Atlanta Poker Club Where To Play

12.03.2021by

Where to Play Poker in North Metro Atlanta

Catch me playing free poker in the Cherokee County area of Atlanta. I play games at locations in Canton, Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Marietta. Sometimes I catch a game in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Marietta, Smyrna, Roswell, or Dunwoody.

I have played in several different Atlanta poker leagues.

Most of the time these days I'm playing in Full House Holdem or Interstate games.

Atlanta Poker League Review

Here is my experience in several different Atlanta area poker leagues. Since I'm in Cherokee County, I enjoy playing close to home most of the time.

Interstate Poker Club

Interstate Poker Club seems to be the biggest poker league in the Atlanta area. They conduct more games daily than any other league I have found. Their games are spread out geographically and the monthly tournament never seems to be particularly convenient for players in Cherokee County.

Interstate, as their name states, is a club. Everyone who comes gets a free membership card. But players who either pay a fee or win in certain games get a special membership card which awards them double chip ups before and during the games.

Interstate is probably the best organized league I have played poker with in the Atlanta area. The dealers are better than the random dealers I've encountered in other leagues. And the tournament directors seem to be better trained than other leagues too.

I don't play enough Interstate games to gain enough points to qualify for their monthly tournaments. In addition to their monthly tournament, there are other opportunities to qualify for tournaments.

Top 3 Poker

Top 3 plays in more venues in the Cherokee County area than the other leagues I've played. They also have games in Cobb County.

The blind structure includes antes after the blinds have gone up several times. This forces players to eventually bet more aggressively as the game progresses.

The bonus chip up rules prevents any one play from accumulating a huge chip stack by ordering a ton of food and drinks. I like this feature, as other leagues allow players to get a huge stack of bonus chips that way out of proportion to the starting chip stack.

The Top 3 Poker league rewards all players coming in the top three positions in any game with a seat to their monthly tournament. They also have a quarterly and yearly tournament.

The tournament structure and chip up rules of Top 3 makes it fairly easy for players to have a shot at making it to a tournament. Just be one of the top 3 players in a game and you have made it to a tournament!

Full House Holdem

Full House Holdem has many venues throughout North Metro Atlanta but few venues in Cherokee County. Because they are spread out geographically and have so many venues, I can usually catch a game somewhere after a day of home inspections or showing homes to clients that are not near my home.

The bonus chip up rules allows players to accumulate huge chip stacks before the game starts and allows for a huge chip up during the game. This often results in some players having a chip stack way out of proportion to the starting blinds and way out of proportion to the other players even before the game starts.

Full House Holdem conducts a quarterly tournament. Winning a seat at the quarterly requires a minimum number of points which are accumulated throughout the season. Players must come in the top 8 in order to get points. Making it to the tournament requires playing a lot of games.

Any Two Cards

I'm less familiar with Any Two Cards and have played very few games. They don't have a presence in Cherokee County.

Their chip up rules are similar to Full House Holdem, but it seems like they reward players who order any food or drinks with a generous chip up. This makes the chip up slightly less out of proportion to other players compared to the Full House Holdem chip up rules.

The generous chip up before the game means all players have a big chip stack at the start of the game. And the games last longer compared to games in the other leagues.

The Any Two Cards game is one long game while the other leagues usually host at least two faster paced games.

Winning Poker Hands - Texas Hold'em

Here are the winning poker hands in Texas Hold'em. For a PDF copy of these hands to print and use as a reference when you are playing poker, download Winning Poker Hands here.

High Card: If no one has any of the below winning hands, the winning hand is determined by the highest value card in the hand. If the highest cards are a tie then the tie is broken by the second highest card. Suits are not used to break ties.
Pair: One pair of two equal value cards.
Two Pair: Two separate pairs (eg. 4,4,Q,Q). The pair with the higher value is used to determine the winner of a tie.
Three of a Kind: Three cards of the same value. The highest set of three cards wins.
Straight: Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit. A straight cannot wrap, meaning it is not a straight if you have a Queen, King, Ace, Two, Three. The higher straight wins if two or more people have a straight.
Flush: Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence. The high card determines the winner if two or more people have a flush.
Full House: Three of a kind combined with a pair (eg. A,A,A,5,5). Ties on a full house are broken by the three of a kind, as you cannot have two equal sets of three of a kind in any single deck.
Four of a Kind: All four cards of the equal value (eg. J,J,J,J).
Straight Flush: Any five card sequence in the same suit. (eg. 8,9,10,J,Q and A,2,3,4,5 of same suit) All the cards are of the same suit, and all are consecutive. Ranking between straights is determined by the value of the high end of the straight. When the Ace is the high end of the straight in the same suit (10,J,Q,K,A) it is called a Royal Flush and is an unbeatable hand.

For a PDF copy of these hands to print and use as a reference when you are playing poker, download Winning Poker Hands here.

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All forms of gambling, with two minor exceptions, are prohibited in Georgia,
and the state certainly does punish those severely who test this. The only forms
of gambling allowed in Georgia are state endorsed lotteries and raffles for
charities.

This means you won’t find any live Texas holdem poker action in Georgia at
all, at least not with money involved, and of course this also extends to online
play. Not all hope is lost though, so read on if you want to hear some of our
thoughts in respect to how you can still play poker while living in the Peach
State.

Georgia Gambling

Where

All casinos, sports betting, horse betting and any type of gambling where
money is wagered on an outcome is banned in Georgia. They certainly have the
same hard line stance as some other conservative states in the US.

