Hampton Falls Poker Room is the best poker experience in New Hampshire for the player looking for a well-run room, quality dealers, and reasonably competitive play. If you want to match wits with tournament players who can actually fold correctly, well, your chances here are far better than many of the other local rooms. We have played them all, from Seabrook to Chasers.
The cash games at Hampton Falls Poker Room can get fairly wild with loose aggressive play being a seeming badge of honor. But the tournament play is fabulous.
Hampton Falls Poker Tournaments
Hampton Falls Poker Room has some of the best value tournaments in New England. the Friday and Saturday 1pm tournaments are our favorites: $90 entry fee with 30,000 chips, 30 minute blinds starting at 25-50, antes starting at level 4, and levels that increase gradually enough that the tournament does not become a shove-fest after hour 3. In fact, if you plan to money in this one, set aside 10-11 hours of your day. This tournament typically draws 70 to 130 players. Skill levels vary, but not many “bingo” players are chasing gut shots to the river. However, there are plenty of solid, unspectacular players who can be exploited. Hampton Falls also features special monthly tournaments with higher buy-ins (e.g., $250) that tend to draw big crowds.
Hampton Falls has a nice two floor design, with reasonable space between tables and comfortable chairs for a non-casino poker room. The lighting is decent and for those who want to beat the summer heat, the room is kept very cool.
Aside from tournament structure, the major differentiator between Hampton Falls and its local competitors is the quality of the dealers and floors. Most dealers are fast, friendly, and knowledgeable. There are a few weak spots, but they do such a good job rotating dealers that you are rarely saddled with a mediocre dealer for very long. There are few issues, but when there are the floors maintain control and have the respect of the players. They know the rules and are able to articulate the logic behind their decisions clearly. Hampton Falls features the most professional staff we have encountered outside of a major casino or very large cardroom.Hampton Falls has some of the best structure tournaments in New EnglandClick To Tweet
One downside is that the food is fairly mediocre. We have tried a few things on their menu, with the fried appetizers certainly solid, but nothing stands out. We ordered a grilled chicken sandwich once and it was basically a protein delivery system at best: unseasoned breast slapped in a humble bun with wilted lettuce and a tomato slice keeping it company. Generally the food and drink crew are well staffed; they circle frequently and are attentive, but we have seen some complaints of food taking a long time when things are bustling.
On the other hand, you’re not here for the food, you’re here to play some poker. Hampton Falls Poker Room delivers the best poker experience in Northern New England.