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How to Find the Best Poker Tournaments in 2022

The poker world has changed greatly over the past couple of years.  Many poker rooms closed never to re-open again. By our estimate, about 24% of the rooms with 10 or more tables In the United States as of December 2019, are no longer open. Some rooms re-opened but removed tables. Many others with previously active tournament rosters either eliminated tournaments altogether or greatly reduced their number of weekly events. The result is that finding any poker tournament can be a challenge in 2022, but finding the best poker tournaments is next to impossible.

Finding the Best Poker Tournaments in 2022

Defining the best poker tournament is, of course, complex. It’s not merely about cheap buy-ins. Sure, tournaments with $20-$40 buy-ins exist. Sadly, most of those are either severely short-stacked, almost immediate shove fests that are over before you know it, or require multiple addons to be competitive (becoming a $100+ tournament pretty quickly).

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Where to Play Poker in New England: A Guide to Popular Games 2022

The vibrant New England poker scene offers a wide variety of options in a very small geographic footprint. In less than 4 hours you could drive from the room (with 10 or more tables) furthest north, Lebanon Poker Room, to the one furthest south, Foxwoods. The region’s largest city, Boston, sits dead center of the poker action.  Drive a little more than two hours north and you are at the Lebanon Poker Room, 90 minutes south to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, and then 90 minutes due west to the newest large casino venue, MGM Springfield. Three poker rooms in southern New Hampshire are within about an hour North of Boston as well. Additionally, Encore Boston Harbor reopened in February 2022, but with such restricted hours (and only 12 tables), it is hardly an actor in the market.

Deciding on Your Poker Room of Choice

In short, there are a lot of options for the New England poker player. So how does one decide where to play poker in New England? Some of it comes down to personal taste.   You may just select your favorite rooms, as we did recently. But if you have specific criteria for your preferred game, there’s data available that can help guide your decision.

We have long had a decent idea which venues have the most active cash games, and which tournaments draw the largest fields. But, as data analysts by trade, we decided to take a more statistical approach to our investigation. During Fall 2021 we used PokerAtlas and Bravo Poker to track cash and tournament activity for all New England sites which provide live data on either site. On weekdays, we collected numbers at 8pm each night for cash play, and tracked tournaments after the registration period closed. On weekends, we tracked cash both at 2pm and 8pm and the number of entries for all tournaments.

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