Once again this simply results in lost tax revenue for the state as those who
wish to gamble will find other ways or head interstate, or even internationally,
to get their gaming fix. This is a real shame for the state as they seem to have
seen the light in relation to lottery which is now regulated and operated
resulting in hundreds and thousands of dollars for education infrastructure,
preschool tuition and college scholarships.

This is a direct reflection of the good that can come from running a
regulated industry, even with the negative social impacts that sometimes come
from increased gaming options in a localised area. The approach of allowing
those who wish to gamble to do so, while directing profit to important areas
such as education and health is a fantastic middle ground that usually satisfies
all parties.

Some states have found this middle ground though which is a good thing, but
given Georgia’s overall approach it doesn’t seem likely that this will be found
here anytime soon beyond the existing lottery games. Thankfully there are a lot
of easy options for you which we’ll go into more detail on below.

Texas Holdem Cruise

If you live near the east coast you can take a river cruise on the Emerald
Princess to get your gaming fill. This cruise ship heads out three miles from
the coastal city of Brunswick into international waters where state laws don’t
apply and gambling is legal.

Aboard this ship you can play slots, blackjack, video poker, blackjack,
craps, roulette, casino stud poker, bingo, triple time poker, and most important
Texas holdem poker. Mainly cash games are offered here across 6 tables and
you’ll find $2 / $2 no limit Texas holdem with a minimum buy in of $50 and a
maximum of $300.

Every so often they also run a tournament and your best bet is to call ahead
to check on this. The minimum age to gamble is 18 and if you want to drink
alcohol you’ll need to be 21. The ship sails on Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm
until 12am, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 4pm and 7pm to 1am, and on Sunday
from 1pm to 6pm. A ticket costs $10. These are winter hours with more trips
being run in the summer.

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Atlanta Poker Club

If you want to play Texas holdem poker locally in and around Atlanta, you can
find some decent action through the Atlanta Poker Club. This club runs a series
of poker games at restaurants and bars around the greater Atlanta area.

All tournaments are free to enter with prizes being awarded in the form of
food and drink vouchers, trophies, memberships, and sometimes even cash. On top
of this, when you do well in a tournament you’re awarded points and are
competing against all players on the overall Atlanta Poker Club leader board.

From this you can win more prizes and gain entry into larger tournaments
where decent money is up for grabs. The important thing in relation to this club
is that no money changes hands. Bars and restaurants pay the club to run events,
while earning increased revenue from players who come to play poker and have
some drinks and food in their establishment at the same time. While this isn’t
real poker as you would find in a casino, it’s a good option if you’d like to
play Texas holdem poker legally and for fun in Atlanta.

Traveling out of State

Your final option in relation to playing poker in the state of Georgia is to
get in your car, or catch a plane, to another state. Obviously, your best bet
would be to drive south into Florida which has a huge Texas holdem poker scene
and a room that offers tournaments and cash games in pretty much every town.

Just over the border to the south in Jacksonville you’ll find a huge number
of rooms including the massive BestBet which boasts over 70 tables and a huge
number of games at all stake levels. Jacksonville is just a 1 hour flight from
Atlanta, or a five hour drive, and if you live in the southern part of Georgia
it may only be a short drive. Creek Entertainment in Gretna is also a good
option, just outside of Tallahassee.

Online Holdem

Atlanta Poker Club Online

Atlanta Poker Club Where To Play

If you want to play poker online in Georgia, you also won’t be able to do so
in a legal poker room. The state has no specific laws in relation to online
play, except in respect to operating an online gambling business. This means you
simply cannot play online poker in Georgia, unless you breach terms and
conditions of certain sites and enter the legal grey area in respect to state
law.

Poker Club Game

If you wish to play slots, blackjack, roulette, craps, or other games at
online casinos you can do so at several sites that allow US players. This once
again is a legal grey area as technically you probably shouldn’t be doing so.
It’s highly unlikely that the state would come down on you though as they try to
go after the suppliers as opposed to the players. Proceed with caution if you
attempt to play at online casinos out of Georgia and we certainly aren’t
recommending it.

If poker is your passion and you want to become a professional or
semi-professional player, then you should probably leave Georgia and relocate to
Florida or California. That is, unless you think you could tough it out and live
in Las Vegas. If so, then Vegas is the best place to be to find the softest
possible tables and have access to the best tournaments.

Atlanta Poker Club Where To Play Phase 10

If you don’t want to leave Georgia and are established there then you’ll need
to travel to Florida or Mississippi, or take a cruise ship out into
international waters. That’s the only way you’ll be able to play poker regularly
enough to make decent money, ride out the variance in the game, and classify
yourself as semi-professional. That will take a lot of effort and you’ll spend a
lot of time travelling, so you really need to decide whether it’s worth it or
not.

Future Laws

Laws in Georgia are unlikely to change soon and we all now know that at the
federal level online poker won’t be making a comeback for a long time. As such,
it’s just not a viable option to wait it out and see what happens in the state.

Once again, the law is rife with hypocrisy in respect to allowing lottery and
not any other gambling, but that’s just life. We can only hope that poker builds
in popularity in the state and some of the conservative draconian laws and
lawmakers begin to see the light.

Usually money wins out at the end of the day and if the lawmakers and
politicians can see a significant amount of revenue being lost to neighbouring
states then we may see changes in the future. But probably not for a few
generations.

In the meantime, check out BestBet in Jacksonville; it really is one of the
better poker rooms in the United States.

Conclusion

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Unless you want to take the chance to play Texas holdem online in an
unlicensed poker room, your only options in Georgia are to travel out of state
or take a gambling boat trip off the coast. If playing poker is important to you
let your local and state politicians know how you feel.

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