Tampa Casino Tour
Posted by bitguru on March 28, 2007
I don’t know if you have ever tried to use internet search engines to discover if there are poker rooms in a city you are about to visit, but the results when I try it are always disappointing. The promising links appear to be casino listings, but are actually spamdexes (spamdices?).
So as a public service I thought I’d list three Tampa card rooms I managed to track down:
- Silks card room at Tampa Bay Downs
11225 Racetrack Rd.
Tampa, FL 33626
- 22 poker tables
“open live racing days, noon to midnight”
The facility has horse racing and poker. Admission is $2. The card room is on the 2nd floor. The 12:00 multi-table tournament was inexpensive enough (at $32+3) that I decided to play, but I finished out of the money.
- T.L.s Card Room at Derby Lane
10490 Gandy Blvd.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
- 45 poker tables
“open Monday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.”
The facility has greyhound racing and poker, but the greyhounds weren’t running the day I was there. Admission may be $1 on racing days. The card room is on the 3rd floor. The ring games have a single $2 blind, which is odd but not unpleasant.
- Seminole Hard Rock Casino
5223 North Orient Rd.
Tampa, FL 33610
- 50 poker tables
“casino open 24/7/365”
The casino has lots of bingo slots and poker. Reviewers seem to agree that the slots are some of the worst in the world, but I didn’t try them myself.
The three card rooms have a lot in common. They all offer 2-2 limit hold’em, 2-2 limit omaha hi/lo, 2-2 limit seven card stud, and no-limit hold’em tournaments. They all rake 10% up to $5. They are all non-smoking.
The $2 bet limit in ring games is evidently state law. Therefore they also offer “action” versions of the 2-2 limit games, in which each player must ante $2. This way the pots have at least $20 pre-flop. I was doing far more pre-flop folding than any of my Tampa opponents, so I stayed clear of the “action” games.