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English
Tuesday 9th January, 2024

The Poker Room at the Vic

By Mad Harper

The Poker Room at the Vic

The Vic has legendary status for poker players with one of the longest-running and busiest card rooms in the capital. The Poker Room, which officially opened in 2013 after a full renovation. It is not only renowned for its cash games but also hosts major festivals throughout the year. Forthcoming events include Leg 1 of the 2024 GUKPT season in January and Leg 6 in March, two Grosvenor 25/50 events in February and March, 888poker LIVE in August, 888poker LIVE’s new UK Poker League tour in September and, last but not least, the GUKPT Grand Final starting in November.

Players are to follow ThePokerRoom on Twitter and/or download the Grosvenor Poker Live mobile app for iOS or Google Play.

The Poker Room boasts 35 poker tables as well as 20 slot machines, electronic roulette plus classic casino table games such as dice and Blackjack. Facilities include a restaurant and late-night bar along with screens showing live sporting action from Sky Sports, day or night. Players at the Poker Room are also eligible to take part in Grosvenor’s National Bad Beat Jackpot which runs across all Grosvenor’s casinos around the country.  Regular tournaments at the Poker Room include the £100 buy-in Thursday Turbo, the £135 Wednesday NLH tourney and Sunday Grind Turbos with £150 buy-in.

Grosvenor Ambassador Katie Swift said: “The Vic is an iconic Grosvenor Casino in the UK and the Poker Room there is one of my favourites. With Hyde Park being so close by, I love walking through there before playing and sometimes enjoying a freshly stone-baked pizza at the park’s Serpentine Lake café Benugo. It’s a really beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the calmness and some fresh air before playing poker inside for the rest of the day and night!”

Katie also highly rates food options at The Vic but, if she has a chance to eat out, heads to Jaffa Corner, a coffee shop just five minutes up the Edgware Road. She added: “It has amazing breakfast/brunch options and is reasonably priced!”

There is always pressure to get good deals at London hotels so if you’re planning a visit to The Poker Room we strongly recommend that you check out your accommodation options now with MainEventTravel.com, Grosvenor's Official Travel Partner.

Top Hotel Picks for the Poker Room

Hotel prices vary considerably depending on the time of year but here are some of the best options if you’re competing at the Poker Room.

The Hilton Metropole is top of our list and it’s very popular with players – super-convenient, comfortable and not too pricey, this 4*, 1,100-room property has a large gym and four bars and restaurants. There’s free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, concierge service and daily housekeeping.

The OYO Boston Court Hotel is located just two minutes' walk from Marble Arch, Hyde Park and Oxford Street – and only six minutes’ walk from the Vic. It’s a basic but friendly, family-run hotel housed in a restored English Heritage-listed Victorian property. All rooms feature satellite TV, fridge, a hairdryer, and tea- and coffee-making facilities and a few “quad” rooms allow four people sharing.

The prestigious Landmark London is for those who relish luxury – dating back to the late 19th century, this Marylebone hotel is only ten minutes’ walk from the Vic. The guest rooms are elegantly designed and come equipped with queen-size beds. Facilities include a sumptuous spa and wellbeing treatments.

The Days Inn Hyde Park is on a quiet elegant Georgian terrace close to Paddington station. With 55 rooms, a 24-hour front desk, free Wifi and onsite parking, this is an affordable option for players and, in some rooms, sharers can both get a double bed.

The 4* Norfolk Towers Hotel in Paddington is another conveniently located property just nine minutes’ walk from the Vic. There is a 24-hour front desk, free Wifi and room service plus all the rooms are fully soundproofed.

The 4* DoubleTree by Hilton at Marble Arch is a luxury option just 11 minutes’ walk from the Vic. Lying close to Hyde Park and boasting a “contemporary ambience and attentive friendly service”, there’s free Wifi, a 24-hour front desk and a well-equipped, onsite fitness centre.

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