Although gambling has always been a favorite pastime of humanity, its popularity surged when poker replaced plague roulette. Enjoy the thrill of chance with today's Groupon: for $20, you get admission for four people plus a $20 drink credit at Encore Club, located near the Pearl District (a $60 value).
Encore Club welcomes all levels of poker enthusiasts to partake in each of the six Texas Hold'em cash tournaments held every day, with cash buy-ins ranging from $25 to $100. Sidle up to Encore's full bar to call for and raise some drinks—the liquid menu features 10 draft beers and specialty drinks such as the Moscow Mule (Stoli vodka, lime juice, and ginger ale over ice, for $6), classic Manhattan ($7.75) and Tom Collins ($6.75), all best enjoyed from a comfortable seat on a leather couch. Use the free WiFi to shuffle some gaming money about, or watch the action on their flat-screen TVs. To gamble with money instead of liver cells, the club has 12 Las Vegas–style poker tables manned by professional dealers and supervised by tournament directors, plenty of tables, and a plethora of leather chairs.
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At Encore Poker Club, dealers from the nonprofit Kings of Clubs Dealers' Club slide cards across red-topped tables to poker players exercising their wits in tournaments with $25–$300 buy-ins. The club’s staff pays out 100% of the prize pool to the players, rather than using the money to fill a billionaire’s swimming pool. Bartenders mix classic cocktails for guests to sip as they gamble or sit on leather couches and nosh on small plates, pizza, and burgers. Complimentary WiFi amuses players between games, and big-screen TVs let patrons watch, learn, and mime the poker faces of professionals.