Over the past couple of months I have been to the Walker Hill Casino in Seoul a few different times. I’ve gotten a chance to play in the poker room and get a general feel for the Casino game area. Is it a legit casino with good poker games?
A lot of money on the table
Depending on how you look at it, this can be good or bad. But if you are a pretty good player, then you obviously want more money on the table with the thinking that you have a good chance to add it to your stack. Surprisingly, the max buyin at the 1,000-2,000 Won game was 1,000,000 Won. Back in the states there was a much lower cap of what you could buy in for at these stakes. But this gives you the opportunity to risk more of your money on the table.
I found the dealers to be really good. They switch the dealers fairly often. They had a ton of dealers waiting and so they just stand over by the pit boss waiting to get funneled into the games.
Drinks and Food
This is one of the nice things about Walker Hill. Free drinks, ice cream, and sometimes even food. And they are constantly coming around asking you if you want more. A few times they delivered some sub sandwiches when I was playing. The only thing you need to do is tip the waitress.
The competition overall is weaker than back in the States. There are some foreigners there that know how to play really well and some Asians as well. But for the most part, I found the majority of players to be weaker than I was used to. I would recommend for you to go on the weekends though if you want the weakest games. Like most poker rooms, during the week there are less people and better playing ability.
There were a few times where I was heads up with an opponent and we got all the way to showdown. I ended up losing the pot to him, but by the way it was played I thought I had won until the cards had been turned over. It was because the guy didn’t know that a full house beats a flush. It was very strange because I thought I had gotten slow rolled, but really he just didn’t know what was going on.
They have a 200,000 Won buyin tournament every Sunday that gets a decent amount of entrants. I have never actually played in it. I don’t know about during the week, but this seemed like a pretty good layout.
Final Thoughts on Walker Hill
I haven’t played at any of the other casinos in Seoul and so I can’t compare Walker Hill to them. But I can say that I was really impressed with this casino and the amount of people playing. So I have no intentions to check out the Seven Luck Casino. I also heard that there are far less games there.
If you are in Seoul or live here and want to play live poker, The Walker Hill Poker Room is the best place you will find.
If you need directions to the casino, check out this visit Korea page.