Casino at the Empire
There’s no cardroom that’s more convenient to go to than Casino at the Empire. Located smack in the middle of Leicester Square, open 24/7, and you don’t even need to become a member to play. There’s always action, and very loose action at that.
Name :Casino at the Empire Address :5-6 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7NA, United Kingdom Other Address :5-6 Leicester Square London WC2H 7NA Contact no. :0203 014 1000 Website :www.thecasinolsq.com
Tournaments are all self-dealt until the final table. All their weekday tournaments are turbo so best to keep that in mind. Their weekend tournaments have better structures. (Tournament details may change - please contact the cardroom directly to confirm tournament details)
There is not a huge variety of cash games, but there are consistently tables to play at. You will normally find a few £1-£2 NL Holdem games and maybe a £1-£3 NL Holdem game. All are dealer dealt, and you won't find yourself waiting too long for a game. All cash games are dealer dealt, and the rake is 5% capped at £10. (capped at £5 from 8am-2pm). Friday and Saturdays the place is packed with all kinds of people hanging around waiting for a games or just hanging out with friends. Not everyone likes the marketplace atmosphere but it is always busy, and there are always fish around.
The club takes £1 for pots over £25, that goes to their cash race and their bad beat jackpot - . 60p towards the cash race, 25p towards the bad beat and 15p for admin.
Bad Beat Jackpot
- The first bad beat jackpot was finally hit in December 2010 after 10 months, giving away £222K in winnings with £111K going to the losing hand. Only two months later, it was hit again for £75K and over £34K going to losing hand. Click here for more information on the club's rules about the jackpot
And here's some Youtube videos showing you how the hands played out. Lucky bastards.
Best hand giveaways
- Every day at 7am, 3pm, and 11pm, a £50 is given away to whoever had the best hand during that 8 hour period.
New! Cash Race - They are also running a new cash race promotion alongside their bad beat jackpot. of the £1 they take for the bad beat. the breakdown now works.. 60p towards the cash race, 25p towards the bad beat and 15p for admin. Players recieve 10 points when they play on a thu-sat. They recieve 15 points from sun-wed. The top 45 players at the end of the month qualify for a freeroll - for August 2012 this is a guaranteed £25,000.
Casino at the Empire opened in early 2008 and has quickly become a hotbed of poker activity in London. Hosting the World Series of Poker Europe has certainly helped, and this cardroom has gone from strength to strength. It's now open 24/7, has a full afternoon and evening tournament schedule, and cash games are always running.
One of the main reasons making Casino at the Empire so popular is its accessibility and convenience. It's located smack in the middle of London at Leicester Square and you don't even need to be a member to play. You can just walk in and start playing. And one of the upsides to this is you will have a steady supply of new and inexperienced players walking in from the casino, from work around the area, and even tourists looking for a game. If you're willing to play patiently and smartly, it can be very lucrative.
Be a member or don't. It doesn't matter cause you can play here either way. You can become a member but it only helps if you are playing in the casino.