If you are just visiting in Spain or you have moved to the country and are looking for a suitable home to play poker in the evenings and weekends, you’ve come to the right place.
Although Spain is by no means a hotbed for poker, you will be pleasantly surprised to hear there are 43 poker rooms located across the country.
Poker in Spain became popular after the 2003 online poker ‘boom’, and its lenient legislation governing online and offline poker has meant that land-based casinos have continued to thrive and offer some exciting tournaments, including the Grand Final of the European Poker Tour (EPT).
Despite all the glitz and glamour attributed to poker, novices shouldn’t be put off trying to play tournaments and cash games at some of Spain’s most prestigious casinos and poker rooms.
Even beginners to Texas Hold’em poker should be able to pick up the rules quickly. There is a clear hierarchy of hands, to help you ascertain the strength of your hole cards in every hand you play. Most land-based casinos will have professionally-trained dealers that run their poker tables and can help to ease you into the game dynamics. So, if you’re ready to hit the tables, here are our favourite poker hotspots in Spain uncovered:
First things first, let’s start by looking at Spain’s number-one destination for poker: Casino Barcelona. Even though the number of foreign holidaymakers has declined of late, it is still a major pull for overseas poker players visiting Spain. With national and international poker tournaments hosted here, as well as Texas Hold’em cash games and Omaha variant games, you’ll be quite literally spoilt for choice.
The poker room is open from 4pm until 5am, giving you plenty of time to get your poker fix after work. If you can’t guarantee your availability to enter any of the fixed tournaments, Casino Barcelona also operates a number of daily Sit & Go’s, which fill up nicely and get going once a table has enough entrants.
Madrid’s Poker Comar is another leading Spanish poker room. It is open from 10pm daily until very late and offers a great mix of cash games and tournaments. There’s even major tournaments, such as an international Live Poker Series and deep-stack events for high-roller players looking to play seriously. If you get bored of playing Texas Hold’em, there’s always Omaha Hold’em table games on offer daily.
Valencia Poker House
This Valencia is another exciting place to play in the heart of Spain. There are a wide variety of Texas Hold’em and Omaha Hold’em tables and tournaments, as well as a string of cash games to keep you occupied. Some of Spain’s biggest live tournaments are hosted at Valencia Poker House, including the Laroush Poker Series and numerous other deep-stack events.
Casino Mediterraneo Alicante
Based in a prime location within Alicante’s magnificent port, Casino Mediterraneo is a stone’s throw from the Castle of Santa Barbara. Alongside its 3,500 square metre casino floor, it has a vibrant poker room that plays host to the Casino Mediterraneo Poker League and an even newer poker circuit for Spanish poker players, the Juegging Poker Series.