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Texas Cash Poker Activity Analysis

In August 2023 we updated our data on cash poker activity in Texas. Our page with Texas cash poker activity is now current. Our US Map of Cash Poker Activity can be accessed on our homepage. Note that there are filters on the page for venue, day, or game ($1/$2, $2/$5, PLO, or Other).

Sites such as Poker Atlas and Bravo Poker Live offer users the ability to see the current numbers of cash players at a venue at any given time. However, they do not allow you to plan your next poker visit in advance. Currently, if I want to know how many $1-$2 no-limit tables the Lodge gets on a Thursday evening, there is nowhere to go to find that information. Poker Pilgrims hopes to fill that gap. Whether you are figuring out where to play poker next weekend, or where to plan your next poker vacation, our cash poker table activity pages will hopefully be of help.

Texas Cash Poker Analysis

In January 2024, there are 48 poker rooms in Texas with 6 or more tables that report cash poker activity. Bravo does not offer coverage in the state of Texas. There are very few poker rooms in Texas with 6 or more tables that do not report to Poker Atlas.

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Surprisingly, many of the poker rooms in Texas only report only one or two tables on a typical weeknight.  Some even report few tables on weekends. With so many poker rooms in the state, the cash activity can get pretty spread out. However, there are a few rooms that are consistently very active. Unsurprisingly, the most active rooms tend to cluster around the Dallas, San Antonio/Austin, and Houston regions.

In terms of $1/$2 or $1/$3 NLH games, there are five notably active rooms in Texas:

  • The Lodge Poker Club (Austin area) (8 to 10 tables on weeknights/11 to 13 tables on weekends)
  • Texas Card House Colinas (Dallas area) (8 to 10 tables most nights which can grow to about 12 tables on Saturday evenings)
  • Texas Card House Dallas (6 to 8 tables on most nights, with Friday night growing to an average of 11 tables)
  • Rounders Card Club (San Antonio) (5 to 7 tables most nights)
  • SA Card House (San Antonio) (5 tables most nights and can be up to 7 tables on Friday nights).

Other rooms that have multiple $1/$2 tables, especially on weekends include Spades Poker House (Houston area), Texas Card House Austin, Elite Social Club (Houston area), Texas Card House Spring (Houston area), Legends Poker Room (Houston area), and The Fort Card Room (Dallas area).

Interestingly, $2/$5 games are uncommon in Texas – that space is seemingly taken up by PLO (see below). Even among active $1/$2 rooms listed above, there is usually only one or less table of $2/$5. The one notable exception is Texas Card House Colinas which offers about five $2/$5 tables most nights.

If you are interested in PLO, Legends Poker Room, and Texas Card House in Colinas, are your best bets. Both rooms generally have 7 to 10 PLO games running pretty much any day of the week. The Elite Social Club, The Lodge Poker Club, and the 101 Poker Club (Houston area) also run PLO reliably, just in lower volume. “Bomb Pot” games (where in certain hands – like at a dealer change – every player antes a predetermined amount before the cards are dealt) really seems to have pushed PLO’s popularity in Texas. Although bomb pots can happen in NLH too, they tend to be more popular in PLO games. 

In Texas, “Other” games, beside standard $1/$2, $1/$3, $2/$5 NLH or PLO often take the form of lower limit mixed games, sometimes alternating NLH and PLO hands. Others take the form of playing a “round of each”. 

What is conspicuously absent, in Texas despite being standard in other active poker regions, are limit hold’em games or higher limit NLH games. Kickapoo Lucky Easy Casino, on the southwest border of the state, does generally have 1-2 tables of 3-6 Limit. Alternately, wander into the Texas Card House in Colinas on a Saturday night and you might find a $5/$10 NLH.

Our Plan

Our poker table cash activity pages are updated annually. However, we have found that the numbers are extremely stable from year to year. So the average number of cash tables seen at The Lodge (for example) six years ago on a Saturday is very likely to be the same as you will see six months from now. However, there are occasionally  “disruptors” as well. Such as when the Texas Card House Colinas came on the scene in May of 2023. They quickly became the most active and versatile cash poker room in the entire state.

So each year, we will track cash poker activity across the country. In areas where a poker player has options, cash information, along with room reviews and poker tournament activity can help you make a discerning choice about where to spend your poker dollar. Feel free to visit our  Cash Poker Activity page and see how many tables your favorite room hosts on an average Saturday night. Or check out our Map of Poker Rooms in the US if you are wondering “are there poker rooms near me?”.

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