What Is District Poker And How To Play It In Adelaide?

What is district poker and how to play it in Adelaide

District poker is the name given to the room at Skycity Adelaide where you can play  poker games in SkyCity Adelaide Australia. Sky City Adelaide casino boasts an exclusive Table Games offering, with exciting games like Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Vegas Star Roulette, Texas Hold’em, Poker, Rapid Roulette, Rapid Baccarat and Roulette.

Adelaide has a rich poker history and has the credit to introduce Texas Hold’em to Australia’s shores more than twenty years ago. Adelaide is still regarded by many as the ‘Traditional Home of Australian Poker’.

The District Poker is located on the north western corner of level 1 @ The District. 

The District Poker offers two ways of playing poker – tournaments and ‘cash’ or ‘ring’ games. The basic difference between the two is that players may get up and leave a cash game anytime they like but will need to play a tournament out to a conclusion to win a prize.

What is District at Adelaide?

What is district in Adelaide
Besides poker you can enjoy drinks at District in Adelaide

The District at Skycity is Adelaide’s ultimate entertainment venue. They have created an all new 450 capacity live entertainment space, which sits seamlessly along side the Pirate Life brewery. The District offers Adelaide’s best Sports Bar, a revitalised poker zone and a bistro to make sure you never leave hungry.

The District at Skycity features Australia’s first fully functional brewery within a Casino. Come and get a cold one as fresh as it can be, brewed onsite. You can even see the Pirate Life team working some of their magic, which is entertainment in itself. In partnership with Pirate Life, you can enjoy Pirate Life beers tailor-made for The District.

Poker Tournaments

Poker Tournaments at Adelaide
Poker Tournaments in progress at Adelaide

There are some of the best poker tournaments to play at Adelaide casino.

No Limit Texas Hold’ em tournaments take place in The District Poker each Tuesday with buy-ins starting at $200. Registration for all poker tournaments is via The District Poker Cashier, located next to The District Poker on level one.

Get in to SkyCity to play the biggest game in town with:
 •  $10,000 guaranteed prize pool
 •  $200 buy-in
 •  20-minute blind levels
 •  $30,000 starting stack
 •  $5,000 early bird bonus for players registered prior to 18:45

Tournaments start at 19:00 on Tuesdays with late registration until the beginning of the sixth level.

Freeze Out Tournaments

On Thursday nights at District poker run an $80 Freeze Out tournament:
 •  Freeze Out
 •  $100 buy-in ($80 prize pool contribution $20 SkyCity Adelaide fee)
 •  15-minute blind levels
 •  $20,000 starting stack
 •  Tournaments start at 19:00 with late registration until the beginning of the sixth level 

Cash Games

Cash games are played with chips that are redeemable for cash. Players may put their name down for a cash game at the The District Poker from thirty minutes prior to opening. Players may join in straight away or be sent an SMS if they are on a waiting list.

District poker Jackpot

The District Poker Jackpot now starts at $40,060. Remember hand must use both hole cards and must be the highest hand possible of the board to qualify. If you flop a Royal Flush on an eligible table, you win the jackpot and the cash is yours!

The casino offers Highest Hand Bonus and they are giving away $250 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week to the highest hand before 11pm.

All you need is to simply play hold’em cash tables the best hand wins. To claim your prize you must be present at 10 PM to claim your prize. More detailed information on precisely what is and what is not acceptable behaviour is available from the Poker Supervisor.

What are the safety norms to play poker?

Casino Canberra in COVID
Casino Canberra has COVID rules

Due to COVID 19 there are some of the safety norms to play poker at Adelaide casino.

Accordingly, the following rules shall apply in relation to the playing of Poker:

  • Poker tables will be limited to a maximum of 8 players.
  • All players will be required to use the supplied hand sanitiser prior to play. Hand sanitising is a mandatory requirement for all table play.
  • Players will be tracked at tables via the GES Poker Management System, being the primary booking and customer tracking system that has been operational in SCA for 2 years.
  • All Poker players are required to be checked in by a member of staff prior to commencement of play.
  • Poker table tracking is in addition to the requirement for players to check in via the Government QR code system on entry to SkyCity.
  • All Poker play records will be retained by SkyCity for a minimum of 28 days.

As is current SkyCity practice, all players and staff will be permitted to use a facial mask should they choose to do so. Masks will be made available at all Poker tables and supplied to players on request.

How to play poker at casinos?

Poker game is considered as the king of card games.  It is a game that requires great skill at reading other players, developing a betting strategy and understanding the cards. The fundamental difference between Poker and other Casino games is that you are playing against other players and not against the House. For a small fee, SkyCity Adelaide provides the dealer’s, the equipment and the perfect venue for a Poker game.

The object of the game is to win the pot by forming the highest ranked five-card Poker hand or have all the other players surrender the pot to you by folding to your bet.

What poker is popular in Sky City Adelaide?

Which poker can be played at Adelaide casino
Texas Hold’em and Omaha are popular poker games to play

SkyCity Adelaide offers two variations of poker, Texas Hold’em and Omaha.

Texas Hold’em

What makes Texas Hold’em different from Omaha is that each player makes their five card hand out of seven cards: there are five community cards all players can see in the middle of the table, but each player is dealt two cards that only they see.

  • Firstly, a disc known as the ‘button’ is placed in front of one of the players, who is then viewed as the dealer for the round. Even if you have a professional dealer who physically hands out the cards, they are doing it on behalf of the person with the button. 
  • The button moves to the next player on the player’s left after every round. 
  • The aim of Texas Hold’em is to make the best five-card hand possible from the seven cards in front of you (the two cards you have been dealt and the five community cards on the table). 
  • Two blind bets are placed before the cards are dealt. The first blind is placed by the player directly to the left of the dealer. The second  blind is placed by the person to the left of the first blind and is greater than or equal to the blind. 
  • These blinds indicate the minimum stakes of the game you are about to play.
  • The cards are then dealt so that each player has two cards, known as your hole cards. These should be kept private and not shared with the other players.
  • The player to the left of the second blind can then decide to fold (bet nothing and withdraw from the round), call (match the amount of the big blind), or raise the bet by at least the amount of the second blind.
  • Acting clockwise, each player then has the opportunity to fold, call or raise. However if the previous players have raised the bet, then calling requires the players to match those bets.
  • This first round of betting, known as the pre-flop betting round, is concluded once all players who have not folded have bet the same amount of money for the round and all players have had a chance to act. 
  • Three cards are dealt face up on the table. This is known as the flop. Players evaluate their cards and the flop to decide whether to bet or check.
  • The first person to start betting is the active player immediately clockwise from the button. If all players decide to check then this is free round as no bet for this round has been made.
  • The minimum bet on the flop is the amount of the big blind. The completion of the betting round follows the same rules as the pre-flop bet. Next, one card known as the turn is dealt face up on the board. Players again assess the card and betting begins again.
  • The final card, known as the river, is then dealt. Betting proceeds with the same rules as the betting on the turn. If there is more than one player left, they now enter into the showdown where the best hand is declared the winner. In the event that the two best hands are identical ranked, the pot is equally divided.
  • No-Limit Texas Hold’emallows players to play high stakes games with a big pot and create huge bluffs that require nerve and skill to accomplish.
  • The minimum amount for the first bet of a round is the size of the second blind. The maximum you can bet is limited only to the amount of chips in your stack.
  • Once a bet is made, the minimum you can raise is the size of the last bet and again the maximum is the total amount of your chips.

To play District poker visit:

The District at SkyCity Adelaide
Level 1, SkyCity Adelaide
125 North Terrace, ADELAIDE, SA, 5000