|Sun||13:00 pm||£0||NL Holdem||Rebuys||15 min||2000||self dealt until final table|
|Sun||18:00 pm||£25||NL Holdem||Rebuys||15 min|
|Mon||14:00 pm||£20||NL Holdem||Rebuys||20/25 min||6000||Bounty|
|Mon||20:00 pm||£20||NL Holdem||Rebuys||20 min||4000||Satellite|
|Tue||14:00 pm||£20||NL Holdem||Rebuys||20/25 min||6000|
|Tue||20:00 pm||£20||NL Holdem||Rebuys||20/25 min||8000||10% Added|
|Wed||14:00 pm||£20||NL Holdem||Rebuys||20/25 min||6000|
|Wed||20:00 pm||£50||NL Holdem||Rebuys||20 min||4000|
|Thu||20:00 pm||£35||NL Holdem||Treble chance||20 min||3||£1500 GTD|
|Thu||14:00 pm||£20||NL Holdem||Rebuys||20/25 min||6000|
|Fri||20:00 pm||£50||NL Holdem||Deepstack freezeout||15 min||30000|
|Sat||19:00 pm||£90||NL Holdem||Freezeout||Progressive||15000|
Tournaments at Aspers are all dealer-dealt and typically bring in anywhere from 40-60 runners. Their most popular tournaments are their £25 Tuesday comp with 10% Added which brings in 70-100 runners.
Cash games run 24/7 pretty much, with 2-3 tables running at quiet times and up to 13 at peak times (evenings and weekends). NL Holdem £1-£1 games are the most common – min £25 sitdown, max 250 (or 50% of the big stack at the table). They regularly have £1-£2 games as well. When there's demand they may have a 2-5 game, or sometimes 1-1 or 1-2 Omaha games.
Rake is 10% up to £5 on the 1-1 game, and 5% up to £10 on the 1-2 game.
Aspers Casino in Westfield Stratford City is the largest 'supercasino' in Britain. They opened in December 2011. The poker room has 15 tables and is open 24/7. For larger events they can fit up to 32 tables.
The competition at Aspers is very soft, and a lot of the regulars started playing poker at Aspers, so are quite new to the game. There are a lot of regulars that play at the club, but on weekend s there a whole lot of people in the cardroom who are recreational players simply in town visiting, making a weekend of it - visiting Westfield, Stratford, the Olympics site, and playing a bit of poker.
The cardroom follows the rules and guidelines set out by the Tournament Directors Association, a standardized set of rules made by Tournament Directors around the world, where ‘floor people consider the best interest of the game and fairness as top priorities in the decision-making process.’
They have a bad beat jackpot, largest one that hit was about £280K from about 5 months. The cardroom is hosting the Unibet Open in September, and every Monday night is a £50+£5 Retained Special Unibet Open London Step One tournament
Buy-in £50 + £5 Starting stack 8,000 chips 20/25 min clock.
£40 into the nightly prize pool and £10 of the £50 retained for the Unibet Open Ticket added tournament.
There is a an open door policy so anyone can enter the casino. You can easily start a ‘blue membership’ without an id, but there are limits to how much you can cash out. Full membership requires id.
General dress code is smart casual – similar to other casinos. Jeans and trainers are acceptable, but only if in good order and clean.
Food & Drink
There's a few bars and restaurants in the casino. You can have snacks at the poker table but not a proper meal. No free drinks.
Been to this venue a 5 times since September for various poker events and it just keeps getting bigger and better dealers are good, floor-men are great really helpful and polite management can sometimes be a bit iffy but not that bad. Room is now massive and is filled to brim regularly completely changed form all other reviews defiantly the place to play poker heard they get 200-250 runners for Friday comp will find out soon as will be going to check this out for sure. all in all great place,great staff,great atmosphere.
Horribly run tournaments, awful cash games. I won't be back.
Asper's doesnt compare to Leo's, a Gala casino. Here are the essential differences: Leo's Asper's Free soft drinks NO free soft drinks 5% rake 10% RAKE! to be honest, this is all that counts, although alike Leos, it does have a £5 cap and no preflop rake, but the place is still a huge pisstake
the dealers just are too unsuited for europe's biggest casino. I had a hand which fortunately flopped flush, and after the river I made one player go allin, I won the pot, but the dealer gave the chips the my opponent?? everyone was astonished and after we explained him that flush is stronger than Ace high he gave me the pot chips...just so unprepared, and sometimes they will yell you "I know my job"...sure
I can recall there being alot of hype when this clue what is going on .... only 1 toilet in this gigantic venue and completely the other side of the casino from the card room. They have a bad beat casino was about to open... Europes largest casino should be something of a milestone. But was completely dissappointed when I sat down at Aspers Stratford. Wrong rulings given, for example minimum raise on a tournament under the gun when blinds are at 100-200 is 300 apparently as they say the difference between the big and small blind is 100.... WTF ?? ... dealers haven't got ajackpot however if the hand has been shuffled manually and not by a machine it DOESN'T QUALIFY ????? Even though they still take the £1 Bad Beat money from a manually shuffled hand !!! Scandalous .......!!! Such a shame as had the potential of being a nice venue ! the only good thing is that the standard of play is as good as the standard of dealers .... Shocking !!!!!
Just moved here from the States. Wasnt expecting much having read the reviews, but i was plenty surprised. The room looks good, with lots of space between the seats. Over 100 runners for the friday night tournament and a high-end payment schedule made for a solid experience. Plenty of cash games available meant no waiting after i got knocked out. Waitress service could have been better and i dont get paying for coffees but hey, i could afford it after scooping pot after pot. Overall a great time was had and i will be back
wow, people really love slating places on the internet aspers got is a great place to go, ok the first few months saw poor poker dealers, rubbish managers giving stupid rulings, and a que a mile long to cash chips out at the cage. but less than 6 months down the line, and all the minor issues were sorted, and almost a year on its been filling out its huge venue every night dealing with huge volume of people during the olympics bad points over priced drinks unreliable drinks service (has got alot better recently) good points huge value cash games even at 10% juice and 1/1 good runners and good value comps safe and secure parking for £2 max from 6pm til 6am iirc huge casino floor and closest thing to a vegas casino
If I could give this place no stars it would be more accurate, not sure who the positive review was by but he couldn't have been at the same Aspers.... ALL the problems are still happening & 10% juice is ridiculous! I'll be staying put in The Fox / Western / RCC / Full House all of these offer way better value and service
as a long time poker player ihave played at large number of venues including casinos,private member clubs and abroad and have been gambling for 45 years in casinos on monday 2nd jan 2012 i joined your poker room at sat down and started to play in a £1/£1game ifound that a number of your dealers did not seem to know all the rules. after i was playing for quite awhile there was a hand i was involved and one of the players also involved in the hand was showing his two hole cards to his friend who was sat behind him also the player to his right who had folded could also see his cards. after the hand was ended iasked the dealer to show the players two cards but the dealer seemed not to understand why .asking the player who sat next to the player that showed had he seen his cards his started to abuse me with obsenitiesand then threatened me.at this stage i felt i could no longer play at your casino any longer and thought that after playing for such a long time and never been in this situation before.i went over to cash in and explainedto the manager what had happened and he said he did hear something ,so in that situation why didnt he come ????