Encore Boston Harbor

A Poker Road Trip Through New England

We have recently begun sharing information on our various poker road trips. In 2021 we took a poker road trip to Las Vegas, and then we built another poker road trip through Florida, which we will be partially revisiting this winter. Recently we shared our poker road trip through Maryland. Living in central New England, as we do, we have no reason to take a poker road trip through New England ourselves. However, we thought it would be helpful to those in other parts of the country if we share the road trip we would take, did we not live here already.

Days 1 &2: Poker in Connecticut

Any poker road trip through New England has to come through Connecticut. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are the biggest draws for tournament players, and, along with Encore Boston Harbor, for cash players as well. Foxwoods is hands down the best venue in New England, and one of the best on the entire East Coast, for those poker players seeking a variety of cash games. While $1/$2 NLH can be found throughout the region, and $2/$5 and PLO are also relatively common, Foxwoods is the only venue where you will regularly find games such as stud, limit hold’em, or high-limit NLH games.

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Encore Boston Harbor

Encore Boston Harbor Poker Room Review

We first visited Encore Boston Harbor poker room in 2019 shortly after it opened. At the time it boasted 72 poker tables, had a booming cash room, and ran regular tournaments. There were a few hitches from the start: long wait times to play, controversy and changing policies over the cost of the parking garage, and shock at the high cost of food. However, Encore Boston Harbor quickly became the number one poker room in all of New England, eclipsing even Foxwoods in its early success. Then came the pandemic. And the shutdowns.

Encore Boston Harbor poker room today, while a perfectly respectable room, is only a shadow of the room we experienced in 2019. Today’s room sports a mere 25 tables (a number that had just increased from 15 on the day we played). It offers no tournaments, and has, for most of this year, been laboring under severely abbreviated hours. Granted, those 15 tables were almost always full with long waiting lists behind. But Encore Boston Harbor poker room is no longer in the conversation of top poker rooms in the country.

We were certainly curious to see how this room held up now,  independent of its more vibrant history.

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