Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Room Review

Hollywood Casino Columbus was the final poker stop on our road trip from Massachusetts to Texas and back. We were definitely in “let’s just get home” mode. In fact, the day after this tournament, we made the entire drive from Columbus to eastern Massachusetts in one day (in a snow squall) when we had originally planned to break it up. So Hollywood Casino Columbus poker room faced some challenges in making these weary travelers happy.

Casino Setting 

Hollywood Casino Columbus is on the west side of Columbus near where routes 70 and 270 meet. It is just a few minutes from downtown and very easy to get to. It has plenty of parking and features a couple of primary entrances.

Non-Poker Amenities

Hollywood Casino Columbus offers a full-service casino with slots, table games, and a huge circular Sports Book. The casino floor was very attractive, with subtle but interesting decor. It was not small, exactly, but not overwhelmingly huge either. The casino is designed as one circular main floor, and is easy to stroll around and find what you need. We appreciated the several self-serve free beverage areas scattered about the floor. The music consisted of a range of pop and country songs being played at a pleasant volume. On the Tuesday night we visited, there were several active blackjack tables and one craps table in use.

Dining options at Hollywood Casino Columbus include a Final Steak House, a Wahlburgers, a Zen Noodle, a hotdog place, and a spot where you can get a late-night slice of pizza. The casino does not include a hotel, but there are many hotels within a few miles. There is a small concert venue on site.

Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Room Comfort

The 34 table poker room at Hollywood Casino Columbus sits on the back edge of the casino. The entrance to the room is one of the more elegant we have seen, continuing the casino’s circular theme with a large structure above the desk. The poker room is separate from the casino floor, with only a small open entrance. The room is pretty quiet for your typical casino setting. There is happily no smoking in the casino.

Hollywood Casino Columbus poker room

The poker room features high ceilings and good airflow. The tables are very well-spaced, with plenty of room to maneuver between them. The walls and carpets are designed in pleasant neutral beige tones.

The poker room chairs have wheels, are adjustable, well-padded, and very comfortable. The tables are attractive and clean, with reasonable spacing. Tables feature a padded rail, functioning USB ports, auto-shufflers, and drink cups.

The chips and felts are all clean and branded. Play is nine-handed, but the tables are large enough that everyone has some elbow room.

Poker Room Staff

The poker room dealers are all solid some are quiet, while others are more social. There was no wait staff in the first half hour of the tournament, but one eventually came around with waters and drink orders and was very pleasant.

The major problem that we had with the Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Room is that we had one of the worst tournament floors we have experienced in a long time. He consistently failed to balance tables, and when asked about it got irritated. He seemed distracted and not very interested in running the tournament.

Players at Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Room

The players at Hollywood Casino Columbus poker room were generally quiet and serious. There was one guy at the table who started muttering to himself about players raising. The players indeed tended to play tight-aggressive, although we saw nothing very tricky. Players became more talkative as the tournament wore on.

Hollywood Casino Columbus poker room

Tournament Structure

As of this writing, the Hollywood Casino Columbus poker room offers one or two tournaments every day except Saturdays. Buy-ins range from $60 to $200

In our tracking of tournament activity, the Hollywood Casino Columbus poker room tournaments are reasonably well attended, with most events getting 30 to 60 players. Our Tuesday night tournament was right in that range with 46 players. Although there have been nights where the tournament has garnered over 100 players.



Cash Game Activity

On this Tuesday night, the poker room was running seven active cash tables of $1/$2 NLH and nothing else. From our recent tracking of cash games (see our cash game activity update), Hollywood Casino Columbus sees anywhere from 6 to 8 tables of $1/$2 cash on weeknights, which increases to 10 tables on Friday nights and 12 on Saturdays. On most weeknight nights there won’t be any $2/$5, while on Friday and Saturday nights there will be two or three. Saturdays, will feature a couple of PLO tables as well, and sometimes a table or two at other times of the week. There’ll seldom be other games on weeknights, but on Fridays and Saturdays, there is generally a table or two of limit games ($2/$4, $3/$6, or $4/$8).

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Overall Assessment of Hollywood Casino Columbus Poker Room

The Hollywood Casino Columbus poker room is an attractive, large room in a nice, moderate-sized casino. The dealers are solid and the wait staff friendly. However, the tournament floor was one of the more disinterested, irritable floors we have experienced in a long time. Perhaps this was an exception for him and the room in general. If you are in the Columbus area, this room has enough to offer in setting and staff to give it a shot.

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Summary

The Hollywood Casino Columbus poker room is an attractive, large room in a nice, moderate-sized casino. The dealers are solid and the wait staff friendly. However, the tournament floor was one of the more disinterested, irritable floors we have experienced in a long time. Perhaps this was an exception for him and the room in general. If you are in the Columbus area, this room has enough to offer in setting and staff to give it a shot.

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