If you are looking for a poker room that has a rich tradition, with a “bigger than life” feel then you have found the perfect place. Hippodrome Casino is situated on the corner of the Charing Cross Road and Leicester Square; The Hippodrome has a rich history of entertaining native Londoners and visitors to the capital alike.
The Hippo was opened in 1900, as a circus, complete with elephants, acrobats and polar bears! Later it became a music hall and variety theatre, and then a nightclub, before reinventing itself as a cabaret-themed casino in 2009.
PokerStars owns a stake in the casino, so, as you would expect, poker is high on the menu. The poker room, branded PokerStars LIVE, is located in “the gods” of the old theatre seating, affording you an arresting view of the casino floor down below.
Cash games are mainly £1-£2 NLH, with other stakes and variants available on request. During the EPT London it hosts the high-stakes cash games, so expect to see some big names, but the rest of the time there’s a decent mix of grinders and tourists and plenty of soft spots.
With five bars, a restaurant, live music and cabaret theatre, a shisha terrace, and three floors of gaming, the Hippo is the number one choice on this list if you’re seeking an evening of entertainment beyond just poker. When you are not enjoying all the “circuses” that the Hippodrome has to offer in the flesh, then enjoy the online casino rich with live dealers, slots, video poker, and a plethora of table games.