There is nothing better for a poker player than traveling the world while playing their favorite game. There are a number of amazing destinations exclusively aimed at poker lovers, some agencies will even make your main travel expenses free of charge as long as you commit to certain hours of play at the hotel casino.
Poker Travelling for Free
There are poker agencies in Europe that offer specific packages for poker travelers during main events in Europe.
How does it work? The agency makes deals with specific casinos and hotels where poker festivals, cash games and tournaments are taking place. The player is required to spend a minimum amount of hours at the tables while all accommodation is free of charge with additional discounts.
The hours required are usually between 12 to 16 total play during the event weekend (with 4 hours minimum per day). All players must pay the guest price and receive a reimbursement during the last day of the event. The cash-back will be of 100% of the guest price.
None poker players that travel with along will receive special prices for they stay.
To keep track of how many hours a player has spent at the tables they are given a bracelet that is registered each time they sit at the tables. The bracelet will also include all the different perks. When the minimum hours are met, the player can go the main poker desk to claim the cash-back.
Additional perks could include complementary food and drink, 24/7 buffet services, concierge, free lunch and SPA. Proper poker etiquette is suggested to enjoy the evening with fellow poker players.
Common destinations include Prague, Bratislava, Nova Gorica and St. Julians.
Some special events poker travelers can go to are The Battle of Malta, the Czech Poker Championship at the Savarin Casino in Prague. Every weekend there is a new festival happening in Europe.
Players can decide if they want their stay for free or use that money on poker cash bonus. Other plans include booking the hotel only, book hotel + flight or just register to the event at no cost.
Remote Online Poker Nomads
Online poker nomads can play with just the use of a laptop and a good internet connection. One of the main issues is the crazy time shifts. Sometimes one needs to stay awake at odd hours to play specific tournaments or the desired cash tables.
This challenge is very unique for online poker players. This is why a daily regimen, healthy diet, and taking proper time-off is extremely important.
Side Online Hustles
Financing your trips just from poker can be risky business. As you can make enough money in one night to finance several months of travel, the reverse can also happen.
Most nomad players usually build several different online side-incomes to compensate any losses or boost the earnings potential. Being an affiliate marketer, blogging, freelance writing, creating online courses or hosting a YouTube channel are all viable options for the typical nomad.
Valuable Poker Traveling Tips
A second laptop, an extra battery, solar charger, mobile data hubspot, a VPN, and a great backpack for your gear is a must have.
Be ware of weather forecast for the region you are going. The Caribbean is a popular poker destination, but each year hurricane season hits cutting down the energy and connectivity for a few days. Tropical areas are also hit hard during the rainy season.
Where to Stay
Airbnb is the best option for a poker nomad since you will need the convenience of some appliances and privacy. TV’s make for a nice large second screen, the Wi-Fi and private bathrooms are a must.
If you are planning on staying in a hotel make sure to ask about the connection and that your room is as close to the router as possible. Always check internet speeds before booking and don’t be shy to ask the manager directly about the connection stability, let him know your trade. Make sure no renovations or energy issues are going on during your stay.
Top Poker Destinations for Poker Players
Las Vegas, Nevada | United States
Las Vegas hosts more than 32 casinos on the Las Vegas strip alone. Binion’s is one of the best places to play poker with tables starting at $2 to $4. Pros can visit “Bobbys Room” at the Bellagio which offers a great number of high-limit games. During my trip to Vegas I stayed at the Venetian with an incredible discount.
Paradise Island, New Providence | Bahamas
One of the most beautiful Caribbean destinations to play poker at the Atlantis Casino, home to the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure tour and also known as Treasure Island.
The casino offers three forms of poker, including Five Card, Three Card, Progressive and Texas Holdem. The location is full of water parks and beautiful beaches.
Monte Carlo | Monaco
One of the most glamorous destinations to play poker, this is the annual destination for the European Poker Tour Grand Finale. Also includes different budget tables, no need to be a high roller to visit Monte Carlo.
Visit the city for some F1 racing and delight with the many beaches, world famous restaurants and golden streets.
Macau | China
Described as the New Vegas and part of the Asian Pacific Poker Tour. Must visit casinos include the Venetian, Babylon and Macau Palace.
Los Angeles, California | United States
One place to visit is the Commerce Casino, known as the “World’s Largest Poker Casino” with over 240 card tables.
Melbourne, Victoria | Australia
Home of the Aussie Millions, the Crown Casino is one of the best poker destinations in the country along with the Melbourne Greyhound Poker Room and Poker Times Casino, that offers free poker nights and lessons.