. The winners of this tournament win a cash prize of at least $50,000 but prize money can reach $100,000.

Rivers Casino & Resort (Schenectady, NY)

Another popular choice is the Rivers Casino & Resort, located in Schenectady. With 16 poker tables, players don’t have to wait to join a game. No-Limit Texas Holdem is one of the most popular tournaments held at this casino. Players can often join poker tournaments for free at Rivers Casino. Cash games are held regularly during the week. However, the major tournaments are the Rivers Poker Open, Capital Region Classic, and Monster Stack. The latter two guarantee a cash prize of $100,000 to the winner. Last, but not least, the Rivers Poker Open eclipses both by awarding winners with $200,000.

Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort (Hogansburg, NY)

At the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort in Hogansburg, the poker room is open for business at 5 pm on weekdays and 12 noon on the weekends. This resort’s more intimate poker room has five game tables for No Limit Texas Holdem. The poker room is non-smoking but includes free wireless internet, TVs, and charging stations for player’s phones. Tournaments are held every weekend at this casino, making it a fun stop for a weeknight on the town!

Tioga Downs Casino Resort (Nichols, NY)

For this Nichols, NY resort, the poker room is on the casino floor and includes six tables. Despite its size, this location offers plenty of variety for veteran and novice players alike. Games offered at Tioga Downs Casino Resort include limit and no-limit versions of Texas Holdem and Omaha Pokers. Also included are high poker and high/low poker. This is the one casino in New York that has a World Series of Poker Room, putting it on the map for any poker aficionado.